Update regarding Face to Face Appointments
We know there’s been a lot of discussion in the news this week about GPs providing face-to face-appointments. We wanted to take this opportunity to keep all of our patients updated on how we are operating at the practice and the reasons why.
Please click here to read the full details of how the surgery is operating.
Update regarding Sennybridge Health Centre
As a result of the impact of the Coronavirus in March the practice applied for a temporary closure to Sennybridge Health Centre and measures were put in place to provide services for the local population from the Brecon site.
Following a review by the practice the Health Centre will be re-opened from 2nd September 2020.
In order for the site to be operational following COVID-19 guidance the practice has undertaken refurbishment to comply with Infection Control measures, which are now complete. Further work is scheduled in September to install a new electronic door system. The site will operate in the same way as Brecon, in that patients will not be permitted to walk into the premises without a Clinician appointment.
Services will be delivered via telephone consultation, video consultation or face to face as deemed clinically appropriate by a Doctor.
The practice will review its clinical services and future provision of treatment room and phlebotomy appointments in accordance with any new COVID-19 guidance that is issued. The practice is not in a position to provide a repeat dispensing and collection service from Sennybridge at this time and the service is to continue to be provided from the Brecon site.
In the lead up to the 2nd September the practice will update its Practice Action Plan and risk assessments to meet the demands and constraints placed on the site to minimise the risk of transmission through the patient journey.
From the 17th August there will be a few days each week whereby there will be a Doctor at Sennybridge to triage and test the measures set out by the practice. See the website news page for confirmation of dates.
We would like to take this opportunity to give an update on further dervice developments:
- Flu Campaign – There will be dedicated flu clinics held at the health centre. The Local Health Board and Public Health teams have been working closely with primary care to support the delivery of this year’s campaign and have set up protected afternoons during October and November to support the vaccination to eligible patients.
- Ordering repeat Medication Online - The practice is offering the service to patients to use set up an account via My Health On Lineto order repeat prescription and a member of the practice team is currently contacting patients who use our website. Patients are reminded that the website service will ceasse from 30th Septmber 2020.
- Text Messaging - The delivery of services via the practice has changed during the pandemic with an increase of vide consulting by Doctors and Nurses. We are using texts to notify paitents that the Clinician is ready to consult with them, medication is ready for collection and providing advice prior to attending for a nurse appointment and it is important that patients ensure that their medical records contact details are up to date, particularly their mobile telephone numbers.
Update on COVID-19: 26 May 2020
The Practice would like thank all our patients for their understanding during this pandemic; it is an unprecedented time for our local community. Services and working practices within the surgery have changed significantly in line with Welsh Government recommendations. As we move into the third month of lockdown we wish to update you on the changes we have put in place for the safety of patients, staff and clinicians.
Brecon and Sennybridge Surgeries
In line with Welsh NHS advice most consultations occur remotely via telephone and if appropriate, via video. If it is clinically necessary for a patient to be seen face to face, the triaging Doctor will liaise with the patient and arrange an appointment the same day with a GP Consulting from our Tannery Building. Patients are asked to attend at a specified time and to refrain from attending the main surgery entrance. The Consulting GP will be wearing protective equipment and will contact the patient before entering the clinical room. Dedicated parking bays are marked for those arriving by car.
Our nursing team continue to provide face to face services for clinically appropriate cases in the main surgery building. Patients attending for these services are greeted at the door by a member of the nurse team wearing protective equipment and screening checks are undertaken.
We continue to support patients with chronic disease and a member of the nurse team will undertake telephone reviews of these patients.
Childhood immunisations and checks continue to be provided from our Child Health Suite.
At present we are not able to offer routine health screening.
Sennybridge Health Centre remains temporarily closed due to resource and service delivery issues. It is appreciated that this is not ideal for the community and is regularly reviewed by the doctors alongside service provision for the whole practice population.
Prescription collection and requests
The practice has set up a designated area for medication collection in line with government recommendations around social distancing to support the service delivery through a window at Brecon surgery main building. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this change.
Medication may be ordered via the practice website; My Health on Line; by dropping the request into the designated letter box at the practice.
Several volunteer groups are working with the practice to support and assist patients who are unable to attend to collect medication. We are very grateful to them. Contact details for them can be found in a separate notice on this website for PAVO, Accessibility Powys, Yscir Ward.
We are working on longer term plans according to guidance from government and health departments and will update in due course.
Diolch yn fawr.
Update on COVID-19 Testing for Key (Critical) Workers in Powys: 13 May 2020
Are you a key (critical) worker in Powys?
Do you or someone in your household have COVID-19 symptoms?
You may be eligible for a COVID-19 Test at the new mobile testing units in the county.
Find out more at www.powysthb.wales.nhs.uk/coronavirus-testing
The Welsh Government key (critical) workers testing policy includes 8 broad categories of critical workers:
- health and social care workers
- public safety (emergency workers) and national security workers
- local and national government workers
- education and childcare workers
- food and other necessary goods
- utilities, communication and financial services workers
- key public service workers
More information about the Welsh Government’s approach to testing is available from their website at https://gov.wales/testing-coronavirus