My blood pressure review is due?
During the pandemic there are some other ways of reviewing blood pressure rather than attending the surgery in person.
The surgery has a limited supply of automated home blood pressure monitors to take home and record a series of results(for instance 3 readings a day for 3 days) then returning the monitor and readings to the surgery. Please ring the surgery to arrange.
Alternatively if you have access to an automated machine you can do the same. The British and Irish Hypertensive society has a list of approved monitors for home use if you wished to purchase one, which don’t need to be expensive CLICK HERE
To help you with recording of your blood pressure please use
BP PATIENT DIARY
which can be dropped back to surgery for your doctor to review it.
Please send your home readings in to the surgery or email to email@example.com
My annual Cholesterol blood test is due?
Generally speaking these can wait until times when it is safer and COVID-19 restrictions have eased. In general those people on “statin” medication for their cholesterol it is likely to be pretty stable.
Telephones - Following numerous issues with our phone system and problems getting through to us or being cur off we have changed our whole phone system. The first week has proved very successful and no complaints on getting through or being cut off. Although we do have the practice email of firstname.lastname@example.org we do ask that if you have a clinical need that needs a reply urgently, or you are sending pictures of a problem, then you ring to book a slot for a telephone consultation.
Photos - should be of the affected area you must put the name of the person the picture is of so we can match to the clinical record (you would be amazed how many we get that don't tell us who the patient is and haven't booked a slot)
To protect you and other patients as well as our staff we require ALL patients to wear face coverings when attending the surgery for any pre-booked appointment.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering GOV.UK site
Registering a new Birth - new guidelines (Re COVID 19) - click here
Want to lose weight, give up smoking, move more, sleep better, eat more healthily ?
One You can help with one or more of these in a plan to suit you and your needs. Go online or phone 01323 404600 to make a start in finding a new you. https://oneyoueastsussex.org.uk/
Cervical Screening possible scam
We have received reports that some women are being contacted by text message, claiming to be from the call and recall service to advise they are overdue for screening. The message asks them to call a mobile number and provide personal details.
These messages are not from the NHS Cervical Screening Programme.
The Action Fraud Line has been contacted.
Advice for Parents during Coronavirus
Royal College of Paediatric Health has put out this useful advice sheet for parents - click on this link useful resource from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Community Support for Coronavirus
Local volunteers are on hand to help people with food deliveries and prescription collection. If you are self-isolating and need support, get in touch with one of the groups below:
Battle Town Council 01424 772210 or 07309 732536
Helping Hands for Robertsbridge & Salehurst
Village Neighbours for Ewhurst, Staplecross & Cripps Corner
Crowhurst Support Group - 07395 932 355
The surgery is taking every precaution to ensure risks are minimal. We ask patients to be vigilant and aware of guidelines on self-isolation if any chance of contamination - with posters on the main door requesting anyone with symptoms of even a cold to not enter but go home and check the Gov.uk website for up to date advice & guidance
We are phone triaging ALL requests for appointments or home visits where a GP will decide on appropriate course of action/s.
It is imperative to maintain surgery services that anyone who thinks they might have, or have been in contact with, coronavirus DO NOT ATTEND the surgery. Self isolate using the www.gov.uk
Treating your infection - a really useful guide to self help, expected recovery times & when to seek help - click on this link - Treating Your Infection Leaflet
Named GPs at Martins Oak Surgery
You will have been informed at registration who your Named (or Registered) GP is with the surgery. If you are unsure who your Named/Usual GP is then you can
find it on the right hand side of any repeat prescription
Use your Emis ACESS online to see your Named GP
ask at the surgery when you next attend or make contact
New Firearm/Shotgun GP Medicals required
Follow link below for advice and guidance on applications or renewals. This falls outside of normal GP NHS services and we have agreed a fee, for our registered patients, of £50.00 for this medical. The GP will have to access ALL your medical history to complete and sign off the form and see you for a 20 minute appointment.