30 Nov 21 - COVID VACCIATIONS (update)

A series of changes have been announced by the government, amid concerns about a new Covid variant:

  • 18- to 39-year-olds will be offered booster jabs
  • Boosters will be prioritised according to age and for at risk groups
  • The minimum gap between receiving a second Covid vaccine dose and booster will be halved to three months
  • Children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a second dose, three months after the first
  • Severely immunosuppressed people will be offered a fourth dose of the vaccine, as a booster
  • The booster will either be the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (Pfizer only at The Desborough Suite)


Important information for patients about GP appointments.

To protect our patients, staff and local community we are changing the way patients access our services.  Patients with internet access please use the eConsult function below and we will be in contact with you by 6pm the following working day.  For more urgent queries please call the practice. You may have to wait a long time on the telephone. If you have an emergency you should still call 999.

Prescriptions. We are not taking prescription requests at the practice.  You can use your local pharmacy, or online access to make requests for current repeat prescriptions. Medications which have not been ordered routinely for some time will not be issued via your pharmacy and should be requested via eConsult so that they can be properly reviewed.  Just-in-case medications will only be issued in exceptional circumstances.

Disputes with employers. We cannot give opinions on whether or not is safe for employees to return to work - this is a matter for you and your employer.  The NHS does not provide occupational health services for employers.

For the NHS 111 Coronavirus digital triage follow this link:

Group Consultations

Why we are doing Group Consultations

People in our practice tell us they want to spend more time with the clinician. In the group consultation you receive the personal attention of your practice team in a calm, relaxed, well organised group setting. Imagine you get not just an unhurried appointment, but in fact a whole 60-90 minutes with your healthcare team, with 45 minutes of this spent with the Doctor.

This means you have an opportunity to learn about how best to manage your condition, how to stay well, how to prevent illness or slow its progression. You will also help other patients in the group to learn from your experience, in turn, you will learn from the experience of your fellow patients, and everyone has a chance to gain the support of others who are dealing with similar issues. 

Summary of things that can be covered in a Group Consultation

  • 60-90 minutes with your practice team (half of that with the doctor or nurse)
  • Answers to your medical questions
  • Discussion of test results and arrangements for tests/procedures
  • Discussion of treatment options in depth
  • Prescription changes or renewals/discussion of medication side effects
  • Receive preventative tests, examinations and vaccines
  • Friendly discussion with others, sharing experiences and tips on how to manage your condition.

 What you can expect

You must complete a confidentiality form which we would ask you to sign and bring along with you. By doing so you promise not to tell others outside the group anything that fellow patients share, and you agree to discuss your medical issues/results in front of others. You can let us know in advance if there are any particular issues we are not to discuss in front of other patients. You will also be offered an opportunity to discuss personal and sensitive matters privately, away from the group, if you need to do so.

At your appointment you will have an opportunity to identify the issues you would like to discuss with the clinician.  You and the other patients will be in the capable hands of our group consultation facilitator who will help you to identify your medical issues and create an informal, friendly atmosphere ready for the clinician to take over for a productive session.

New Virtual Group Consultations

From March 2021 we will offer Virtual Group Consultations rather than traditional face-to-face to work in line with Covid-19 restrictions. This will work in the same format as a face-to-face consultation, but will obviously be on-line. The group consultation feedback sessions that have been running prior to the pandemic have received good positive feedback. 


What do Virtual Group Consultations involve?

Virtual Group Consultations deliver routine care in groups online, consulting with patients who have the same or similar health condition and challenges.

Sessions typically last 60-90 minutes, with 6-15 patients joining the virtual session at the same time.  It is supported by a trained Group Consultations facilitator, who remains with the patients for the duration of the session.

A clinician (doctor, nurse, pharmacist or any other healthcare professional), then joins the Virtual Group Consultation to deliver 1-2-1 consultations & advise to the group for part of the session.

Virtual Group Consultations will demonstrate most of the benefits of our face-to-face Group Consultation model:

  • Support clinicians to support and deliver 1:1 routine care more efficiently for groups of patients using video technology.
  • Deliver an adapted version of face-to-face Group Consultations, which still enables the delivery of routine care including clinical, lifestyle advice, prescription changes and reassurance throughout this period of social isolation.
  • Led by what patients need to know about keeping well in these unsettling times, whilst getting to spend quality time virtually with their healthcare team and other patients.
  • Enable patients to receive clinical and educational advice and guidance from their clinician, whilst also getting advice, input and support from other patients in the group.


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