You may have already heard about this years flu campaign through the media and I just wanted to update you from Radbrook Green Surgery's perspective and to inform you we are working hard on planning your vaccinations for this year.
Firstly - a plea to you all - We do not have any flu vaccine in the surgery at present. Please do not call us for flu information as we will update this website when we know more. We will contact you when we are ready to take bookings for the clinics. This will be in letter or text format and the direction will be very clear. If you are eligible for the vaccine please be reassured you will be on our list and we will contact you.
The flu season and clinic planning is a huge piece of work on top of us remaining ever alert and prepared for another Covid-19 surge should it be needed.
Due to Covid-19 the clinics will need to be run very differently this year with your safety foremost in our minds and taking into account social distancing. PPE, cold chain and stock control. This may even mean that we look to hold your clinics at another venue and we are currently looking and discussing this at present.
Changes - Our clinics are normally drop in clinics, very sociable and streamlined, this year we will be changing this to booked appointments only.
If you are a housebound patient your vaccine will be administered in your home as usual and if you are or have been a shielded patient then Government guidance will be followed closer to the time in order to minimise your contact risk.
Please be prepared for this to be very different this year and as you know in true Radbrook style we will do our very best for this all to run smoothly for you and for us.
NHS Cervical Screening Programme
Radbrook Green Surgery have been advised of a possible scam in current circulation. 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, please do not call the number but contact the surgery if you are concerned.
Due to the Coronavirus - Online Appointments booking has been temporarily suspended - please telephone Reception to book an appointment. Please ring 111 for advice if you suspect you may have contracted the Coronavirus.
POD (Prescription Ordering Direct)
Please note that as a contingency for the POD lines becoming overwhelmed at this current time there is now an email address that you can use to order your repeat prescriptions if you are unable to join the telephone queue. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request ensuring you have provided ALL of the following information in your request: Registered GP Practice, Full Name, Date of Birth, First line of address, name of drug, strength, dose and formulation (tablet, cream, inhaler etc), Nominated pharmacy, contact number. If you are ordering on behalf of someone else, you also need to provide your name and your relationship to the patient. Please only order when you have 7 days worth of medication remaining. Inappropriate or early prescription requests will not be processed.
There is a worldwide shortage of ranitidine due to a recall of products. Please continue to take the ranitidine you may have at home but we will be unable to continue prescribing due to shortage. Please make contact with the surgery to discuss with our Clinical Pharmacist or GP when you have 1-2 weeks of ranitidine remaining.
Prescription Ordering Direct (POD)
A new and convenient way to order your repeat prescription for patients of Radbrook Green Surgery. Telephone: 033 33 583 509 Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm. From phoning Prescription Ordering Direct (POD), please allow 4 working days before collecting your medication.
Patient Survey Results 2018/19
The Practice is pleased to be able to make available the results of our latest patient survey. Please click the link below to view the results.
GP Extended Opening Hours Clinic (Darwin Health)
We would like all patients in our community to be able to see a local GP or Nurse when they need to. Darwin Health offer extended opening hours to widen the availability to access GP services. This extended opening hours service operates between 6.00pm-8.00pm on weekdays and 9.00am- 1.00pm on Saturdays and Sundays and allows patients to be seen within a network of GP Practices at a convenient time and location, depending on availability.
Patient Messaging Service
We have started using our new patient messaging service.
We will be able to communicate with you via text message, using automated technology that will enable us to contact you much more quickly and effectively. This will free up our staff to deal with those tasks only a human can do!
It is important that you keep us up-to-date with your current mobile phone number.
Examples of how it will improve our communications include:
• Automated appointment reminders 24 hours before. You can cancel your appointment by text using the word CANCEL, which immediately frees it up for others to book.
• Targeted health promotion campaigns, such as flu clinics.
• Reminders to attend specific clinics, e.g. diabetic, health checks, etc.
• NHS-required information such as smoking status: you can simply reply by texting one word to give us your status.
• Urgent communications: for example, if a GP calls in sick first thing in the morning, all patients in that surgery will be advised by text within minutes.
Of course, you can opt out by sending us a message or advising reception, but you would not be benefiting from the quick and non-intrusive communications from us that the system provides.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Named Accountable GP
From 1st April 2015, practices are required under the GMS contract, to allocate a named, accountable GP to all patients, including children. All patients registered at our surgery are allocated to a named GP. Please ask your doctor, or the reception staff, who your named GP is. Should you express a wish for this to be changed to another GP we will do our best to accomodate your wishes.
Please be aware that this does not affect your ability to make an appointment with any of the GPs in the practice of your choosing.
Results of our recent CQC inspection:
We are very proud to announce that we have been rated as overall ‘good’ in our latest CQC inspection. For more information please click here::
Radbrook Green Surgery CQC inspection
IMPORTANT NEWS - action required:
We are now using ‘Patient Access’ (see brown icon on the home page opposite) for booking appointments and ordering of REPEAT medication.
Please register for this service by coming in to the practice and asking the receptionist for a registration letter which will give you your unique registration details. You will need to bring in ID (e.g. Passport or Driving licence).
Confidential information from your medical record can be shared within the NHS. YOU HAVE A CHOICE: Do nothing OR let us know that you do not want your data shared. Please click here for more information.
We are pleased to announce improvements to our telephone service.
Please click here for more details.
Extended Access Clinic
Do you work late? Do you find it difficult to attend the surgery during normal surgery hours? If so we are pleased to be able to offer you our Extended Access Clinic. Please ask at reception for our Monday evening and Thursday morning opening hours.
Out of Hours
If you need urgent medical help or advice when the surgery is closed the number to call is 111. The NHS111 service is free to call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year’
If you have had x-rays or blood tests etc., you may enquire about the result without seeing the doctor. All results are screened by the doctor and it is your responsibility to contact the Surgery for your results 3 or 4 days after the specimen has been sent to the laboratory
Home visits are available to the housebound and to those too ill to come to the Surgery. If a visit is required on the same day, please try to contact the Surgery before 10.30 a.m. A doctor will usually ring you prior to visiting.
Free Prescriptions for Cancer Patients
People being treated for cancer will be eligible for free prescriptions from 1st April 2009 and can apply for free prescriptions from today.
The new scheme, announced by the Prime Minister in September last year, abolishes NHS prescription charges for everyone undergoing treatment for cancer, the effects of cancer, or the effects of cancer treatment.
All cancer patients are entitled to apply for a 5-year exemption certificate, which will entitle them to all their NHS prescriptions free of charge, not just those relating to cancer. The certificate can be renewed as many times as necessary and will not have to be returned if the patient’s condition changes.
Patients should contact their doctor to apply for exemptions.