Please also see our COVID-19 information page
We hope you find this website both useful and informative. If you have any comments or suggestions about this website, or how it can be improved, please Contact Us.
Please do not call or turn up at the surgery or the local hospital, to enquire about COVID vaccinations.
We know that patients and all health and care staff are eager to find out when they will receive their COVID vaccination. Please be assured that we will contact you directly, when it is your turn to book your vaccination and we will answer all your questions at your appointment.
The NHS is prioritising vaccinating those people who experts have agreed will benefit from it the most and we are systematically working through all eligible groups according to the national priorities.
Health and care teams across Somerset are working exceptionally hard to roll out our local vaccination programme in Somerset in line with the JCVI’s prioritisation and we are continuing to vaccinate people aged 75 and over, care home residents and staff, as well as widening out the offer to frontline health and social care staff.
We welcome the announcement that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has been authorised by the MHRA for use in the UK. The Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI) has said that both the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine ‘give very high protection against severe disease’ and both have good safety records.
Updated guidance from MHRA, JCVI and the UK Chief Medical Officers has also been published to advise increasing the spacing of second vaccine doses for both the new Oxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine and the current Pfizer BioNTech vaccine. This decision will allow us to get the maximum benefit for the most people in the shortest possible time and will help save lives.
For more information on the NHS Vaccination programme please visit: //www.somersetccg.nhs.uk/
Thank you for your patience
Somerset NHS and Council have launched a recruitment drive and are calling on people across Somerset to work with us to deliver the vaccine. Information about the roles that we are recruiting for can be found at Somerset Covid-19 Vaccination Programme - Recruitment
If you have been given a pulse oximeter by our practice and are unsure how to use it please see the short video on You Tube below.
We would like to remind patients that visits to the surgery are only for the following reasons:
to collect medication or medical equipment/item if asked to do so by our team
to drop of a prescription request and you are not able to request this electronically via email or patient access
to see a GP or nurse when asked to do so by the practice.
Please can patients refrain from turning up at the practice to book appointments as these can be done by phoning the practice, or you can use our online consultation process (please see the blue banner for this at the top of this page). We ask this of you to try and keep the practice a safe place for those patients that need to attend and also for our practice staff.
Please be assured though that your health matters to us and we still want to hear from you if you have any health concerns. We want to keep you safe while making sure that you access the care that you need.
Thank you for your understanding.
You can chose to contact the surgery via online consultations. This is an online confidential messaging system that allows you to message the surgery in relation to a medical or admin matter. We will get back to you the same day if your message is before 3pm. This service is another method of contacting us, alongside the usual communication routes such as phone, email and patient access.
We have uploaded two guides to help you register for the online consultation system and also how to use it once set up.
Engage Consult is easy to use. It can be used from a smartphone, tablet or computer that has an internet connection.
Medical consultations are ALWAYS reviewed by an appropriately qualified clinician.
Only a clinician will make decisions about your care. Engage Consult gathers information for the clinician to use, just like the clinician would when you see them. Engage Consult doesn’t make any decisions about the care you should receive. A fully completed questionnaire is far more useful than a partially completed one.
It’s available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and consultations are reviewed every working day. Please note the cut off for same days responses is 3pm.
The system is secure and safe. It’s regularly tested to ensure it stays secure and safe.
If you use Engage Consult then it’ll help us to get you the care you need at the earliest opportunity. This is because when you use the system you provide a lot of information
about your problem which our clinical staff can use to decide on the best course of action. This might result in you being seen by someone that has earlier appointments available, or we might be able to advise you over the phone without you needing to visit the practice.
The system can be used for admin enquiries as well.
It typically takes 5 – 10 minutes to complete a questionnaire. Most questionnaires can be completed in 5 – 10 minutes, complex problems, or multiple problems, may take longer.
As we are working via telephone triage, we may ask you to email a picture of your medical problem that you have been discussing with the GP to aid a diagnosis and avoid the need for you to attend the surgery, often for skin complaints, rashes or moles.
All pictures should be emailed to email@example.com with your full name and date of birth attached. We ask that you view the guidance below on how to take an appropriate picture to send in to us.
Please refrain from sending any pictures that display intimate areas of your body. All patient pictures will be saved in your patient records (much like correspondence we receive for you) and will be deleted from all other areas.
The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19. You could be eligible to join if
You have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:
OR have a positive test for SARS-Co-V2 infection with COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days
Find out more at www.principletrial.org or call 0800 138 0880.
This website has been developed by NHS Dietitians in Somerset and is aimed at patients with a Somerset General Practitioner (GP).
Helping you access reliable nutrition information from qualified health professionals in Somerset. Patient Webinars
We do not automatically hold next of kin details at the Practice. Registering a next of kin on your record can help us know who to contact in an emergency.
If you would like to register your next of kin please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please give the following details:
Please ensure you have informed the person that you are registering them as your next of kin.
See our Self Help page which has many leaflets and information to help.
Prescription email address: email@example.com
Dispensary direct line: 01749 842034
Reception email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Order repeat medication, book and cancel appointments and see a summary of your record.
Its simply quick and easy to use.
Patients can also access their record to view notes, book appointments and request medication by using the NHS app. For more details visit nhs.uk
Evening and weekend appointments at GP surgeries
You can now access routine appointments in the evening and at the weekend if you are registered with a Somerset GP.
Your local Health Connections team are a valuable resource and can help support you with loneliness, peer group support, local group walks and activities or simply help you to achieve your goals. Contact the Surgery to find out more or you can contact a health connector directly.
If you are a carer for someone, please let our reception team know.
We have a carers champion who will be able to provide you with carers information and where you can get support, should you need it.
Find out the best way to get to a local hospital, transport links, funding, parking charges and local contacts for all the hospitals in the area. See our hospital guide.
Find out more about Hospital information for patients (Word Document)
Did you know we have a Patient Participation Group?
The purpose of the Patient Participation Group is to help us access and use your ideas for new projects, and gaining your views as to how the practice can improve and develop.
'Choose' Well by choosing the right service. Further details can be found on the Choose Well leaflet. The short video below is all about Choosing the Right Service.
Local services and information to help you choose the right care and support.
You can now view Allergies and Medications within your medical record, book your next appointment, or order your repeat prescription online using Patient Access. Available 24 hours a day, whether you're at home or work, it's especially useful when the practice is closed or telephone lines are busy.
Register online or use the service (Click the Register - Create an Account option.).
111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It's fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals.
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