The Schoolhouse Surgery in Disley – what is the new normal?

The Schoolhouse Surgery in Disley – what is the new normal?

Your Schoolhouse Surgery has remained busy and active over the whole of the coronavirus lockdown period – responding to emailed requests, undertaking telephone consultations, and making arrangements for patients who needed an appointment to be safely seen in Poynton or Bollington.

The risks from coronavirus are changing and the provision for healthcare across Middlewood continues to evolve to best meet the needs of all registered patients.

However, I think we are all aware that considerable uncertainty remains. Will, there be the much talked about ‘second wave’? What will happen over the winter months when other respiratory bugs are more prevalent? What is certain is that we will have to continue to live with further adaptions over the coming weeks and possibly months. I very much appreciate that this can be unsettling, so hence a bit of an update on the current situation:

The Schoolhouse Surgery remains open to provide the best possible healthcare in the community.

The NHS website (www.nhs.uk) is a good place to start for health advice and the government website (https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus) remains the best place to find guidance on anything related to coronavirus.

The AskmyGP system remains the most effective way to request clinical advice on an important medical concern.

The phone numbers for the Surgery have not changed and will be answered between 8 am and 6.30 pm Monday to Friday. After 5 pm your call may be re-directed to the receptionists in Bollington, but they will have the same access to information, etc as the team in Disley.

Access to the Surgery will be by appointment only – it is so important that we can reassure everyone that needs to see a clinician that the risk of coming in contact with coronavirus in the Surgery is minimal.

Patient Access, our medication ordering software, allows you to view orders and check medication online, as well as view your record. However, you can still drop in requests through our letterbox or by post. Please only request items on repeat prescription this way.

Your team of doctors remains the same and if you need to be seen face to face the appointment may well be in Disley, but there is still the option of being seen in Poynton or Bollington for infection control purposes.

There will be health care assistants available most days to perform blood tests, blood pressure checks, and give some injections.

The main nursing services will remain for the time being in Poynton (at the Priorslegh practice base) and Bollington – this situation is under review.

The flu jab sessions will be running in Disley this autumn, although inevitably in a slightly different format to previous years. Keep a lookout for updates on the website (https://middlewoodpartnership.co.uk/).

I hope this little update is helpful in these uncertain times. Take care all.

Andrew