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Purton SurgeryTel: 01793 770 207
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We are getting quite a few queries from patients asking for Drs letters regarding self isolation for their employers. Please see below the latest guidance on thisPlease find below a link to the Government guidance. This guidance covers the whole of the UK population and not just those who have been sent a letter by the government.https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults
The primary purpose of the letter sent by the government is to identify the 2% of the UK population who are at critical risk of infection. The remaining 98% are still at risk and need to manage this risk alongside their employer. You can decide if you need to self-isolate and discuss with your employer. In the first instance your employer should offer you remote working. If this is not possible then you will need to consider whether you fall into the furloughed employee category - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme
Beacause you are well enough to work, however unable to attend work because of the risk of contracting Coronavirus, GPs are unable to offer a fit note to cover this period. You will need to work with your employer to resolve this situation.
We would like to inform patients that we remain open as usual. Due to the recent coronavirus outbreak we are now changing how appointments are booked.
Online booking has been temporarily suspended and we will be starting a same day telephone triage service with each doctor and nurse practitioner.
By doing this we aim to reduce patient - patient exposure. The government guidelines are changing daily and if you are concerned you may have coronavirus please visit https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 for an online self-assessment and information.
If you have an upcoming appointment at the Surgery, we are advising anyone with a new continuous cough or temperature to self isolate for 7 days (this includes children) DO NOT COME INTO SURGERY. Please call the surgery to cancel your appointment.
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Patients on regular medication will require repeat prescriptions. For medico-legal reasons we cannot take prescription requests over the telephone.
Please allow five full working days (excluding weekends/public holidays). Unless you ask us to keep it at the surgery it will be sent to one of our nominated chemists, Purton - Lloyds Pharmacy, Cricklade - Boots Pharmacy.
We are now able to offer an E-mail repeat prescription service to patients 16 years or over.
Please ask the receptionist for a registration form or download the form.
Please note due to patient confidentiality we require proof of identitication when you collect your pin numbers from the surgery. You will need to attend in person to collect this information. We are unable to release this information to anyone else.
Please note this service is only available for medications which are displayed for recent repeat prescriptions. Medications not set up by the GP as a repeat, or which has not been issued for some time (or has been discontinued by the GP) cannot be processed in this way.
Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs). The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge from 1st April 2019.
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
You could save money by buying a pre-payment certificate (PPC). To see if you are entitled information can be obtained from main post offices, some pharmacists and GP surgeries.