2017 Flu vaccinations - have yours with us!
Help protect yourself and the services of your local GP surgery by having your flu vaccination with us! There are other local organisations offering vaccination this year but we will be able to offer other checks at the same time including a screening a check for the heart condition Atrial Fibrillation and whether you need vaccination against Pneumonia.
Our main community clinics are being held on Saturday 14th October between 9am and 12noon at both The Poringland Community Centre and Rockland St Mary Surgery. No appointments are necessary but please help us manage the numbers attending by arriving across the morning where possible in the time zones below linked to your surname. We know weekends are busy times and if you can't make the time allocated, just come along when convenient.
Likewise, if this weekend is out for you, then we will be running some clinics in our surgeries too, so please do get in touch with us after 21st September.
9am to 9.30am
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9.30am to 10am
Surname D to G
10am to 10.30am
Surname H to M
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Surname N to S
11am to 11.30am
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More details about the flu vaccination campaign this year are available from the NHS Choices website by clicking here.
When a prescription is issued, patients are provided with a list of medication the doctor has agreed is available on a regular basis (subject to certain checks and blood tests). There are various ways of ordering further supplies of the repeat medication. If you have requested a user name and password you can order on line (see below) or you can return the request slip to the surgery indicating which items you need again. Repeat medication can also be requested in person at the reception desk, on line or by using the designated telephone line for patients of both surgeries - 01508 494344.
Repeat prescriptions will be available for collection two working days after they are ordered. When ordering after 6.30pm, before 8am or at weekends or Bank Holidays, the two working days starts the next day the surgery is open.
Generic Medications - availability changes
New imposed arrangements by our drug wholesaler means that we will no longer be able to guarantee a specific make of the generic medication we provide.
Where appropriate, we will continue to maximise NHS budgets and prescribe medication by its generic name but will be unable to guarantee that the medication provided each month will be from the same manufacturer.
Whilst one month you may receive, for example, a pack of tablets made by TEVA, the following month the same drug may come from ACTIVAS. Both of these Companies are mainline suppliers of medication to pharmacies and dispensaries in England. The type and strength of your medication will remain the same.
On line ordering
Systmonline links patients directly to their clinical record at the surgery and confirms the medication and appliances the Doctor has agreed are available as a repeat item. Simply by placing a tick against the box next to the medication required will initiate the process of creating a repeat prescription.
Prescriptions will be available for collection from our dispensary either by yourself or your agent (which could be a local chemist or pharmacy) within two working days after they are ordered.
The service allows you to forward the Practice a message with the order and print a copy for your records. You will no longer receive an E Mail confirming receipt of your order.
If you do not have a user name and password, or need re-advising of them, these can be requested on the telephone, in person or by E Mail request to email@example.com. The access passwords will be issued to the mailing address we have on file. For security reasons, we are unable to provide these to patients on the telephone.
If you forget or lose your user name or password, please request a new one, again by telephone, in person or via E Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Password access will be provided to parents or guardians of children under 14 years of age and to carers of patients for whom we have written consent to share information.
To access the on line service - click the Systmonline logo below.
App for iPhones
We are also now please to announce that systmonline, the service by which repeat prescriptions can be ordered or appointments booked and cancelled is available as an app for iphones, ipads and other Apple devices running the iOS operating system. The app is listed on the app store and is free to download. Simply search for SystmOnline (Please note the spelling of systm and it is all one word) in the app store.
The same log in details that are used for the web site services should be used to log in once the app is downloaded.
Both our surgeries have dispensaries. We are by law able to offer to dispense medication to our patients who live more than one mile (as the crow flies) from the chemist in Poringland. Patients living within the one mile radius need to visit a chemist (not necessarily the chemist in Poringland) to obtain their medication.
All patients registered at our Rockland surgery have the option of their medication dispensed to them from the surgery dispensary.
Both dispensaries are open the same hours as the main surgery opening times.
Please allow two full working days for prescriptions to be processed and remember to take weekends and bank holidays into account.