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Diabetic Eye Screening: Important Notice about Diabetic Eye Screening
The National Diabetic Eye Screening Team have recently issued guidance to restart screening for all in a phased approach. Our Restoration Plan has been agreed with the local NHS England and NHS Improvement Commissioners and we are very pleased and eager to start screening once again.
We will invite people to screening appointments in the following order:
Invite over next few weeks and months - those who are pregnant, under digital surveillance, newly diagnosed, had background retinopathy at last appointment (R1M0) or Did Not Attend their last appointment.
Next Year - Those who at their last appointment had no retinopathy or maculopathy (R0M0) are at much lower risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.
Should you notice any severe changes to your sight in the meantime, please telephone your local Hospital Eye Department or A&E.
The Bookings Team will be in touch to rearrange all other appointments once screening resumes.
Thank you for your patience.
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Unfortunately we have been hit by both clinician illness along with staff self isolation. Therefore we are severely short staffed.
We will revert to telephone and video consultations for the majority, however patients will be seen face to face in extreme circumstances.
Sadly, other local surgeries are experiencing a similar problem, therefore there is no local staff cover available. We would appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.
As our patients are aware, Mansfield Park Surgery has kept its doors open throughout most of the pandemic, and the GPs have ensured that face to face appointments, where appropriate, have been maintained.
As we move forward, and the lockdown measures are eased nationally, we will continue to keep the safety of our patients as our priority.
We are now slowly moving towards restoring our former appointment system, and enabling patients to book appointments up to 4 weeks in advance with the GP of their choice. The GPs will continue to conduct telephone and video consultations as a preference, but if you feel a face to face consultation is more appropriate to your needs, you can request this.
To maintain social distancing, the waiting room will be restricted to 6 people, therefore there may be occasions where patients will be asked to remain in their cars until room becomes available.
We will continue to review all measures as we emerge out of the pandemic.
Dr Celia Cornes will take her three month sabbatical with her family starting on 21st June. She postponed it from last year due to the obvious work commitments of the pandemic. We are very fortunate to have Dr Nicki Purnell, who many patients have come to know, take over her clinics and patient care whilst she is away.
Please note that after Wednesday 9 June at 18:30pm you will not be able to send a GP online consultation outside our normal surgery opening hours. Our opening hours are Monday to Friday, 08:00 am - 18:30 pm.
As you may have seen on social media or in the news, the NHS is introducing an improved way to share information called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection. Please read this important information>>
Covid-19 - proof of vaccination
The practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.
From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from: · the NHS App which you can download from app stores · the NHS website
It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use these services.
If you cannot access these online services, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119.
Only call 119 if you had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive. When you're planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get proof of your vaccination status before you leave.
Dispensary opening hours
As of Monday 7th June 2021, the Dispensary opening hours will change to 9am to 6pm. If you were previously a dispensing patient before March 2020 and wish to change back to collect medication from us, please phone the Dispensary.
As of July 1st 2021, the Dispensary will no longer take medication requests over the phone. You can order your repeat prescription either in person, by post, via a pharmacy of your choice or online via the NHS App or Patient Access.
From Thursday 22nd July we are returning our Dispensary request and collection point to the window/counter in the waiting room next to main reception. Therefore patients requiring the Dispensary should use the main entrance. However we are still limited to 6 patients in the waiting room, so please continue to wait outside if there is a queue.