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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.
After 47 years of nursing, Barbara Lacey has decided to hang up her uniform and retire. Sadly for us, she will be leaving at the end of March. She will be very much missed by her patients and colleagues alike and I'm sure you will join us in wishing her many new and richly deserved adventures in the next chapter of her life.
We are all excited to hear about the progress of the rolling out of the Covid vaccine and look forward to this improving the quality of life for all of us.
We know that you, like us, are struggling with the continued confines imposed upon us all due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Everyone is trying to make the best of the situation and, as a practice, we are committed to caring for you in the best possible way whilst keeping both you and our team safe.
To keep you as informed as possible, we will update these messages frequently as we become aware of more information from NHS England:
The vaccines are being rolled out in a very strict order. We have now moved to the over 65 age group. Patients in this group who have a mobile phone number will be sent a text message from the surgery with a link to book an appointment at the Holiday Inn, Winchester
Please do not contact the surgery nor the hospital to seek a vaccine
We will contact you when the NHS has informed us that you are eligible
We are still open if you have any medical concerns and will offer advice via the telephone whenever we can to prevent you leaving home unnecessarily
With the current rapid increase in Covid-19 cases it is even more important to
wash your hands
wear a face mask as advised
keep 2 metres apart
NATIONAL LOCKDOWN - STAY AT HOME
Go here for the latest detailed information from the government and other organisations.
Accessing the surgery
Patients are reminded that we are continuing with telephone triage and will call patients for examination at the surgery only when the Doctor feels that this is clinically appropriate and necessary.
All other standard appointments, such as blood tests, flu jabs, cervical smears, dressings etc. are continuing throughout and do not need to be cancelled.
Visitors and patients will be expected to wear face coverings at all times whilst visiting the surgery with the following exceptions:
Children under the age of 11
People with disabilities
Those with breathing difficulties
Those who are travelling with someone who relies on lip reading
We have changed the location for medication collections. We will now be issuing medications via the window at the rear of the surgery. For any patients who normally collect their medications from our Dispensary - please park at the front of the building and then follow the signs to make your way to the left & rear of the building.