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IMPORTANT PATIENT NOTICE

For everybody’s continued safety, the front door of the Health Centre is now closed.   All visitors to the  building must use the buzzer next to the door to select the service you are visiting. Patients should still NOT come to the Surgery unless invited to do so. PLEASE DO NOT FORCE THE DOOR OPEN, THANK YOU.

We have produced this website to provide you with information about the way the Practice is organised and the services that are provided directly by Practice Staff, or by other members of the Primary Health Care Team. Services will, by necessity, change from time to time, please do not hesitate to telephone the Practice to check the current position.


COVID-19 Vaccine

IF YOU HAVE A LEARNING DISABILITY PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO GO TO OUR COVID-19 PAGE WHERE YOU CAN VIEW A SHORT VIDEO EXPLANING THE VACCINE: COVID-19


Response to COVID-19 Vaccine: Oxford-AstraZeneca Media Reports

The UK Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, which is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe, have said that evidence DOES NOT suggest that the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab is linked to blood clots.

People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

Please read more here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mhra-response-to-irish-authorities-action-to-temporarily-suspend-the-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine

Your co-operation is greatly appreciated.


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Notice to Patients

In keeping with recent guidance the Practice has now moved to full telephone triage. All requests for appointments or visits will be dealt with by a doctor or nurse, by telephone.

This limited service is vital to reduce the number of patients in the surgery at any one time.

  • You may be asked to wait outside the building for a phone call.
  • If you have an appointment, please find a seat and wait to be called. Do not check in at the reception desk or try to use the check-in screen
  • In the waiting area, Please sit at least two metres (six feet) apart.
  • If you have been asked to come to the reception desk, stand at least 2 metres (six feet) apart from the next person in the queue.
  • At the Reception desk please stand well back from the counter.

All enquiries may be dealt with by telephone or via the e-consult facility on this website.

Please DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY unless the practice has asked you to do so.

Thank you for your cooperation and support for the practice at this difficult time.


Advice for Parents During COVID-19

Please download this leaflet, Advice for Parents During COVID-19 providing important information and advice for Parents.

Veterans Gateway

Connect veterans and their families with a range of local support organisations – both within and outside the Armed Forces sector. The services have been grouped into categories such as Education and Training, Employment, Finances etc. Please navigate to our Veterans Gateway Page for more information.


Practice Privacy Notice

Bishops Close Medical Practice has a legal duty to explain how we use any personal information we collect about you, as a registered patient at the Practice. Employees at this Practice maintain records about your health and the treatment you receive in electronic and paper format. Please go to our GDPR Page for more information.


Equal Opportunities

The Practice will:-

  • Ensure that all patients and visitors are treated with dignity and respect
  • Promote equality of opportunity between men and women
  • Not tolerate any discrimination against, or harassment of, any patient or visitor for reason of:
    • Age
    • Gender
    • Marital Status
    • Pregnancy
    • Medical Condition
    • Social Class
    • Race
    • Ethnicity
    • Disability
    • Sexual Orientation or Appearance or Religion or Belief

COVID VACCINATIONS

IF YOU HAVE A LEARNING DISABILITY PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO GO TO OUR COVID-19 PAGE WHERE YOU CAN VIEW A SHORT VIDEO EXPLANING THE VACCINE


The practice has been receiving a large number of calls relating to the COVID 19 vaccines. We are working in collaboration with all the other practices in the Sedgefield locality to deliver vaccinations to all current priority groups:

  • Over 80s
  • Care home residents & staff
  • NHS staff & other selected key workers
  • Over 75s

We are at present limited by supplies of the vaccine as to how quickly we can run these clinics. We hope more vaccines will be delivered in the coming weeks.

Some of you may have received letters about vaccination appointments at the Centre of Life in Newcastle. Patients are welcome to travel for this, however, be reassured that if you prefer to wait the practice will be in touch once appointments become available here.

We appreciate how keen all patients are to receive the vaccine but please wait for the practice to contact you.

COVID-19 TESTS

The practice is unable to arrange tests for coronavirus. Tests are available online or by calling 119.

Your co-operation is greatly appreciated.

COVID-19 UPDATE

For your own protection and the protection of our staff, please DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY unless the practice has asked you to do so. Please read the Notice on the Home Page.


IMPORTANT PATIENT MESSAGE UPDATE:

If you have flu like symptoms, high temperature or a new, continuous cough do not come to the practice, pharmacy or hospital, stay at home for 7 days.  You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you are staying home.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home

  • Your condition gets worse

  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online


Please click on the link on the sidebar of this page to get up-to-date information about COVID-19

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