Covid Boosters & Influenza Vaccinations
Following the announcement today, we are pleased to let you know that we will be delivering covid boosters and flu vaccinations at the same time. We will be administering the flu and covid vaccines in line with government guidelines and will be contacting groups of patients within the eligibility criteria. At this time there is no need for you to contact the surgery; we will either text or telephone you when an appointment is available. We will update the website when and as we have any new information.
Our first clinic is on Saturday 2nd October and will be held intermittently throughout the month.
Will be held at Fowey and Par, adhering to social distancing. The appointments will be available to book online. In preparation for your invitation, please download and create your account on the NHS App.
National Blood Bottle Shortage
A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.
Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.
Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.
If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.
If you already have a blood test booked you may be contacted by a member of our team to inform you that we will need to cancel this appointment for now. Please do not contact reception to ask about your test. We will contact you.
If your blood test has to be cancelled - don’t worry, we will contact you again as soon as we can to rebook. You will be contacted in date order as to when your appointment was cancelled so again please do not phone reception about this.
We thank you for your patience and understanding regarding this matter.
Covid Vaccinations for Patients
For our latest Covid-19 Information please go to Further Information; Covid Information.
To book an appointment for your Covid-19 vaccination please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
Last updated 21.03.21
We ask ALL our patients to continue to wear a face covering when access the Surgery. Further guidance can be found here
Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
POLRUAN SURGERY CHANGES
From November 2021 a Clinician will be in clinic on a Monday afternoon. This means there will be an adjustment to our opening times.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday remain the same 0830-1230
Monday we will be open between 2.00 - 5.00pm.
Health Service Pressures
All our health services are busy right now, especially our ambulance service and the emergency department team at Truro hospital.
You can play your part in supporting us to care for people with serious and life-threatening illnesses.
Did you know you know you can get help and advice by calling 111 or go online at 111.nhs.uk? You may not need to go and wait in our busy emergency department and could be directed to a minor injury unit which will be quicker and closer to home.
Only dial 999 for an ambulance in a genuine, life-threatening emergency, for example:
- Chest pain / breathing difficulties / heart attack
- Severe bleeding
- Severe allergic reactions
- Severe burns or scalds
- Serious head injuries
- Major trauma such as a road traffic accident or a fall from height
If you have called for an ambulance, please do not ring again asking for a time of arrival. Only call again if:
- The patient’s condition worsens
- You no longer need our help
The call handlers must prioritise speaking to the most seriously injured and unwell patients.
If you don’t think it’s a serious or life-threatening emergency:
- Call your own GP. Even if you are in Cornwall on holiday, you could get a phone or video consultation with your doctor at home.
- Go online at 111.nhs.uk or call 111 to get expert advice and be signposted to where you can get the best and nearest care for your needs.
- Ask a pharmacist for advice – they’re experts in treating minor health issues like colds, urinary infections, stomach upsets, aches and pains.
For further information please visit NHS Kernow CCG at https://www.kernowccg.nhs.uk/get-info/choose-well/
Let us know you are here
You can now let us know you have arrived via your text reminder. Please click on the link upon arrival, enter your date of birth and that will book you into your appointment.
Please ensure we have an up-to-date mobile number for you to ensure you are receiving your appointment reminders.
Help at Hand Community Information App:
The Help at Hand community info App provides you with easy access to the latest support services available in the Fowey area, by telephone and online.
This App is available via the App Store (iPhone, iPad) or Google Play (Android).
The App and most of the services listed on it are completely free of charge.
Please share with your friends, family and work colleagues. We aim to make sure all these support services are available to everyone.
Thank you and keep safe.
Self Referrals to the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme
If you feel you are vulnerable at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and you would benefit from the NHS Volunteer Responders you can self-refer to the scheme rather than depending on us or other professionals to refer you.
The number to make a self-referral is: 0808 1963646.
The volunteers can help you with shopping, prescription deliveries, biological sample collection and transport to medical appointments.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse you can seek support by ringing the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or, if an emergency, please dial 999.
Your medication will be issued as normal. However, you will also no longer be able to come into the surgery to collect prescriptions. This is to prevent too many people in the waiting area. All prescriptions will need to be sent electronically to the chemist (for this we will need your consent - please call reception and tell them that you would like your prescriptions to go electronically and to which chemist).
Order prescriptions online (links below).
Please order your medication 7 days in advance, this will allow us time to process your prescription whilst ensuring you don’t run out. Prescription requests WILL NOT be taken by telephone. We are not able to process more than a months' worth of medication at a time. This is to prevent stock piling and creating a lack of available medication for the whole country.
Clearly this is a rapidly evolving situation and our service may have to change to reflect this but please be assured that the care of our patients will be met as far as we can.
We will endeavour to keep our website updated but there are ways you can help yourself:
Use eConsult (link above)
NHS England have produced a very simple 'Stay At Home' guidance document which is attached here.
We have currently suspended ALL online appointments due to additional information being required on booking because of Coronavirus.
(Site updated 01/10/2021)