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NB Absences of 3 days or less do not need any certification
Are required for absences of 4-7 days. Click here to start a self certificate
To request a fit note for absences of more than 7 days or to certify the need for amended working hours or conditions, eg light duties please complete an econsult.
For more information about fit notes click here
Do you need help to stop smoking?
Our local NHS stop smoking service is Smokefree Hampshire, providing friendly, effective help for anyone who would like to kick the habit.
No matter how long you have been smoking or how many times you have tried before you will benefit from giving up - and Smokefree Hampshire makes it a lot easier!
Even if you are not sure whether you are ready to try to quit we would urge you to contact them to find out what they offer. Their friendly advisers can help you with any concerns and questions, such as avoiding putting on weight, or whether to use an e-cigarette.
When you are ready they will guide you through the whole process - getting ready to quit, discussing medication options, arranging the supply of your chosen stop smoking products and providing regular support and encouragement until you are confident about remaining smoke free.
They offer both one-to-one appointments and drop-in clinics at venues all over Hampshire. If you are unable to attend regular sessions you can enrol for telephone support, with your adviser ringing you at agreed times.
For more information go to www.smokefreehampshire.co.uk/
How to access your COVID-19 vaccination status
You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.
If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 5 days to reach you.
Please do not contact the surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status. For more information, please click on the following link Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Find My NHS Number
A new service is now live to help find your NHS number. This service is for anyone living in England who has forgotten or does not know their NHS number. You can also use this service on behalf of someone else where the name, date of birth and registered home postcode is known. You can opt for the number to be sent to you by text, email or letter. You will need your NHS number to register onto the NHS App.
*** From Friday 24 July 2020 it is mandatory to wear a face mask or covering whilst in shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks/building societies, post offices, indoor transport hubs (airport/train/bus/coach/marine stations or terminals) and whilst on public transport. You are expected to wear a face covering immediately before entering any of these settings and must keep it on until you leave. Face coverings are also needed in NHS settings, including hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries. They are advised to be worn in care homes.
You are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.***
You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances, noting that some people are less able to wear face coverings, and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others. There is no requirement for a letter or certificate from your GP in relation to the wearing of face coverings so we will not be providing letters for facemask exemptions. Please see the gov.uk website for more information on guidance for face coverings.
Some people may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering. This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a home-made sign. You can access exemption card templates from here or here (this one gives details of one to have on a phone). Sunflower lanyards and cards can also be obtained from Hidden Disabilities website.
What To Do In Time Of Bereavement
Death is an inevitable fact of life. Nevertheless, many of us never think about what we need to do until we are faced with the situation. It is at this time you need all the help and support possible to help you through the grieving process. The doctors and staff at the surgery are available to give you advice and guidance. However, there are certain practical steps you need to know about.
For guidance on what to do when someone dies click here
Registering a death
During the COVID 19 Pandemic please click here for the latest advice on how to register a death
If Someone Dies At Home
- Telephone the doctor who will visit to confirm that death has taken place and advise you how to obtain the death certificate.
- Contact a funeral director who will be able to advise you on registration procedures and funeral arrangements.
If Someone Dies In Hospital
- Contact your local funeral director to engage their services.
- Collect the doctor’s death certificate from the hospital.
In All Cases Of Death
- Contact the Registrar’s office for the area in which the death took place and make an appointment to take in the death certificate. You should also take to this meeting the deceased’s medical card (if available) and birth certificate. The Registrar will then issue you with a document which will allow the funeral to take place.
- Take this form to your chosen funeral director who, after discussion with you, will take over many of the arrangements for the funeral.
We have a very active Patient Group who support the Practice in various projects in-house and help to raise funds for equipment for the benefit of the patients.
Established over 20 years ago, they have supported the Practice purchasing nebulisers, a waiting room blood pressure monitor, waiting room display screen, an ECG machine and a Dermascope, as well as the chairs in the waiting room, to name but a few. The latest donation is a bluetooth spirometer for COPD patients.
We are always happy to welcome new members, so if you are interested in supporting your Practice in any way, please email an expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetings are usually in the evenings at the Surgery every three months, and we try and alternate the weekdays to give everyone a chance to attend. The meeting duration is normally around 90 minutes, depending on agenda content.
We have also set up a virtual patient representation group so that you can have your say. We will email you a succinct survey twice a year, so it shouldn’t take too much of your time. We'd like 100 people from all age groups, backgrounds and ethnicities to join us to get a truly representative sample. Patients with long term conditions are particularly welcome.
If you would like to help us decide what services would best suit our patients, please sign up for our Virtual Patient Group using the form below -
Many thanks for your participation.
To see information on the vaccinations we provide from birth to 100+ years of age, click here
The practice annual flu vaccine campaign takes place in the autumn each year, usually in late September and early October. Check back here in late summer for specific dates, location and who will be eligible for free NHS vaccination.
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The more you know about your pregnancy and your options, the more you are likely to feel in control. The information given here is based on The Pregnancy Book, which your midwife should give you at your first appointment.
Newly pregnant ladies need to complete the form on the link below, which goes to the midwife team at Frimley Park Hospital, and come in to surgery to book an appointment with the midwife.
Midwifery services praised
England’s top midwife has praised NHS maternity teams for providing high quality care in the face of the most significant challenge to ever face the health services, and urged new and expectant families to continue to come forward for routine checks and urgent advice.
Please find links to the following leaflets:
Click here to see how we are celebrating our local maternity teams.
