CORONAVIRUS - VACCINATION UPDATE – WEBSITE
We delighted that a Covid vaccine is now available in the UK. We are contacting our patients to invite them to our Covid vaccine clinics, which are being run at STEAM MUSEUM in Swindon & are by appointment only.
We will contact you individually either by phone or text message (if by text you will be given a unique booking link) if & when you are invited to have a vaccine at our clinics in the Swindon Steam Museum. If you have been offered an appointment please read this important leaflet, which includes directions click here
You may also be contacted by the NHS & offered the opportunity to book into one of the national vaccination centres (not the Steam Museum).
In line with JVCI guidelines are currently vaccinating patients aged 70 or over, care home patients & staff, adults who are clinically extremely vulnerable (officially shielding) & housebound patients.
We will offer as many vaccine clinics as we can, based on the amount of vaccine available to us, while prioritising access to day-to-day services at the practice for those most in need. We are running regular vaccine clinics at the Steam Museum in Swndon.
We are doing our absolute best to look after our patients and our team during this difficult time, so please be kind & bear with us if things take longer than usual. We know that you, like us, are struggling with the confines imposed upon us all due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
To keep you as informed as possible, we will update these messages frequently as we become aware of more information from NHS England. You can find more information on the vaccine on the Government website here.
Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.
All patients aged between 50 and 64 years as at 31 March 2021 are eligible with effect from 1st December to have a free Flu vaccination. Eligible patients can book an appt via their online account or contact Merchiston on 01793 823307 to book an appt. Due to the volume of telephone calls we receive in the morning patients are advised to contact the Surgery in the afternoon to make an appt.
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Patient Med 3 Request (Coronavirus Self-Isolating)
If you require a doctor’s note because you are self-isolating due to the Coronavirus Outbreak please do not contact the Practice. Patients can obtain an isolation note online from NHS 111 but only if you are following the government advice on symptoms or they been told to stay off work by NHS 111 or a healthcare professional.
CORONAVIRUS – ROUTINE APPOINTMENT UPDATE
GP Practices are potentially high risk locations for a Coronavirus infection. Therefore, to protect patients and staff and reduce the risk of an infection in the Surgery, which would result in the temporary closure of the Practice the following measures are being introduced at Merchiston Surgery from 16 Mar 2020.
Routine clinical (GP, Nurse and Pharmacist) appointments will be changed to telephone consultations or in some cases cancelled if deemed to be appropriate. Some types of routine face to face appointments will still take place because there is no alternative option.
Our High Risk patients (elderly/low immunity and with underlying medical conditions) are particularly vulnerable and we advise all patients not to attend the Surgery unless it is medically necessary.
Please remember that the Practice Triage system will continue to operate as normal.
PATIENT CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION
STAY AT HOME IF YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either
• A high temperature
• A new, continuous cough
DO NOT GO TO A GP SURGERY, PHARMACY OR HOSPITAL
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you are staying at home
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
• You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
• You condition gets worse
• Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Use the 111 coronavirus service (Link: https//111.nhs.uk/covid-19/)
ONLY CALL 111 IF YOU CANNOT GET HELP ONLINE
We are all excited to hear about the progress on a Covid vaccine and that this should improve the quality of life for all of us.
We know that you, like us, are struggling with the confines imposed upon us all due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Everyone is trying to make the best of the situation and, as a practice, we are committed to caring for you in the best possible way whilst keeping both you and our team safe.
To keep you as informed as possible, we will update these messages frequently as we become aware of more information from NHS England:
- Some hospitals have now received the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine and are starting to invite patients in for their vaccine
- Some GP practices will start to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine this week and are inviting patients in for their vaccine.
- We will let you know the specific local Covid vaccination plans as soon as we can
- Please do not telephone us to ask when or if you are going to get a Covid Vaccine.
- We will contact you individually if and when you are invited to have a vaccine and will keep this website updated.
- The vaccine will be given in order of priority to those at highest risk first.
- Please act on your invitation when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments.
- It is essential, if you are given a vaccine, that you return for the second part of the vaccination on the date that you are advised to.
- Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.
Meanwhile, we all need to keep to the advice of hand-washing, face masks and social distancing but we all look forward to the time when we will return to life as normal.
Thank you for your patience
Dr …and Partners/Practice Manager
Wyvern Health Partnership
DoctorLink - Register Now
Due to the increasing demands on General Practice, we are looking at new ways of managing the needs of our patients and access to our services. Merchiston and other Swindon Practices are introducing a new online system called DoctorLink to improve access and assist with directing our patients to the best care available.
Registration is simple & available to anyone age 16+. Click on the button below to begin the registration process, it only takes a few minutes!
Once registered, DoctorLink will ask you a number of questions to help identify and assess your problem. The outcome of your assessment will direct you to the right treatment, whether that be from us or another provider which may include one of the Swindon based SUCCESS centres. Please ensure you read the advice given carefully and follow the outcome instructions to receive the right care.
Click here to register
Patients who cannot use the service because of age (under 16) disability or difficulty with internet access will also be triaged as normal. We feel that using DoctorLink will allow patients to be signposted correctly the first time to the most appropriate treatment.
We will continually monitor this new system and make further changes where necessary. If you have some feedback, we'd love to hear it!
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Merchiston Newsletter - Wyvern - Issue 1
Welcome to Merchiston Surgery, part of the Wyvern Health partnership
We are confident that our website will provide clear and concise help and give our patients the information they require in an easy and convenient format. It has been designed with the patient’s needs at the forefront of everything, from checking surgery times to letting us know what you think of us.
Our dedicated team are here to treat those minor ailments that occur as well as providing specialist management of long-term conditions and clinics covering a wide range of healthcare issues. The technology also means you can now do a lot of things from the comfort of your home such as order a repeat prescription or cancel an appointment.
Partners in Care
Once registered, patients and healthcare professionals work together to ensure the most appropriate care is provided. This partnership philosophy extends even further and our active patient group exists to make sure that patient needs and the practice offering are always heading in the same direction.
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(Site updated 26/08/2020)