COVID Vaccine and Flu Jabs for 50-65 Year Olds
20th November 2020
You may have recently seen reports in the media that COVID-19 vaccinations will start from the 1st December and that flu vaccinations for 50-65 year olds will start at the same time. At this stage we have yet to receive clear instruction on how this will be rolled out to GP Practices and therefore do not have any appointments to offer at this time, so please do not contact the Practice regarding this matter.
Please be assured that as soon as we receive instruction on the delivery of both these vaccines then we will be arranging clinics and invite eligible patients.
New Telephone System Installed
The Practice is please to announce that the installation of our new telephone system is now complete. Originally planned for October 2020, COVID-19 related delays from the supplier meant this had to be pushed back until now.
The new system operates a queuing system to help inform patients when their call will be answered. With the enforced changes to the way we operate due to COVID-19, we are currently experiencing very high demand on our telephone lines. This is a function that has been highly requested through patient feedback. Our Reception staff are work very hard to answer and deal with calls as quickly as possible but please be patient during these difficult and unprecedented times.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Partnership Update - Dr Martin Hakes and Dr Emma Reynolds
Following on from the announcement that Dr Neil Milner will be stepping back from his role in the partnership at the beginning of October 2020, we can now announce that Dr Martin Hakes will be stepping up to the role of Senior Partner. Dr Hakes will contiune to work alongside the other GP Partners to help guide the Practice forward with the aim of providing the best care possible to all our patients. This will not affect his clinical work at the Practice and he will still continue with his role and seeing patients in clinic as normal.
We are also delighted to say that Dr Emma Reynolds will be stepping up to the role of partner to work alongside Dr Martin Hakes and Dr Linda Williams. For several years Dr Reynolds has been actively involved in the wider NHS in Sheffield and we feel that her knowledge and experience will be a great asset to the Partnership and the Practice in the future.
We hope that you will join us in wishing Dr Hakes, Dr Reynolds and Dr Milner good luck in their new roles.
Partnership Update - Dr Neil Milner Partnership Retirement
As many of you will be aware, Dr Neil Milner has worked for the Practice and seen it grow over the last 26 years, taking on the role of Senior Partner for the last 8 years. After much thought, Dr Milner has taken the decision to take a step back from the day-to-day running of the Practice and retire from the Partnership. This will allow him to spend more time with his family, enjoying his many hobbies and past times that can be difficult whilst working full time. These responsibilities will continue under the capable watch of Dr Hakes and Dr Williams going forward.
However, the Practice is also delighted that Dr Milner has agreed to continue to work with the Practice for 2 days per week. We are very please that Dr Milner will be able to continue his care for the residents of Hillsborough for some years to come. These changes will come into effect in early October and further details will be available at the time.
We are sure that you will all join us in supporting him in his decision and wish him a successful semi-retirement.
COVID-19 Pandemic - Support for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Patients
The following link is for patients who you may think need to be shielded because they have a medical condition which makes them extremely vulnerable to the coronavirus (COVID-19) but did not receive a letter from the Government. Patients who think they may qualify can register themselves or on the behalf of someone else if they have their NHS number at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
COVID-19 Pandemic - A Thank You To All Patients
The Practice would like to extend a big thank you to all patients and we greatly appreciate the support and cooperation we have received during this difficult and uncertain time.
As you will be aware, the current COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected normal life and we have had to rapidly adapt to new guidance and changes daily. Please be assured that we are constantly reviewing all the guidance on the pandemic and working hard to ensure that we are able to provide continuing care going forward. With current projections we are expecting potential further disruptions in the coming weeks so please bear with us during this time.
Once again, thank you to everyone for their support and stay safe, stay indoors and save lives!
COVID-19 Pandemic - Ordering Prescriptions
We understand that some patients may be concerned about their medicines during the ongoing situation. Please be assured that there is enough medicine for all if we behave responsibly. Therefore, the Practice will not be altering its normal policies for prescribing at this time. Remember, only order the medication that you need, when you need it. Pharmacies are currently under great strain dealing with the number of requests they are receiving along with their own staffing issues. We have therefore been asked to remind patients to allow up to 72 hours to collect your prescription.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter.