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Vacancy - Medical Secretary

Vacancy - Medical Secretary

We are recruiting for a Secretary to join our team.

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We are OPEN - just a new kind of open


I know there has been a lot of discussion in the news this week about GP's providing face-to-face appointments.

I wanted to explain some of the reasons why we have been offering a reduced number of face-to-face appointments. I would also like to reassure our patients that NHS Digital have confirmed that in July 2020 over 50% of the 22.8 million appointments carried out were conducted face-to-face.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have remained open to patients. We have also offered appointments using new ways of working and new technology.

We have, and will continue, to work hard to ensure we remain available to speak to and to offer appointments to anyone that needs one.

Thank you

Justin Cotchin

Performance and Practice Manager




FAKE NEWS - Pharmacy flu letters



We have been made aware by our patients, and more widely from other surgeries in Portsmouth, that some pharmacies are not being completely honest with the letters currently being sent regarding this years flu program.

Some have advised that a GP Practice wont be able to offer a vaccination until late in the year, some have even said the GP Practices aren't offering flu vaccinations this year.

Both statements are completely FALSE.

We are receiving our first batch of vaccines for the over 65's on the 3rd September.

Our first dedicated flu clinic will be run on the 17th September with final plans being put in place to ensure the surgery remains safe to everyone coming in. Anyone with an appointment after the 3rd and before the 17th will be offered the vaccination.

The younger patients, including those in a risk group will begin receiving their vaccinations early October.

The ONLY group of patients that will not be considered until November at the earliest, is the new group of patients aged between 50-64 who are otherwise NOT AT RISK. This additional group of patients falls outside of the 'normal' program and as such is being directed by NHS England.

So if you do receive a letter as described above please let us know as the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group are keen to ensure the correct messages are being sent across the city.




Flu Vaccinations 2020


This year has the potential to be the far worse than previous years given the current threat of a 2nd wave of COVID 19.

As the weather draws in we will all begin to spend much more time inside, more confined and in all likeliness in much closer proximity with each other than the last few months when the sun has been shining. Ideal situation for viruses to spread but you can do your bit.

If you are invited for a flu vaccination please arrange an appointment. Protecting yourself, your family, your colleagues will also go a long way to protecting the NHS during the winter time.

Vaccines will begin to be received early September, initially for the 65 and over group, and our clinics for this group will be run from 17th September to the 2nd October inclusive.

Vaccines for the younger at risk cohort are expected at the start of October and details will be updated once the plans are finalised.

Vaccines for the 50-64 year old group (and not at risk) are not yet available and the current guidance is that November is likely to be the earliest date for these and will be subject to availability.

We are firming up our plans on how to safely deliver this years program and will be in touch shortly.

So please, when you receive your invite act straight away to ensure you receive your vaccination.

Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save lives.



COVID Travel Certificates



Please note that we will not issue these. You will need to approach a Private provider of this service who will charge for their service.

Thanks

Exemptions from wearing Face Masks

We are receiving a number of calls at present regarding the current guidance on this subject and requests for reports / letters / certificates from GP's to confirm.

WE WILL NOT BE PROCESSING SUCH REQUESTS

The requirement to wear a face covering does not apply to:

  • a child under the age of 11
  • passengers in an allocated cabin, berth or other similar accommodation, when they are alone or with members of their household or support bubble
  • passengers who remain in their private vehicle while on board public transport, for example on a car ferry
  • an employee of the transport operator, when they are acting in the course of their employment
  • any other person providing services to the transport operator, under arrangements made with the transport operator, who is providing those services
  • a constable or police community support officer acting in the course of their duty
  • an emergency responder such as a paramedic or fire officer acting in the course of their duty
  • an official, for example a border force officer, acting in the course of their duties

You also do not need to wear a face covering if you have a good reason not to. This includes:

  • if you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
  • if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
  • if you are travelling with, or providing assistance to, someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • if you are travelling to avoid injury or escape the risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you
  • if you need to remove it during your journey to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others
  • if you need to eat, drink, or take medication you can remove your face covering
  • if you are asked to remove your face covering by a police officer or other official, for example to check your railcard

Emailing Pictures into the practice

Unless you have been specifically asked by the clinician to send in images by email we will not process them.

They will be deleted with no action taken.

SO PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL PHOTOS / IMAGES UNLESS ASKED TO DO SO

COVID 19 - Update in Privacy Statement


There has been a recent update provided by NHS Digital regarding the use of your data during this COVID pandemic.

Details can be found on our Privacy Notices and also by following this LINK

CORONA VIRUS - PLEASE READ



IMPORTANT:


For the latest guidance and information click here

Remember: WASH HANDS, COVER FACE, MAKE SPACE

Thank you for your understanding.





Our Surgeries

St Cuthbert’s Church
Hayling Avenue
Portsmouth
PO3 6BH
Tel: 023 9282 7132

Milton Park Surgery
Milton Road
Portsmouth
PO3 6DW
Tel: 023 9282 7132

Your Doctors Surgery in Portsmouth

Located in a central location with ample parking.


Location & Contact

Baffins Surgery
St Cuthbert’s Church
Hayling Avenue
Portsmouth
PO3 6BH
Tel: 023 9282 7132

Opening Hours

Monday: 08.00 – 18.30
Tuesday: 08.00 – 18.30
Wednesday: 08.00 – 18.30
Thursday: 08.00 – 18.30
Friday: 08.00 – 18.30

Location and Contact

Milton Park Surgery (temp closed)
Milton Road
Portsmouth
PO3 6DW

Tel: 023 9282 7132

Opening Hours

Monday: 08.00 – 18.30
Tuesday: 08.00 – 18.30
Wednesday: 08.00 – 18.30
Thursday: 08.00 – 18.30
Friday: 08.00 – 18.30