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Coronavirus Principle Trial: see Latest News for details or ask your GP.

Please see Coronavirus advice for parents and guardians in "Further Information"

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School Letters of Absence:

Please note that it is not a GPs responsibility to issue school letters of absence for your children. Government guidance is that school attendance is mandatory unless your child is self-isolating, has symptoms of COVID-19 or is close to someone who has COVID-19.’

Please note that parents should still make arrangements to contact their GP in the normal way if their child is ill.

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Paper medical Records:

Lancashire and South Cumbria has been chosen by NHS England to be a national pilot for the digitisation of Medical Records.  Scanning these paper based records and making them digital will enable better utilisation of space, creating more clinical space, staff areas, multi team space and video hubs, removing the need for some practices to build extensions. In addition it will also make your record more easily and speedily accessible to clinical staff within your practice.

For the full Privacy Notice please see "Policies" on the drop down at the top left hand side of the home page:

All our Privacy Notices are available there.

Flu Clinics: See information on our home page.

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PATIENT FEEDBACK:

From August we will be printing our patient feedback.(see Patient Feedback, in Further information.

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From 24th July it became compulsory to wear a face covering over your mouth and nose when entering public place.  We thank you for your co-operation.

Important information about entering the surgery, please read:
The Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) partners have made a collective local decision to request that patients and visitors to general practice settings wear a face covering or face mask to help protect patients, public and maintain business continuity of primary care services. This is a local decision to help protect public and staff and is not national PHE guidance.
What this means is that with immediate effect we are asking you to wear a face covering, when attending appointments or entering the surgery for any other reason, this can be a scarf, buff, facemask etc

On 20 May 2020 the law around organ donation in England changed. See "Patient Information" Organ Donation in England.

 

The practice will be closed for staff training from 1pm on Thursday 11th June.

Lock down will be a difficult and unsafe time for many people. If you are experiencing domestic abuse: physical, emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or stalking, please go to victimsupport.org.uk or call 0300 303 0157 for advice and support and always call 999 in an emergency”

 

Please be aware the surgery will be open on Bank Holiday Friday 8th May from 8am - 6:30pm.

The "Advice for Parents with Unwell Child" has been updated please see "Further Information" Parent Guide!!

DEMENTIA UK HELP LINE 0800 888 6678 Can offer support /advice for people with dementia and their carers. In particular during the Covid 19 crisis they are advising how to manage isolation for people with dementia.

Mon- Fri 9.00-9.00
Weekends 9.00-5.00

Email helpline@dementiauk.org

A SPECIAL COVID MESSAGE
When your child is ill or injured it is very difficult to decide if/when to call
your child’s GP, NHS 111 or go the Accident and Emergency Department
(A&E). During the current situation and while the government is asking
everyone to stay at home, it can be confusing to know what to do. See the Parent Guide under "Further information" at the right hand side of this page.

CORONAVIRUS: Please see "Latest News"

We are an armed forces veteran friendly GP

NHS England veteran friendly accreditation

This means that, as part of the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant, we have a dedicated clinician who has a specialist knowledge of military related health conditions and veteran specific health services. This is important in helping ex-forces to get the best care and treatment.

Nasal flu for 2 and 3 year old children is available at the medical centre. Please pop in and get your child protected.

Nasal flu for school aged children: For those children who missed the nasal flu in school, please see "Latest News" regarding catch-up clinics elsewhere if you are interested. We regret we are not able to offer nasal flu to school aged children at the medical practice.

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If you haven't already had your flu vaccination and you are over 65 years of age or in at at risk health category please simply drop-in during normal working hours. 

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Nasal Flu vaccination! Small supply now in stock!

For 2 and 3 year old's only. Please ring before you drop in to ensure we have in stock. Further supplies expected.

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Self referrals to First Step Counselling service are now available by calling 01524 550552 for a form to be posted to your home address or go on-line https://www.lscft.nhs.uk/first-step

 For more information about First Step please see our Counselling tab.


 

Please have a look at our excellent Patient Survey Report under "Have your Say"

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It's here at last!! You can now access your medical record via the myGP app. See "Latest News" for full details

You may have to access your app store to force an update to Version 6 of the app

*Please be aware* we have been informed that some patients in our area have received phone calls from someone trying to arrange an NHS health check for over 40s. Do not give out any personal details unless you are completely sure you are speaking to someone working for the NHS.

 

We urge everyone to be careful if you receive an unexpected call from your local GP surgery or someone claiming to work for the NHS, and if you are unsure if it is a genuine call, you could hang up and dial your GP Practice to confirm.

