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Recommended communication from BSol CCG re Covid Booster increased Roll Out


In line with the Government’s announcement, the NHS is aiming to offer every adult the chance to book a COVID-19 booster vaccine by the end of the year. This means our practice is now prioritising the booster rollout. 


As part of this, some of our routine services may be stood down temporarily to allow us to focus on protecting as many patients as possible. 


We are still there for anyone who may need care for an urgent need, but would ask for patience as we support this key national priority over the coming weeks. We hope to be able to stand back up any services as soon as possible and will update this page as soon as we know more. 


Please don’t forget there are many services available for you, depending on your condition. These include: 



  • Self-care – This is the best choice to treat minor illnesses and injuries such as hangovers, coughs, colds, grazes, small cuts or sore throats. Many of these can be treated at home, simply with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest.

  • Pharmacy – Pharmacists can give advice on and treat a range of symptoms. They can support you with things such as diarrhoea, earaches, painful coughs, sticky eyes, teething and rashes.

  • NHS 111 – You can access 111 online or via the telephone. This is for any urgent but non-life threatening health concerns. They will be able to signpost you to the relevant service and provide advice where appropriate, or book you in to an Urgent Treatment Centre.

  • A&E / 999 – You should only attend A&E or dial 999 in a life-threatening emergency such as severe bleeding, breathing difficulties and severe chest pain. 


If you are now eligible for your COVID-19 booster please book it as soon as you can. It is vital as many people as possible get boosted as soon as possible. Please do not ring the practice regarding your boosters, instead visit https://www.birminghamandsolihullcovidvaccine.nhs.uk/ or call 119 to book an appointment or to find a walk-in clinic near you. You can also find out more about who is eligible, how the vaccine is given and other frequently asked questions. If you are a housebound patient, there is a community team which will be coming out to you to vaccinate you, so please do not contact your GP as the team will be making contact with you.


May Day Bank Holiday 2nd May, 2022

Surgery is closed on Monday 2nd May for the May Day Bank Holiday. If you need to speak to a GP urgently there is limited  telephone consultations availability with our PCN colleagues based at the hub on Chelmsley Wood.  Please call 0121 770 4484 between 9am and 12 midday on Monday  the 2nd May to check availability and book a telephone consultation. Other services available are our BADGER ( out of hours) service and NHS111 online /  telephone calls.

Surgery will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 3rd May.


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URRENT LOCUM SHORTAGES

Along with many NHS organisations we are experiencing difficulties securing locum staff
Please remember our local pharmacists are a good source of advice for minor Illnesses and you can alto use 111online or call 111 for medical advice.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

ROUTES TO GAIN CLINICAL ASSISTANCE

If you have a major bleed, suspect you or someone you know may be having a stroke or Heart attack, or have been involved in a serious (? life threatening incident) call 999.

If you think you may need to visit A&E please call 111 or access 111 online who after triaging you will, if necessary arrange a time for you to go up to A&E, to avoid congestion in the department and to ensure that it is appropriate for you to attend A&E.

Please be reminded that when attending ANY healthcare setting, including surgery, you are required to wear a face mask or if this is not possible (due to a clinical exemption) a face covering (shield).

We continue to require you to contact surgery by telephone to make an appointment to consult with a Clinician at the surgery.

For a GP or Advanced Nurse Practitioner consultation, in most cases you will initially require a telephone consultation.  A face to face appointment will then be arranged if it is decided during the telephone consultation that this is necessary.

When booking a clinical consultation, it may be evident to the receptionist triaging the call, that it would assist the clinician if a photograph of the problem was sent prior to the telephone call. If this is the case a link will be sent to your mobile phone for you to upload the photographs, this uses NHS approved software that can be uploaded into your clinical record. Please DO NOT just send photographs to us at the surgery generic email address and request a Clinician “take a look” and ring you back, this is not the way to gain access to a clinical opinion and you will receive a polite request to contact reception and make an appointment.

Nurse and Health Care Assistant appointments will, due to the nature of the appointment, often require a face to face appointment and these can be arranged via a telephone call.

Prescriptions can be requested via SystmOne Online / the NHS App / the surgery prescription email address prescriptions.mm@nhs.net / via the surgery letterbox or by post.  Please do not call surgery to request a prescription.

If you require assistance out of hours please call 111 or access 111 online to seek medical assistance.


Flu and Covid Boosters

The surgery are working with other local practices the give all of the Covid Booster Vaccinations and most of the Flu boosters at the PCN run hub at the Primary Care Centre, Crabtree Drive, Off Bosworth Drive on Chelmsley Wood.  This will reduce the footfall within the practices and allow us to continue seeing vulnerable patients when needed at the practice.  We will however still be administering Flu vaccines, on our sites, to 2 and 3 year olds, pregnant patients and those 17 and under who have underlying medical conditions which make them eligible for a flu vaccine but are not having a vaccine at school.  Please call surgery if you are one of the patients detailed above to book an appointment.

 


Accessing Urgent Treatment Centre

Urgent Treatment Centre’s (previously known as walk-in centres) 
 
UTCs can now only be accessed via an appointment system, booked by NHS111. Patients can no longer access a ‘walk-in’ service, without an appointment.
 
Please advise all patients to call 111 or visit online at https://111.nhs.uk first.
 
