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We would like to inform our patients that, due to the outbreak of the Omicron COVID variant, our practice is currently experiencing significant staff absences. Like many workplaces, GP practices are coping with unprecedented levels of staff sickness and self-isolation at this time.

We would like to reassure you that we are doing everything possible to maintain normal services in light of this situation. Unfortunately, there may be some short-term changes or disruption to the way we normally work – we apologise if you should find this to be the case.

We would be very grateful for your patience and understanding during this challenging time and would like to thank you for your ongoing support.

 

Before contacting your GP practice, it is always really helpful if you can please think about the right health service option for your needs. Not only can this help us make sure we are seeing those people who are most in need of our support sooner, but it will also help you get the right treatment faster as well – particularly with the pandemic continuing to have an impact on services.

Below are some of the other healthcare options available in Buckinghamshire:

 

  • NHS.UK has a really helpful patient guide to conditions, symptoms and treatments which may help you manage your illness or injury
  • The 111 online service at 111.nhs.uk is a great source of information and advice, especially if you are not sure which service to use.
  • Pharmacies are staffed by healthcare professionals and offer excellent advice as well as very effective over-the-counter treatments.  You can find your nearest pharmacy here.
  • Many minor injuries or ailments can be treated at home, with medicines or treatments you may already have. Make sure you keep some of these handy.
  • If you have a minor injury or condition (e.g. sprains, cuts, minor burns, skin infections), the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) in High Wycombe is accessible from 8am – 8pm. Check here for more information. 
  • A&E - remember, A&E should be used for serious and life-threatening conditions. If it is not an emergency, or you are not sure, please check with the NHS 111 service first. But if it is, don’t delay – call 999.

 

COVID PASSPORT INFORMATION 

see Home Page for further information

FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENTS

These will continue to be given at the Clinician's discretion  

National data opt-out

The deadline to opt out of NHS digital sharing your identifiable patient data is the 1st September 2021.
 
Any data that NHS Digital collects will only be used for health and care purposes. It is never shared with marketing or insurance companies.
 
If you wish to opt out of this, you will be required to fill out a Type 1 Opt-out form. This can be found online by clicking on the below link: https://digital.nhs.uk/services/national-data-opt-out Please return this form to the surgery.
If you are completing this for a child under the age of 13, you will be required to fill out the below form:
This needs to be emailed directly to the email listed on the form by the child's parents/carers

IMPROVED ACCESS SERVICE IN HIGH WYCOMBE

Improved Access High Wycombe

Doctors have been asked not to prescribe medicines for minor ailments like paracetamol or ibuprofen *

Doctors have been asked not prescribe a list of medicines for minor ailments. These medicines can be bought from a pharmacy or supermarket.

This includes patients who get FREE prescriptions.

The minor ailments are:

New sore throat, Conjunctivitis, Coughs, colds and congestion, Cradle cap, Dandruff, Diarrhoea (adults), Dry eyes/sore tire eyes, Earwax, Unusual sweating, Piles, Headlice, Indigestion and heartburn, Child colic,  Occasional cold sores, Occasional constipation, Occasional migraine, Insect bites and stings, Mild acne, Minor burns and scalds, Mild cystitis, Mild dry skin, Mild irritant dermatitis, Mild to moderate hay fever, Minor pain, discomfort and fever (eg aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain), Mouth ulcers, Nappy rash, Thrush in the mouth, Prevention of tooth decay, Ringworm/athletes foot, Sunburn, Sun protection, Teething/mild toothache, Threadworms, Travel sickness, Warts and verrucae 

Community pharmacists are trained to offer help and advise on minor ailments. They will help you if you visit your local pharmacy.

Further information about this is available at: www.buckinghamshireccg.nhs.uk/otc

A patient information leaflet is available at: www.england.nhs.uk/publication/prescribing-of-over-medicines-is-changing

NEW PATIENT REGISTRATIONS

We are currently registering new patients.

We have different registration packs at Reception for adults and children under the age of 16. We require two forms of identification for adults one with a picture on ie: passport or driving license and another with address ie: mortgage/rent agreement or bank statement. For children under the age of 16 we require the full birth certificate. There is a full list of what we can accept at Reception.   

PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP

We are looking for new members for our Patient Participation Group (PPG).

Ideally the group will meet virtually, with quarterly meetings during the year with the practice team.

We also need 'Friends of Carrington' who can be called upon when the PPG need volunteers for fundraising; patient transport or to help collect feedback from surveys... give us an email!  PPG.carringtonhouse@nhs.net 

If you are interested please email your name and contact details to PPG.carringtonhouse@nhs.net; explaining to what level you would like to be involved.  

With patient’s needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.

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