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We are still open and here for you. We are continuing to provide services as we have been doing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are prioritising delivery of care and services based on clinical needs.

Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine: Reports of extremely rare blood clots

The MHRA is carrying out a detailed review of reports of an extremely rare blood clotting problem affecting a small number of people who have had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

The problem can also happen in people who have not been vaccinated and it's not yet clear why it affects some people.

The COVID-19 vaccine can help stop you getting seriously ill or dying from coronavirus. For people aged 30 or over and those with other health conditions, the benefits of being vaccinated outweigh any risk of clotting problems.

If you are under 30 and have already had the first AstraZeneca dose without any serious side effects, you should still get the second.

For people under 30 without other health conditions, it's currently advised that it's preferable to have another COVID-19 vaccine instead of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

Advice if feeling unwell after vaccination

Call 111 immediately if you get any of these symptoms starting from around four days to four weeks after being vaccinated:

  • a severe headache that is not relieved with painkillers or is getting worse
  • a headache that feels worse when you lie down or bend over
  • a headache that's unusual for you and occurs with blurred vision, feeling or being sick, problems speaking, weakness, drowsiness or seizures (fits)
  • a rash that looks like small bruises or bleeding under the skin
  • shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal (tummy) pain

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting on GOV.UK

Medical advice and treatment

If you need medical advice or treatment, please ring us on 020 7226 2462 or, for non-urgent advice or treatment, visit our website and send us your query

Due to coronavirus, how you contact us will be different at the moment. This is to limit face-to-face contact whenever possible and help stop the spread of coronavirus.

When you phone or go online, you will be asked to provide some information about your healthcare need. This will help the practice healthcare team assess the most appropriate way to provide your care, which may include a face-to-face consultation and ensure it is provided by the most appropriate person. Face-to-face appointments are available to all patients where there is a clinical need. Online consultation requests for non-urgent help can be made at any time. They will be responded to as soon as possible, usually within two working days.

Alternatively, visit the local pharmacy for clinical advice on minor health concerns.

For urgent issues or out of hours, you can also call the NHS on 111 or go online to seek NHS advice 111.nhs.uk

Appointments are being delivered face-to-face, by telephone, or using video calls and messaging to your mobile or computer – the practice team will assess what is most appropriate for you and if you have a preference you can discuss this with them.

Attending a face-to-face appointment

If you are asked to come into the surgery for a face-to-face appointment, please remember to wear a face covering. Measures are in place to keep you safe from infection during your visit to the surgery. If you have a disability or condition which means you cannot wear a face covering or cannot communicate with someone who is wearing a face mask, or require other adjustments before your appointment, please let the surgery know ahead of your arrival.

TELEPHONE ACCESS - UPDATE

We are aware of the increased length of time it’s taking patients to get through to the practice via telephone.

There is a planned telephone upgrade due to take place on 14th April 2021 and there may be some disruptions to our telephone service on the day.

We expect there to be gradual improvement in telephone access following this upgrade.

Thank you for your patience

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE

IN ORDER TO PREVENT THE RISK OF SPREADING CORONAVIRUS AND TO KEEP YOU SAFE, ALL APPOINTMENTS FROM MONDAY 16TH MARCH 2020 WILL START WITH A TELEPHONE CONSULTATION AND IF DEEMED APPROPRIATE, YOU WILL BE PROVIDED WITH A FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENT.  

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PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY. 

IF YOU HAVE A HIGH TEMPERATURE, COUGH OR LOSS/CHANGE IN YOUR NORMAL SENSE OF SMELL OR TASTE – PLEASE SELF ISOLATE FOR ATLEAST 10 DAYS AND REFER TO NHS.UK

ANYONE WITH TESTING WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR TESTING AND THIS CAN BE ARRANGED VIA HTTPS://WWW.NHS.UK/ASK-FOR-A-CORONAVIRUS-TEST OR BY CALLING 119 

COVID 19 AT RISK - PATIENT DATA COLLECTION

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT

https://digital.nhs.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-response-information-governance-hub

PHLEBOTOMY CLINIC

THE PHLEBTOMOTY WALK-IN CLINIC WHICH RUNS ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS AT HIGHBURY GRANGE MEDICAL PRACTICE WILL NOT BE RUNNING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THIS IS TO REDUCE ANY FURTHER SPEAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS.

