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Welcome to Chew Medical Practice
Firstly, a big thank you from us all, for your understanding and patience over the last two weeks as we have changed the way we have consulted with you. We remain open to all problems but will continue to triage all consultations on the phone first whilst the Government regulations on social distancing continue.
This forthcoming Easter weekend, both surgeries will remain fully open on Friday 10th April (Good Friday) and Monday 13th April (Easter Monday). We have taken the decision to cancel these 2 bank holidays, along with most of the NHS, in order to ease the pressure, both on the out of hours service and A+E during this COVID 19 pandemic. Therefore, for all urgent problems on Good Friday or Easter Monday please contact your surgery in the normal way between 8am – 6pm. On Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th the surgery will be closed but a full out of hours service will be available, alongside an additional specialist COVID service dedicated to the 3 valleys Primary Care Network (Chew, Somer and Cam Valleys) Both these services would be accessed via 111 at the weekend. Chew Medical Practice dispensary will remain open 9-12am on Saturday 11th as normal.
BANES CCG, council, virgin care and 3SG have also come together to form ‘The compassionate community hub’. This service seeks to assist those who are self-isolating or shielding and those that are clinically the highest risk people in our community, who are in need of help. This can be accessed 7 days a week, 9am - 5pm on 0300 247 0500. Support is offered in multiple areas including medication delivery, food, physical and mental well being, financial advice, housing, volunteering access, family support, public health advice and council services.
Finally, a plea from us to all to please stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Restrictions have been put in pace to combat the disease and people should only leave the house for
1) Shopping for basic necessities
2) Any medical need, or providing care for a vulnerable person
3) Travel to and from work, but only when you cannot work from home
4) Exercise – alone or with members of your household
Please share this message to community notice boards, social media groups, village shops or anywhere that is felt appropriate.
We send you our best wishes for the coming weeks and thank the local community for the great support that both surgeries have received.
Dr’s Fenn, Sephton and Alexander.
COVID19 is unlikely to cause a serious illness in children, but please remember children can still become seriously unwell from other causes that are always around.
Please do not let concerns over COVID19 stop you from contacting medical services. If you are not sure if your child needs to be seen please go to https://www.what0-18.nhs.uk/national for advice or contact 111 or your GP. For information about crying babies go to https://www.what0-18.nhs.uk/national If your child is severely unwell call 999 or go to the emergency department.
Due to Coronavirus we have suspended all routine doctor and nurse appointments. All booked appointments will now receive a phone call on the day of the original appointment. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY FOR THIS APPOINTMENT.
Urgent bloods, dressings, smears and immunisations will still take place; all of these appointments will be before 4 pm each day.
Urgent care will continue via the duty doctor triage system.
Chew Medical Practice is committed to providing a friendly and professional healthcare service from our exceptional premises in Chew Stoke.
You can be confident that our team of doctors, nurses and administrative staff will work closely together to provide supportive, patient-centred care when you need it, and to promote good health throughout the community.
Our surgery is fully accessible, with level access and reserved parking for disabled people close to the main entrance. There is additional parking on site for other visitors. There are patient toilets and baby changing facilities.
Once you have registered with us, healthcare professionals will work together with you to ensure the most appropriate care is provided. This partnership philosophy extends even further and our active patient group exists to make sure that patient needs and the practice offering are always heading in the same direction.
(Site updated 09/04/2020)