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FLU VACCINATIONS

All patients aged 50 and over can now contact us to book the flu vaccinations.  You can also book if you are aged 50 and under and are eligible/at risk (see list below).  If you are able to do so please email; flu.w95046@wales.nhs.uk to book an appointment.  If you do not have access to email please phone but be aware the phone lines are very busy at the moment.

Eligible at risk criteria (People aged six months to less than 50 years with a long-term health condition)

Chronic respiratory disease such as asthma requiring regular inhaled steroids, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Chronic heart disease. Chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5 Chronic liver disease. Chronic neurological disease such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease. Learning disability. Diabetes. Immunosuppression due to disease such as HIV/AIDS or treatment such as cancer treatment (and household contacts of at risk individuals). Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen. Morbidly obese (class III obesity), this is defined as those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or above, aged 16 or over. All pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy (first, second or third trimesters). Carers - Those who are the unpaid carer, including young carers, of a person whose health or welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill, including those who receive a carer’s allowance. The carer need not reside with, or be related to, the person being cared for

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO OUR ROUTINE AND NON-URGENT BLOOD TEST APPOINTMENTS

There is a national shortage of blood bottles within the UK until further notice.  This means all UK GP practices are affected by the current shortage and we are taking urgent steps alongside our hospitals to prioritise their use.  This means currently we are taking appointments for URGENT blood tests only.

We have been given national guidance on how to manage this shortage and this will take effect from Tuesday the 24 August 2021.  As a result we will be cancelling or delaying any ROUTINE or NON-URGENT blood  tests and only blood test booking in URGENT blood tests.  If you already have a routine or non-urgent blood test booked in, we will be in touch shortly to cancel your appointment.  This will be done via phone or by text message.

Please be assured we will reschedule your appointment once the situation has improved and in-line with government guidance.

Please do not call us or contact us with regards to booking in any ROUTINE or NON-URGENT blood tests.  Our clinicians will continue to evaluate your medical need for these tests and will allocate you an URGENT blood appointment if needed.  Currently we are experiencing exceptional levels of demand on our service and appreciate your support through these challenging times.

 These changes are likely to be in place for at least 4 weeks.  We will continue to update you via our website and Facebook page as to any changes to our national situation.  We fully understand the frustration this is likely to cause and apologise for any inconvenience.

COVID-19 VACCINE - Please visit www.phw.nhs.wales/covid-19-vaccination  for further information.

IF YOU  HAVE AN EMERGENCY SUCH AS CHEST PAIN, HEAVY BLEEDING DIAL 999

IF YOU NEED URGENT MEDICAL ADVICE CALL - 111

ECONSULT  - MEDICAL ADVICE FROM GP, TEST RESULTS, SICK NOTE REQUESTS, SELF HELP ADVICE &  ADMINISTRATIVE REQUESTS CLICK ON "GET STARTED" ON THE ECONSULT PICTURE BELOW - Please note this is NOT for any kind of repeat/acute medication request - please order this in your usual way. 

SEE  LATEST NEWS & NOTICEBOARD FOR COVID UPDATES & HELP

If you think you may have coronavirus DO NOT attend a GP practice, hospital or pharmacy. For more CORONAVIRUS information see the 'Latest News' tab on the right side of the screen

We are not taking walk in patients. Please phone the surgery for initial telephone assessment (re symptoms of covid). We will then either advise you as appropriate, see you here at the surgery or direct you to the most appropriate service. Please appreciate our telephone lines are extremely busy at this time and we are doing our best to meet the demand. Every patient will be screened for a cough and temperature before entering the building, to protect all patients and staff.

  

If you have access to My Health Online, then please use this service to order your prescription . We are asking patients to provide stamped self addressed envelope or have a nominated pharmacy to forward your prescriptions so we avoid repeat attendance at the surgery.

 

SAFEGUARDING INFORMATION

  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 https:/ /www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/
  • NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000 If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact NSPCC professional counsellors for help, advice and support.
  • Childline 0800 1111: offers free, confidential advice and support for any child 18 years or under, whatever the worry.
  • MIND www.mind.org.uk  Mental Health Support with specific advice on ‘Coronavirus and your wellbeing’
  • YoungMinds https://youngminds.org.uk Supporting children and young people and their parents/carers with their mental health and wellbeing. Specific advice on managing self-isolation and anxiety about coronavirus

CHANGES FROM 22ND JUNE 2020

There will no longer be emergency drop in surgeries or any pre booked routine appointments with the GP's.  These will be booked at the GP request after completing an econsult  online or by telephoning the surgery to complete a elite consult with our care navigators.

 

For health information and advice, including who is best to help deal with your problem please telephone 111 free of charge, 24 hours a day, If you complete an elite/econsult then please ensure you are available by telephone for the GP to contact you. After discussing your problem, the GP will arrange an appropriate appointment if necessary.

 

If you have a life threatening emergency eg. Chest pains, severe shortness of breath, significant bleeding or signs of a stroke please call 999 or go directly to A and E.

 

Please remember that your local pharmacist is able to treat a range of common ailments free of charge. Ask one of our receptionists for a list of common problems they are able to treat.

