COVID-19 Practice Updates
Here at the Grange we are working hard to keep our patients and staff safe during the pandemic. This means that we have made some changes to the way we work. Here’s what you need to know:
Covid-19 Vaccine Update:
We kindly ask patients NOT to contact the surgery regarding the Covid vaccination. Doing so may prevent people that need medical help from getting through to us. Please wait to be invited by NHS England or by your GP surgery.
For further information about the vaccine, please visit these links:
North Kirklees FAQS: https://www.northkirkleesccg.nhs.uk/news/covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions/
Greater Huddersfield FAQs: https://www.greaterhuddersfieldccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions/
NHS England Covid-19 Vaccination information: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/
Further update 12/01/21
Patients over 80 will be invited shortly if they have not been invited already. There are 2 ways that patients in this group may attend for their vaccine:
- You may receive a letter from the NHS inviting you to attend a national vaccination centre. Currently the closest of these at the moment is in Manchester, information on how to attend will be in your letter.
- If you cannot travel to a national vaccination centre location offered in this letter you do not need to do anything and should wait to be contacted again. Patients are also being invited to attend a smaller vaccination site in Huddersfield, and patients will continue to be contacted as more appointments become available.
- Housebound patients will be contacted by the practice as soon as supplies of the AstraZeneca (Oxford) vaccine become available.
Please note we do not have specific dates as guidance is frequently being updated by NHS England. This page will be updated when we have further information. Once again, we kindly ask patients NOT to contact the surgery regarding the Covid vaccination. Doing so may prevent people that need medical help from getting through to us.
Please do not attend the practice unless you have an appointment, have to hand in a sample or collect a sample container. It is no longer necessary to collect a blood test form if your appointment is at the Princess Royal. Please see the information below for further details.
If you need something there are lots of other ways to contact the practice:
If you are attending the practice for an appointment, please follow these guidelines:
- Attend the practice wearing a face covering.
- DO NOT attend the practice if you have any COVID symptoms (new cough, fever, loss of sense of taste or smell.)
- Try to be on time for your appointment, we ask that patients do not arrive too early as we will have a maximum of two patients in the waiting room at once.
- Sanitise your hands using the hand gel provided and press the buzzer to use the intercom and speak to a member of staff.
- You will be checked in and asked to sit in a clinic room, or wait in the car.
- If you are asked to wait in the car a member of staff will phone you or come to the car to invite you in for your appointment.
Collecting a blood test form, sample container, or document:
- Patients with a blood test appointment at the Princess Royal clinic do not need a form, this will be on the system when you attend for your appointment. Patients attending the HRI or children attending the Rainbow unit will still need to collect a form.
- If you must attend to collect something, please wear a face covering.
- Use the buzzer to speak to a member of staff on the intercom.
- Staff will take your details and prepare your form or sample kit. They may ask you to wait outside or in the car.
- A member of staff will bring the form out to you.
Ordering and collecting prescriptions:
- The quickest and most efficient way to order prescriptions is via our online services. If you need to sign up, please phone or email the practice.
- Patients who do not have internet access can post a paper request through the letterbox outside the practice, send it via post or ask their pharmacy to submit a request on their behalf.
- It is no longer possible for patients to collect prescriptions from the practice, instead they are sent electronically to a pharmacy of your choice. If you would like to change or set up a pharmacy nomination, please phone or email the practice.