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If you have received a letter from the national booking system about a vaccination appointment and have any questions about this, please contact the number on the letter. The practice does not have any information on the centres and is not able to book appointments for patients at these venues.

If you would prefer to have your appointment at our local service, you do not need to do anything – we will contact you as soon as an appointment is available.

 

Vaccination Invitation Letters from the National Booking System

If you are aged (75) or over, and have not yet had a vaccination, you may get a letter from the NHS national booking system inviting you to make an appointment at a large scale centre like Sheffield Arena.

These are being sent to people who live within 45 minutes of one of the centres that has been opened, which might be in a different area to where you would normally receive your healthcare.

Please note that you do not have to book an appointment at one of these centres if it is not convenient for you to get there. You can choose to wait for an invitation from your local GP practice. Please do not contact your local practice about an appointment until you receive an invitation from them.

ROYSTON GROUP PRACTICE PATIENTS: PLEASE READ

When you are requested to attend the surgery for future appointments we kindly request that patients attend their appointment alone wherever possible, and that you wear a face covering (mask, or scarf for example) at all times. If a patient feels that a mask is too uncomfortable a face shield can be provided. If a patient refuses or does not want to wear a mask then a telephone consultation will be offered. We have a duty of care for the protection of both staff and patients.

If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus you must not attend your appointment.  

COVID-19 VACCINATION`S

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PATIENTS WILL BE CONTACTED TO HAVE THEIR COVID-19 VACCINATION WHEN THIS IS AVAILABLOE FOR YOU TO HAVE, THE VACCINATION IS CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE ACROSS BARNSLEY AND IS BEEN GIVEN BY AGE STARTING WITH PATIENTS OVER THE AGE OF 80.

Due to the worsening coronavirus pandemic and following government guidance, we are suspending all routine appointments. We will be managing urgent and emergency patients only.

ALL DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS WILL BE TRIAGED BEFORE ANY FACE TO FACE CONSULTATIONS AS THESE WILL BE LIMITED TO AVOID SPREADING THE VIRUS.

IF YOU HAVE: 

  • SORE THROAT
  • COUGH
  • HIGH TEMPERATURE

YOU MUST NOT COME TO SURGERY.

YOU MUST NOW ISOLATE TO REDUCE THE CHANCE OF SPREADING THE INFECTION IN LINE WITH NHS AND GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE.

If you consider your symptoms an emergency, you will be offered a telephone consultation after speaking with a receptionist. If you have been in contact with someone who has had a recent foreign travel, or with a confirmed case of coronavirus, you MUST NOT COME TO SURGERY. YOU MUST INSTEAD CALL 111 OR GO TO 111.nhs/covid-19

*PLEASE ALSO NOTE*

WE DO NOT ISSUE SICK NOTES OR LETTERS FOR EMPLOYERS FOR COVID-19. YOU MUST FOLLOW GOVERNMENT GUIDENCE ON THIS

Please wash your hands with warm water and soap regularly. 

The following appointments will still be going ahead for the time being and maybe subject to change, and as long as you are not displaying any symptoms.

Practice Nurse 

  • Depo
  • Smears 
  • B12 (Only when due)
  • Prostap injections
  • 6 week baby checks
  • Post natal checks
  • Baby immunisations (Baby’s still need to be covered) 
  • INR checks 
  • Blood Tests
  • Diabetic reviews

Things not being actioned are routine 24hr blood pressure, ear syringing. Etc

PRESCRIPTIONS - 48 HOURS NOTICE WILL BE ADHERED TO DUE TO LARGE VOLUMES OF PRESCRIPTIONS BEING REQUESTED. 

  • Paper requests for repeat prescriptions are not been accepted, again to avoid the spread of the virus. 
  • If you are not registered for Electronic Prescribing Service (EPS) please contact the surgery to nominate your chosen pharmacy to collect from.
  • Online access 
  • Tel prescription line on 01226 700400 FOR 70 YEARS & OVER ONLY ANY TIME OFF THE DAY
  • TO ORDER YOUR REPEAT PRESCRIPTION YOU CAN CHOOSE THE ONLINE SERVICE, TO DO THIS YOU MUST TELEPHONE THE SURGERY AND REQUEST THIS OR YOU CAN POST YOUR REQUEST IN THE PRESCRIPTION BOX PROVIDED JUST INSIDE THE RECEPTION AREA.

Remember to use the hand sanitiser provided when entering the building. Please remain courteous to our staff at all times. Any incidents of verbal or physical abuse will result in a zero tolerance warning being issued.

We understand it’s frustrating and confusing for people but please bear in mind that it’s also frustrating and confusing for NHS staff as well due to guidelines constantly changing. This is a very challenging time for us all and we would appreciate your co-operation during this period of uncertainty.

Please encourage family and friends to follow us on Facebook, this is the quickest way we can update you with the latest advice. 

Our priority is the health and safety of all our patients and staff. 

Thank you.

*PLEASE NOTE*

On behalf of all our GPs, nurses and reception team, I’d like to thank you for your support during these busy times. We are working hard to answer your call as soon as possible, so thank you for your patience as your wait may be longer than usual this week.

 TONI YOUR PRACTICE MANAGER

SEASONAL INFLUENZA VACCINATIONS

WE NOW HAVE THE SEASONAL INFLUENZA VACCINATIONS IN THE SURGERY FOR THE 65 & OVER`S AND THE 16 TO 65 AT RISK GROUP. THESE ARE BOOKED ON AN APPOINTMENT BASIS ONLY, PLEASE CONTACT THE SURGERY TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH THE NURSE ASAP.

