Noticeboard

February 2021

CLOSURE FOR STAFF TRAINING

Please be aware that the Surgery and Dispensary will be closed for staff training on Wednesday 24th February from 1pm.  We will reopen as normal on Thursday 25th. 

If you need medical advice during the time we are closed please dial 111 and speak with NHS111.  If you have a serious or life threatening emergency please dial 999. 

Thank you for your ongoing support. 

January 2021

EMAIL SCAM WARNING

We have been alerted by patients that there is an email in circulation claiming to be from the NHS asking you to book a COVID Vaccination.  They seem genuine in appearance but are asking for your bank details and a payment. 

COVID Vaccinations are FREE, the NHS will never ask you for a payment for this. 

Please stay safe online, if you are suspicious of any email please report it to your service provider or the police and block further emails. 

Please speak with your family and friends if you think they may be at risk from this or other types of email scams, encourage them to speak out before signing up. 

January 2021

Our Team here at Freshwell Health Centre are busy helping roll out the National Covid Vaccination Service in this area whilst still making sure your routine and urgent medical needs are being met.  We do appreciate this may impact on access to some of our services but we are hope you understand.

Please be aware we are following the Government and NHS guidelines for contacting patients for the Covid Vaccination, please do not contact us about an appointment when you become eligible you will be contacted by us or the NHS National Recall System and asked to book an appointment then.

Thank you for your continued support during these unprecedented times. 

14th January 2021

FLOOD WARNING

If you are heading to our COVID-19 Vaccination site at Pumphouse Surgery in Earls Colne today be aware that there is flooding enroute.  Please take additional care and drive safely.  Our PCN Team members are aware and understand there may be some arrival delays. 

December 2020 - FLU JAB UPDATE 

We are pleased to announce if you are aged 50yrs or over you can now book an appointment at our flu clinic running on Saturday 9th January from 8am. 

We have limited stock available so don't delay, call us on 01371 810328 and book now.

15.12.2020

Christmas opening times for Local Pharmacies if you need help over the Christmas holidays. Click here:

PHARMACY OPENING TIMES

21.11.2020 Flu Vaccines for people aged 50-64

We are currently finalising our plans for clinics to vaccinate everyone aged 50-64 in our patient population during December. If you would like to go on the waiting list, please call us to ask to be added the waiting list.

SATURDAY FLU CLINIC 28TH NOVEMBER 2020

We are pleased to announce we still have appointments available at our upcoming Saturday Flu Clinic.  If you are aged over 65yrs OR have a long term health condition that places you at risk from flu please telephone 01371 810328 and book an appointment.

If you are unsure if you are eligible for a flu jab please check 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

Or speak to a member of the surgery team. 

CLOSING FOR STAFF TRAINING - 16th December

In line with our CCG guidance, our next practice monthly half day training shutdowns is WEDNESDAY 16th DECEMBER 2020.  This closure also affects our dispensary and you will NOT be able to collect medication or access the practice by phone from 1pm on the day.

When we are closed if you need medical advice please call NHS111. If you have a life threatening or medical emergency please dial 999. 

5th Sept 2020

We are pleased to announce our CHILD FLU VACCINES have arrived.   

If your child is aged 2 - 3yrs old (born between 01/09/2016 - 31/08/2018) please call the surgery to book an appointment.  Clinics are running from 30th Sept onwards.  We look forward to seeing you! 

July 2020

Homerton University Hospital has produced an excelled patient information and support pack designed to help you to recover and manage your symptoms following COVID-19 infection.  You can download here -  Post Covid Patient Support and Advice

July 2020

Hearing Help Essex offers NHS hearing aid re-tubing, cleaning and maintenance.  Due to Coronavirus they are unable to visit our practice to offer this service but you can still see them by appointment at their centre in Moulsham Street Chelmsford.  They also offer a doorstop service for those who are vulnerable or have been shielding.  Please contact them direct by telephone on 01245 496 347 by Text 07950 406 173  or email help@hearinghelpessex.org.uk

Hearing Help Essex is a registered charity (No: 113498) 

April 2020

Since 6th April we have changed our dispensary opening hours.

Medication can now be collected between 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 6pm Monday to Friday.

When ordering your repeat medication please allow 5 working days for the team to process your request.  With current pressures on the supply chain some medications are taking longer to get to us.  We don't want you to come out on a wasted trip and our team are working as hard as they can! 

Please continue to order in good time by either using Systmonline or by direct email freshwell.dispensary@nhs.net

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.  

June 2019

We are very excited to announce the launch of the Freshwell Low Carb Project, which has been set up to help our patients eat well & lose weight. Please click here for further details.

February 2019 - Are you interested in a healthy diet and / or losing weight?

The clinicians here at Freshwell are becoming increasingly excited about the low carbohydrate Mediterranean lifestyle revolution. There is emerging strong scientific evidence for the benefits of this way of eating, which can also be a very effective means of losing weight.

Also, we are hoping to host a course to help people diagnosed with prediabetes in the near future.

Please click the link in the right hand column of the homepage on this website for further details.

Travel Vaccinationsglobal air travel

If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to complete the application form below in order to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.

There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below

 

Europe Europe & Russia North America North America
Central America Central America South America South America
Caribbean Caribbean Africa Africa
Middle East Middle East Central Asia Central Asia
East Asia East Asia Australasia Australasia and Pacific

It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.

Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.


Travel Health Questionnaire

To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out our travel advise form and return it to the surgery before booking an appointment with our Practice Nurse Team. 

Please remember we need a MINIMUM of 6 week notice before your departure date to assess your travel form, advise you of your vaccination needs and arrange appointments if appropriate.  Failure to give appropriate notice will mean we are unable to offer you this service and you will need to make alternative arrangements with another Travel Clinic.

Providing travel advice and treatments are not covered under our NHS contract.  Fees will be applicable for any treatment given. 

 Travel Advice & Form

You can then either: return the form to the reception, e-mail it to freshwell.administration@nhs.net or fax it to 01371 811282. This will give the nurse the information required to check the latest requirements. The nurse will then contact you to make an appropriate appointment. If you are emailing this form back to us, please do fill it in but do not change the format of the document as we are currently unable to read ".docx" documents.


Travel Letters
While a letter may be required for travel, this is not an NHS service. Primary care can charge patients for the time taken to write the letter, or can decline to provide a letter and direct patients to private travel clinics for this service. At the present time Freshwell Health Centre are not providing this service to allow our clinicians to concentrate on NHS patient care and managing the Coronovirus pandemic.


Travelling in Europe

If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.

 
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