IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FLU 20-21
Working in partnership to ensure the safe delivery of the flu vaccine this year
Working in partnership with others, we’re working hard to ensure the safe delivery of the flu vaccination for our patients this year.
We are currently exploring options on how best we deliver the flu vaccine to you as it’s very unlikely that we will be able to offer mass walk-in flu clinics this year due to the on-going threat of Covid-19.
Some of the ways currently being discussed include offering booked appointments only on site in line with the relevant government advice at the time; potential drive-throughs at key open-spaced venues; home visits to those elderly and vulnerable who are assessed as needing their vaccination in their home; and holding small drop in sessions at local venues. However, this is all subject to further discussion and confirmation, with public and staff safety remaining at the centre of all decisions made.
As soon as details are confirmed, they will be publicised using an array of methods including our practice website so please check regularly. Please only call us regarding your flu vaccination if you are unable to access details on line.
Since March this year, all health and care services have had to adapt the way in which they work in light of coronavirus and public safety. Changes seen have included a huge increase in the amount of telephone and online appointments and consultations with staff having to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) in face-to-face appointments. With Covid-19 still circulating, many of these changes will still be in place as services resume.
This year more than ever, it is really important that people get their flu jab to help us help you stay well this winter. This is particularly important for those in high risk groups as flu can cause severe complications.
Flu spreads from person to person, even amongst those not showing any symptoms. Whilst the threat may be invisible, the protection against it is clear.
For information on groups eligible for 20-21 please click the flu tab on the website.
Don’t delay getting health concerns checked out
If you have any concerns about your health, we’re here for you.
Across the country it has become clear that some people have not been seeking help for health problems during the pandemic, possibly out of fear of catching the virus.
In some cases this has led to their problems becoming worse – to the point that they need urgent or emergency treatment.
Our services have changed a lot since the pandemic began, yet we’ve been here throughout to continue to support you.
We do ask that you contact us by phone or online rather than coming to the surgery, and that you should only visit us if we specifically ask you to.
This has been a very big change for all of us and we’re really grateful to you for working with us – and to our staff for their huge efforts in making it happen.
We want you to assure you that our services are safe to use and that if you have any concerns about your health you should contact us as soon as possible.
Whatever the problem, it is always better to act early so that it can be identified and treated promptly and prevented from getting any worse.
Remember that you can also get advice and support for urgent health problems from NHS111, either by phone or online (111.nhs.uk) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
COVID 19 TESTING UPDATE 25th JUne2020-IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS
Covid-19 testing site comes to Slough
The first hybrid walk-in and drive-in testing centre in the country has been set up in Slough and is now open for testing.
The testing centre will be based in the Montem Car Park, Montem Lane and anyone with symptoms – and for the first time people who are not symptomatic but concerned they may be infected – will be able visit for a test either by foot or in a car. Click here to find out how to access.
COVID 19 UPDATE - IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS
KUMAR MEDICAL CENTRE is now in a phase of LOCK-DOWN due to the COVID-19 Pandemic to protect vulnerable patients and health care staff. Therefore majority of consultations will take place over the phone or remotely by e consult and video consultations.
You will NOT be allowed access into the building unless you have a pre-booked face-to-face appointment that has been agreed with a clinician over the phone.
- If you have a pre-booked appointment please wait OUTSIDE, you will be called when we are ready to see you.
- Please use the online repeat prescription service on kumarmedicalcentre.co.uk website or e-consult to request all repeat prescriptions. If you do not have access to these facilities then you can post the repeat into our post box.
- All Prescriptions will be sent directly to the pharmacy (please add your nominated pharmacy to your repeat if we do not already know this). You will NOT be allowed to collect the prescription from the Surgery.
- If you would like to book an appointment to speak to a doctor, please call the Surgery or use e-consult which you can find on the Farnham Road Practice website. You will not be able to make an appointment at the reception desk in person.
- Please use E -consult to order your sick notes.
- Thank you
Privacy Notice during Coronavirus updated on 22.04.20 under the fair processing notice for patients.
PRIVACY NOTICE DURING CORONAVIRUS UPdated : 09.04.2020-Please see the updated notice under the fair processing notice for patients.
Coronavirus Update : 05.03.20
Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The NHS in East Berkshire and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
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/
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
Use this service if:
you think you might have coronavirus;
in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus;
you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus.
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 vrus 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.
Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Latest update : 04.03.2020
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE LATEST:
For Patients concerned that may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, please use the NHS 111 on line service at :
https://111.nhs.uk/service.covid-19.The NHS 111on line service has created coronavirus pages that tell patients what they should do based on their particular circumstances.
Patients Notice: 08/12/2019: We will be using eConsult soon at our practice, eConsult lets you consult with your own NHS GP online by completing a quick form that is sent and reviewed by the practice. We can also direct the patient to self-help, pharmacy advice and local self-referral services. To find more about how it works please click on the below link:https://econsult.net/primary-care/
Patients Notice: 08/12/2019: Following a recent discussion with our PPG about our website we are currently in the process of updating our website. We would appreciate your co-operation during the upgrade. Thank you
FLU CLINICS: If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination, please ring the surgery to book an appointment as soon as possible.
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the practice will be closed from 1.00 pm on the following days . If you require a doctor in an emergency ,please ring NHS 111 or 0300 024 0005.
Thursday 12th December 2019
Wednesday 22nd January 2020
Wednesday 26th February 2020
Thursday 12th March 2020
NHS Health Checks :
If you are aged between 40-74 years you are entitled to a free NHS health check. To book an appointment with the practice nurse ,please ask at the reception.
screening is a way of finding out if people are at higher risk of a health problem so that early treatment can be offered or information given to help them making informed decisions.
The following Screening programmes are available :
Bowel cancer screening
Diabetic eye screening
Screening in pregnancy
Please ensure that you are up to date with any screening that is made available to you.
Bowel Cancer Screening
Screening is a way of testing healthy people to see if they show any early signs of cancer. Bowel cancer screening can save lives. If bowel cancer is found early, it is easier to treat. Screening may also pick up non-cancerous growths (polyps), which could become cancerous in the future. Bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially if it’s diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer. Taking part in bowel cancer screening is the best way to get diagnosed early.
All patients aged 60-74 registered at Kumar Medical Centre will receive a letter inviting them to take part in the bowel cancer screening programme. The letter will include a leaflet, which explains the benefits and risks of screening. You will be invited to take part in screening every two years until you reach the age of 75. The screening programmes in the UK currently use the faecal occult blood test (FOBT).
For more information about the screening programme in England, visit the NHS Choices website or call the bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60.
If you have any queries about the bowel screening programme, please ring the surgery for further advice by your GP.
Dr. Priya Kumar is a finalist for the Rising Star of NHS
KUMAR MEDICAL CENTRE is proud to announce that Dr. Priya Kumar ,Partner at Kumar Medical Centre has been nominated as one the of the finalist for the Rising Star of NHS, for the HSJ awards.
PRACTICE OPEN DAY
The practice OPEN DAY was held in December 2018 to create awareness about bowel screening and other screening programmes .The open day was arranged by the Practice with the help of the practice PPG group.
It was attended by the partners, GP working in the surgery, practice staff and members of the PPG group and the patients. The practice presented the group with the update of the practice services, their forward plans for the practices.
The patients were informed that KMC collaborates with to provide improved services to its patients.
THE PPG CHAIRMAN MESSAGE:
Get involved, join our PPG and help shape the future of Kumar Medical centre. Use the open Day feedback form to tell us you are interested. Only a small amount of your time would be involved and there is no commitment to lots of meetings. Meetings take place quarterly and you can join in by e-mail.