Fairfax Group Practice
Aiming to provide a caring, patient centred and efficient primary healthcare service to all our registered patients.
Flu vaccinations for the over 65 year olds only will be available from the 12th September. If you are in this age group, you do not need to make an appointment. Please call into the surgery any day, Monday - Friday, preferably between 11.00 am and 12 midday and we will be happy to give you your flu vaccination.
Flu vaccines for the under 65 year olds in an at-risk group are not expected in surgery until early October and we will let you know when these are available.
Likewise, children aged 2-3 years are eligible for a nasal vaccination and these will also be available sometime later in October.
Further updates will be notified when these become available.
We are very pleased to welcome Dr Rebecca Metcalfe to our team from Monday 7th October 2019. Dr Metcalfe has already spent around 18 months here with us as a GP Trainee over the past couple of years and we are very happy that she has joined us as a fully qualified GP on a permanent basis. We hope she will be happy working with us and we know from feedback received, that many of our patients will be happy with this news.
'CERVICAL SCREENING SAVES LIVES CAMPAIGN': Public Health England have recently launched a campaign urging women to attend their cervical screening, with data showing that the number of women attending screening has fallen to a 20-year low. If you are eligible to attend the screening and have not yet responded to your invite, you are strongly urged to do so. Around 2,600 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in England each year, and around 690 women die from the disease, which is 2 deaths every day. It is estimated that if everyone attended screening regularly, 83% of cervical cancer cases could be prevented. Watch the short video at https://youtu.be/JkutlKFqqec for more information. Our practice nurses or your GP are also happy to discuss the importance of this test and any concerns you have in more detail.
APPOINTMENTS SYSTEM: Do you know that around 66% of our routine GP appointments can be booked on the day - these are not just reserved for emergencies? The remaining appointments are available for pre-booking up to one month in advance. You can book your doctor's appointment either by phone, in person or online (make sure you are registered for online services so that not only can you book appointments but you can also order repeat prescriptions, view test results etc at any time to suit). Same day appointments are available to book from 8.00 am. Once all appointments have been taken, any urgent requests for appointments will be directed to our on-call doctor who will call you back to discus the nature of your problem and agree the most appropriate way forward.
REFERRALS: Please be aware that if you are referred to the hospital, waiting times for appointments can be anything up to 18 weeks for a routine appointment and 6-8 weeks for an urgent appointment. Patients have been contacting the hospital or ourselves to chase appointments well before this deadline and unfortunately we are unable to do anything to expedite appointments. For more urgent referrals you may be referred on a '2 week wait', for instance suspected cancer referrals. If this is the case, the doctor will discuss with you and you can then expect to be contacted by the hospital within a 2 week window.
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(Site updated 18/11/2019)