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Just Found out you are pregnant? please use the on-line booking service where possible.

www.uhmb.nhs.uk/maternity

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Smoking causes 16 cancers. If one doesn’t kill you…it could change your life. Quitting is the one clear way to reduce your risk. http://quit16.co.uk/  #Quit16. See "Further Information" for more details.

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Breast Screening Programme; The breast screening team are now in our area, please see "latest news" for more information.
Please complete our Patient Satisfaction Survey 2019 under the heading "have your say"
Cervical Screening
Please see further information headed "Book your cervical smear" at the right hand side of the page.
Parents please be aware of Suicide challenge that is now happening with children in the UK. I have attached information about this and what you can do to protect your child:
 

Suicide Prevention in Lancashire and South Cumbria

Bay Health and Care Partners are holding a session in Kendal on 3 April which may be of interest to you or members of your community.

Suicide Prevention in Lancs and South Cumbria

Our staff training closure afternoons are now available on the "Opening Hours" tab. Please make a note of these to avoid you having a wasted journey.
We would like to advise that Dent surgery will be changing to a TUESDAY with effect from Tuesday 8th January 2019, same time 11:30. Please ring 01539 718191 for an appointment.
 

GP and Nurse appointments are now available in our area, evenings, weekends and bank holidays at Westmorland General, Furness General, Ambleside and Grange health Centres. To book an appointment contact us or you can also book by calling 03000 247 247 direct.
For more information, visit nhs.uk/gpaccess
Community Feedback Sesssion -
myGP: you can now order repeat  prescriptions via the myGP app as well as make and cancel appointments. Its quick and easy to download and use!!
Voluntary Social Car Scheme in Sedbergh, Cumbria County Council are delighted to advise that Julia Skomp has kindly taken over this role. Call Julia on 015396 20305.
There is another organisation looking for volunteer drivers called Travel Assist (for the elderly and disabled) if you wish to help call 01539 756534
 

Please read our page under "further information" regarding a recent mailshot by Pharmacy2u you before you change your prescription destination!

Heart Age Test

Take the Heart Age Test - see Patient information - Heart age

Baby Clinic:

From Thursday 27 Sept baby clinic is changing to mornings at 10-11.30am Clinics will still be held every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.

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Introducing new signposting system for GP appointments: From 6th August 2018

When calling the practice, please be aware that the receptionist, on behalf of your GP, may ask for some brief information about the reason for your call, this is to ensure that you are booked into the most appropriate clinic to suit your needs. Our receptionists are here to help and are governed by the NHS code of confidentiality.

See LATEST NEWS" for further information

 

 

New free app!

Book appointments for you and your family anytime, anywhere with myGP.

Check out your app store

 

Staff Training Closure dates have just been updated

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Just found out you are pregnant? Please self refer to Maternity Services.

Complete a self referral form online at

www.uhmb.nhs.uk/maternity

See Clinics and Services for further information!

A member of the maternity administration team will contact you with 5 working days to arrange your first appointment with your  midwife.

We regret that Sedbergh Medical Practice are no longer able to book appointments with the midwife.

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Weekend and evening GP / Health Care Assistant Appointments available by appointment at Westmorland General Hospital or Furness General Hospital at the CHOC (Cumbria Health on Call ) reception. Appointments must be booked by your GP surgery.

See  poster under "Further Information"

Patient On-line

Book your GP appointment on-line

Order your repeat prescriptions on-line

Access your own medical record on-line

Pick up an application form at Reception or follow the link in Patient On-line in Further information, print the form and present at Reception with photographic ID.

 

New staff training closure dates available: See Opening hours - Staff training closure dates.

CHOC (Cumbria Health on Call) are now offering routine GP appointments on a Saturday mornings and evenings at Westmorland General or Furness General with a CHOC GP. Please ask at Reception.

 If you have recently been referred to see a specialist, see leaflet, "Patient Information regarding your referral". It may save you and your GP time.


 

  

Please see Latest News regarding the Community Pharmacy Minor Ailment Scheme - Could this be an alternative to an appointment with your GP for minor ailments?

IMPORTANT NOTICE!!

NHS 111 is the new out of hours number from 3rd November 2015

You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life threatening situation.

If you have communication difficulties or impaired hearing you are able to use the NHS 111 via a textphone by calling 18001 111

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Would you recommend us to your friends and family?

Please take a moment to complete our "Friends and Family" test or pick a card up in Reception. Thank you!!

 

We regret that requests for travel vaccinations received less than three weeks before you travel will not be accepted. We will ask you to arrange these through a travel clinic

 

Patient Access: Book your doctor's appointment on-line, order your repeat medication and view your medical record securely. Register for Patient Access

Contact us on 01539 718191

Clinics and Services

Please see above heading for details of the clinics and services that we hold at Sedbergh Medical practice or are held here by other medical providers.

