Welcome to The Old School Surgery
If you or an older relative is a patient at our surgery then please read on:
We've been asked to let patients and their relatives know that recent NHS letters from mass vaccination sites such as Birmingham are an alternate option to being vaccinated through your GP surgery, not instead of. These have been sent out nationally, not by local NHS services such as your GP practice or the Leicester Hospitals.
We are working hard to ensure that all patients of 80 years of age and over and care home patients are offered a vaccination before moving onto other age groups. We will continue to contact patients directly as they become eligible for an appointment.
Please do not call the surgery about this, wait for the surgery to contact you.
You do not have to travel to Birmingham if you do not want to; the mass vaccination centres are designed for patients living within 30-45 minutes of a centre at most so the surgeries would recommend that you are vaccinated closer to home during the pandemic to reduce the risk of catching the virus by using public transport. You should also be aware you have to have both vaccinations at the same venue so your local surgery will not be able to offer patients the second vaccination if they have their first elsewhere.
You can read more about the mass vaccination sites on the government website here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2021/01/hundreds-of-thousands-invited-to-new-nhs-vaccination-centres/?fbclid=IwAR1mw7OAAwFKsLU2tOvinG3BQrlbLICTfQc6HpZauRnENZWuGtl7c2mrDJ0
Flu 50 - 64 Year Olds
The practice is now able to offer flu vaccinations to our 50 - 64 year olds as per the government guidance. If you are in this age group we have a clinic taking place on Saturday 16th January from 08.30 - midday. If you want to attend the clinic and receive your flu vaccination please ring the surgery to book an appointment.
COVID 19 VACCINATIONS
The first phase of the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme has started. Patients will start to be contacted to book an appointment to receive their Covid vaccination. For most people this will be a letter or a phone call, either from their GP or the NHS. This letter will include all the information you will need to book appointments, including your NHS number. The government has decided that patients will be invited in to have their vaccination based on their risk. Therefore patients over 80 years old and Care home patients will be the first groups to receive the vaccine . The practice will work down the list of priority patients and you will be contacted when it is time for you to book your appointment. Due to the logistics of this vaccine and the low temperature's it has to be stored under groups of practices will be vaccinating in a hub and for us this will be Hinckley Leisure Centre. Please help the practice by NOT contacting us until you have either received a phone call, text message or a letter to invite you to book an appointment for the vaccination. Information on the vaccine is available on the NHS.UK website.
Covid - 19 Information when attending the practice
IF YOU ARE ASKED TO ATTEND THE PRACTICE PLEASE COME WITH YOUR OWN FACE COVERING. THIS INCLUDES ALL CHILDREN OVER 12 YEARS OF AGE.
Due to children returning to schools symptoms of Covid will increase. First port of call is that you and your family isolate and book a test immediately through 119 or https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ for the person that is symptomatic. If the results come back negative you are then able to go back to work. Visit the GOV website for an isolation note.
The practice can not carry out tests and can only advise the above
FOR REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS
POST IN THE BOX IN THE FOYER (Please make sure Name and DOB on form)
ORDER ONLINE IF ALREADY SET UP
ACTIVATE THE NHS APP ON YOUR PHONE
NOW THINGS ARE GETTING BACK TO NORMAL PRESCRIPTIONS WILL NO LONGER BETAKEN OVER THE PHONE FROM THE 1ST SEPTEMBER 2020
MED REVIEWS WILL BE UNDERTAKEN OVER THE PHONE
HEALTH FORMS & DOCUMENTS TO BE POSTED THROUGH THE LETTERBOX WITH A COVERING LETTER
Due to the current situation with the outbreak of COVID 19 we have had to make some urgent changes to the systems we are using as a practice. We are using the website to communicate these with you as well as text messaging. The Old School Surgery is still running, please call the normal numbers to talk to one of our reception staff with your query. Do not attend any site unless instructed to do so; this is for your own safety.
- We have now started to contact patients with ongoing health conditions to ask they attend for their yearly testing & review; we have also started some screening clinics such as cervical smears and NHS Health checks. You will receive a call or a letter from a member of our team to book you into an appointment and to give you all the instructions. Please note, there are some significant changes to how we are running the clinics, please ask the reception team if there is anything you are unsure about.
- All appointments will now have to be clinically triaged - call the surgery as normal and reception will signpost you appropriately. Do not attend the surgery without being instructed to do so. We will not allow walk in patients as you will not have been appropriately triaged.
- Please download the NHS app https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/the-nhs-app/ and follow the instructions to register an account, you will then be verified and be able to order through the app all of your medications on your repeats. If you have elderly relatives that are patients that do not have a smartphone or access to the internet please get them to fill out this form and someone drop it through the letter box so we can sort alternative arrangements.
- MED3s and any letters etc will now be text to you, you will receive a link, when you click on the link you will be able to download the document requested.
- Any paper prescription requests will need to be posted through the door at the surgery. Please remember you can download the APP, use our online services to avoid a visit to the practice.
- To drop a sample off at the surgery please come to the dispensary hatch and ring the bell. A receptionist will ask you to place your sample into a sample container.
- When you attend the practice, you will be triaged once again at the door by a staff member to see if your condition has altered since booking the appointment. You will have your temperature taken as part of this process. The waiting room is a socially distancing environment please use the chairs placed in the room and follow the signage.
- Please be reassured that we are doing all we can to ensure we can maintain this service during this difficult time. All the measures that have been put in place have been carefully considered, and the Partners feel they are needed for everyone's protection.
Join a COVID-19 clinical trial
The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19. You could be eligible to join if
- You have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:
- a continuous new or worsening cough
- You are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness
- You are aged 65 and above
Or help find a vaccine at:- Help find a vaccine
Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The NHS in England and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
The latest information on symptoms of Coronovirus infection and areas where recent travel may have resulted in a high risk of exposure can be found on: nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
For any Covid - 19 questions, please refer straight to the government website https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Here you can
- Order or book a test
- Check latest travel advice
- Keep up to date with local lock downs
- Obtain an isolation note for your employer
Please contact the surgery via the phone if you are feeling clinically unwell
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Welcome to The Old School Surgery Online
Welcome to our surgery website. We hope to use this site as a way of presenting all our patients with an up to date resource for all information relating to our practice. We will keep it current with any news, developments & details that are relevant to the practice & our patients.
As well as a source of information about our Practice, the staff & the services we provide, we hope you use the website as a useful resource with links to other reliable websites for health related information. If there is topical health information we will also add this to the website.
Have a look around our website and please do send us some feedback. We can use your thoughts to improve our online services & further develop the website to make it a more useful, practical application for our patients.
We have suitable facilities for patients with disabilities
(Site updated 12/01/2021)