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Research - investigating possible treatments for Covid-19/coronavirus
We are proud to be taking part in the PRINCIPLE trial to investigate possible treatments for COVID-19 run by the University of Oxford.
We are recruiting patients to take part in this trial. More information on the study is available via this link:
If you would like to take part in this trial, follow the link to the enrolment page. You need to be aged 50 to 64, have symptoms of Covid-19 and have an underlying health condition. click the link below for full details on eligibility.
Full details are available in our newsletter, sign up to receive your copy automatically as soon as its available.
Please note that all patients attending the Surgery for an appointment are requested to wear a face mask in order to protect our staff and other patients. Washable or single use masks are widely available to purchase online or from pharmacies.
As you may well be aware antibody testing for Covid 19 is becoming available. Across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight all NHS staff will be offered test for Covid 19 antibodies as part of the first phase of antibody testing. This is the first part of a planned roll-out to all health and social care staff as well as patients. The restriction is the number of tests that the laboratory we send our tests to can deal with each day. Currently we can only request 2 tests a day from our practice, hopefully this will increase soon but we have no information yet as to when this increase in capacity will occur. We are giving priority to our practice staff who need a test at the moment, our next priority is likely to be patients in care homes. We will be offering antibody testing to other patients once the tests in these groups have been done. We hope this will be soon as I am aware that there are many patients who would like to have antibody testing done for perfectly understandable reasons. Unfortunately we do not know when this will be yet, but as soon as we do we will be letting you know via our website and newsletter.
Help for patients shielding or Self-Isolating/Social distancing
There are a number of organisations who are able to help you with advice as well as providing practical assistance. These include:
Hantshelp4vulnerable -can be contacted on 0333 370 4000 is available seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm, and is for vulnerable people who do not have support from families, friends or their local community, and who need urgent assistance with practical issues.
Eastleigh Community Aid on 0845 8681758 (email: email@example.com)
Eastleigh borough council customer service: 023 80688000
One Community – 023 8090 2400
Other forms of support - If you’re experiencing financial difficulty as a result of reduced income due to Coronavirus, you can access information and support via:
Central Government advice
Citizens Advice local offices
If you think you are at risk of, or experiencing, domestic abuse, you should contact the County Council’s domestic abuse support line.
Information, advice and help is also available via the Government’s domestic abuse webpages
Old Anchor Branch Site - temporary closure during coronavirus crisis
Due to reduced staffing levels, regretfully we have to close the Old Anchor branch site. We are unable to give details of when it will re-open but stress, this is a temporary measure.
Patients will not be able to put paper requests in for repeat medication. Please use our online service, if you are not using it yet, phone our reception team who will help you set it up, or email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For patients with no internet or email access, Wainwright Chemist has very kindly offered to take your requests which they will deliver to Stokewood on your behalf. Please allow enough time for the prescription to reach us and be actioned and please note that this service is being run by volunteers on behalf of Wainwrights and we are very grateful for their assistance during this time. This service, like ours, may be disrupted by staff shortages as more people self-isolate or become sick.
Stokewood Surgery - restricted access
The surgery remains open and telephone lines are open during our normal working hours. However, we have now closed the front door and if you have been asked to attend, you will need to ring the bell in the lobby for admission to the surgery. You will be asked some screening questions and may have your temperature checked. The questions and temperature check are being delivered by a healthcare assistant (HCA) and she may be wearing protective clothing. Please do not be alarmed, this is to protect our staff, our patients and keep the surgery open and running.
To minimise the risk of contamination, and decrease visitors to the surgery, we are no longer giving out repeat prescriptions in paper. You should nominate a pharmacy to receive the repeat and go directly to them to collect your medication. If you have internet or email access, please register for our online service or email your request to: email@example.com. If you decide to have your medication from a different pharmacy than your nominated one, please let us know and this can be amended but please do not change this without good reason to avoid confusion and extra workload for our staff.
