Patients aged 50 - 64 years with no eligible health conditions will not be offered vaccination during the first stage of the campaign.

Subject to vaccine availability nationally, that age group may be vaccinated in November / December


* * * CORONA VIRUS (Covid-19) * * *


IF YOU HAVE A NEW CONTINUOUS COUGH, A HIGH TEMPERATURE OR YOU NOTICE A LOSS OF YOUR SENSE OF SMELL OR TASTE, YOU MUST STAY AT HOME AND SELF-ISOLATE FOLLOWING THIS GUIDANCE ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD SHOULD ALSO SELF-ISOLATE


FACE COVERINGS

As of 24th July, people in England are required by law to wear a face covering in shops as well as on public transport. We also require all visitors to our surgeries to wear a face covering.There are exceptions to this ruling, the full guidance is available here

PLEASE NOTE, THE PRACTICE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE LETTERS FOR PATIENTS WHO ARE UNABLE TO WEAR A MASK DUE TO A MEDICAL CONDITION. PLEASE SEE SECTION 5 OF THE GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE FOR FULL DETAILS OF EXEMPTIONS


FULL GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE ABOUT ALL ASPECTS OF CORONA VIRUS IS AVAILABLE VIA THE LINK BELOW:

.GOV CORONAVIRUS GUIDANCE




WE ARE HERE FOR OUR PATIENTS BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP

Since the start of the Coronavirus Pandemic, our teams have always been available for our patients, albeit in different ways. To keep everyone safe from infection our GPs and nurses have been consulting patients by telephone, via video link and electronically using e-Consultation. Minimising face to face contact in this way has ensured our patients could stay safe at home and our teams were protected in the surgery. The majority of our repeat prescription requests have been requested online and sent direct to the pharmacy and most other contact has been managed by telephone, email and text message. As the country moves slowly towards relaxing the lockdown and people are outside more frequently for exercise we have seen an increase in the number of visitors to the surgery which is increasing the risk of infection both to our patients and our staff.


YOU SHOULD ONLY VISIT THE SURGERY IN THE FOLLOWING CIRCUMSTANCES:

* You have been invited in by your doctor, following a telephone or video consultation

* You have a pre-booked appointment with one of our nurse team

* You have been asked by your doctor or nurse to deliver a sample to the surgery for testing

* You have spoken to one of our reception team and been asked to collect something

You can book a telephone appointment with your GP by phone, online or you can complete an e-Consultation and one of the team will get back to you, usually within 24 hours.



ASTHMA - we have received a lot of enquiries from patients about asthma 'rescue packs'

If you are asthmatic but have no current symptoms - a rescue pack will not be issued

If you are asthmatic with asthma symptoms but no Covid-19 symptoms, you should book a telephone consultation with a GP

If you are asthmatic with Covid-19 symptoms - you should telephone NHS 111 Please read the full asthma / Covid-19 guidance at ASTHMA UK


Anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) You may have heard that there is concern in France in relation to Coronavirus and the use of anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen.

In the UK, the evidence is being reviewed and in the interim it is suggested that patients with confirmed Coronavirus or believe they have Coronavirus use Paracetamol rather than NSAIDs.

Patients currently taking NSAIDs for other medical reasons (e.g. arthritis) SHOULD NOT STOP THEM


If your employer has requested medical evidence in relation to your absence from work because you are unwell with Coronavirus symptoms or self isolating, please click the link below to download a letter from Cleveland Local Medical Committee which explains why a Doctors note / MED3 / Fit Note is not required

LMC_Letter_Coronavirus_MED3_request.pdf




Sharing Your Medical Records

Would you like us to make your medical records accessible to other NHS organisations who may provide you with care, for example the local extended hours GP surgeries or Urgent Care centre?When you receive care from another organisation, they will always ask your permission to view your GP record, however, you also need to tell TBMG that you are happy to share other records with us. Next time you are contact the surgery, please ask one of the team to update your sharing preferences.


Please click here for more information about sharing your medical record and how we use your records


Seven day Extended Access - EVENING and WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS

Hartlepool & Stockton Health (H&SH) offer access in the evening and on weekends on behalf of this Practice. Appointments are available to see a GP, Nurse or Healthcare Assistant at several surgeries across Stockton and Hartlepool. Please speak to our reception team for further information.


Patients attending appointments at H&SH will be asked if they are happy for NHS staff at the other surgeries to have access to their electronic medical record. Further information about sharing your medical record is available via the link below.

Electronic Record Sharing, patient information leaflet.


Have you registered for Online Access yet?

Over 5,500 of our patients currently benefit from online access which allows them to book and cancel appointments, order repeat prescriptions and view a summary of their medical record 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Online access is available to all patients aged 16 years and over. Please take a look at our Online Services page for further information.


Electronic Prescription Services (EPS)

Since we introduced access to the Electronic Prescription Service 13,400 of our patients have nominated their preferred pharmacy and are benefiting from the service as they no longer have to visit the surgery to pick up a paper prescription, particularly important during the current pandemic. Instead, their GP sends it to the pharmacy they choose, saving them time. Patients also have more choice about where they get their medication from because it can be collected from a pharmacy near where they live, work or shop.


More information about EPS, including answers to frequently asked questions is available by clicking on the following link Electronic Prescription Service, or speak to your local pharmacy.


Would you like to join our Patient Participation Group?

As a member of our 'virtual' Patient Participation Group you can suggest and comment upon other areas that you feel may be important for future surveys, the group is open to all patients registered with TBMG. To join the group, simply ask at reception for an application form , complete your details and hand it back to the receptionist. Have your say ....... join up today!!