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16.3.2020 CORONAVIRUS - BILDESTON HEALTH CENTRE UPDATE

AS FROM TODAY AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, WE ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO OFFER OUR OPEN ACCESS MORNING SURGERY. THERE WILL BE A TRIAGE SYSTEM IN PLACE. THIS IS TO PROTECT OUR VULNERABLE PATIENTS DURING THE COVID – 19 PERIOD.

BLOOD TESTS- WE ARE CURRENTLY DOING URGENT BLOOD TESTS AND INR TESTING.

ALL CURRENT BOOKED APPOINTMENTS- ALL CURRENT BOOKED APPOINTMENTS ARE BEING REVIEWED BY A CLINICIAN. FOR FUTURE APPOINTMENT PLEASE CONTACT US.

DISPENSARY- CURRENTLY OPEN AS NORMAL- HOWEVER PLEASE DO NOT CROWD THE WAITING AREAS.

HOW YOU CAN CONTACT US

THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT US IS THROUGH e- CONSULT - SEE THE BLUE BOX BELOWBY USING THIS IT WILL FREE UP OUR PHONE LINES.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP US

BE PATIENT – THE TELEPHONE LINES MAY WELL BE BUSY AS WE TOO ARE SHORT STAFFED AND HAVE LIMITED TELEPHONE LINES. WORKING IN THIS WAY IS NEW TO US TOO.

DO NOT STOCKPILE MEDICATION – IT IS NOT HELPFUL AND CAUSES DELAYS TO THOSE IN GENUINE NEED.

DO NOT VISIT THE SURGERY IN PERSON WITHOUT GOOD REASON.

 DO NOT ENTER THE SURGERY IF YOU HAVE:

A HIGH TEMPERATURE AND/OR A NEW CONTINOUS COUGH. IF YOU HAVE THESE SYMPTOMS CONTACT 111 https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 OR BY TELEPHONE

TO ACCESS UP TO DATE INFORMATION USE OUR WEBSITE OR OUR TWITTER PAGE @BildestonCentre

PLEASE SHARE THIS MESSAGE FOR US – EITHER BY SOCIAL MEDIA OR IN PERSON.

We would like to thank all the people who have made offers of help. We will be in touch shortly.

Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions

Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs).

The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.


NHS charges

These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

  • Prescription (per item): £9.00
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
  • 3-month PPC: £29.10

If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website

Private Prescriptions  -  Bildeston Surgery Policy

Private prescriptions are medication which your PRIVATE Doctor has recommended for you on a private prescription. A private prescription is not written on an official NHS prescription and so is not paid for by the NHS. The cost of a private prescription is met wholly by the patient and is dictated by the cost of the medicine plus the pharmacists charge for supplying it. A prescription is a legal document for which the doctor, who has issued and signed it, is responsible for. Therefore, a NHS doctor cannot convert a private prescription to an NHS prescription except in exceptional circumstances. A doctor you see privately can’t issue an NHS prescription.

If you wish to discuss this with your doctor please make an appointment to do so.

 
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