**** IMPORTANT FLU CLINIC NOTICE*****
Sorry it has been a while since we posted.
We have been busy planning and getting ready for our flu clinics.
Due to the pandemic we have introduced infection control measures, gaps in between appointments and will limit the number of people in the surgery.
Please help us by reading this post to prepare for your flu jab appointment. If you know anyone that also has an appointment, we kindly request that you share this post with them too.
When attending for your flu jab:
- Please come to the surgery at the time of your appointment and make sure you arrive at the correct site.
- Bring an umbrella – You may have to queue outside so that we can ensure social distancing for everyone’s safety.
- Clothing – Please wear clothing that allows you to make your upper arm easily accessible.
- Wear comfy shoes – there will be no chairs.
- Safety – Please wear a face covering and sanitise your hands on entering the surgery. All patients will have their temperature checked at the front door of the surgery. If your temperature is above 37.5 you will be asked to re book your appointment.
- Queuing & One way – Please keep to the floor markers to ensure that everyone remains socially distant when queuing. A one way system will be in place around the surgery. Our staff will be present to direct you.
- If you are unwell or isolating, please do not come to the surgery.
Thank you for your help ensuring everyone’s safety
Rothwell and Desborough Healthcare Group
New Physiotherapy service
We now offer a physiotherapist service at our Desborough surgery, this is available on Wednesdays & Fridays. As with other appointments these are currently being done via telephone in the first instance. Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.
FLU VACCINATION UPDATE
We are now sending out invites to those who are eligible for the flu vaccine. Our first invites will be to those who are high risk and aged over 65. If you are in either of these groups you can call the surgery and book into one of our clinics now.
To check if you are eligible: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
Please note that people in the 50 to 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 to 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 flu, you will be invited earlier.
This year the flu vaccination will be offered to a much broader list of patients and despite it still being summer RDHG are actively working behind the scenes on our 2020 flu campaign.
• Those who are eligible will be contacted in the near future and regular updates will be posted on this page and on our Facebook page.
• Having your vaccination at your GP surgery is very important as, unlike other providers, we have full access to your medical records.
• Although our vaccination clinics will be run slightly different to previous years we will still be striving to ensure all our eligible patients will receive the flu jab.
As always please contact the practice for any further queries or for more information click the links below:
We will be running our Flu clinics from the beginning of October. The best time to have a flu vaccine is in the autumn, from the beginning of October to the end of November. As per guidance it is advised that the vaccination should NOT be given before October as this would not cover the winter months.
It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provides protection against influenza for 4-6 months.
A message from Dr Crowley
I am very aware I have been absent from the practice for a number of months now.
I have many patients who have always been very kind, loyal and supportive to me for which I am very grateful and I am aware lack of information can cause misinformation and rumour!
I needed to have a big operation in May and now need to have 6 months chemotherapy so will be absent from work until at least the New Year.
This has been a very difficult time for me and my family especially in the middle of the COVID pandemic.
I feel very positive that I will return to work - I really enjoy what I do and recognise the privilege it is to be able to look after other people at moments of personal difficultly and illness and I suspect my own experiences may enhance my ability to do that with more understanding and insight.
I am very grateful to all my partners and staff at Desborough and Rothwell who have been so supportive and kind especially as they’ve had to face the difficulties of recent months short staffed.
I am sorry to be away during this very difficult and isolating time and I hope you and your families are well and safe
I look forward to starting 2021 afresh and resuming the role I genuinely enjoy for a fair few years more!
With many thanks
NHS Test and Trace
The NHS Test and Trace service went live on 28th May in England, if you're told you have been exposed to an infected person you must self- isolate for 14 days. Click the link below for further information
Patients are required to wear a face covering at Rothwell & Desborough Practices
Patients are being asked to wear a face mask/covering when attending either surgery for any reason. Children under 11 are currently not required to, but may still wish to. If you don't have a mask, a scarf or something similar to cover your face and nose can also be used. Thank you for your co-operation.
For details on how to make your own face covering, click on this link
Organ donation law in England has changed
The Law around organ donation has changed in England. Any decision is still yours to make. Find out more at www.organdonation.nhs.uk
If you have been affected by or are requiring additional support because of the coronavirus outbreak, please contact the practice. We will then refer you to our social prescriber who can advise you about local support services or help you access the help you need.
Our social prescriber is able to refer you to the NHS volunteer Responders service. The NHS volunteer responders can help with:
- Collecting and delivering shopping, medication or other essential supplies.
- Provide transport to patients who are ready for discharge from hospital and ensure that they are settled safely back into their homes.
- Provide telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness
If you know someone who is vulnerable and does not have a local support network, please encourage them to contact the practice.
Corona Virus Update
In response to Corona Virus, starting tomorrow, all GP appointments will be via telephone triage only. A same day appointment will then be offered if needed. Anyone with possible symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to attend Desborough Surgery. Routine care will take place at Rothwell Surgery. If you have travelled to a high risk area or had contact with a confirmed case & develop symptoms, please do NOT attend surgery, but call 111 to arrange testing.