Swallowfield Medical Practice - Update

Swallowfield Medical Practice - Update

News: 07.12.22

If you believe that you are due a Covid vaccination and we have not yet contacted you, please call and let us know. If we can contact patients by mobile phone and have their permission to send SMS messages, this is the usual way for us to contact you. We may also phone, email or write to you.

We have both type of Influenza vaccines available (for those under 65 and over 65). We are running an additional catch-up clinic on 10 December in the surgery for pre-booked appointments only. Again, if you believe you should have had your vaccination, please let us know.

We are currently in the process of having another treatment room built, to assist us in seeing more patients. In short term we have had to close our main treatment room, so two of our nurses will be working at our Shinfield site on a daily basis. Thank you for your patience.

If you have asked for or been given a buzzer when attending for an appointment and you do not have a car, please let a member of the reception team know so we can find you somewhere to wait for your appointment. Buzzers are used for those patients who believe, or we believe may have an infectious condition such as Covid. They are also available for patients who are at higher risk of infection.

Dr Whittaker is now on Maternity Leave; we wish her well and look forward to her return next year. We are pleased to confirm that from January 2023 Dr Ghaffar will be increasing the number of days he works with us. He will be working all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. From February 2023 Dr Bates will be our GP Trainer. Our first trainee, a female doctor who is currently an ST3, is due to start in February 2023. An ST3 doctor has completed a minimum of ten years training, working as a doctor, and is now in their specialist training period.

Due to changes within the NHS, we are no longer able to refer patients for ear syringing. Whilst we also cannot recommend services, we have been made aware of a local clinician who is qualified in micro suction techniques. This clinician can carry out home visits to those patients who are unable to travel to the clinic and whilst the service is not on the NHS, we have been assured the charges are very competitive.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year..

The team at Swallowfield Medical Practice

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