WE ALSO HAVE THE NASAL SPRAY FOR THE FLU SEASON FOR CHILDREN AGED 2 & 3 YEARS OR AT RISK CHILDREN UP TO 16 YEARS.

*PLEASE NOTE FOR PATIENTS 50 YEARS TO 65 YEARS NOT AT RISK*

ALTHOUGH THE GOVERNMENT MAY WRITE TO YOU TO LET YOU KNOW YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR YOUR FLU VACCINATION, WE DONT HAVE THESE IN STOCK AT THE MOMENT, ONCE THEY ARE RELEASED TO US WE WILL CONTACT YOU TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT, WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED THAT THIS COULD BE THE END OF NOVEMBER.

Announcement

My Best Life

Are you lonely, socially isolated, struggling with housing or money problems and do not know where to turn. The 'My Best Life' service may be able to help.  My best life was started in April 2017.  The two major benefits for people referred to the My Best Life service will be an improvement in their health, wellbeing and quality of life and a reduction in social isolation, exclusion and loneliness; with a special focus on improving mental health and wellbeing, the scheme will enable people to manage their own health, improve social networks and develop their self-confidence. 

If you feel you or someone you know would benefit from 'My Best Life' you can either contact the My Best Life Advisor's directly on 079790 399 427 or contact the surgery on 01226 700400.

We would like to draw your attention to the Friends and Family test, which is under the “Have your Say” tab on this website.  We have recently implemented this short survey with a view to obtaining more patient feedback, so we can constantly monitor how we are doing.   

If you are able to spare a couple of minutes, we would really appreciate your input.

 

Thank you in advance.

 

Staff Announcement

Dawn Woodward has now joined our practice as Assistant Practice Manager.

Denise Newton has joined our Administration team as receptionist.

Cancellations

 We are currently dealing with an increasing demand for appointments, yet are still experiencing a high volume of DNA's (did not attend).  

 

 

Could you please ensure that you contact us as soon as possible when you are unable to attend in order that we can allocate your appointment to someone else.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

Conditions for which Prescribing is Restricted

At the end of May 2018, NHS England announced that certain medications would no longer be routinely available on prescription.  A full list of the conditions this affects is given below:

  1. Probiotics
  2. Vitamins and minerals
  3. Acute Sore Throat
  4. Infrequent Cold Sores of the lip.
  5. Conjunctivitis
  6. Coughs and colds and nasal congestion
  7. Cradle Cap (Seborrhoeic dermatitis – infants)
  8. Haemorrhoids
  9. Infant Colic
  10. Mild Cystitis
  11. Mild Irritant Dermatitis
  12. Dandruff
  13. Diarrhoea (Adults)
  14. Dry Eyes/Sore (tired) Eyes
  15. Earwax
  16. Excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
  17. Head Lice
  18. Indigestion and Heartburn
  19. Infrequent Constipation
  20. Infrequent Migraine
  21. Insect bites and stings
  22. Mild Acne
  23. Mild Dry Skin
  24. Sunburn
  25. Sun Protection
  26. Mild to Moderate Hay fever/Seasonal Rhinitis
  27. Minor burns and scalds
  28. Minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and/fever. (e.g. aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain)
  29. Mouth ulcers
  30. Nappy Rash
  31. Oral Thrush
  32. Prevention of dental caries
  33. Ringworm/Athletes foot
  34. Teething/Mild toothache
  35. Threadworms
  36. Travel Sickness
  37. Warts and Verrucae

If you have any queries around this, please speak to your GP.

Working Win Trial 

SYHA have recently launched a new Trial aimed at getting people back into work following long term sickness.  If you are interested in learning more about it or taking part, please look at the Working Win webpage by following the link below.  You can self refer, or speak to one of the GP's next time you visit the practice.

 https://www.workingwin.com/category/health-led-trial

Staff Training Closures

We are closed on the following dates for staff training 2021:

  • Wednesday 2oth of January from 12pm
  • Wednesday 24th of February from 12pm
  • Wednesday 17th of March from 12pm
  • Wednesday 21st of April from 12pm
  • Wednesday 19th of May from 12pm
  • Wednesday 16th of June from 12pm
  • Wednesday 14th of July from 12pm
  • August NO EVENT (Open as Usual)
  • Wednesday 8th September from 12pm
  • Wednesday 22nd September from 12pm
  • Wednesday 20th October from 12pm
  • Wednesday 17th November from 12pm
  • Wednesday 8th December from 12pm

Have your say  - Join our Patient Reference Group

The next meeting for the Patient Reference Group meeting will be held on  21.2.2020.

If you would like to come and join in with this meeting please let a member of the reception team know so we can arrange for you to attend 

Saturday surgery times

( PLEASE CHECK WITH SURGERY DURING COVID PERIOD) We have appointments for our patients on Saturday mornings between 8.30am - 12.30pm which will all be pre bookable. Patients who are unable to get an appointment on a Saturday are advised to contact iHeart Barnsley on 01226 242429.

Named Accountable GP

All patients will have a named accountable GP who will be responsible for patients' overall care at the practice. This does not stop you from seeing any other GP or Nurse Practitioner in the practice. Where a patient wishes to see a particular GP, they may have to wait longer to see their preferred practitioner. We will inform patients of their accountable GP opportunistically when patients contact the surgery. If you wish to know who your named accountable GP is, please contact the practice on 01226 700400.

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