FOR BLOOD TESTS, PLEASE ATTEND THE WHITTINGTON HOSPITAL BLOOD TEST CLINIC OR PHONE THE PRACTICE FOR ADVICE

ISLINGTON IHUB -  EVENING AND WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS!!

Islington IHUB offers increased access to GPs for patients registered at any Islington practice.

Islington has 3 hub. Registered patients are now able to book appointments with Islington doctors and nurses at an Islington GP hub when the practice is closed. Simply ask a receptionist for an ”I:Hub” appointment and they will try to offer you one that is both convenient for you and that also suits your health needs.

Islington GP hubs are open between 6.30pm and 8.00pm each weekday and from 8.00am to 8.00pm at the weekend.

If we are closed you can call the usual surgery number between 6.30pm to 8.00pm Mon to Fri and 8.00am to 8.00pm on Saturdays and Sundays and your call will be answered by i:Hub staff who will be able to assist you. These appointments are available for routine appointments and do not need to be urgent requests.

If you book an appointment you will be asked to give consent for the doctor or nurse to see your medical records, on this occasion only, in order to provide you with the best care.

 

 

 

 

 

PATIENT ONLINE SERVICES                                                                                                                                               

Did you know that you could register for patient online services?  This will include repeat prescription requests, booking or cancelling appointments and viewing certain aspects of your medical records.  If you wish to access these services, please attend the practice with photographic identification.  You will be provided with unique login details and information on how to register.  For more information, please contact the practice.

 

Data Collection on Fit notes-

The Health and Social Care Information Cente (HSCIC) have informed us that they will be extracting data from the practice system about fit notes. Any data collected will be anonymous.

Please refer to the 'further information' section on the right hand side of this page and select 'Data Collection - Fit notes' for further information.

 

                                                                                                                                                                

 

ONLINE PATIENT ACCESS

 

STATEMENT OF INTENT FOR HIGHBURY GRANGE MEDICAL PRACTICE

 

 

Nationally the way GP records are managed in the NHS is changing in three important ways.

1.     Summary Care Record (SCR)

2.     GP to GP Record Transfers

3.     Patient Online Access to Their GP Record  

These changes do not enable your record to be shared outside the team of professionals who look after you. They are designed to improve and speed up your care and provide you with more access to what is in your medical record.

 

1.     Patient Online Access

 

We will be offering the facility for booking and cancelling appointments and also for ordering your repeat prescriptions online.  Alongside this, all patients in England will have access to their GP medical records online by 31st March 2015.

 

This means you can have secure access to relevant parts (current medications, immunisations and allergies) of your record from devices that can access the internet.

 

To use these services you should first come to the practice with photographic ID.  We will then give you your secure login details.

 

2.     Summary Care Record (SCR)

 

NHS England requires GP practices to upload any changes to patients’ summary information on their Summary Care Record by 31st March 2015.

 

The Summary Care Record (SCR) is a brief summary of your medical record that will help anyone treating you in an emergency that does not have your full medical record. It contains details of any medication you are taking and any allergies that we know you have. Your SCR is automatically updated at least daily to ensure that your information is as up to date as it can possibly be.

 

You can find out more by watching “What is a Summary Care Record” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=V0KIN0Tq5_w

 

You do not have to have a SCR if you do not want one. Please inform our reception team if you do not want a SCR.

 

3.     GP to GP Record Transfers

 

A new way of transferring patient records electronically between GP practices has been developed to be used when a patient moves from one GP practice to another. 

 

NHS England requires this new method to be used for all new or de-registering patients by 31st March 2015.   Highbury Grange Medical Practice already uses this method to transfer records to and from other practices currently using the GP to GP system.

 

For your own medical care it is very important that you are always registered with a GP practice. If you leave your GP and register with a new GP, your medical record will be forwarded on to your new GP. It can take several weeks for your paper record to reach your new surgery.  With the new system your electronic record is transferred to your new practice much more quickly.

 
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