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Severn Fields Health VillageSundorne RoadShrewsbury, SY1 4RQTel: 01743 281950
Covid Restriction Update: 13/7/21Throughout the pandemic we have strived to make the surgery as safe as possible for all our patients and staff. We will continue to do so going forward.From the 19th July nothing will change at the surgery - patients will need to still wear a mask, socially distance and use hand sanitiser in the surgery and staff will continue to wear PPE. We do understand that it can be frustrating but we know that when people come to us they are sick and vulnerable (and some cannot receive the covid vaccinations due to medical reasons) so we feel it would be wrong to not take these small precautions that can protect people. In terms of opening up, as many of you know, we have never been shut and in fact have consulted with much higher numbers of patients than we did pre-covid (face to face, by phone, by e consult and by video), not counting vaccinating 90% of the adult population twice in the last 6 months.The local community has come so far in trying to minimise the impact of Covid and we are sure you understand that we need to keep the surgery as safe for ALL patients as we can.
In addition to general consultations we are pleased to offer the following services:
Please see information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below. Travel Vaccinations and Health Advice Service is available in selected UK pharmacies and private clinics. It's suitable for adults and children aged two and over.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
If a GP or another member of our health care team believes you need hospital treatment or specialist care elsewhere, they will refer you on to the appropriate specialist.
All referrals, except re-referrals, are sent through the Referral Assessment Service(RAS). The RAS team will contact you once they have received the referral to offer you the opportunity to select a Hospital of your choice for treatment. You will also be able to book your appointment at this time, if one is available; if there are no appointments available then you will be put onto that Hospital's waiting list and will be contacted directly by them in due course.
Your GP should give you a form explaining where your referral has gone and giving details of any action you need to take.
It is important that we have up to date contact details for you in order for this to happen. Could you please check that we have your home and mobile telephone numbers where applicable as well as your current address at the time of referral.
(To detect early treatable breast cancer and cervical changes which if neglected may become cancerous)
The frequency of cervical smears varies from individual to individual and national screening policy is subject to change in the light of research. Currently it is Women between the ages of 25 and 64 (England) / 21 and 60 (Scotland) / 20 – 64 (Wales) / 20 – 65 (NI), are offered cervical screening at intervals defined nationally. Currently, the screening intervals are:
Nationally, 3 yearly mammograms are advised between the age of 50 and 65 (although we would advise continuing beyond 65. You can arrange this by special request). Your doctor will automatically send you an appointment for these programmes which are largely carried out by nurses. Please check your arrangements if in doubt.
Use of Benzodiazepines (and related medications) for flying
Patients sometimes ask our doctors to prescribe diazepam or 'Valium' for fear of flying or assist with sleep during flights. Diazepam is a benzodiazepine, a form of sedative, which means it makes you sleepy and more relaxed. There are a number of very good reasons why prescribing this drug is not recommended for fear of flying.
As with all travel arrangements, it is important to declare all medical conditions and medications you take to your travel insurer. If not, there is a risk of nullifying any insurance policy you may have.
Patients who still wish to take benzodiazepines for flight anxiety may consult with a private GP or travel clinic, who may also decline to prescribe it. Other helpful resources for flight anxiety are linked below:
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