• Balsall Common Health Centre

    Balsall Common Health Centre
  • Meriden Surgery

    Meriden Surgery
  • Balsall Common Health Centre

    Balsall Common Health Centre
  • Meriden Surgery

    Meriden Surgery

Welcome to Balsall Common & Meriden Group Practice

 

The National influenza immunisation programme 2020

 Flu vaccinations will be available from the beginning of October  

Please contact reception to make your Flu Vaccination appointment

Practice Newsletter August 2020

Please see shortcut to Practice August Newsletter below:

 

 

Newsletter August 2020.docx 

Cervical Screening (Smear Tests)

We are now making appointments for smear tests please contact reception.

 

Dr Susan Barratt

Dr Barratt retired from the Practice on Thursday 14th May 2020.

 

Everyone at the Practice wishes her a long and happy retirement after over 20 years services to patients at the Balsall Common and Meriden Group Practice

 

CHANGES TO HOW YOU ACCESS YOUR GP SERVICES

Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the way you access your GP practice has changed.

You must now telephone your GP practiceDO NOT attend in person.

Your GP practice will then arrange the best care for you depending on your need.  This will likely be a phone call or video call.

If you do need to see a doctor face-to-face, then this will be arranged for you and it may be in a different location.

Alternatively, use the online NHS 111 service or call NHS 111.

We want to reassure you that your GP practice is still here to look after you and your family.

IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS INFECTION (COVID-19)

Stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started.  This will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious.  You should:

  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible
  • sleep alone, if that is possible
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water
  • stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible

You do not need to contact your GP Practice or call NHS111 to go into self-isolation.

 You will need to self-isolate for 7 days. After 7 days:

·         If you do not have a high temperature, you do not need to self-isolate;

·         If you still have a high temperature, keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal.

If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact online/call the NHS 111 service.

If you, or the person you are caring for, is struggling to breathe, has a fast pulse, their hands or lips are cold and/or blue, are drowsy, confused or difficult to wake, has tightness in their chest, or is unable to speak a short sentence, dial NHS 111 or 999 immediately.

If you need any other medical help, or advice, please contact your GP surgery between the hours of 8:30am and 6.30pm, and NHS 111 between the hours of 6.30pm and 8.30am for advice. In case of emergency, call 999.

BALSALL COMMON AND BERKSWELL COMMUNITY HELP

ARE HERE TO HELP YOU!

Volunteers are ready to

                    Collect and drop off shopping

                    Collect and drop off medicine

                    Be available for a chat

                    Perform other tasks within reason

 

Contact us if you or your family need help during isolation at home and we will get someone to you

07515 570 887

bccommunityhelp@gmail.com

 

If you can help as a volunteer please also contact us

 

MERIDEN PATIENTS SELF ISOLATING - DO YOU NEED HELP 

Please see document below giving full details of the support available from the Meriden Parish Council

Meriden Parish Council Support July 2020.pdf

ONLINE APPOINTMENTS 

 

In view of the Corona Virus situation online appointments have been suspended at present

 

New Patient Registrations - Proof of ID and Address

All patient registering at the practice now have to provide Proof of ID and Proof of Address before their registration is accepted by the Practice

More information is detailed in "How Do I" - "Register With the Practice"

Early Appointments now available at Balsall Common and Meriden Surgeries

We now have early morning appointments a

Balsall Common - Tuesday 7.00am to 8.00am

Meriden - Thursday 7.00am to 8.00am

Please ask at reception

 

 

 If you are unable to attend your appointment please help the surgery reduce wasted appointments by cancelling your appointment

You can cancel your appointment by using the following methods;

Ø By telephoning Balsall Common Surgery 01676935000 or Meriden Surgery 01676 522706

Ø By secure email to solccg.bccancelappointments @nhs.net

Ø Face to Face at Reception

Ø In Writing

Ø Via our website www.balsallcommongrouppractice.co.uk using the on line services or practice message

 

Please give other patients the opportunity to use your appointment if you cannot attend

Sick Note Requests

 If you require a sick note please make a telephone consultation appointment with your usual doctor to discuss this. If you have recently attended hospital (which is the reason for the sick note) to be issued the hospital should give you a sick note for the expected duration you will be away from work following the procedure, on this occasion you should contact the hospital for your sick note.

 

Clinical Questions or Enquiries via email

We are unable to respond to clinical questions / enquiries via email. Please make a telephone consultation with a doctor to discuss your question / enquiry.

 

Secretaries Answerphone - Prescription and Sick Note Enquiries or Requests

Prescription and Sick Note enquiries or requests should not be left of the secretaries answerphone. From 6 3 2018 any requests left on the secretaries answerphone will NOT be actioned. This is also detailed on the secretaries answerphone message

 

Text Messaging - Mobile Numbers

 **We are now operating a text message reminder service; please ensure your mobile number is correct and up to date on your medical records. Please speak to Reception or email balsallcommon.practice@nhs.net with your name, date of birth and mobile number to add it to your records.**

 

Cancelling Your Appointments

To quickly cancel an appointment you can send an email to:

solccg.bccancelappointments@nhs.net or telephone your surgery

 

Email Your Prescription Requests

Presciption requests can now be sent to the practice using the following email address:

bcm.prescriptionrequest@nhs.net

 

 

If you have any queries or comments about the Website please contact the practice at balsallcommon.practice@nhs.net