Chastleton Update January 2021
We are no longer accepting repeat medication requests over the telephone.
To request your repeat prescription please either post your request, drop it through our letterbox or use the new online system. Please allow 48 hours notice for repeat prescription requests. We politely remind patients that it is their own responsibility to ensure they order repeat medication in time before they run out.
Where appropriate (for administrative requests such as sick notes or test results) please use the eConsult option (link available below).
Flu Season 2020
Flu Vaccinations for Patients Aged Over 65 - Please call the surgery after 2pm to book an appointment or use the eConsult option to request an appointment (link available below).
Flu Vaccinations for At Risk Patients - Please call the surgery after 2pm to book an appointment or use the eConsult option to request an appointment (link available below).
Flu Vaccinations for 50 to 64 year old Patients - we do not have a clinic planned for healthy 50 to 64 year old patients at the moment. We will provide an update on any future clinics in the coming weeks. We also ask that you read the following information prior to attending the surgery for your Flu Vaccination for 50 to 64 year old Patients Patient Information FluBlock (50 to 64 year old cohort)
COVID19 Vaccination Update (06/01/2021)
The COVID vaccination programme is now underway at our Primary Care Centre Hub, Brandon Lane Surgery, Stack Garth, Brandon (Directions to Brand Lane).
At the present time we are continuing to vaccinate for the first priority group, predominantly patients over 80 years of age, as well as health and social care workers registered at our practices. If you are in this age group and you have not yet expressed an interest in having this vaccine, I would be grateful if you could let us know and we will put you on our waiting list. We hope to contact you shortly.
If you are 75 to 80, we hope to have completed the vast majority of over 80 vaccinations within the next couple of weeks. The rate at which we do this is determined by the supply from the National Health Service. We remain ready to vaccinate when we receive supply. We are now collecting names of patients over 75 who would like to access this vaccination.
If you are between 75 and 80 and would like to be considered for a COVID vaccination, I would be grateful if you could contact reception and we will place you on the waiting list. It is still likely to be a few weeks before you will be contacted.
If you are under 75 years of age, please do not contact the practice regarding COVID vaccination at this time. We are not likely to be in a position to offer you a vaccination in the next few weeks but do watch this website as things are changing fast and I will keep you updated.
Finally, I should just inform you that we will now offer you one vaccination and, in line with the NHS instructions to us at the current time, you will not be offered a further vaccination for up to 12 weeks in order to allow the greatest number of patients to access a vaccine to try and control the pandemic and reduce rates of hospitalisation and death as quickly as possible. We no longer have any discretion regarding this.
At the present time we are also advised that all patients will have to wait 15 minutes after vaccination to be observed for allergy/anaphylaxis.
Dr D G Clifford MB ChB DCH DRCOG
COVID19 Vaccination Volunteer Requests (08/12/2020)
We are looking for volunteers to assist with patient navigation through the Brandon Lane building and general oversight of the waiting rooms. This will require working in blocks of approximately 3 hours over the course of 3.5 days per week (days are dependent on when the vaccine delivery arrives).
If you are interested in volunteering to help, please use the eConsult option (link below) to let us know and we will get in touch with you.
At Chastleton, our staff come to work to care for others, and it is important for all members of the public and our staff to be treated with courtesy and respect.
In line with the rest of the NHS and to ensure this is fully observed, we support the NHS Zero Tolerance Policy. This means that aggressive or violent behaviour towards our staff or any member of the public within our Practice premises will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
Where unacceptable behaviour occurs, either in person or over the telephone, a letter will be sent from the Practice Manager advising that this behaviour will not be tolerated.
Any future violation of this policy will result in removal from the Practice patient list.
We feel sure that you will understand that proper behaviour is absolutely necessary for our staff and patients and that non-observance will not be accepted.
Visiting the surgery
If you have been invited to attend the surgery by one of our clinicians we ask that you wear a face covering (that covers both your nose and mouth) to help protect yourself, other patients, our clinicians and other staff members.
The safety of all is of paramount importance to us.
Coronavirus and Travel Plans
The surgery is currently receiving a lot of requests for travel cancellation forms from people who want to cancel their trips due to the risk of contracting coronavirus.
Please Click Here for advice from the Foreign Office regarding travelling to specific areas of the world. Depending on your specific travel insurance policy, most insurance companies will cover cancelled trips to countries to which the Foreign Office advise not to travel. No certificate from your GP is required.
In addition, please be advised that the surgery is unable to provide letters or certificates to travel insurance companies supporting requests for refunds by patients who, without any significant medical illness, cancel their travel insurance.
Diabetes Course Made Free In Response to Coronavirus
Please see below press release for further details:
Press Release Diabetes Course Coronavirus April 2020
Asthma Annual Review
You may have received a text message or letter from us asking you to complete an online questionnaire about your asthma. Once you have done this and submitted it to the surgery it will be reviewed by one of our clinicians. We will only contact you again if we need to discuss anything with you further. You can access the questionnaire by clicking on the following link.
Annual Asthma Review
Armed Forces Veterans
Chastleton Medical Group are looking to actively improve the care provided for Armed Forces Veterans. Please let the Doctor or Receptionist know if you are a veteran. Please follow the link for more information.
Priority NHS Treatment for Veterans
Evening & Weekend GP Appointments
Need to see a GP in the evening or weekends?
GPs in central Durham are working together to offer extra GP, Nurse and Health Care Assistant appointments from 6.30pm to 9pm on weekday evenings as well as Saturday and Sunday. This service is based at Meadowfield Surgery and is only accessible by appointment.
Contact the surgery to book an available evening or weekend appointment.
(Site updated 06/01/2021)