Giffard Drive Surgery: 01252 541282

Christmas Opening Hours

🎄Please note that our opening hours over the Christmas Period are:
 
24 December – open as usual 8.30 – 6.30
27 December surgery is closed
28 December surgery is closed
29 December – open as usual 8.30 – 6.30
30 December – open as usual 8.30 – 6.30
31 December – open as usual 8.30 – 6.30
3 January surgery is closed
4 January – open as usual 8.30 – 6.30
 
When the surgery is closed, please contact 111 for non-emergency healthcare assistant or 999 for life-threatening emergencies.
 
Our e-Consult system is disabled when the surgery is not open and is available from 7pm until 3pm the following day on all other days.
 
Please remember that if you are experiencing any Covid symptoms, to book a PCR test rather than rely on the lateral flow test as these are best used for non-symptomatic testing. For a reminder of the main symptoms, please click here Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
 
Merry Christmas from us all at Giffard Drive Surgery!🎄🎁🎅

Notice for Patients

Due to rising cases of Covid and the Omicron variant, please be advised that restrictions will be in place if you need to attend the surgery. Face masks should always be worn at all times in the building, very few people will be exempt and will need to be confirmed before entering.
Please be aware that lateral flow tests are for people with NO symptoms of Covid. If you are symptomatic, we would ask that you book in for a PCR test which is more accurate. Do not rely on the lateral flow test. Our care navigators will also be advising you to do this if you call. For further information please visit Get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Message to our patients – update on the COVID-19 booster programme

Following the Prime Ministers announcement, your local NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.

All adults are eligible from Monday 13 December for a booster jab, 3 months after their second dose.

All GP surgeries are working really hard to create as many vaccination appointments as possible, and all patients will be invited for their booster dose at the right time. Please bear with us. In order to vaccinate as many people as possible in the most safe way, we are prioritising booked appointments – we will contact you.

If you want to see what other options are available, please use the National Booking System here or call 119:

  • From 13 December for all those in their 30s and above
  • From 15 December to everyone over the age of 18

For more information, please visit COVID-19 Vaccination | Frimley Health and Care

***COVID Booster Scam – Please be aware***

️We have been alerted to a scam regarding the COVID booster vaccinations.

Patients are being sent text messages with the NHS logo on saying that they must register for a booster vaccination and this is available at the low cost of just £4.99. It then asks for a reply message with bank details and date of birth which, once sent, will enable fraudsters to potentially wipe out bank accounts.

Please remember that the vaccines are free to everyone and the NHS will never ask you for payment for them. Please contact Crimestoppers online or by phone using the details below to anonymously report anything you receive

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**IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING COVID 19**

From 19 July 2021 please continue wearing a face mask and distance from others when coming to the surgery. The pandemic continues.

We have vulnerable patients with health issues, sick patients, and those undergoing treatment, attending the surgery.

Should you decide not to wear a mask, you will asked to wait outside of the surgery building (whatever the weather!) until such time as a clinician is available to assess your needs and determine the course of action required.

Please continue to protect the NHS, yourself and others.

Thank you for your understanding.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – How we use your data

There have been recent articles in the press and online about the NHS sharing your data and having the option to opt-out of this.

We have debated whether or not to publicise this as there is no requirement for us to do so but we also strongly believe in giving our patients a choice so please read the following information to help you make your decision.

The data held in the GP medical records of patients is used every day to support health and care planning, and research in England to help find better treatments and improve patient outcomes for everyone.

NHS Digital has developed a new way to collect this data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection (GPDPR).

There are two types of opting out to consider –

Type 1 stops any data going from the practise to NHS Digital.  If you do not want your patient data to be shared outside of your GP practice for purposes except your own care, you can register to opt-out with us by completing this form and either email it to the surgery at NEHFCCG.Giffarddrivesurgery-main@nhs.net or pop it in the post to us.

National Data Opt Out (Type 2) allows data to go to NHS Digital and for further information on how they will use this data and to opt out, go to https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/

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