Abbey Medical Practice is aware of the announcement on 20th November 2020 by the Department for Health and Social Care that anyone aged 50-64 has now been added to the eligible cohorts for this year's flu vaccine. We are now working to order additional vaccine supplies and to plan for more flu clinics in December. We ask that patients refrain from ringing the practice with enquiries on this and we will communicate the new arrangements for flu clinics in the near future.
New way of seeing our patientsUnder current public health guidance we are currently not offering face to face appointments without patients being assessed first. Please read this carefully as the way we provide care has changed:
- If you need to speak to a GP we will book you in for an appointment on the telephone. If then the GP wishes to see you they will book you in themselves.
-If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever or temperature, a new cough and/or loss of sense of taste or smell) or if you have been in contact with any known or suspected COVID-19 cases then please do not come to the surgery but telephone us for further advice.
-To assist us in managing risk, please attend alone unless you need to be accompanied by a carer.
- Any patients attending for a face to face appointment should ensure they wear a face covering to the appointment.
-Please be aware that you may need to wait outside the surgery as we are still unable to permit patients to wait in the waiting room. You are welcome to wait nearby in your car where possible, but if waiting near the surgery please maintain social distancing.
-Please contact the reception team when you arrive for your appointment so we know you are waiting. We will contact you to ask you to come into the surgery when the clinician is ready.
-Please be aware that you may be asked several times if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, and we ask for your patience and co-operation in this - this is for the safety of staff and other patients.
We are most grateful for your kind assistance.
(For more coronavirus updates please see the COVID-19 page on the right hand side)
Coronavirus - Please do not come into the surgery without contacting us first. Irrespective of travel history or contact with covid-19, anyone with a new persistent cough and/or fever should self-isolate for 7 days, and do not need to call 111 or any other healthcare provider. If the symptoms worsen or you feel that you may need medical care, you should contact 111. The nhs 111 website is https://111.nhs.uk/ . If you wish to book an appointment call the surgery. Thank you, Abbey Medical Practice
Worcestershire health watch annual report
BEWARE OF SCAMMERS
There is heightened coverage regarding the recent Coronavirus outbreak around the world, which is now severely impacting on the UK and the NHS in particular.
Unfortunately, fraudsters are using these circumstances to take advantage of public fear and concern and we have been made aware that some patients within Worcestershire are receiving phone calls, texts and letters from fraudsters. These fraudsters will try to obtain your personal details and in particular your NHS number.
Scammers are sophisticated, opportunistic and will try many different ways to get the information they want. They often target vulnerable people and can appear very plausible.
If you are contacted by someone you do not know and you are suspicious, then:
- Do NOT give or confirm any personal details over the phone – be cautious.
- Try to get the name of the person calling, which organisation they work for and their phone number.
- Hang up.
- Ring the Practice to see if we know the person who called you and whether or not we think the call was genuine.
National Healthy Start Scheme.
Worcestershire County Council are working to increase the local sign up to the National Healthy Start Scheme.
Currently only 56% of eligible families in Worcestershire are signing up to claim their healthy start vouchers for free healthy food and vitamins. We are working to better understand why sign up is low, what barriers are preventing access to the scheme and hope to identify how we can support families to access this great resource.
As part of this work they have created a survey, directed at the public to understand their thoughts, knowledge and experiences related to Healthy Start.
People can access this survey by clicking here
Becoming a Dementia Friendly Practice
Abbey Medical Practice has signed up to Evesham dementia action alliance to become recognised as a ‘Dementia Friendly Practice’.
To support this aim, Abbey Medical Practice is committing to an Action Plan that will make our Practice more accessible, as well as raising awareness of dementia and the range of support that is available locally.
New Worcestershire Prescribing Policys
Worcestershire CCGs no longer support the prescribing of certain medications including over the counter medicines (for example paracetamol and ibuprofen), gluten-free products, baby milk and specialist infant formula and oral nutritional supplements.
For more information on all of these prescriptions please click below:
Oral Nutrition Supplements
Over the counter
Extended Hours Surgery
A new extended hours surgery based at Evesham Community Hospital is now available to patients registered with Evesham, Breadon, Broadway and Inkberrow surgeries
Appointments are available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, 18.30 to 21.00 and Saturday mornings, 09.00 -13.00
Please speak to one of our reception team to make an appointment on 01386 761111.