Rotavirus:

See latest news for further information about this new vaccine.

Open Surgery:

Please see Dr Hunt's letter to the Lookaround regarding the open surgery.

 

Patient Access

What is Patient Access?

With Patient Access, you can order your repeat prescriptions on-line from home, work or on the move — wherever you can connect to the internet. What's more, because Patient Access is a 24 hour online service you can do this in your own time, day or night.

Patient Access is not just for ordering repeat prescriptions, you can also:

  • Book your GP appointment
  • Change your address details.
  • Send secure messages to your practice.
  • View your medical record securely online

Contact us now!

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Sedbergh MP

29/6/2020:Important information about entering the surgery, please read:
The Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) partners have made a collective local decision to request that patients and visitors to general practice settings wear a face covering or face mask to help protect patients, public and maintain business continuity of primary care services. This is a local decision to help protect public and staff and is not national PHE guidance.
What this means is that with immediate effect we are asking you to wear a face covering, when attending appointments or entering the surgery for any other reason, this can be a scarf, buff, facemask etc

To all patients, even if you have a pre-booked appointment for a blood test or dressing, or a pre-booked appointment with a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner if you develop any symptoms of cough/fever or loss of taste or smell before your appointment you MUST NOT attend the practice but contact the us by phone to ask for advice.
If you do not have a pre-booked appointment and have symptoms the advice is still to contact NHS 111 on-line or by telephone if you can not get on-line.

If you’re in an emergency situation and need police help, but can’t speak, Make Yourself Heard and let the 999 operator know your call is genuine.

From Monday 23rd March we will NOT be offering the Open/Walk-in surgery.

Instead we will be offering a telephone triage service, between 8am and 12:00 noon. Where possible book these appointments on-line and state the reason you would like an appointment. A GP or Nurse Practitioner will call you back to assess and we may offer a longer telephone call, face to face or a video consultation later that day.

If you have a temperature of 37.8 or more and/or a new cough (from 13th March), loss of taste or smell, please do not attend the surgery. Contact NHS 111 on-line for advice.

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FLU VACCINATIONS

It is that time of year again and flu season will soon be upon us. In light of the risk of flu and Covid-19 co-circulating this winter, the national flu immunisation programme will be absolutely essential to protecting vulnerable and supporting the resilience of the health care system. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic we envisage a higher uptake of the flu vaccine so our clinics will be run slightly differently as we need to protect both staff and patients.
Many of the groups who are vulnerable to flu are also more vulnerable to Covid-19. Not only do we want to help protect those most at risk of flu, but also protect the health of those who are vulnerable to hospitalisation and death from Covid-19 by ensuring they do not get flu.
We would therefore encourage as many patients over 65, patients under 65 in an at-risk group * and children aged 2-3 years old as at 31st August 2020 to have the vaccination. This year’s programme has also been extended to include household contacts of those on the NHS shielded patient list, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded patient on most days over the winter; also all pupils in year 7 will be invited to have the vaccination through the schools immunisation service. Health and social care workers are also included and can be vaccinated if registered with the practice.


If you have a temperature, symptoms of Covid or feel unwell please DO NOT ATTEND.


We are now offering a walk in service during our normal working days Monday – Friday 08.30am – 18.30pm (please note that there may be a wait during busy periods & lunchtime)
Please be aware that walk in vaccinations will be administered in the waiting room and patients must wear a face covering and wear appropriate clothing.
If you have face to face appointments booked after 11th September and are eligible for flu this will be given to you at your appointment, if you want it.
Please only ask for a flu vaccination if you are ELIGIBLE.
Please help us to protect staff and patients by following the guidelines above, if you have any queries then please contact a member of the reception staff 01539 718191.

This year more than ever, we need to protect those most at risk from flu.

Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.  If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

*at risk groups include the following Chronic long term respiratory condition such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis, Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure, chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5, Chronic liver disease, Chronic neurological disease, such as parkinsons disease or motor neurone disease, learning disability, diabetes, splenic dysfunction or asplenia, a weakened immune system due to disease(such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment), Morbidly obese (defined as a BMI of 40 and above) all pregnant woman, carers in receipt of carers allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disable person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

Welcome to Sedbergh Medical Practice

Sedbergh Health Centre covers a geographical area within approximately 10 miles of Sedbergh including Garsdale, Dentdale and Ravenstonedale, see the New Patients page for an area map. We run many clinics for chronic disease care and offer a wide variety of other medical services such as antenatal and postnatal care, minor surgery, travel vaccinations, childhood vaccinations and well-person check-ups.

 


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