Before you are pregnant
Your pregnancy and labour
- 0-8 weeks pregnant
- 9-12 weeks pregnant
- 13-16 weeks pregnant
- 17-20 weeks pregnant
- 21-24 weeks pregnant
- 25-28 weeks pregnant
- 29-32 weeks pregnant
- 33-36 weeks pregnant
- 37-40 weeks pregnantHow the baby develops
- 40+ weeks pregnant
- Your health in pregnancy
- Common health problems
- Antenatal care and classes
- Choosing where to have your baby
- Labour and birth
- When pregnancy goes wrong
You and your baby
General pregnancy topics
As part of our Practice Community Network, the seven Farnborough practices are working together to provide GP Extended Access. These practices are Alexander House, Giffard Drive Surgery, Jenner House Surgery, Mayfield Medical Centre, Voyager Family Health, North Camp Surgery.
You will have the opportunity to be seen at Giffard Drive Surgery on a Monday evening and/or Saturday mornings/Friday evenings on a rota basis outside of Core Hours or at another of the participating practices dependent on the duty rota. You must book these appointments through your own practice who will be able to advise you.
If you are seen at another practice in the Farnborough locality, you must understand and give consent for the GP/nurse to view your medical records to ensure the best possible clinical care. This access to the patient’s medical record is limited to the GP/nurse with whom you have booked your appointment, for the appointment itself, and for 28 days afterwards. All of the practices in our CCG Locality work with EMIS Web Clinical System.
Most of our Consulting Rooms are on the ground floor, together with a Treatment Room for nurse appointments; all downstairs rooms have wheelchair access.
- Our front doors are automatic.
- There is a disabled W.C.
- Disabled parking is near the front door.
- We have a Hearing Loop installed for the hard of hearing.
- A Carer Support Worker is available for our patients - appointments can be made. You will need to leave your contact number for them to contact you.
- We hold a Carers' Clinic once a month on a Wednesday between 12:30 - 15:30. Please ask at Reception to make an appointment or speak to our Carers Lead, Jane Lusted.
Dementia Friendly Practice
Giffard Drive Surgery has been accredited as a ‘Dementia Friendly Practice’
- Making double appointments available for people with dementia
- Delivering ‘Dementia Friends’ and specialised dementia training sessions for all staff
- Appointing a carers’ ambassador to signpost carers to support services that can help them
- Installing new dementia-friendly signage and artwork
We are grateful to our Patient Group and the other patients and carers who worked with us on this project.
Are you struggling with things at the moment? If you feel that you or someone you care for is experiencing difficulty with their mental health we have put together a list of resources that may be helpful. Please click here for more info.
We recommend that you keep this list handy and add some of the numbers to your phonebook.
For more information and resources specifically for children and teenagers please look at our 'Children and Teenagers' page under Services above.
Mind Matters NHS Free Talking Therapies IAPT Service has continued to operate throughout COVID and is a free talking therapies service run by Surrey and Borders NHS Partnership. If you would like information about the service, including how to self refer, please look at the details below.
Mind Matters NHS
Free Talking Therapies including CBT, Counselling, EMDR, Guided Self Help and Digital Online offered 1:1, Telephone, Online Video, Digital Online or Group.
Telephone: 0300 330 5450
Text: 07786 202 565
If you are struggling with money and require a food parcel, please have a look at The Larder Foodbank for information on how to get help.
British Red Cross mobility aids can be hired for short/long term at the following locations locally or using the National Helpline number: 0300 456 1914
Aldershot: 01483 749069 / Tuesday's By appointment only /Tesco car park- GU11 1SQ
Fleet: 01252 810774 / Mon 10-12 noon, Wed 10-12 noon, Fri 10-12 noon (By appointment only) / 1st Floor Hart Shopping Centre- GU51 3LA
Bracknell- 01344 425176 (By appointment only) / Red Cross Centre RG12 9EN
Woking - 01483 772369 / 78 Walton Road GU21 5DW
The Personal Health Record is a new online system which is safe, secure, confidential and free. So if you have any sexual health worries please go to the website by clicking on the image above or call the service on 0300 300 2016.
Rushmoor and Hart Supporting Families Newsletter – this has lots of useful information about current services and organisations for families in the local area.
What is an NHS Health Check
The NHS Health Check is your chance to get your free midlife MOT. For adults in England aged 40-74 without a pre-existing condition, it checks your circulatory and vascular health and what your risk of getting a disabling vascular disease is. If you are a carer under 40 you are also eligible so please ask for more information. This guide explains what happens at the check, when and how you get one, and how to lower your risk.
How do I get an NHS Health Check?
If you're in the 40-74 age group without a pre-existing condition, you can expect to receive a letter from your GP or local authority inviting you for a free NHS Health Check. Don't worry if you haven't got your invitation yet, as you will be invited for one over the next few years. In the meantime, there are other ways of getting your health checked.
Why should I get checked?
As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing something dangerous like high blood pressure, heart disease or type 2 diabetes. Your NHS Health Check can spot early signs and help prevent these happening to you, which means you'll be more likely to enjoy life for longer. Start by taking the online heart age test to see how healthy your heart is.
What lifestyle changes can I make?
Once you've had your NHS Health Check, your healthcare professional will discuss your results with you. You'll be given advice and support to help you lower your risk and maintain or improve your vascular health. But you don't have to wait until your NHS Health Check appointment to make healthy changes. Start now with these health apps and trackers.
NHS England requires that the mean net earnings of doctors engaged in the Practice is publicised by 31 March 2020 at the latest. However, it should be noted that the prescribed method of calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the Practice and should not be used for any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparisons with other practices.
In response to this request, we can confirm that the average pay for GPs working at Giffard Drive Surgery to deliver NHS services to patients in the last financial year was £72,913 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 1 full time GP, 5 part-time GPs who worked in the Practice for more than six months, 1 salaried GP and 1 locum GP who worked in the Practice from time to time over the year.
Information Correct as of March 2020