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Free vitamin D for shielded patients

You may have seen the news which mentioned free daily Vitamin D supplements for patients.

Please note this is only for people who are at high risk from COVID-19 and the following criteria must be met to access this free medication:

  • Aged 18 years and over and living in England
  • Have received a shielded letter from NHS England
The link below will go through the application process :

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/get-vitamin-d-supplements

You will receive 4 months worth of medication at home. You should NOT request this medication from your GP.

Advice for Parent on when to send your child to school

We understand that during this winter period parents will have lots of questions about if/when they should send their children to school. The GP’s at the Practice would like to share this flowchart with parents and carers Should my child go to school flowchart 

If your child is unwell and you think they need to be seen by a GP please phone us on 0203 370 1940. Any serious illnesses should be dealt with without delay please seek advise quickly by calling 111/going straight to your local urgent care/A&E  department.

Coronavirus Symptom Checker

If you think you may have Coronavirus and would like to check your symptoms NHS 111 have a website that can help you do this please visit: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

There is lots of information and advice online about home management and over the counter medications that can help you manage your symptoms. If you are unable to manage your symptoms at home please contact your GP Practice by telephone on 0203 370 1940.

Online Account Users

Patients with an online account have previously been able to book appointments online this is now no longer functioning. We have had to take this function of online accounts away as we are not booking face to face appointments currently. You can telephone us on 0203 370 1940 to book an appointment which will be by telephone – during this conversation with your GP they will make a decision on whether they need to bring you in – if they do they will plan this for you safely.

Advice for Parents during Covid 19

During this time, many people are anxious but it is very important that if your child becomes unwell that you access a healthcare professional. Attached is a guide for parents that will help you make the correct decision about which healthcare service you should access and when to do that. If you need to contact your GP Practice please telephone us we (0203 370 1940) will ask a GP to call you back. If the GP needs to see your child they will organise a time for you to come in. We are taking extra precautions at the Practice to keep our patients and staff safe. COVID19 Advice for parents poster 6.0

COVID-19 contingency sharing

Primary care staff across each borough will be able to access your full medical record without consent during the COVID-19 pandemic but will only do so when this is necessary to provide you with care. They will be required to use a smartcard which confirms their identity, and which limits their access and actions to those appropriate for their role. They will all have been trained to understand their professional and legal responsibilities in providing you with care.

Appointment Changes/Coronavirus Outbreak

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak we will not be booking any face to face to appointments for the foreseeable future. This approach has been taken to safeguard our patients and staff. You can still access your GP by booking a telephone consultation instead of a face to face appointment; if your GP decides they need to invite you in they will do so. The situation is being monitored and we hope to resume to normal services as quickly as possible.