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CLOSING FOR STAFF TRAINING

Please be aware that on Thursday 20th May 2021 the Surgery and Dispensary will be closing at 1pm for staff training.  We will re-open at 8am on Friday 21st May. 

If you need medical advice and support when we are closed please contact NHS111.  If you have a life threatening emergency please dial 999. 

TELEPHONE PROBLEMS

We appear to have some technical issues with our phone system this morning - we are open until 1pm today 28/04/2021 before staff training.  We hope to solve the issues asap but you can still contact us via eConsult if you need advice today.    Please use the link on our home page.  

Appointment Pressures

We are experiencing exceptionally high demand for our GP appointments and we know this has a knock on effect for you our patients.

To help us help you we would encourage all patients to utilise our eConsult service available via this website, to confidentially contact the practice with routine and urgent but not medical emergency queries.  

This service has been designed to help your GPs manage and assess your healthcare needs efficiently.  If you use this service before 2pm we aim to contact you back the same day.  

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding. 

March 2021

Dispensary Update

We are pleased to announce that from Monday 29th March our dispensary hours are changing.  You will be able to collect medication between 9am until 1pm and 2pm - 6pm Monday to Friday. 

Thank you everyone for your continued support and kindness to our staff during the last 12 months.

Don't forget that the Dispensary and Surgery will be closed from 1pm on Wednesday 31st March due to staff training for the whole practice and we will be closed again on Friday 2nd and reopen on Tuesday 6th April for the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. 

CLOSURE FOR STAFF TRAINING

Please be aware that the Surgery and Dispensary will be closed for staff training on Thursday 20th May from 1pm.  We will reopen as normal on Friday 21st. 

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. 

Please be advised the next scheduled shutdowns are as follows:

Wednesday 30th June 2021

Thursday 29th July 2021

Thursday 30th September 2021

Thursday 28th October 2021

Wednesday 24th November 2021

Thursday 16th December 2021

Thursday 24th February 2022

Wednesday 30th March 2022

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. 

Community Support in the Braintree District

Click on the Community Support 360 link below to read about community support available to you  - community transport, Essex Wellbeing Service, Citizens Advice, Foodbanks etc

Community Support Information

Social Prescribing is now at Freshwell Health Centre.

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What is Social Prescribing?

Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, Social Prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.

Social prescribing is designed to support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs.  The extent to which we have control over our lives, have good social connections and live in healthy, safe neighbourhoods are all important influences on health.

It seeks to address people’s needs across a number of areas such as physical activity, diet and nutrition, mental health and social support. It is often referred to as a ‘more than medicine’ approach to health and wellbeing.

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SO, HOW DOES SOCIAL PRESCRIBING WORK?

Meet Oliver, a 56 year old man who had a stroke 6 months ago.

The stroke affected Oliver's speech and mobility slightly.

He's felt isolated since and lacks social connections due to his family living in another city.

Oliver needs help with motivation to keep up exercising.

Oliver is also experiencing symptoms of mild depression and anxiety.

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How to refer in to Social prescribing clinic

 

You can self-refer via the Reception team, or by calling/emailing the Social prescribing Link Worker.

Your GP may refer you after discussing during your appointment

A range of other people may refer you to the service from other organisations, such as Social Services, Housing Associations, Fire & Rescue, Hospitals etc.

 

The service is Free of charge and confidential.  The support you will access is tailored to your needs.  You may be part of a linked service, where you are being looked after by several people, such as GP, Health Coach and Social Prescriber.  Your support will be tailored to incorporate all levels of care you require for maximum benefit to you.

 

Should you wish to discuss anything further, or refer in to the service, please contact;

Teresa Sparks

Social Prescribing Link Worker

Phone: 07580 911197

Email: teresa.sparks@nhs.net

 

Or click on the link

 
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