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NHS App Open Morning

Please note that this is a drop-in session between 10.30 am - 12.30pm.

NHS App Open Day

CHANGES TO REPEAT PRESCRIPTION REQUESTS FOR BECKINGTON FAMILY PRACTICE PATIENTS

IMPORTANT!

AUTOMATIC REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS VIA A COMMUNITY PHARMACY WILL NO LONGER BE POSSIBLE

 

Reasons for the change in the way prescriptions are being managed in Frome

We hope that the change in the way patients request repeat prescriptions will improve patient safety. When patients are responsible for ordering their own repeat prescriptions, rather than relying on a local community pharmacy to do it for them automatically, it increases their understanding of the medications they are taking and is safer for patients.

 

Patients of the Beckington Family Practice will need to request repeat prescriptions in one of three ways, all of which many patients have been using for some time now.

Patients can:

submit their request via the NHS App/Patient Access

submit their request via the Beckington Family Practice website https://www.beckingtonfamilypractice.co.uk/prescriptions

drop a copy of their paper repeat prescription into the reception desk at Fromefield or Beckington surgeries

 

 

Support available to patients who need help with using NHS app or online form

The change will be fully implemented from 31st July 2024, we are encouraging patients to start managing their own prescription requests from now. This gives patients the chance to download the NHS App if they aren’t already using it or to try the online prescription request form, available on the practice website. It also means patients have time to get help with either of these options, if needed.

Patients can attend digital health drop-in sessions for:

Help with downloading and using the NHS App

Setting up linked profiles (also sometimes called Proxy Access) on the NHS App, which is particularly useful for family or friends who support patients with their prescription requests

Using the online prescription request forms available on our website

The digital cafe takes place every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. in the cafe at the Cheese & Grain. No appointments are needed but patients are asked to bring their mobile phone or tablet with them if coming along to one of these sessions

 

Local community pharmacies around Frome will stop accepting repeat prescriptions from 31st July but any that are already in circulation will be accepted by the practice until 30th September to give the new system time to take effect.

Some pharmacies may however choose to stop providing this service before these dates.

Diabetes Awareness Week 10 - 17 June 2024

This year for Diabetes Awareness Week we are focussing on promoting the NHS Type 2 Pathway to Remission Programme.

Somerset is one of 21 areas in England that offers the programme.  We have put together two films one with GP Dr Henk Bruggers and one featuring a patient named Marie who has successfully used the programme. Around 30,000 people in Somerset have type 2 diabetes, please see the NHS Somerset website here for further information on raising Diabetes awareness.

 

Information and advice for patients with Diabetes is available on the Our Somerset website here.

Opening Hours Change

OPENING HOURS

 

PLEASE NOTE FROMEFIELD SURGERY NEW OPENING HOURS WITH EFFECT FROM 1ST JULY 2024

 

FROMEFIELD SURGERY

OPENING HOURS

  8.30 A.M. - 6.00 P.M.

Telephone lines closed between 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m.

 

ST LUKE’S SURGERY

(ST LUKE’S SURGERY OPENING HOURS REMAIN UNCHANGED)

OPENING HOURS  

 8.30 A.M. - 6.30 P.M.

Telephone lines closed between 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m.

 

ST LUKE’S DISPENSARY

OPENING HOURS

8.30 A.M. - 1.00 P.M. and 2.00 P.M. - 6.30 P.M.

Telephone lines closed between 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m.

 

We are closed between 6.30 p.m. and 8.00 a.m. and also during weekends and bank holidays, if you require medical assistance during these times please dial 111

In an EMERGENCY dial 999

New Telephone System For The Practice

On Thursday 18th April 2024 we are transferring to a new telephone system which will improve the patient experience of contacting the practice by telephone.

We will be keeping disruption to a minimum, although there could be a short amount of time during late morning that we are unable to receive any calls whilst the transfer is taking place.

Unfortunately the disruption of service is necessary and is out of our control, we apologise for any inconvenience.

 

 

LOAN OF BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORS

Please note with effect from 1st March 2024


There will be a £10.00 (cash only) fully refundable (on return) charge
for the loan of a blood pressure monitor.


Due to high demand please return the monitor as soon as possible.


Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Hayfever Symptoms Poster

Hayfever Symptoms

Physio Referral Information 1
Physio Referral Information 2

MANAGING YOUR REFERRAL

MANAGING YOUR REFERRAL

(for patients who have created an NHS login)

Receiving your first appointment request information by Email

 

You are now able to receive your first outpatient appointment request information via email, instead of the traditional letter. This email will come from e-RS, not the GP practice email. It is sent to the email address registered when you created your NHS login (for more information click on creating an NHS login click here). This makes it easier and quicker for you to securely access your digital health and care services with one username and password. 

You will receive an email with a link which will take you to an NHS login screen to enter your access details. Once you have successfully logged in, you will see your home page for MYR (Manage your referral) where you can book or manage your appointment. Should an appointment be unavailable you can still put the request in, and the provider will contact you when an appointment is available.

Wearing Of Face Masks In The Practice

The wearing of a mask in the surgery is now optional, however we suggest you wear one if you have respiratory symptoms.

Please speak to a member of the Reception Team if you need one.

UKHSA update on scarlet fever and invasive Group A strep

The latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows that scarlet fever cases continue to remain higher than we would typically see at this time of year.

For further information regarding Strep-A and Scarlet Fever from Public Health England click here.

Dr Sara Bridges offers words of advice and guidance on knowing the signs of Scarlet Fever and Group A Strep, and what to do if you are worried.

Please click on the following link to watch the video. Here

Or alternatively, click on the following link to the NHS Somerset Parent Zone web page for more information: Here

 

GP Community Pharmacy consultation service - Think Pharmacy

A new service to help you be seen more quickly via your local pharmacist for treatment of minor conditions

We have introduced a new, same-day, GP community pharmacy consultation service to help you receive quality care and support for minor health conditions, more quickly through accessing care via your community pharmacist.

It is estimated that 1000 GP appointments have already been freed up by the new Community Pharmacy Consultation Service.

For more information on the Community Pharmacy Consultation Service, visit our website

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