FLU VACCINATIONS PLEASE BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT
Please contact the surgery to book your flu vaccination appointment. We are taking bookings for patients of 50 years and over and for any patients that fall in to the at risk category. We are also booking the nasal flu for children.
Shortage of blood equipment supplies
A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.
Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems will still get one, but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.
Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.
If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.
Changes to East Lindsey Primary Care Network
Changes to the East Lindsey Primary Care Network
With effect from 1 July 2021, James Street Family Practice, Tasburgh Lodge Surgery and East Lindsey Medical Group, who were formerly part of the East Lindsey Primary Care Network, have formed Meridian Primary Care Network (PCN).
PCNs support the needs of their local population that is growing, living longer and may need to access local health and care services more often, and work together with other local organisations – such as community and mental health providers, social care, public health, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services - to do this.
Working as a Primary Care Network means services become more closely integrated and as a result offer improved outcomes for patients’ entire health and care needs. Primary Care Networks now exist across the whole of England.
There will be no negative impact on patients, or their access to healthcare, in either the new Meridian PCN or the East Lindsey PCN as a result of this. Patients will still be registered with the same practices and actually may experience some benefits as a result of the move to the new PCN formations including:
· The reduced geographical area of the new PCNs means they will be able to focus more consistently overall on the needs of a smaller patient community;
· It will allow the new PCNs to deliver services more tailored to the needs of their patient populations, and;
· It will allow for the delivery of services closer to the patients’ home
Patients do not need to do anything and should continue to contact the practice they are registered with should they require medical attention. We would like to reassure our patients that we are committed to providing the highest quality, safe healthcare as close to home as possible.
If patients have any concerns or would like to provide feedback about the PCN services please contact the engagement team at NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group: firstname.lastname@example.org
Extended Access to GP Services
We are pleased to be able to offer our patients access to routine, pre-booked appointments at evenings and weekends from Sunday 1st August 2021.
The new service is part of an extended access service which has been commissioned by NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Extended hours run between 07:00 – 08:00, 18:30 and 20:00 weekdays and 08:30 and 13:00 Saturday and Sunday and are available on bank holidays and across the Easter, Christmas and New Year periods.
Appointments are for pre-bookable, non-urgent consultations with GPs and Nurses and Physiotherapists.
The service is being delivered at the across East Lindsey Primary Care Network (ELPCN), which includes: The Old Vicarage (Horncastle), Market Rasen Surgery, North Thoresby Surgery, The New Conningsby Surgery, Caistor Health Centre, Woodhall Spa New Surgery, Binbrook Surgery and Wragby Surgery This means that your appointment could be with a health professional from any of the East Lindsey Primary Care Network practices.
To arrange an appointment, please speak to your practice receptionist.
When booking an appointment you will need to consent to a Consulting Clinician that may not be your own GP viewing and updating your health record.
Important things to remember
- These are pre-bookable and not urgent, acute ‘on the day’ matters
- Booked in advance through your own GP reception
- Maybe with a health professional from any of the ELPCN practices
- Extended Access hours are between 18:30 and 20:00 weekdays and 09:00 and 12:00 Saturday and Sunday
- These appointments are additional capacity across the ELPCN practices
- If you would like more information please ask at reception
Update from Caistor Health Centre 19th July 2021 onwards
Due to Government’s new corona virus guidelines, which were changed from the 19th July 2021, we will still be only allowing patients in to the building who have a pre-booked appointment or to accompany someone to an appointment. If you are early for your appointment, you may be asked to wait in your car or in the Foyer. Our receptionists are dealing with telephone calls and our Nurse and GP appointments will be as usual, but mostly over telephone for the safety of the patients and the staff. We are offering face to face appointments where it is deemed necessary by clinicians. For the latest COVID-19 advice, please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
Face Masks/Face Coverings
We are asking all patients and visitors that need to attend the surgery to wear a face mask / face covering that covers your nose and mouth. This is to protect both patients, visitors and staff. The surgery is unable to give these out. The surgery is unable to supply exemption letters for patients to be excused from wearing a face mask / face covering, and further information can be obtained from the gov.uk website.