Welcome to Rowlands Castle Surgery
Our next Flu Clinic is on Thursday 15th October
VENUE: St John’s Church, 120 Redhill Rd, Rowland's Castle PO9 6DF.
Most of our clinics this year will be held at St John’s Church who have two large halls and plenty of parking. The layout of the building makes it ideal for social distancing. As some of you may be aware the government increased the number of people eligible for a flu vaccination, reducing the age to those over 50.
Weekday appointments are also available if this is not convenient for you.
Please ask at Reception or call the surgery between 2 & 4 pm to make an appointment.
We will be adding dates throughout Oct & Nov but it is important that those eligible are vaccinated as early as possible this year.
The government has announced that patients 50 to 64 who are not usually eligible for the flu vaccination will be offered it this year. However they have not told us when we can expect delivery of the vaccine for these extra immunisations and we have to prioritise the usual cohort of patients with the stock we already have. We will be contacting you as soon as the vaccination becomes available.
TRAINING AFTERNOON - The surgery will be closed for staff training on Thursday 15th October 2020 between 1.00pm - 6.30pm. If you are unwell during this time and would like medical advice, please ring the Out of Hours service on 111. The surgery will re-open at normal time on Friday 16th October. . This training event is organised by the South East Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
- The surgery is still open and we encourage people to get in touch for any health concerns that cannot be dealt with by the individual, their family or friends or your pharmacy.
Routine vaccinations and immunisations are important and are available at the practice.
Please only visit the surgery in person if you have an appointment.
If you think you need to see a doctor please call the practice to speak to a clinician or use e-consult via the practice website.
If you need to be seen face-to-face then you will be given an appointment to come to the practice.
This change is happening to help keep staff and patients safe.
We want to discourage people queuing outside the surgery and waiting in the waiting area, to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Coming in for a booked appointment means you will be seen promptly, please wear a mask.
Staff will clean down areas before your arrival to keep you safe.
If you have coronavirus symptoms DO NOT come into the practice– self isolate and seek help by calling NHS 111 or online www.111.nhs.uk.
FACE MASKS - We are asking all patients that come into the surgery to wear a face mask. Children under 12 do not have to wear them. We are still limiting the number of patients we see face to face but are starting to offer more services in surgery. As the waiting room becomes busier this is a sensible precaution. You can purchase masks online or at some pharmacies and supermarkets.
Exceptions to Compulsory Mask Wearing Advice
CORONAVIRUS - In an effort to contain the Coronavirus we have stopped all online appointment booking. You will be given a telephone consultation with a doctor and only be seen face to face if it is essential. Alternatively if you use online Patient Access to book appointments and order medications this can also be used to set up a video consultation from your own home. All you need is a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone with a camera and microphone on which you can sign in to Patient Access.
We must ensure that we offer a safe and efficient service throughout this pandemic so please be assured we are doing everything we can to protect our patients and staff.
All the clinical and admin team are well and we are fully staffed at the moment. The usual health problems still need to be managed so please call us if you are having any issues with your health. Please remember the advice not to go to the GP Surgery with concerns about Coronavirus symptoms but look at NHS111 online or call 111 if you do not have internet access. Please follow all the guidance, keep safe and look after each other (remotely). Remember we are open for business but just looking after you in a different way. For general medical complaints still call the surgery and you will be able to speak to a doctor.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - Please clink on the this link: COVID-19
SELF ISOLATION - Please click on this link: Patient Information for Self-Isolation
PARENTS - Advice on what to do if your child becomes unwell during the crisis: Advice for parents
COVID Symptom Tracker: https://covid.joinzoe.com
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Important information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The latest information on symptoms of Coronovirus infection and areas where recent travel may have resulted in a high risk of exposure can be found on nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
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.
*Stand at least 2 metres away from people that are not in your household.
*Self-isolate if you have been advised to by the government.
GP APPOINTMENTS - Extended Hours Hubs (updated June 2019)
Evening and weekend appointments The NHS isn’t 9-5 anymore. Whether you need to see a GP, a nurse, or another healthcare professional, you can book appointments in the evening, or at the weekend.
You can still make appointments at your local surgery during normal working hours. But now you can also choose an evening or weekend appointment at one of five NHS sites in the area, if that is more convenient for you.
Routine and urgent appointments can be booked between 6.30pm and 10.30pm during the week, or between 8am and 10.30pm at weekends. To request an evening or weekend appointment, simply contact your usual GP surgery in the normal way, or call the NHS 111 service.
Anyone who is medically unable to travel to one of these sites for an urgent out-of-hours appointment can be offered a home visit.
Where and when: Routine and urgent appointments can be booked for evenings or weekends, via NHS 111 or your surgery, at the following locations.
This is not a walk-in service:
Swan Surgery, Petersfield Tuesday & Thursday 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Saturday & Sunday 8am to 10.30pm
Waterlooville Health Centre Monday, Wednesday & Friday 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Saturday & Sunday 8am to 10.30pm
Fareham Community Hospital Monday to Friday 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Forton Medical Centre, Gosport Tuesday and Thursdays 6.30pm to 10.30pm
(for urgent appointments only)
Saturday & Sunday 8am to 10.30pm
Portchester Health Centre Saturday & Sunday 8am to 10.30pm
Your Blood Test Services
Blood test services (phlebotomy) have always been provided for you by staff from Southern Health Foundation Trust at this surgery on a Wednesday morning and at various local clinics throughout the week.
From April 1, 2019, blood tests, requested by us, for you, will be carried out here at the surgery on a Wednesday or Thursday morning by staff directly employed at the surgery.
By providing the service in-house, we hope this will help us to improve our services to you by:
- Improving your access to our services.
- Providing a more holistic service when you come to have your blood taken.
This will help the local NHS streamline its community phlebotomy services across the area, so that all GP Practices will all be offering this service in the same way.
Patients who already have their blood taken at home will not be affected, as these services will continue.
If you have any questions about the change in service our receptionists will be happy to help.
Portsmouth Hospital Trust (PHT) will continue to take your bloods at Queen Alexandra Hospital if the request is as a result of an appointment you have had at the hospital or part of the care you are under at the hospital. The hospital staff will be able to tell you the opening hours of the various sites.
The doctor will see you in the surgery by appointment. This helps to reduce the time you have to wait. Your co-operation is essential to make the system work.
Appointments can be made at the surgery or by telephoning the 023 9241 2846.
You can also book your appointment via the internet. To use this facility you need to:
- Visit the practice to obtain a PIN No. & ACCESS ID
- Log on via the link at the top of this page
Is an appointment necessary?
“Telephone consultations” -Telephone no: 023 9241 2309
If you have a problem which you feel may be managed by medical advice from your doctor please ring 023 9241 2309 between 08:00 – 08:20 Monday to Friday. You will be added to a call back list and the duty GP will call you back before noon.
The surgery tries to see patients on the day of their choice. You can book appointments in the future but we are currently making many appointments available on the day. The doctors try to keep to time, but some patients’ problems inevitably take more time than others. For this system to work effectively it is important that patients should also consider either a telephone consultation or seeing the nurse for minor ailments.
Interpretation and Translation Service
The practice has access to the above service if a patient is deaf or does not speak English and cannot be accompanied by a relative who could translate for them. Ask at reception before making the appointment.
If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else.