** 2021 FLU AND COVID BOOSTER CAMPAIGN **
The Waitrose Vaccination site in Bracknell, which is run by Berkshire Primary Care will soon be contacting all eligible patients for both flu and booster COVID vaccinations in line with the Government advice. Where possible the vaccines will be co-administered (both at the same time).
COVID boosters can only be given 6 months after the second COVID vaccination so you will be contacted then. Where patients would be at higher risk of flu as their COVID booster is not due until later in winter the season, we will be inviting patients to have their flu vaccine first and then return for the COVID booster once eligible.
Both the flu and COVID vaccine stocks are currently limited so we will be inviting patients in priority order and as soon as we can. The first initial cohorts will be care home patients and those with immunosuppression conditions. Following that the recall will be in the same order as the COVID vaccinations.
Please ensure your GP practice has your correct telephone numbers and you will receive a text or call to book your appointments directly from Berkshire Primary Care.
*** There are currently no 2021 flu clinic dates ***
Blood Tube Supply Shortage
A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.
Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled. Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.
If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally
Opening the Front Doors
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, General Practices have adopted a total triage policy as guided by NHS & Public Health England to keep patients and staff safe. However, we have had some issues which have caused our patients a lot of frustration with only 1 intercom system being provided for two surgeries. Both surgeries have agreed that it would be best practice to open the doors between 09:00 and 18:00 as of Tuesday 31st August 2021 to ease the pressure of wait times for patients using the intercom.
However, we are aware that the risk from Covid-19 cases remains and we need to keep our staff and vulnerable patients safe. We would therefore like patients to kindly adhere to our strict requests as a medical establishment:
- Appointments will only be booked by telephone
- Wear face coverings at all times when in the surgery building and during your consultation.
- Patients who have pre-booked appointments and arrive by car should wait in their car until the clinician calls your mobile to confirm they are ready to see you, there is no need to let Reception know that you have arrived.
- Patients who have a pre-booked appointment and arrive on foot will be able to use the waiting room if not at capacity.
- A maximum of 10 patients are allowed to remain in the waiting room at any one time.
- Chairs in the waiting room will be socially distanced, please do not move or change the position of the chairs.
- The internal doors will be closed once capacity is reached, however the lobby area will remain open in case of bad weather.
- Patients who are bringing samples to the surgery are kindly requested to attend after 09:30.
We hope that our decision will help to ease some of the frustration in the reception area.
Covid-19 Government Roadmap Step 4
The UK government has announced that it will be moving to Step 4 of its Roadmap on Monday 19th July 2021 and as a medical environment, our doors will remain closed and we kindly ask that patients refrain from coming to the Surgery unless they have been asked to do so by a GP or they have a pre-booked appointment with one of our Nursing team. This is to ensure continued protection for our vulnerable patients and staff.
Any patients attending the Surgery for booked appointments must continue to wear face coverings and observe social distancing.
Welcome to Green Meadows Surgery
With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.
We have wide doors for wheelchair access and provide disabled toilets. All clinic rooms are on ground floor level. The practice has a large car park for the use of our patients. Please note that we have marked parking bays for the use of those patients with a disability who hold a Blue Badge. Please do not park in these bays unless you are displaying the Blue Badge.
Have Your Say
Keep up to date with the latest practice news
To receive future editions of the newsletter straight to your inbox sign up below.
Leave your feedback
We are continually looking to turn our patients’ feedback into real improvements in the services we provide. We use it to focus on the things that matter most to our patients, carers and their families. We would like to hear from you if you have a suggestion on how we can do things better to improve our patients’ experiences. We’d also like to hear from you if you are pleased with the service you’ve received. We’ll let the staff involved know and share the good practice across our teams.