**CORONAVIRUS**- Coronavirus Latest (last updated 26.01.2021)
NO ENTRY TO SURGERY (UNLESS YOU HAVE A FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENT WHICH YOU HAVE BEEN TELEPHONE OR TEXT TRIAGED FOR). IF YOU HAVE A GENERAL ENQUIRY YOU MUST CALL OR EMAIL THE SURGERY. THIS IS TO ENSURE WE MAINTAIN SAFE SOCIAL DISTANCING AT ALL TIMES FOR OTHER PATIENTS AND OUR STAFF.
EVERY PERSONS ATTENDING THE SURGERY MUST WEAR A FACE MASK (unless you are medically exempt).
We are currently experience high number of calls to book Covid-19 Vaccine. Please DO NOT contact the surgery to book a vaccine WE WILL contact you.
We are inviting patients in Cohorts 1-4 for first dose only which is:
• Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
• All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
• All those 75 years of age and over
• All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
If you are in the above cohorts you will receive an invitation text message to book your vaccine. Please make sure we have your up to date contact details.
The vaccines are being administered off site at:
Raphaels House, Victoria Centre, Pettitis Lane, Romford RM1 4HP.
Limited parking is available, it is advised where possible to use other modes of transport.
Please contact the surgery too book your Flu Vaccine. We are still running Flu Clinics. To check if you are eligble please click on the link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
Our team of GPs, Nurses, Management, Reception and Admin are here to help you. We understand this is a difficult time for people and we want to continue to offer safe and efficient care for all our patients. Please Help Use so we can continue to Help You.
You can do this by:
1. Wear a Face Mask when attending the surgery (unless medically exempt). We are doing this to help protect our staff and other patients in the surgery. Our Receptionist does not need to wear a mask when at reception desk as we have installed perspex screens.
2. Understanding that our telephone lines may be busier as more people are calling then coming into surgery.
3. Only call before 10.00 am Monday-Friday if you call is for a on the day urgent appointment request. For anything non-urgent please call after 10.00am.
4. Please give as much information as possible to our reception team when they ask you what the problem is when booking an appointment. All of our reception team have received Care Navigation training to ensure you are signposted to the relevant team. Our GP Partners have asked our team to triage the problem when booking appointments.
5. Think before calling, is the GP Surgery the correct place. Could it be something that could be treated at the pharmacy? You can submit an
E-consult via our website for further information.
6. Please do not shout, use violent language or aggressive behaviour towards any member staff. We follow a strict Zero Tolerance policy.
Thank you in your co-operation.
All staff at The Upstairs Surgery.
Contacting us by phone
Please be sensible and call at less busy times for general enquiries so urgent calls are not delayed. Please also think, is your call important or can you get the information somewhere else e.g. online.
Contacting us by email
Please use firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries and queries. Please note we are not able to process prescription requests or book appointments via email. See below for how to do both of these.
Follow us on Twitter
We are now on twitter, follow us @SurgeryUpstairs for the latest news, updates and information.
Please use the E-consults on this website's homepage for online consultation, medical advice, requesting medical certificates and other admin, once received this will then be reviewed by a Clinician and you will receive a response within 48 working hours of submitting.
Share this message far and wide with family, friends and others who are patients.
SIGN UP FOR ONLINE SERVICES by contacting a member of our reception team on 0208 5971840 or email email@example.com who will then send you the online registration form which you will need to complete and send back with a CLEAR photo of yourself holding your passport photo page open or driving licence next to your face.
Alternatively sign up for the nhs app
You can then request your medication online, view your medical record and book appointments (note appointment booking is temporarily suspended).
Patients at The Upstairs surgery may request repeat prescriptions in the below various ways:
- Online (NHS APP or other providers) - please speak with our reception team for details of this service
- Using The Upstairs Surgery prescription box in Health Centre located on first floor by lifts.
- Via a pharmacy of your choice
- By post
WE DO NOT ACCEPT PRESCRIPTION REQUESTS OVER THE PHONE DUE TO SECURITY REASONS.
Requesting Medical Certificates (Sick Notes)
All request for medical certificates must be made via E-Consultation. Please follow instructions on our website of submitting an E-Consultation. This will then be reviewed by a GP and you will be contacted with 48 working hours when complete.
Collecting Prescriptions/referrals/blood forms/medical certificates etc.
Your referrals or blood forms or medical certificates will be texted or emailed to you. If you don’t have a mobile or email we will post them. Please ensure we have your correct mobile number. Please sign up to online services so we have your verified email- see above.
You MUST ring the door bell and wait to be greeted by a member of our reception team. (Please be aware you may have a to wait a few mintues as our reception team may be completing a phone call.)
Use the sanitising station when entering and leaving the surgery.
Stand behind the barrier and hazard tape when in reception front desk area.
Please sit at least 2 meters away from other patients, abide by social distancing signs.
There is a cleaning station please use for chairs before seating on.
Use the new one-way system around the surgery.
Please do not arrive too early as this could cause a bottleneck at reception.
Please do not bring multiple family members to the appointment. If you can, come alone or with one primary carer.
Please wash your hands before and after the visit and use tissues to catch any sneezes/coughs
As from Monday 30th March 2020 all blood tests are by appointment only until further notice.
CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW BOOK A BLOOD TEST APPOINTMENT
By working together and taking individual responsibility we will overcome this. Please follow the guidance, stay safe and look out for those who are vulnerable.
Help Control The Virus
To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:
- wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
- cover face - wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
- make space - stay at least a metre away from people not in your household
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss of/change in smell or taste
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Covid Isolation Patient Leaflet
Getting an Isolate Note
Our partners operate within the new GMS contract. Our aim is to provide a high standard of quality medical care and we need your co-operation in order to achieve this.
This website is designed to tell you about your Practice and how to get the best from our range of services. We aim to provide personal family doctoring whilst working together as part of Primary Health Care Team.
We have 2 GP Partners, 1 Salaried GP, 3 Practice Nurses and a great team of managment, administration and receptionists who work alongside together to provide effective, efficient and educational care to patients.
Our aim is to provide the best possible clinical care from our team of clinical, managerial, administrative and reception staff to give a high quality, courteous, efficient and friendly service.