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Worry, Low Mood and Finding Work course

Worry, Low Mood and Finding Work course

Learn CBT based techniques to manage worry and low mood whilst finding work 

This 6 week course will focus on building an understanding of how mental health can affect employment, how to manage this whilst looking for work & tips on staying well while job hunting.

In partnership with Richmond Fellowship, this is free to access & funded through the NHS for adults (17+) registered with a GP in Surrey.

To self refer: 

Covid during pregnancy

Patients who are pregnant may benefit from  monitoring of oxygen levels during a Covid infection and hence we would like to hear from any patient who is currently pregnant and receives a positive Covid test result.

If this is the case, please contact the surgery so that this information can be passed on to an appropriate clinician.

Sick (Fitness) Notes

From the 10th December 2021 there has been a temporary change to the rules for certification of sickness absence from employment..  

If you start a period of absence from work, due to illness, on or after 10 December 2021, employers can only ask employees for proof of their illness (such as a fit note) after 28 days of sickness (including non-working days). 

Proof of sickness cannot be requested earlier than 28 days and you do not need to ask your GP for a Fitness to Work Certificate. Further information is found on the Dept of Works and Pensions website: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fit-note

This temporary change is in place until 27th January 2022. These changes are to give GP’s more time to work on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) booster programme.

Covid-19 Booster Vaccination
13 Dec, 2021

The NHS vaccination programme will offer every adult the chance to book a covid-19 booster vaccine to protect the nation against the Omicron variant.

The best way to get your vaccine is by booking online at www.nhs.uk or by calling 119 – please do keep checking availability as appointments are loaded onto the system every day. The website and phoneline are understandably very busy and we thank you for your patience when booking.

The NHS is prioritising bookings for boosters and is urging people to book a slot to guarantee their vital jab. Some sites offer walk-in appointments where no appointment is needed. 

GP teams have been asked to clinically prioritise their services to free up maximal capacity to support the covid-19 vaccination programme, alongside continuing to deliver critical appointments such as cancer, urgent and emergency care. This may mean that for our patients, routine appointments are postponed as part of the national mission to roll out boosters.

Scientists are very concerned about the spread of Omicron due to the speed with which it spreads and because two doses do not appear to provide much protection but thankfully, a booster dramatically improves this. That is why the Government has asked the NHS to prioritise boosters over other routine care.

Please do not call your GP practice to book your Covid Booster appointment (unless specifically asked to) or for information about the boosters. Instead, please look at the NHS website.

We appreciate your support and understanding.

The NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service

Get a consultation with a community pharmacist on the same day at a local pharmacy. Check these leaflets for more information.

Leaflet - 1

Leaflet - 2

Patient Access Emails
9 Nov, 2021

EMIS Health have received reports from both Patient Access users and people who have never registered for the service, that they have received Covid passport emails purporting to be from Patient Access.

They would like to share the following guidance from Patient Access:

  • EMIS Health advise users of Patient Access to check the name and email address of the sender; all emails from Patient Access will come via an email address that ends in @patientaccess.com.
  • EMIS Health advise users never to click on any log in links that you receive via email but to visit the site via the address bar of your browser instead so that you know you are on the genuine Patient Access log in page. You can find more information and guidance on our information security page here: https://www.patientaccess.com/security
  • EMIS Health strongly advise users to set up their Memorable Word security feature, as well as using biometrics (fingerprint ID) if they use the app.
  • Email addresses used to register for Patient Access account are secure. They do not share any data and no data is ever saved or stored on any device you use to access Patient Access.
Changes to appointment system

In response to patient feedback, we all would like to return to a more normal way of working. From 8th November, we will be implementing a new appointment system which we hope will make it easier for you to book an appointment when needed.  

After this date, if you call the surgery to book an appointment you will be able to choose whether you would like a telephone or a face-to-face appointment. To enable us to do this safely, the receptionist will need to enquire about the nature of your problem. .  

Patients who have respiratory symptoms or fever or who decline to tell the receptionist why they are requesting an appointment will only be able to book a telephone appointment with a clinician. The clinician will then triage their symptoms on the telephone and may book them a face-to-face appointment if this is clinically necessary; for those with possible covid symptoms this will still be in the Hot Cabin in the car park.

New ways of working

Dear Patient,

The past 2 years have been very difficult and everyone has been affected by the Covid 19 pandemic in some way. General practice has also changed significantly since 2019 and we wanted to explain this, so that our patients can understand the changes, how the practice is functioning and what the future holds. 

Please read the entire letter here.

Diabetes Walks for Health

Diabetes Walks for Health is a new, free programme designed 
specifically for people living with Type 2 Diabetes.

Join us for a series of guided walks with trained walk leaders in Surrey Heath. They are devised to steadily improve health and fitness as well as providing useful and practical information to increase confidence in managing Type 2 diabetes effectively. This includes discussing topics such as food and nutrition, foot care, exercise, sleep, stress and signposting to local classes, activities and wellbeing sessions’.

Restarting Jan 17th 2022.
Walks are weekly on Mondays, 10am - 11am (registration 9:45am), excluding Bank holidays 
Frimley Lodge Park, Sturt Road, Frimley Green, Mytchett, Camberley GU16 6HY. 
(Meet outside the café)

To book your place, or for more info
Contact Craig Alford on 01276 707422 or email craig.alford@surreyheath.gov.uk