Please DO NOT visit the surgery - unless you have been asked to do so.
Our phone lines are extremely busy but they are working and we are working as hard as we can to answer as many calls as possible, so if you are having trouble getting through, please keep trying or use NHS APP/on-line access to book appointments & order medication or our e-consult service.
Patients should only visit the surgery if they have been asked to do so or have an appointment as our doors remain locked & reception unmanned. We cannot arrange appointments for you if you arrive at the surgery.
This is for everyone's safety & we thank you for your cooperation & understanding.
Flu Campaign 2020/21 - PLEASE READ
Adult Flu Vaccinations - PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SURGERY!
We will be sending out Flu invitations by letter to all eligible adults to attend a walk through clinic. We have nearly 5500 patients registered at our practice who are at an increased risk of serious complications should they catch Flu. Invitations will gradually be sent out over the next few weeks, so please don't panic if you haven't received a letter yet.
When you attend the walk through clinic you MUST:
- Bring your letter with you
- Attend the designated time slot
- Wear a face mask
- The invitation letter contains all the information you need to be prepared, so please take the time to read it thoroughly prior to your vaccination.
If your child is eligible for a Flu vaccination this year, and not covered by the school vaccination programme, please call us on 01256 702371 after 2pm to arrange an appointment with one of our Practice Nurses.
Your patience is greatly appreciated whilst we work on this years Influenza Programme.
Please note that, if you are aged between 50 & 64 and not in a clinical at risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is November, providing there is sufficient vaccine. No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are aged 50 to 64 & are in a clinical ‘at risk’ group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
Cervical Screening & Immunisations.....book your appointment!
Have you missed or delayed your screening or immunisations during the outbreak?
It's really important that you get yourself screened, immunised & keep your children up to date too - we are able to provide these for you at the surgery & your safety is the utmost importance to us.
Screening & immunisations save lives - so book your appointment now!
GP appointments and bookings - Q&A's
The way we access GP services has changed. Below are some frequently asked questions that may help you understand these changes:
Why can’t I walk into my GP practice?
The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has forced us all to work differently to help slow down the spread of the virus. All healthcare settings are taking special measures to protect you, the public and their staff. GP practices are working as hard as ever, but differently.
Where possible we want to avoid people having to wait inside a waiting room together, as we know this increases the risk of the virus spreading. Like hospitals and dentists, we have also had to change how we offer our services to you.
If you do need to come in, then we can ensure there are a minimal number of people in the practice, we can maintain social distancing and keep patients and staff safe.
How do I get an appointment?
The easiest and most effective method is to use e-Consult through the practice website or through the NHS App. We are still available for you to call but please remember if your call is not urgent, please ring after 2pm. You will then be contacted by a clinician to talk through your symptoms either over the phone, via email, or if needed and you have the available technology, through a video consultation.
Why can’t I book a face-to-face appointment?
We have adapted the way in which you can get an appointment quickly and safely.
Most patient’s health concerns can be managed over the phone or via video consultation. This is why we are providing you with either an initial phone call or video consultation to decide what would be the best way to help. If we can support you without needing you to come into the practice then we reduce the need for you to travel, and reduce the risk of the virus spreading.
If you do need a face-to-face appointment, you will be invited to attend the practice.
If we can ensure there are a minimal number of people in the practice, we can maintain social distancing and keep patients and staff safe.
What is e-Consult?
You can access e-Consult via the practice website. It lets patients consult with their own NHS GP online by completing a quick form which is reviewed by the practice. After reviewing your query, you will then be directed toward the most appropriate help. This might be some advice on self-help, pharmacy advice, an appointment with one of the practice clinical team or another service. Your data is secure at all times – including during a video consultation or telephone call.
What if I do not have access to a smartphone or web camera?
While technology has evolved and supports us all in many different ways in our day-to-day lives, we appreciate not everyone will have access to a smartphone or web camera for a video consultation.
We can still talk to you on your mobile phone or landline.
Will I need to wear a face mask if I come into my practice for an appointment?
To help limit the spread of the virus, we are asking for all patients aged 12 and over to wear a face covering when they come the practice.
You can find additional information by visiting https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering
How do I get a repeat prescription?
There are a few ways you can do this:
- Via the NHS App
- Request your medication from your pharmacy
- In writing, through our letterbox
- Email us
How do I cancel or move a booked appointment?
If you have booked via the NHS App or on-line Patient Access, you can cancel & rearrange in the same way, otherwise please call us.
Can I still use the out of hours service?
For evening and weekend access to GPs please either visit 111.nhs.uk or call NHS 111.
What do I do if I think I have coronavirus (Covid-19)?
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms then DO NOT visit your GP practice.
You should visit 111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.
You must self-isolate for seven days from when your symptoms started. Anyone you live with, or in your support bubble, who does not have symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days from when the first person started having symptoms.
You must also ask for a test as soon as you start showing symptoms. You can do this online – visit www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
Both Surgeries are welcoming NEW PATIENTS!
Please see the 'New Patients' page for details of our catchment area & how to easily register online.
eConsult - the quick & easy way to consult your GP online
See our home page for details & use the 'Get Started' link.
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Simply search 'The Odiham and Old Basing Health Centres' to keep up-to-date on our latest news.
We CAN NOT take prescription requests over the phone!
An increasing number of patients are calling to place their repeat medication orders but since October 2019, we have only been able to do this for children or the vulnerable.
Please look at the 'Prescription' tab to find out the various ways you can place your request.