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Launch of Mother and Baby App

Hertfordshire and West Essex Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS) are launching a new ‘Mum and Baby’ App on Monday 2 November 2020; this is free for mums-to-be in Hertfordshire and West Essex. The App provides all the information women need for their pregnancy, birth and beyond in a single source. The aim of the App is to improve women’s experiences of maternity care and ensure this is consistent no matter where they choose to give birth in the local area.  Just search ‘mum and baby’ in your App store and download for free.

On attending the practice please wear your face covering/face mask - Thank You

Need a flu vaccination?

This year because of the COVID-19 pandemic we will be running the clinics slightly differently to ensure that patient and staff safety is our priority and that social distancing guidelines can be adhered to.

We are inviting our eligible flu vaccine groups by text campaigns and letters.  If you fit into the categories below and have not heard from us already, please do contact us to book in for your vaccination before our stocks are low.

Please note the following when you attend your appointment:

  • All flu clinics are by appointment only
  • You must wear a face mask.
  • Please come on time not early or late (there will be strict adherence to timings this year because of social distancing).
  • Please come prepared to wait outside, rain or shine.
  • This is a public flu clinic.
  • Please wear a short sleeved t-shirt or blouse revealing your arms.
  • If it is possible please walk to the flu clinic.
  • You will be directed by signs where to go on arrival.
  • If you are unwell (or COVID-19 symptoms) do not attend your appointment, contact the surgery to reschedule. If you are unwell on the day of your appointment please do not attend.

Patient eligible for the flu vaccine are those:

  • Over 65 years of age
  • Aged 18 to 64 years in clinical at risk groups (chronic disease)
  • Pregnant women
  • Carers
  • Who have close contact with immunocompromised individuals
  • Health & social care staff

Patients aged 50 to 64 years

We are still awaiting more information and guidance from NHS England with regard to vaccines supplies and then we will organise more flu clinics to accommodate this new cohort for flu vaccinations in 2020.

Children/young adults (under 18 years) eligible for the flu vaccine

  • 6-23 months in clinical at risk groups will be vaccinated in the GP Practice. We will contact patients when vaccines delivery dates are confirmed.
  • 2-3 years of age will be vaccinated in the GP practice. We will contact patients when vaccines delivery dates are confirmed.
  • Primary aged children 4 to 10 years will be vaccinated at school
  • Children in year 7 (secondary school) will be vaccinated at school
  • 2-17 years in at risk group will be vaccinated in the GP Practice.

We understand our patients might be confused about the track and trace system. 

one of our GP colleagues has written a very useful guide which we hope might help. NHS Track/trace info

As a Purple Star Strategy Practice we use a number of easy read leaflets - this is our latest one Purple Star Easy Read COVID-19

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In light of COVID-19, we have updated our privacy notice - see here for this in full Supplementary Privacy Notice April 20

No Deal Brexit – Updated patient information

The information for patients on nhs.uk around continuity of medicines supply if there is a no-deal EU exit has been updated.

 

Primary Care Networks

We are delighted to advise that we are now working collaboratively with two other local GP Practices. The NHS never stands still – and this year has heralded a new idea in General Practice across England – something called Primary Care Networks (PCNs).  Practices are required to collaborate in PCNs which cover between 30,000 and 50,000 patients. This is to allow sharing of ideas and resources.

 

St Albans Patient Group

their latest newsletter has now been uploaded to our website.  Please see their subsection of New Patients tab. 

Get involved - join our Patient Group

Care Quality Commission - read our latest inspection report

 

As part of the Herts Valley's CCG we are raising awareness of the MY CARE RECORD programme with our patients  see   http://www.mycarerecord.org.uk/   for full information

What is My Care Record?

The people caring for you need access to your health and care record in order to make the best decisions about your diagnosis and treatment. This could include GPs, hospital-based clinicians, nurses, health visitors and social workers.

For this to happen more quickly and to improve the care you receive, a process has been put in place using existing computer systems.

This allows your information to be accessed by health and care clinicians and professionals within local health and care organisations that are providing you with care.

This does not share your record, but provides health and care clinicians and professionals access to view information relevant to your care and treatment. 

My Care Record Patient Information postcard

MCR fair data processing agreement

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