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This is an important message for our Patients: Please click the link on the sidebar of this page for Up-to-Date information about Coronavirus. We have also created a page titled, Coronavirus, with details from NHS England.

IMPORTANT PATIENT MESSAGE:

Please download/print the Patient Letter and FAQs regarding how the Practice has changed our way of working during the C19 Pandemic:

Patient Letter July 2020 and FAQs


Welcome to our Website

At the Littledown Surgery we strive to provide a high standard of service for our patients. We have designed this website to help you get the most out of our Surgery by providing you with information about the way the practice is organised and the services we offer.


'Beat the Queue, book your flu'

We are prioritising the following patient groups:

  • Patients aged 65 and over
  • Patients with chronic health diseases such as:
    • Diabetes
    • COPD
    • Heart Disease
    • and others....
  • Also Learning Disabilities
  • Pregnancy
  • Carers
  • and Live-in Residential Homes

Please contact reception NOW on 01202 309 500 to book your appointment.


Wearing Masks to the Surgery

We are encouraging our patients to wear a face covering if they have one, when visiting the Surgery


Do you have a new medical problem you would like to discuss?

As you will be aware the NHS is currently dealing with the coronavirus pandemic which has drastically altered how we see patients. A concern with these new arrangements is that patients who would normally be attending to discuss symptoms are now staying away in order to allow us to focus on pandemic related healthcare.

Whilst we understand and are grateful for this, we would still encourage you to contact the surgery to discuss any new medical problems not related to the coronavirus illness. We can usually make an assessment over the telephone as to whether we can safely delay further assessments or investigations and are happy to give advice. Alternatively, it may be prudent to see you in person in which case strict infection control measures are in place in the surgery to protect both staff and patients. The aim of this is to identify and treat any more serious illnesses in a timely fashion rather than allow problems to worsen before the end of the social distancing period.

Further good advice about symptoms is available through the NHS website www.nhs.uk and you can also find relevant help here on our website.


Staff Training Dates

The Surgery will be closed on the following dates for Staff Training Purposes:

  • Thursday 03 September 2020 - 13:30 - 16:30
  • Thursday 08 October 2020 - 15:30 - 18:30
  • Tuesday 15 December 2020 - 15:30 - 18:30
  • Thursday 14 January 2021 - 15:30 - 18:30
  • Wednesday 10 March 2021 - 15:30 - 18:30

We now have a Littledown Surgery Facebook page!! Follow us to receive updates and news on the practice and other health issues.


Surgery Opening Hours

The Surgery is open from 08:30am to 6:30pm Monday to Friday. The telephones are diverted to the Out of Hours Services between 1:00 - 2:00pm every day, but the front door is almost always open if you need to pop in for something.

We also offer an evening Clinic, usually on a Monday which offers appointments from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.


Improved Access to General Practice Services

To help improve access to appointments for our patients, in particular during evenings and at weekends, you may be offered an appointment at the Urgent Treatment Centre at Royal Bournemouth Hospital. If you would like one of these appointments, please speak to reception who can arrange this for you.

It may be necessary for us to offer you an appointment at the Urgent Treatment Centre between Monday and Friday during our normal opening hours if we have no available appointments in the practice. Out of hours you can also call 111 where a triage process will determine whether an appointment is needed before directing you to the most appropriate service.

Appointments at the Urgent Treatment Centre are pre-bookable (unlike A&E) so waiting times following your arrival are similar to being seen in the practice.

The Urgent Treatment Centre is located close to the entrance to A&E, and is clearly signposted.

Disabled Patients

We try and accommodate the needs of all patients, including providing a parking space near the door for disabled drivers. We also have access to the Surgery without steps, and a portable hearing loop that is available for use in Reception, the Consulting Rooms or the Treatment Room. Please ask if this would be useful.

Newly Registered Patients

If you would like to register with us please navigate to our Registering With Us page. You can also check if you are in our catchment area by navigating to Our Practice Area page.

Carers Support

There is a carers group in the practice and we hold coffee mornings at the surgery every couple of months. You will be able to meet other people who are looking after somebody and talk to our carers lead, Angie Ford. For more information navigate to our Carers Page.

Blood Tests at the Surgery

Click here for information on who can have blood tests at the surgery, and also our New Health Coach based at the practice.

Our next Carers Coffee Morning, date to be confirmed. Please come along if you look after someone who can't manage on their own.

 

Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

If you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.

How long to stay at home

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days. If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible. 
Read advice about staying at home.

Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111 coronavirus service
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO READ THE FOLLOWING LEAFLET ON HOW TO AVOID CATCHING AND SPREADING THE VIRUS (SOCIAL DISTANCING)

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus

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