WELCOME TO BRANNEL SURGERY
IF YOU NEED A DOCTOR WHEN THE SURGERY IS CLOSED, PLEASE PHONE NHS111. IN AN EMERGENCY PHONE 999
FLU VACCINATION PROGRAMME 2020
The annual flu vaccination is more important than ever this year due to Covid, and the national programme has been expanded significantly.
If you are over 65 and haven't yet had a flu vaccination, please contact reception between 10.30am and 3pm to book an appointment or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email you the next available appointment
If you are aged UNDER 65 years of age but in one of the following at risk categories, you can book your appointment by contacting reception between 10.30am and 3pm to book an appointment or email email@example.com and we will email you the next available appointment
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (that requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
- a learning disability
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
- If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, or they're on the NHS shielded patient list, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccine.
This list of conditions is not definitive. It's always an issue of clinical judgement.
We expect the telephones to be very pressured with people booking appointments so to reduce this pressure you can request a flu appointment by emailing the following address
Please include your full name and date of birth and if you are over 65 years of age, your preferred date. If you do not wish to have a flu vaccination this year you can also email us to let us know.
PLEASE CLICK READ Important Flu Information
All children registered at Brannel Surgery with a date of birth between 1st September 2016 and 31st October 2018 are invited to make an appointment in the Nasal Flu Clinic on Wednesday 30th September. Children aged 4 years to 11 years will have their flu vaccinations delivered via the school vaccination service unless otherwise notified. At risk children aged 4 - 11 years will be offered the choice of vaccination by their GP or in school. At risk children aged 12 years to 17 years are also invited for vaccination by their GP. We will contact you if your child falls into an at risk category (as determined by the NHS - not the Practice). Schools will notify parents of the arrangements for the School Programme.
Face masks or coverings are now mandatory in most public areas.
We understand that some patients will be anxious about wearing a mask especially those with certain medical conditions.
GP’s are not required or in a position to provide exemption letters for patients who believe they should be exempt from wearing a face covering.
The current guidance suggests there is no requirement for the public to provide medical evidence for exemption from wearing face masks therefore a self- declaration should be sufficient.
For specific requirements in reference to public transport, shops or other areas where masks are required please contact those specific companies for further information.
HIGH RISK CATEGORY COVID-19
THERE HAS BEEN A DELAY BY THE GOVERNMENT IN IDENTIFYING AND SENDING LETTERS TO HIGH RISK PATIENTS. IF YOU THINK YOU ARE HIGH RISK AND HAVE NOT RECEIVED A LETTER PLEASE DO NOT PHONE THE SURGERY BUT E-MAIL THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS
Please include your name, address, date of birth and why you think you may be high risk and we will contact you by e-mail as soon as possible
Help during Covid-19
Covid-19 Resource Directory
CORONAVIRUS - COVID-19
We are now in the delay phase of our response to COVID-19. This entails significant changes to how we identify and manage potential cases of COVID-19.
- 1. From today the public are being advised to stay at home (self-isolate) without any testing for COVID-19, regardless of travel history or contact with confirmed cases, if they have:
- a. A new continuous cough OR
- b. High temperature (of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher)
- 2. The geographic element of the case definition has now been removed. Travel and contact history are no longer important for diagnosis, which is on the basis of symptoms alone. If people who have travelled do not have symptoms they do not need to stay at home, regardless of their travel history.
Individuals should stay at home (self-isolate) for 7 days from the onset of symptoms.
If more serious symptoms develop that they cannot manage at home they should firstly use NHS 111 online (https://111.nhs.uk/). People should only call NHS 111 if they cannot use the online 111 tool.
PHARMACY APPLICATION - ST STEPHEN
Unfortunately the Practice Dispensary is at risk of closure due to an application to open a Pharmacy in St Stephen
We are asking our patients to support us in objecting to this by writing to the following address or sending an e-mail.
Ensure this reference is on any correspondence
Emily Howard, Market Entry Officer, PCSE Enquiries, PO Box 350, Darlington, DL1 9QN
Or E-mail: PCSE.MarketEntry@nhs.net
(with a copy to PPG.firstname.lastname@example.org)
The closing date for this is 3rd April 2020
Patient On-line Services
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR WAITINGROOM ACCOUNT
The surgery will be changing clinical systems to SystmOne which will begin Monday 20th July 2020.
The main difference patients will notice is for those who use The Waiting-room and order their medication online, view their medical record and book online appointment, this will be changing to our new clinical systems version which will be SystmOnline and the app can be downloaded for free and your account will be set up once we go live.
Whilst you are waiting to change to the new system, you can continue to order your medication by either dropping or posting in your paper repeat slip or by emailing email@example.com Thank you for your patience during this time of transition.
The Waiting-Room will not be accessible from 24th July 2020
Named Accountable GP for All Patients
Every patient has now been allocated a named GP who is responsible for your overall care at the practice. If you would like to know who your named GP is, please contact reception and they will be happy to inform you.
If you wish to change the name of your accountable GP, please let us know and we will make every reasonable effort to accommodate this request.
Having a named accountable GP does not restrict your entitlement to see any doctor in the practice.
We are confident that our website will provide clear and concise help and give our patients the information they require in an easy and convenient format. It has been designed with the patient’s needs at the forefront of everything, from checking surgery times to letting us know what you think of us.
Our dedicated team are here to treat those minor ailments that occur as well as providing specialist management of long-term conditions and clinics covering a wide range of healthcare issues. The technology also means you can now do a lot of things from the comfort of your home such as order a repeat prescription or cancel an appointment.
Partners in Care
Once registered, patients and healthcare professionals work together to ensure the most appropriate care is provided. This partnership philosophy extends even further and our active patient group exists to make sure that patient needs and the practice offering are always heading in the same direction.
Brannel Surgery is a modern purpose built premises offering on site parking and disabled access.
Care Data - Further information about sharing data
Further information including leaflets and frequently asked questions can be obtained by clicking on the following link
Opt-out forms (in various formats) can be downloaded from the below website
(Site updated 17/11/2020)