Move to telephone appointments
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all appointments, including routine appointments booked several weeks ago, are now telephone appointments for the foreseeable future. Your appointment date will remain the same but there may be some variance on time. Please remain at home and a GP or practice nurse will contact you. Patients attending for blood tests, childhood immunisations, other booked injections, cervical screening and dressings should attend in person if they are not suffering from a cough, shortness of breath or high temperature. Screening questions will be asked when you arrive. All other appointments with GP, nurse or HCA will be by telephone. If they believe you need to be seen face to face and it is safe to do so, they will book you an appointment to come in.
If you have any of these symptoms you must self-isolate for 7 days. If you condition worsens, seek advice from NHS 111 online or by telephone. The NHS 111 lines are very busy but the surgery has no other access route than patients so please do not call the surgery asking for us to make this call on your behalf. If you have no symptoms but are in a household with someone who does, you should self-isolate for 14 days.
Please be absolutely truthful when asked screening questions - these will protect our doctors and staff from contamination which means the practice will remain open and able to help you and your family with other medical conditions and protect everyone visiting the surgery from this virus.
Due to staff shortages and rising urgent demand, we may stop booking routine appointments temporarily. You will be advised when to call back to book a routine appointment by the care navigation staff in our reception team. We will resume normal booking/service as soon as we can.
Please remember your tissues, catch it, kill it, bin it. Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
Holiday Cancellation Letters
We regret that in these exceptional circumstances the practice is currently unable to write any letters for patients who are making a holiday refund insurance claim.
This service is non contractual and as such we are under no obligation to offer this. We hope you will understand that the GPs need to focus upon the clinical needs of their patients at this difficult time.
The Government announced on 17th March that: -
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. This advice takes effect immediately and applies initially for a period of 30 days.
As such, insurance claims can be requested on this basis. Full details can be read at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Apologies, online booking is temporarily suspended. If you have online access, you can now book all GP appointments and some nurse and HCA (blood test) appointments via our online system. All GP appointments are available to book via this system and as you can access this 24 hours a day, you will get immediate access to any appointments cancelled by patients - which can happen outside our opening hours now we use text message reminders. Avoid the telephone queue by using our online service. If you are not already registered, it takes just five minutes by popping into Stokewood and completing a form, you will need two forms of ID, one should have your photo on it. One also needs to be a utility bill or bank statement no more than 3 months old to confirm your address.
Updates now available to view by going to Privacy Notices - including a version of children.
Hub Locations - for extended access to GP, practice nurse and healthcare assistant appointments at weekends and evenings
Hub locations available to patients at Stokewood are:
Botley Surgery, Mortimer Road, Botley, Southampton
Badger Farm Surgery, Winchester (in the Sainsbury car park)
Abbeywell Surgery, Great Wall Road, Romsey
Andover War Memorial Hospital, Andover
To book an appointment, please contact our reception team at Stokewood on 023 80692000
Training Practice Status
Stokewood Surgery is a training practice. We will be offering appointments with fully qualified doctors who are doing further training to become experienced GPs. These doctors are called Registrars. We currently at two working at Stokewood, Dr Alex Cook and Dr Matt Rose. Our surgery trainers are Dr Lloyd and Dr Jacobs.
Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
For patients who require to take home blood pressure readings, we have a new calculator tool has been set up using an excel spreadsheet. This will enable patients to record their readings onto the spreadsheet which will then calculate their average BP. Unfortunately we have not be able to make this available via our website at the present time, but we can email it out to you and you will be able to return it via email to our generic email box WHCCG.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please email or ask at reception if you would like a copy of the excel spreadsheet sent to you. Blood pressure monitors are also available to purchase from the Surgery at reception.
Dementia Friendly Accreditation
we are delighted to report that Stokewood (and Old Anchor) Surgery has been accredited by our CCG as a Dementia Friendly Practice. To achieve this all staff have received training in Dementia Awareness and the practice has been engaging with our PPG to get feedback on how we may improve communication with patients suffering from dementia. The practice is also in the process of getting accreditation from the Dementia Action Alliance. We always more feedback and input from all patients, have your say by joining our PPG or passing your comments onto us using our feedback form.
Infection Control Annual Statement - 2018
Response from Dr Shelly & Partners on the Draft Local Development Plan 2011-2036