Howard Medical Practice
With patient’s needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.
DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE IN PERSON for any reason, unless this has been authorised or pre-booked by a member of the Practice Team
Online booking of appointments remains suspended until further notice following advice from Public Health England.
All GP appointments will remain as initial telephone consultation only or video link where required
Sick note requests should be done either by telephone, online consult or by email. These will then be emailed or posted as appropriate
Repeat prescription requests should be done by Patient Access, email or telephone. They will be processed electronically and sent to a nominated Pharmacy. We will not issue printed prescriptions for collection.
ALL OF THE ABOVE WILL REMAIN IN PLACE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
PATIENT ALERT (updated 3rd July 2020)
Covid 19 Testing
We have had a number of enquiries recently regarding patient testing for Covid-19 where patients have been directed to their GP surgery to arrange this.
We need to stress that no GP surgery is able to refer patients for testing. This must be done via the Government website via a self-referral portal. We have not been updated on the self-referral process, where the testing sites are or how long it will take to get a test.
We have devised some guidance for you from information on the Government website and hope that this helps.
COVID-19 TESTING - SELF-REFERRAL PORTAL
Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
NHS England and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
The Chief Medical Officer has announced that the country is moving into the ‘Delay’ stage of the response to coronavirus from Friday, 13th March 2020. The new advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer is as follows:
Updated symptoms (18 May 2020)
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
a high temperature
a new continuous cough
- a recent loss/change in your sense of smell or taste
** You must self-isolate for 7 days ... or longer if your symptoms persist **
** Household members should also self-isolate, but for 14 days as per the current guidelines **
|Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
your condition gets worse
your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Stay At Home advice can be found here
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
More information can be found on the NHS website here
Social prescribing is when health professionals refer patients to receive support in the community. This support helps to improve their health and wellbeing and the concept has gained support within many NHS organisations across the country.
GPs and other frontline healthcare professionals are able to refer patients to a link worker. This provides them with a face to face conversation where they can learn about wider possibilities and receive support to design their own personalised solutions, i.e. ‘co-produce’ their ‘social prescription’- so that people with social, emotional or practical needs are empowered to find solutions which will improve their health and wellbeing. Many of these services are provided by the voluntary and community sector.
Social Prescribing is an innovative and growing movement, with the potential to reduce the financial burden on the NHS and particularly and ease the ever increasing pressures on general practice.
If you feel that you would benefit from the Social Prescribing model and would like to receive advice and support from our Link-worker, please contact us for further information & referral.
NATIONAL MMR CATCH-UP CAMPAIGN - CHILDREN & ADULTS
Following a previous increase in cases of Measles and related infections, the NHS are extending their Campaign to ensure that our population is fully vaccinated against Measles, Mumps & Rubella.
The 1st MMR vaccine is offered to babies at 12 months with a 2nd vaccination around 3yrs & 4 months.
Some children who have only had one dose may not be fully vaccinated against Measles, Mumps or Rubella.
This Campaign encourages parents to ensure that their children are fully vaccinated.
If any vaccines have been missed, children can receive a catch-up vaccination at their GP surgery.
Anyone born between 1980 and 1990 may not have received a mumps vaccine, and anyone born between 1970 and 1979 may have only had a measles vaccine.
There is no upper age limit to this Campaign and so any CHILD or ADULT who has not had 2 doses of the MMR vaccination is eligible to receive a catch-up vaccine.
** If you have not received the full MMR vaccination and would like to receive the catch-up, please contact us and book in.
Please see the link below for further information:
Instant online access to your medical record
We are aware that following a 'Patient Access Update' patients are experiencing lots of problems with being able to login into their accounts.
Should you have any problems please follow instructions on the link below .. unfortunately practice staff are unable able to help with these issues.
Online Appointment Booking and Viewing Medical Records
When you have registered with the surgery to book appointments online you will have received a registration identification sheet and pin number. When you have registered for medical record viewing you will have given the surgery a password to activate your account. Please click the link below to access appointment booking and medical record access. You will need your pin number and medical record password.
Register for Online Booking of Appointments and Viewing of Medical records
Your local pharmacy can issue NHS prescriptions for certain minor ailments.
Below is a list of the conditions:-
Sore throat Hay Fever UTI - Urinary Tract Infection
Cough & cold Head lice Nasal Congestion
Fever Thread worm Athlete’s foot
Headache Vaginal thrush Conjunctivitis
They can be issued on prescription without having to see your GP and your usual prescription payment method will apply.
This service is available from the following Pharmacies:-
Boots Pharmacy, Glossop (not UTI) . Well Pharmacy (Co-op), Glossop . Mews Pharmacy, Gamesley . Moorlands Pharmacy, Simmondley
Cohen’s Chemist, Glossop (not UTI)
Save a GP Appointment
….and use your local Pharmacy where possible
Get Well, Keep Well
Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.
We hope you enjoy having a look around the site and familiarising yourself with some of the online features such as ordering a
repeat prescription. Whatever your thoughts, be sure to let us know via our feedback function. Comments and suggestions are always a great way of helping us continue to enhance the way we look after you.
We have wheelchair access to the patient waiting area, consulting/treatment rooms and provide disabled toilet facilities.
NHS Meningococcal ACWY Vaccination - 2017 School Leaver Cohort
There has been high media intereset in the very sad death of Lauren Sandell. Lauren was in the vaccine eligible cohort that left school last year and was at University for less than 2 weeks before falling ill with MenW disease. She had not been immunised before leaving for University and sadly her case highlights the need to vaccinate this age group with the MenACWY before they begin higher education. All patients at this practice within this age group will be sent a letter to invite them to have the vaccination here at the surgery.
Please take advantage of this vaccination whilst eligible ..... It could save your life!!!
National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme ......
Follow the link below to complete the HEART AGE Test
(Site updated 03/07/2020)