Bourn Coronavirus Update 03/11/2020

Coronavirus Update 03/11/2020 – previous updates remain available below

Once again the whole healthcare team at Bourn Surgery would like to extend thanks to our patients and community for their support and understanding since the start of the Pandemic.

We wanted to update you on the situation as we enter the second wave national lockdown from 5th November until 2nd December.

As ever please stay safe, and stay in touch.

BOURN SURGERY REMAINS OPEN FOR THIS LOCKDOWN AS IT WAS IN THE FIRST LOCKDOWN. 

Please contact the practice team for your urgent and routine healthcare needs.  You can contact reception, email the surgery or use the online services via SystmOnline or DrLink.  See further information below and on other website pages.

We continue to operate a remote by default service, so all medical issues will be address via telephone, video call, or email initially but the clinician contacting you will organise a face to face appointment time if it is needed clinically.

LOCKDOWN AND SHIELDING

Please follow the government guidance regarding the national lockdown.  There have been rising numbers of cases across Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire, we all need to work together to limit transmission across our communities.

Patients previously advised to Shield should be receiving a letter with information from NHS England this week advising them of the actions they should now take.  Once again these individuals are being asked to take extra precautions, to work from home and to limit social contact significantly.  Your letter is able to be used for employment purposes, and Bourn Surgery is unable to provide any additional letters or advice with regards to employment issues.

If there has been a change in your health since March, such that you think you ought to be shielding now, please do contact the surgery and we can review your situation.

FLU JABS

We have been busy over the last 5 weeks with the annual flu vaccination campaign.  We’ve successfully run 5 flu clinics now, and would like to extend our thanks to the Patient Participation Group Volunteers who helped with the smooth running of the Saturday clinics.  We have now received additional supplies of the over 65s vaccine and would like to invite anyone  over 65 who has not yet received the vaccine to make an appointment via reception.

We have flu vaccine remaining for patients under 65 who normally have a flu jab due to underlying health conditions.  We are still awaiting information from NHS England regarding the much publicised ambition to extend the flu vaccination campaign, at the moment all GP surgeries continue to be asked to focus on the at risk groups first before any extended vaccination can begin.

Please contact us as soon as possible if you are eligible, we want to vaccinate you before the seasonal flu season begins in earnest.

BLOOD TESTS

We continue to ask patients who are able to, to use the drive through phlebotomy services at the Newmarket Road Park and Ride Site.  This has been set up in partnership with Addenbrookes to help manage the large numbers of patients needing blood tests during the pandemic.

The site provides a safe and socially distanced service from the comfort of your vehicle.  You do not need an appointment.  You will need to collect your blood test form from Bourn Surgery Reception and then take this to the drive through service Monday to Friday 9:30-4pm.

Feedback so far from patients has been overwhelmingly positive!

SOCIAL PRESCRIBING LINK WORKERS

We are delighted to be able to introduce our two Social Prescribing Link Workers Frances Dewhurst & Julia Sinclair-Brown who are here to support you.

WHAT IS SOCIAL PRESCRIBING?

Many things affect your health and wellbeing. A lot of people visit their GP feeling isolated or lonely. Or they might be stressed out by work, money and housing problems. Sometimes it’s the stress of managing different long-term conditions.

 That’s where social prescribing comes in. It starts with a conversation. It might be the conversation you’ve just had with your doctor. Or with another person in the practice team. They will refer you to a social prescribing link worker. The social prescriber is there to listen to you, and put you in touch with the people and activities that might help you to feel better.

Covid19 has restricted many of the usual community activities on offer, so it’s more important than ever to stay in touch and find out what’s happening locally and that’s where our Social Prescribers step in.

Your social prescriber might just help you find information and guidance: a bit of inside knowledge on your situation or what local resources there are. They might put you in touch with others with similar interests or help you find local services, legal advice or debt counselling.

Social prescribing can help you to have more control over your own health and find ways to improve how you feel in a way that suits you.

Studies show that people get better and feel better faster than those treated with medicine alone. And because it works, it’s happening more and more – including here in this area.

Please ask any member of the team in the surgery if you would like to be referred.