News From The Quantock Medical Centre
We would just like to start by thanking all our patients for their support and co-operation during the last 15 months we appreciate it has been a very worrying time for everyone. We would like to assure you that we are open, and have been throughout the whole of Covid seeing patients face to face. We would like to continue to offer telephone appointments with the Doctor to help those that can not get into the surgery as this may be more convenient. We would also like to remind anyone with Covid Symptoms to self-isolate organise a Test on line via the NHS App or 119 and please do not attend the Practice.
We will still all be wearing face masks in the practice for a while as we have to maintain a COVID safe environment to keep the practice open; and we would like to ask all patients and visitors to the practice to respect this and continue to wear a face covering as well. We have certainly noticed the reduction in colds and flu symptoms this year – some of the benefits of social distancing/ isolating and face coverings.
We currently have over 3700 patients registered with us at the practice and to date 1874 have had both Covid vaccines and 614 have their first vaccine so we are doing extremely well. Please do keep an eye on the news and as soon as you hear your age group can book for your vaccination you can contact 119 direct to book. You will no longer will be called by your GP Practice. More and more vaccination sites will become available over the next month including pharmacies in Bridgwater and Taunton.
You have all no doubt heard in the press that there will be long waiting times for hospital appointments, please understand that we do not have any control over hospital appointments or operations so please do not ask us to further write to the hospital to bring your appointment forward, this is a great deal of extra work on an already over stretched practice, – we truly understand your frustrations as we have to try to navigate the system on a daily basis, often with the same outcomes as you.
We will be reviewing our Social Prescribing Groups for Singing, Walking and Art in the next few months and when it safe to do so, we will look to open these up again.
If anyone feels they would like some support to get moving and fit again after months of being at home we now have Health and Wellbeing Coaches who can offer 1:1 sessions to guide you and help you add healthy movement into your life. You can access this support through SASP website.
I would like to say that we will get things wrong occasionally, and are happy to look into anything we could do better, but we never set out to annoy or upset anyone.
We ask that you be kind to anyone you come in to contact with at the surgery – we are trying our best to make sure every patient gets what they need and the many, many lovely patients we speak to make the job very worthwhile.