Practice Shut Down Dates

All practices in Mid-Essex will be closed from 12 noon on the dates below.  The closures are for staff training.  Mid-Essex CCG will be providing out-of-hours care for our patients from 12:00 until 18:30.  If you require medical care during the hours that we are closed please call NHS 111 who will make an appointment with the out-of hours provider where necessary.

  • Thursday 11 July 2019
  • Wednesday 11 September 2019
  • Thursday 10 October 2019
  • Tuesday 12 November 2019
  • 11 December 2019
  • Tuesday 11 February 2020
  • Wednesday 29th April 2020
  • Thursday 21st May 2020
  • Tuesday 30th June 2020
  • Wednesday 29th July 2020
  • Wednesday 30th September 2020
  • Thursday 29th October 2020
  • Tuesday 24th November 2020
  • Wednesday 16th  December 2020
  • Wednesday 24th February  2021
  • Wednesday 31st March 2021

Extended Access

 

From 1 August 2018 you will be able to book appointments to see the GP, Nurse or Health Care Assistant when the practice is closed at a time that may be more convenient for you.

These appointments are offered at a different location from 6:30 – 8:00 pm weekdays and from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm at weekends.

Please note: these are pre-booked routine appointments, not emergencies.

The consultation will not be with your usual GP, Nurse or Health Care Assistant  when you use this service. For further information visit the following site:

https://midessexccg.nhs.uk/news/935-extended-access-to-gp-services-in-mid-essex

To book an appointment please speak to a reception team member.

Get it for free

Emergency Contraception

You can get emergency contraception for free, even if you’re under 16, from these places:

  • contraception clinics
  • sexual health or genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics
  • some GP surgeries
  • some young people’s clinics
  • most NHS walk-in centres and minor injuries units
  • most pharmacies
  • some accident and emergency (A&E) departments (phone first to check)

Click on the following link for more information:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/emergency-contraception/

Amended Opening Hours at Wood Street

The practice will be changing the access hours at the branch surgery at Wood Street following discussions with NHS England. With effect from Monday 27th November 2017 we will be closed all day Tuesday, Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday, and all services to Wood Street patients will be provided from our main site Rivermead Gate Medical Centre.

The opening hours have been approved by the Joint Primary Care Commissioning Committee of Mid Essex CCG and NHS England.

Why have we taken this decision?

This decision has been taken due to the difficulties the practice is facing in providing adequate clinical provision and services at the site every day of the week.

Opening hours from 27th November:

Monday            8.00am to 12.30pm and 3pm to 6.00pm

Wednesday      8.00am to 12.30pm

Friday               8.00am to 12.30pm and 03.00pm to 6.00pm

The telephone lines will be diverted to our main site when the branch site is closed where calls will be handled. You may choose to call Rivermead direct: 01245 348688

The doctors and nurses will be working at Rivermead Gate and will provide services to Wood Street patients from there.  Patients will be able to book appointments as normal and see their usual GP.  The number of appointments/appointment types will not be reduced, all other services provided to patients will remain the same and we will continue to send prescriptions to patients preferred pharmacy.

Patients should submit prescription requests and arrange for collection within these times or ask staff to send them direct to their preferred pharmacy.

Patients may find it easier to attend our main site on a regular basis. If patients would like us to transfer care to Rivermead Gate Medical Centre, a form is available to complete at our reception and we will amend records accordingly.

Feedback comment forms are available from reception.

Flu Clinics

Flu Vaccinations

If you are in one of the at risk catagories or would like to enquire if you are entitled to a free vaccination please call the surgery you are registered at (see the list below for catagories).

We run Saturday clinics during September, October and November. Appointments can be booked from August. If you are seeing the nurse for regular monitoring you can ask the nurse to give you the vaccination at the same time.

Flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus.

If you’re at risk of complications from flu, make sure you have your annual flu vaccine, available each year usually from September onwards.

  • ADULT flu clinics are held on Saturdays at both of our sites
  • CHILD vaccinations are only carried out Monday to Friday
  • If you are at risk please and eligable for a free vaccination call the surgery to book your appointment.
  • When you attend please romove coats & jumpers and have you arm ready to help us run our clinics on time.

Should you have the flu jab?

Book an appointment if you’re 65 or over, or if you have any of the following problems (however old you are):

For further information and advice about flu and the flu vaccine Click here

Clinic dates:

Saturday 6th and 20th October

Wednesday 7th and 14th November

Call the surgery for child flu appointments available from Monday 15th October

On-Line Patient Services

Systmonline can now offer you a summary view of your medical records online.  If you wish to sign up to this you will need to come into the surgery and fill in a form (proof of identity is required).  If you send a representative they will need to bring your written consent. A username and password will be issued to you and this will give you access to your repeat medication list, the ability to book appointments and a summary of your medical records.

If you are an existing user of Systmonline and wish to add the facility of viewing a summary of your medical records we will ask that you fill in a form too.

Click on the links below for further information and to read the practice Statement of Intent in relation to IT developments .

On-Line Access Application Form

On-line patient leaflet

Statement of Intent IT

Electronic Prescribing Service

WE NOW USE ELECTRONIC PRESCRIBING.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE THIS SERVICE PLEASE NOMINATE YOUR PHARMACY 

Nomination means you choose a place for your GP practice to electronically send your prescription to. You don’t need a computer to use EPS. You can choose up to one of each of the following:

  • a pharmacy
  • a dispensing appliance contractor (if you use one)
  • your dispensing GP practice (if you are eligible).

You can change your nomination or cancel it and get a paper prescription. If you don’t want your prescription to be sent electronically just tell your GP. If you want to change or cancel your nomination speak to any pharmacist or dispensing appliance contractor that offers EPS, or your GP practice. Tell them before your next prescription is due or your prescription may be sent to the wrong place.

EPS is reliable, secure and confidential. Your electronic prescription will be seen by the same people in GP practices, pharmacies and NHS prescription payment and fraud agencies that see your paper prescription now.

Sometimes dispensers may see that you have nominated another dispenser. For example, if you forget who you have nominated and ask them to check or, if you have nominated more than one dispenser.

Dispensers will also see all the items on your reorder slip if you are on repeat prescriptions.

Benefits

If you collect repeat prescriptions you will not have to visit your GP practice just to pick up your paper prescription. Instead, your GP will send the prescription electronically to the place you choose, saving you time.
The prescription is an electronic message so there is no paper prescription to lose.
You will have more choice about where to get your medicines from because they can be collected from a pharmacy near to where you live, work or shop.
If the prescription needs to be cancelled the GP can electronically cancel and issue a new prescription without you having to return to the practice – saving you extra trips.
You may not have to wait as long at the pharmacy as your repeat prescriptions can be made ready before you arrive.

You can get all these benefits if you:

  • have a stable condition
  • don’t want to go to your GP practice every time to collect your repeat prescription
  • collect your medicines from the same place most of the time
  • use a prescription collection service now.

You will not get as many benefits, if you:

  • don’t get prescriptions very often or
  • pick up your medicines from different places.