 

 

For more information go to Public Health Wales Website:-

https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/wuhan-novel-coronavirus/

 

NEW OUT OF HOURS SERVICE 

LOCAL GP OUT OF HOURS SERVICE AND NHS DIRECT NOW SHARE THIS EASY TO REMEMBER TELEPHONE NUMBER - 111

IT IS FREE AND WILL HELP YOU FIND THE RIGHT ADVICE SUPPORT AND TREATMENT

SEE "LATEST NEWS" REGARDING GABAPENTIN AND PREGABALIN MEDICATIONS

BANK HOLIDAY CLOSURES - WE ARE CLOSED EVERY BANK HOLIDAY UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED

GDPR - GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS FROM 25TH MAY 2018

PLEASE GO TO POLICIES TO SEE MORE INFORMATION

BANK HOLIDAY CLOSURES :-

2021
2 AprilFridayGood Friday
5 AprilMondayEaster Monday
3 MayMondayEarly May bank holiday
31 MayMondaySpring bank holiday
30 AugustMondaySummer bank holiday
27 DecemberMondayin lieu of Christmas Day
28 DecemberTuesdayin lieu of Boxing Day

 OUT OF HOURS SERVICE  - 111

EMAIL TO THE PRACTICE

IF YOU ARE CONTACTING THE PRACTICE VIA EMAIL, IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE WITHIN 2 DAYS PLEASE RING TO ENQUIRE WHETHER OR NOT IT HAS BEEN RECEIVED.  SINCE THE "CYBER-EVENT" ON THE NHS IN APRIL 2017  THE NHS HAS TIGHTENED UP ON SECURITY AND A LOT OF EMAILS ARE POSTED TO THE "JUNK BOX".

 

Dental Helpline

If you require an emergency dental appointment or are seeking to register with an NHS dentist for routine treatment, please call the Dental Helpline on:

01633 488389 

For weekends/bank holidays and evenings (opens at 6:30pm weekday evenings).

 Out of hours:

01633 744285

For a list of Dentists taking on NHS patients in your area please email ABBDental.Helpline@wales.nhs.uk

  Car parking

Please note that the car park section closest to the practice building is for staff parking only. Please do not drive through the 'No Entry' signs. Please do not park in any of the GP parking spaces. Also please do not park on the double yellow lines - you will be restricting access for ambulances to the practice if you do. 

 Screening programmes

The practice encourages all its eligible patients to participate in screening programmes provided by Public Health Wales. These are: Breast Test Wales; Cervical Screening Wales; and Bowel Screening Wales. Information is included below in the relevant pages under 'Further Information'.

 Eye conditions

If you have a minor eye condition eg. conjunctivitis, you can visit an optician rather than the GP. The practice can issue you with a prescription for any medication the optician may consider necessary.

 NHS choose well campaign 

The Choose Well campaign is designed to provide information to the public about the range of NHS and other services, which are available as alternatives to attending the Emergency Department or dialling 999. Please see below for further information. 

 

  • HeartAndScope Concerns / Complaints

Our aim is to provide the very best care and treatment and it is important that we welcome comments and learn from people’s experiences. Sometimes things might not go as well as expected and, when that happens, we need to look at what went wrong so that we can improve our service.

If you have a concern about the service you have received from the doctors or staff working at this practice, please let us know.

We hope that most problems can be sorted out easily and quickly, often at the time they arise and with the person concerned. If your concern cannot be sorted out in this way, please let us know as soon as possible. You can take up to 12 months to let us know. If a longer time has passed and there are good reasons for a delay, please tell us anyway, as we may still be able to deal with your concern.

You can raise your concern with the practice manager, Debra Tucker

· by speaking to her in person

· by phone on 029 2088 7831

· by email at Debra.Tucker2@wales.nhs.uk  or  enquiries@Gp-w95046.wales.nhs.uk  or by letter to Tonyfelin Medical Centre, Bedwas Road, Caerphilly CF83 1XP

Your concern will be acknowledged within 2 working days (if you do not receive a response to your email within 2 days please contact the surgery to enquire that we have received the email.  Since the  "cyber event" on the NHS in April 2017 the NHS has tightened security and  a lot of email addresses are sent to the "junk email" box) and we will explain the process of how your concern will be investigated and when you can expect a response (within 30 working days, unless a longer time scale is necessary, in which case we will inform you).

National "Putting Things Right for Children and Young Adults" Leaflet

National "Putting Things Right" Leaflet

If you do not wish to raise your concern with the practice, you can address your concern to the Aneurin Bevan Health Board by:

· phoning the customer contact centre on 01495 745656

· Emailing Puttingthingsright.ABHB@wales.nhs.uk

· Writing to:

Judith Paget
Chief Executive
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
St Cadocs Hospital
Lodge Road
Caerleon
Newport NP18 3XQ

If you need help with raising your concern, please contact:

Adults

Aneurin Bevan Community Health Council

· By phone on 01633 838516

· By email at abchc@abchc.org.uk

· In writing to: Aneurin Bevan Community Health Council, Raglan House, 6-8 William Brown Close, Llantarnam Business Park, Cwmbran NP44 3AB

  • Public Services Ombudsman for Wales
    1 Ffordd yr Hen Gae
    Pencoed
    CF35 5LJ

Tel: 0300 790 0203
Fax: (01656) 641199

Children

Children and young people advocacy unit

· By email at advocacyinformation@wales.gsi.gov.uk

 

 

 
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