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.
COVID-19 Vaccination and Blood Clotting
Information about your vaccination:
The UK vaccination programme has been very successful with more than 30 million people vaccinated and more than 6,000 lives already saved.
What is the concern?
Recently there have been reports of a very rare condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after vaccination. This is being carefully reviewed, but the risk factors for this condition are not yet clear. Although this condition remains extremely rare, there appears to be a higher risk in people shorlty after the first dose of the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine.
Around 4 people develop this condition for every million doses of AZ vaccine doses given. This is seen slightly more often in younger people and tends to occur between 4 days and 2 weeks following vaccination. This condition can also occur naturally, and clotting problems are a common complication of COVID-19 infection. An increased risk has not yet been seen after other COVID-19 vaccines but is being carefully monitored.Please download this important leaflet from Public Health England: PHE_COVID-19_AZ_vaccination_guide
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COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Please navigate to our CORONAVIRUS page for the latest update regarding the new vaccine. Please do not call us about the COVID Vaccine, we will contact you.
Many Thanks (All of the COVID Vaccines will take place at Beaufort Road Surgery, Southbourne BH6 5AJ)
Flu Vaccines for the over 50s population
We have seen on the BBC this morning that people are being asked to book in as soon as possible for the flu vaccination. Please can we ask you to wait to hear from us instead of phoning the surgery. We haven't had any official guidance yet, nor have we been able to order any vaccines for you. As soon as we have the guidance, and are able to plan some clinics, we will be in touch.
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:
We now have a Littledown Surgery Facebook page!! Follow us to receive updates and news on the practice and other health issues.
We are continuing with cervical smears and it is very important that ladies receiving an invitation should not hesitate to book an appointmnet with us.
Cervical screening is one of the best ways to protect yourself from cervical cancer. The 'Smear' Test is not a test for cancer, it is to help Prevent Cancer.
You can also download this leaflet:Cervical screening_ helping you decide - GOV.UK
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, due to the COVID pandemic, the front door is always locked.
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.
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
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.