Here is an updated list of the 6 Urgent Treatment Centre’s within the Birmingham & Solihull area that NHS111 has access too:
 
Warren Farm Urgent Treatment Centre
Warren Farm Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B44 0PU
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 8:00 – 19:00
 
Erdington Urgent Treatment Centre
Stockland Green Primary Care Centre
192 Reservoir Road
Erdington B23 6DJ
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 10:30 – 22:30
 
Washwood Heath Urgent Treatment Centre
Clodeshall Road, Washwood Heath , Birmingham, West Midlands, B8 3SN
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 09:00 – 20:30
 
Birmingham NHS Urgent Treatment Centre (“Boots”) closes end of March 2022
Lower Ground Floor, Boots The Chemists Ltd, 66 High Street , Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 7TA
Opening times: Monday – Friday 8:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 9:00 – 17:00
Sunday 11:00 – 15:00
 
South Birmingham GP Urgent Treatment Centre (“Katie Road”)
15 Katie Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6JG.
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 8:00 – 20:00
 
Solihull Urgent Treatment Centre
Hurst Lane Clinic, 62 Hurst Lane
Castle Bromwich
Birmingham B36 0EY
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 10:30 – 22:30


https://www.mesotheliomaveterans.org/

for more information on Mesothelioma and the Mesothelioma Veterans organisation please follow the above link.


National Data Opt Out

Please see our GDPR Privacy Notice -June 2021 in the Practice Policies Section of the website for more information about the National Data Opt out also www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters  . New date for implementation is 1st September, 2021 (as per House of Commons announcement on 08.06.2021)


FACE COVERINGS EXEMPTION GUIDANCE

Guidance for patients requesting exemption letters
We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks/coverings in various public settings.
GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask/covering.
The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.
In respect of public transport, the responsibility for issuing exemptions lies with the transport provider not your GP. Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but who considers themselves to have another reason to be exempted.
Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#face-coverings
Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. Some transport staff may not wear a face covering if it is not required for their job.


SURGERY FACEBOOK PAGE

The surgery now has a Facebook page which enables us to keep you up to date with news about surgery, awareness weeks and generally useful health information. Please use the facebook search function to search for Manor House Lane & Marston Green Surgeries.


WHEN THE SURGERY IS CLOSED

Please ring the usual surgery number and listen to up to date advice about out of hours assistance. ( please note this is subject to regular changes to keep up with the COVID 19 Pandemic situation).


REPORTING MODERN ADULT SLAVERY CONCERNS

If you suspect that you or someone you have come across may be an adult victim of modern slavery and in need of help please contact The Salvation Army's confidential and anonymous referral helpline on 0800 808 3733 available 365 days a year 24/7, with interpretation services where needed.



Did you know you can book appointments and order your repeat medications online?

If you haven’t yet signed up for GP Online Services simply download the form below, complete it and  call into the practice with two forms of photo ID and proof of address.  We can sign you up for GP Online Services which  makes it easy to book appointments online, request repeat prescriptions and view some of your medical records.

Find out more about this on www.nhs.uk/GPonlineservices

If you are not able to attend an appointment you have booked, for whatever reason, please let us know.  We can then offer that appointment to someone else who needs it.


Please remember that A&E is for serious injuries and illnesses only

You can call the 24-hour NHS 111 helpline, visit a pharmacy or a walk-in centre, or click on the NHS Choices Website

  

More advice to help patients choose the right urgent care service to use is available on www.choosewellmidlands.nhs.uk. You can also download the ‘Choose Well West Midlands’ app on iPhones and Android phones. 


Have you heard about the community pharmacy minor ailments scheme? 

The scheme means that you don't need to wait for an appointment to see your doctor about the problems listed below but can call in and see your pharmacist instead.

The conditions included are:

Athlete's Foot, Cold Sores, Cold, Flu or Earache, Constipation, Cough, Diarrhoea, Hay Fever or Allergies, Head Lice, Nappy Rash, Nasal Congestion, Sore Throat, Temperature, Threadworms, Vaginal Thrush, Verrucae and Warts

CLICK HERE TO SEE AVAILABLE PHARMACIES

  

If you don’t pay for your prescriptions then you won’t be charged for any medication provided by the pharmacist. You'll need to show proof of exemption and sign the pharmacist's prescription form in the normal way.

  


    

GET WELL / KEEP WELL

Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.   

    


KEEP ANTIBIOTICS WORKING

Please check out the BSol CCG campaign videos explaining the importance of only using antibiotics when absolutely necessary to ensure that when you need them they are effective.

https://www.birminghamandsolihullccg.nhs.uk/news/blogs/835-keep-antibiotics-working 


PAPYRUS - PREVENTION OF YOUNG SUICIDE

If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be, you can contact HOPELINK for confidential support and practical advice.

CALL : 0800 068 4141

TEXT: 07786 209 697

Email : pat@papyrus-uk.org

Opening hours: Weekdays 10am to 10pm / weekends 2pm to 10pm / bank holidays 2pm to 10pm.


CHAT HEALTH - HEALTH VISITORS

A text helpline has been set up for Solihull health visitors questions.  The hours are Mon - Fri 9am to 4pm ( Excluding weekends and Bank Holidays). Your messages will be seen in hours and they aim to respond to all messages in one working day.  If something is more  urgent please contact NHS 111 or call your GP or dial 999 or visit A&E if appropriate.

Text 07507 332 563


KOOTH.COM for young people

Free, safe, anonymous online counselling and support on www.kooth.com


SOLIHULL LIFESTYLE SERVICE

Free weight management advice. Ring free on 0800 599 9880 and start your weight loss journey.


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