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Covid19 Advice for Parents

19 MAY - BILDESTON HEALTH CENTRE - UPDATE

We thought it was time for an update on how things are working at Bildeston Health Centre during these challenging times, to try to alleviate any worries or concerns you have. 

Our Clinical team are here to help you. We are still operating a total telephone triage service, so you may be asked for a brief description of your problem by our reception team.  If your Clinician feels you need to be seen face to face you will be given an appointment time. Please do not arrive early as we are staggering patients and you may be asked to wait in your car or outside. We are doing this to avoid people waiting in groups in the waiting room and to adhere to social distancing guidelines. We are also able to offer video consultations. 

You may struggle to get through by phone at busy times – especially Monday Mornings! We are hoping to up our phone capacity in the coming weeks to try to alleviate this problem. Please bear with us. 

We politely ask you if you could wear a facemask or covering when coming in for face to face appointments, this is not compulsory but in line with current government guidelines.

Our Dispensary team are still working extremely hard. We are operating a one in one out system. We are now asking for 3 working days’ notice for repeat prescriptions - as our Dispensary is small we can only allow 2 staff members in at one time so this slows things down. 

Our trusted volunteers are still doing a fantastic job delivering medication to patients Over 70 and shielding. However, they are increasingly finding patients are not at home when they deliver. We do not have the capacity to retry, so we will have to ask patients to make their own arrangements for collection. 

Dispensary are also stopping their repeat management system and will be contacting patients affected by this and asking them to register for online services wherever possible.

For up to date information and eligibility for Covid 19 testing please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

We thank you all for your patience and co-operation – Stay safe!

 

Home Visits

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Please help us to plan our day by telephoning your requests for home visits before 10:00.

The doctors and our nurse practitioner are happy to do home visits when necessary, but they are time consuming as we cover a large area of Suffolk. Often visits are requested from patients who are feeling very unwell, or with a poorly child, and do not feel able to sit and wait in the surgery.

We do understand this and we are happy to arrange a time when you or your child can be seen at the surgery within a few minutes, thus eliminating the need for a home visit. Our receptionists will arrange this if you wish.

If you telephone the surgery after 18:30 you will be automatically transferred to the out-of-hours deputising service. Use the night and weekend on-call services for genuine emergencies that cannot wait until the next working day.

You can also be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years.

 
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