Newsletter - June 2020
Published: 13 May 2020
The information in this publication is correct as of the time of writing on 11th May 2020. The most recent updates will always be published on the Practice website: www.willinghammedicalpractice.nhs.uk
It is important during this pandemic that children continue to receive their routine vaccinations. New babies should receive vaccinations at 8, 12 and 16 weeks. Boosters are also scheduled at 12 months of age and Pre-school age which includes the MMR vaccine. You should be notified by the Health Authority when vaccinations are due.
Please contact reception if you believe you child’s vaccinations are due and make an appointment.
Sick notes – MED3
You do not need a MED3 or sick note from the GP for self isolation. Those who have COVID-19 or are advised to self-isolate can obtain an “isolation note” by visiting NHS 111 online and completing an online form, rather than visiting a doctor.
For COVID-19 cases this replaces the usual need to provide a “fit note” after seven days of sickness absence. If your COVID-19 symptoms have not resolved, you can print off another certificate and re-date it.
Citizens Advice - Outreach service
It is a very challenging and difficult time for everyone and citizens advice are available to help. Although the outreach service has been suspended at the surgery, they can still provide you with information and support with your financial problems, claiming benefits, employment rights and much more.
FAQs and useful links can be found on the Willingham Medical Practice website. Alternatively you can contact Liz Banks on 01223 222 696 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bereavement Support during COVID-19
There are many agencies and charities available to support you in your loss and bereavement during this difficult period. For further information please visit: https://www.keep-your-head.com/assets/2/bereavement_support_in_cambridgeshire_and_peterborough_-_april_2020.pdf
New: Maternity leaflets
NHS England have developed new information leaflets for expectant and new parents.
- Coronavirus: Planning your birth
- Coronavirus: New born baby information
These leaflets and further information for pregnant and postnatal women during Covid-19 including appointments, attending the hospital and infant feeding is available on the CCG website: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-information/coronavirus-advice-and-guidance-for-pregnant-and-postnatal-women/
Please note all online appointments with the GP are telephone appointments. You should only attend the surgery if you have spoken with a clinician and been invited to attend.
Payments for prescriptions
We are now able to accept card payments at Longstanton Surgery and Willingham Reception if you need to pay for your prescription.
Please do not drop off urine specimens for testing at this time. If you are symptomatic and believe you have a urinary tract infection (UTI), please call reception who will arrange for you to speak with a clinician over the phone.
Cambridgeshire Hearing Clinics
Drop ins are currently cancelled for the foreseeable. Please note they will send new batteries to your home address. Please visit https://www.cambridgeshirehearinghelp.org.uk/ or call 01223 416141.
We would like to thank Mr and Mrs Alam for the delicious food that they made and delivered for the Surgery staff. All staff were very grateful and enjoyed this special treat!
And finally, a big thank you for all the support shown by our patients at this difficult time. Many patients have taken the time to thank us for simply doing our job, which is very humbling and a tremendous boost for us all during this challenging time. We are truly very grateful to all of you, and will continue to do our very best in the weeks and months ahead.