02/04/2020: Coronavirus Bulletin for Patients COVID 19 Bulletin
28/04/2020: Temporary suspension of minor injury and illness services at Slough Walk-in Centre
Due to COVID-19 crisis local NHS commissioners have taken the decision to suspend services at the Slough Walk-in Centre from Thursday 30 April, for further information:https://herschelmedicalcentre.co.uk/info.aspx?p=18
07/09/2020: Phlebotomy at Wexham Park Hospital by Appointment Only
Patients who wish to have their blood tests taken at Wexham Park Hospital must now make an appointment in order to attend.
The service is currently unable to see walk-in patients.
To make your appointment, please visit their booking system via https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/search.php and follow the instructions.
07/09/2020: Seasonal Flu Vaccinations 2020
Please note that, if you are aged between 50 and 64 and not in a clinical at risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is November, providing there is sufficient vaccine. No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical ‘at risk’ group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
Sugery Closure: The surgery will be closed for training from 12:30pm - 18:30pm on the following dates;
- Wednesday 23rd September 2020
- Wednesday 14th October 2020
- Wednesday 4th November 2020
Are you a Carer?
Further information on National Carer's Week can be found via:https://www.carersweek.org
For further information about services in our area, please call Slough Carers Support on 01753 524176.
or visit http://sloughcarerssupport.co.uk/
National Shortage of the Pneumococcal Vaccine
There is a national shortage of the pneumococcal vaccine. We are currently awaiting a supply. Please call the surgery and ask for a callback from the Nurse if you require this vaccination
Yellow Fever Vaccination Shortage
There is currently a national shortage of the yellow fever vaccination. If you are one of our patients and are planning on travelling to an area that will need this vaccination, please call the surgery and ask for a call back from the Travel nurse to see if we have availability.
Due to staff shortages, Dr Clark and Dr Bhargava will be resuming daily clinics and will NOT be able to accommodate for pre bookable appointments. We kindly request patients to call up on the day to book and be mindful that they may be allocated an appointment with other Doctors working for the Practice.
Practice Statement on Appointments
Our GPs are aware that some patients are finding it increasingly difficult to get the appointments and services they need from us, and feel you should be made aware of the reasons.
Over the past few years, successive governments have reduced the investment in General Practice from around 10% of the NHS budget to nearer 7%.
In spite of this reduction in funding we still provide 90% of consultations carried out in the NHS. There is access to GP services 24 hours, 7 days a week, and the demand to see GPs is rising dramatically. There are currently 340 million GP consultations a year, an increase of 40 million in the last 5 years.
This has not been matched by an increase in GP and staff numbers or an expansion in the infrastructure. Added to this we are expected to take on more and more work previously carried out in hospitals, and are obliged to attend meetings with the Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS England management and spend hours preparing for and meeting the Care Quality Commission. All of these mean less time to see our patients.
In addition, we are faced with huge difficulties in recruiting new doctors and nurses to work in General Practice. Currently there is a shortfall of about 10,000 GPs across the country. It is impossible to see how this shortfall can be addressed when it takes a minimum of 10 years to train a GP. In short General Practice is in crisis.
We simply want you to know that we are aware of the problems you have accessing some services and that we are working as hard as we can to provide those services. We hope you will bear with us as we strive to continue to provide quality General Practice in this area.
Statement of Intent IT/Electronic Patient Records
New contractual requirements came into force from 1st April 2014 requiring that GP practices should make available a statement of intent in relation to the following IT developments. Click here to read ours.
Child Health Information
Please find link for the Slough Child health website that provides a wide range of information in English, Punjabi, Urdu and Polish languages. Hover and link below:
The link above will take you to the GP survey results, just add in your practice name. The ‘about’ tab gives you some useful background.
Please visit http://healthwatchslough.co.uk/