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Several members of our clinical and non-clinical team have tested positive for Covid-19. This has resulted in a significant reduction in staffing and there may be a delay in responding to calls. If your call is non-urgent, please use the econsult service on our website.

Please be assured that, in line with national guidance and in consultation with Public Health England, all patients who have visited the practice recently have been consulted by staff wearing full PPE and should be reassured that there is no risk of cross-infection.

Whilst the practice remains closed this week for face to face appointments, please note that our clinicians are working hard remotely to continue to meet the needs of our patients.

We are now pleased to be able to advise that the practice will re-open on Monday 5th October and all our sites will resume appointments via telephone, or face to face as appropriate.

The building has undergone a deep clean and our core Rowlands Gill practice team are all able to start to return to work with effect from Monday.

As stated previously we have not had any incidences of Covid 19 amongst our staff at Blaydon, Crawcrook and Grange Road.

A big thank you to all of our patients, for your patience and continued support, it is much appreciated.

 

*****FLU CLINICS****

Please see the dates and times below for flu clinics at the surgeries. Those who qualify are over 65’s, pregnant patients, younger children  and those with chronic diseases. Click on this link to see a more comprehensive list of those eligible

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

Children at school will be vaccinated by the school nurses, the surgeries will see the 2 and 3 year olds, and any child with a chronic disease. Children will be given appointments with the Practice Nurse

Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.  If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

Please contact the surgery for an appointment. Making the clinics covid safe is a huge undertaking due to the number of patients needing a vaccine. You can help us by not attending more than a few minutes early for your appointment time to avoid overcrowding and wearing a face covering when inside the surgery building. Please note that we will not be able to address any other issue during a flu clinic as we have to keep the flow of patients moving through to avoid a build up of waiting patients.

 

Thursday 24th September @Blaydon
Thursday 24th September @Crawcrook
Thursday 24th September @Grange Road
Thursday 24th September @Rowlands Gill
Saturday 3rd  October @ Blaydon
Saturday 10th October @ Crawcrook
Saturday 17th October @ Rowlands Gill
Saturday 24th October @ Grange Road

 

 

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Further services and information:

A video about accessing healthcare during the pandemic can be found here https://youtu.be/nRN5qICY6Xs

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247  http://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/

NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000 If you are worried about a child, even if you are unsure, contact NSPCC professional counsellors for help, advice and support

Childline 0800 1111: Offers free,confidential advice and support for any child 18 years or under, whatever the worry

MIND: Mental Health Support with specific advice on ‘Coronavirus and your wellbeing’. www.mind.org.uk

YoungMinds: Supporting children with young people an their parents/carers with their mental health and wellbeing. Specific advice on managing self isolation and anxiety about coronavirus http://youngminds.org.uk

ICON: Babies cry: You can cope. http://iconcope.org/

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