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CORONAVIRUS

Due to the lockdown, our door is closed and you can only be invited for an appointment by GP or nurse after being screened by triage first - use eConsult to request an appointment.

STAY ALERT TO STAY SAFE


Everyone must stay alert to help to the spread of coronavirus. Failure to do so puts lives at risk unnecessarily.


With governments easing of restrictions, as of 4th July you can now:

  • meet in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one) in any location - indoors or outdoors, public or private. You don't always have to meet with the same household, it can be different households at different times. You still need to maintain social distancing from anyone not within your household or bubble. This change doesn't affect the support you receive from your carers
  • when outside you can continue to meet in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines
  • venues and businesses such as restaurants, cinemas, visitor attractions, hotels, campsites and pubs can open - but certain premises where risk of transmission may be higher will remain closed
  • other public spaces, such as libraries, community centres, places of worship, outdoor playgrounds and outdoor gyms will be able to open
  • stay overnight away from home with your own household or support bubble, or with members of one other household
  • it is against the law to gather in groups larger than 30 people, except for a limited set of circumstances to be set out in law

You should not:

  • gather indoors in groups of more than two households (your support bubble counts as one household) - this includes when dining or going to a pub
  • gather outdoors in groups larger than six people from different households; gatherings of larger than six people should only take places if everyone on from just two households
  • interact socially with anyone outside of the group you are attending a place with, even if you see someone you know, for example in a restaurant, place of worship or community centre
  • hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to attend social distancing
  • stay overnight away from home with members of more than one other household (your support bubble counts as one household)

Gatherings of more than 30 people are not allowed, apart from some limited circumstances to be set out in law.

For more information please visit the uk.gov information page.


As before, you must still:

  • stay at least two metres (three steps) away from anyone you don't live with/outside of your support bubble when outside your home
  • wash your hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitizer gel if soap and water are unavailable
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands!) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bins immediately and wash your hands afterwards 
  • wear a something that covers your nose and mouth when it's hard to keep away from people, such as in the shops or on public transport

DO NOT GO TO YOUR GP SURGERY, HOSPITAL OR PHARMACY IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE SEE OUR PAGE ON CORONAVIRUS GUIDANCE

Clinics & Services

Child Health     

Child health surveillance clinics are held by appointment on Thursday mornings from 11.00 at the Brambles surgery.

New babies have their eight week check and immunisations, while three-year-olds can have a health check if the parent or guardian thinks it is necessary.

These clinics offer parents the opportunity to discuss their child's health and progress with the doctor and/or health visitor.

Family Planning              

All of the practice nurses are able to provide family planning services including pills, injection, implant, IUCDs and emergency contraception.

Please make an appointment with the practice nurse in the usual way.

Cervical Smears

In this practice we try to follow the Health Authority guidelines of a cervical smear test at least every five years (three-yearly for younger women).

For some women these are recommended more frequently. You will be recalled by letter, and we would advise you to make an appointment as soon as you receive this. If it is more than five years since you had a cervical smear please book an appointment through the treatment room reception. At the same time as your cervical smear test your doctor may wish to weigh you, measure your height, test your urine and examine your breasts. This is commonly known as a 'well woman check'.

Breast Screening

Routine breast screening is available from the mobile unit or at the local breast screening unit. All women between 50 and 70 will be invited by letter every three years to attend for mammography. Women over 70 can telephone 0203 758 2024 for an appointment.

Health Screening

Health screening is provided at the surgery especially for those who have no apparent health problems. You will be asked about your medical history, family history, immunisations, diet, smoking and drinking habits. The nurse will weigh you, measure your height, check your blood pressure and test your urine. If appropriate she will offer advice, and if necessary will refer you to your doctor. You can make an appointment for a well person check by telephoning the surgery and explaining what you require. We also provide this service for all new patients over five years of age who are registering with the surgery. We encourage all patients to share responsibility for their health. Many diseases can be prevented by a healthy lifestyle, e.g. sensible eating and drinking, regular exercise and no smoking. We are happy to advise you.


Other Services      

The practice provides the following services:

Asthma

Asthmatic patients should have regular checks. We offer advice and monitoring as well as access to specialist services. Asthma clinics are held most afternoons by appointment with the practice nurse.

Coronary Heart Disease

Patients at risk of coronary heart disease should have regular checks, and our nurses offer monitoring and advice. You will be called automatically for an annual review at the surgery; however, you should call the doctor or nurse immediately if you have any concerns.

CVD Risk Assessment

If you have hypertension and are aged between 40 and 74 years you may book an appointment with our practice nurse for a Cardiovascular Risk Assessment. This simple assessment will ascertain your risk of developing Coronary Heart Disease over a 10 year period.

Diabetes

Diabetic patients should have regular checks, which will be with their doctor, nurse or a joint appointment with them both. A specialist diabetic nursing team is also available for our patients. Please phone 01277 695241 between 09.00 and 15.30 Monday to Friday if you would like further information.

Annual diabetic retinal screening is now offered at Basildon and Brentwood Community Hospital. Staff there will contact patients direct with appointment details. Patients are invited automatically for an annual diabetic review. However, they should contact the surgery immediately if they have any concerns.

Minor Operations

Minor surgical procedures can be arranged at the surgery after an initial consultation with your doctor. Examples include removal of cysts, warts, skin lumps and the injection of joints.

We are no longer offering ear irrigation, as it is not available on the NHS and no longer feasible; if you require this treatment you will need to arrange it privately.

 
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