COVID-19 Useful Information
Grenoside Surgery and Wadsley Bridge Medical Centre would like to reassure all our patients that we continue to remain open throughout the national crisis. This is a challenging time for everyone and would like to thank our patients for following government advice to keep everyone safe.
During these challing times we work in a number of ways:
- The front door at both surgeries is locked to minimise footfall through the surgery. If you have been invited for a face-to-face appointment, please press the intercom button and wait for someone to let you in. If you have a query, please call us rather than attending in person.
- The front door at Wadsley Bridge Medical Centre is locked and the site is manned in order to maintain essential services only. If you require assistance at Wadsley Bridge please knock on the door and wait for attention.
- The surgery now has the ability to send you a personal text message. This may be to contact the surgery or to book an appointment.
- Consultations will be done by telephone wherever possible and we have the capability for video consultations via smartphones. Please ensure your contact details are up to date by ringing the surgery.
- Patients are asked to call the surgery as early in the day as possible as we offer a fixed number of on the day GP Appointments every morning. You will be asked for details of the issue to determine if your problem is urgent. You will then be placed on the Telephone List for a GP to call you back. A face to face appointment will subsequently be offered to you by the doctor if it is deemed necessary.
- To make our face-to-face appointments as safe as possible, we ask you to BRING A MASK although one will be provided if you do not have one.
- Bookable routine GP Appointments are only available when invited to book by the surgery.
- Some services such as medication reviews which are non-urgent and can be safely postponed will be moved to a more suitable date.
The following services have recommenced or continue to run as normal:
- Cervical Smears
- Children’s vaccinations and newborn baby checks
- Blood tests
- Long Term Conditions Review with some procedural changes.
- Ear Syringing
- Dressings and minor wound care
- Vaccinations where reuested by the surgery
- Medication requests will continue to be processed. We ask that you submit these requests online or by telephoning reception - option 4. We send prescriptions electronically or in the post. You will not be able to collect these in person from the surgery.
- Test results and hospital letters will continue to be reviewed by the doctors and acted upon. If your test results identify any actions required the surgery will contact you.
- We will still be making referrals to hospital consultants and specialists, but for non-urgent problems please be aware your hospital appointment may be delayed.
From 17th May 2021, people in England who have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine can demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently 2 doses of any approved vaccine. People can prove their vaccination status:
- in the NHS App - it may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use this service.
- by telephoning 119 to get a letter. Only call 119 if you are due to travel abroad in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.
This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.
When you are planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get proof of your vaccination status before you leave.