Being a healthy weight is important for your long-term health but it is also great for your self-esteem, confidence and general wellbeing. There are many ways to achieve a healthy weight through diet and physical activity, and it’s important to find the right way for YOU.
We have a range of tools and programmes that may help you. Get in touch and we can talk you through all of the options available to you, or click on the link below.
You can now register online using the new patients tab at the top and following the link.
If you are already a patient and wish to update your details please use the online services tab at the top of the page and follow the - HELP US KEEP YOUR CLINICAL RECORD UPTO DATE link
Important: Blood Tests
There is currently a national shortage of blood test bottles and as a result of this we can no longer book any blood tests until after 17th September.
If your need for a blood test is clinically urgent then this can still take place. Your GP or clinician will let you know if your test is deemed an urgent one.
Any non-urgent or routine blood tests will now only be booked after 17th September.
**Please note, if you are already booked in for a blood test with us before this date your appointment is unaffected.
You may have seen in national news items that the Government are considering extending the vaccine offer to 16 - 17 year olds.
There is nothing you need to do now - you will be contacted and invited for your vaccination as soon as the programme is up-and-running.
We are currently waiting for the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to update and publish.
We are also currently awaiting guidance on the vaccination of 12 - 17 year old clinically vulnerable children and will be in touch as and when we have further information.
** Face masks will continue to be required when attending one of our surgeries. **
Government Guidelines as of 19th July 2021
Face Coverings : The Practice has and continues to work hard in protecting our patients and staff during the Covid pandemic. As cases of the Delta variant remain high, we will be requesting that anyone attending the surgery will be asked to continue to wear a face covering. This is to protect both yourself and the clinical staff who continue to see & treat patients in the surgery. We trust that you will help us at this time as we want to continue to be able to have our staff at work during the Summer and on into the winter. Please remember that coming to the surgery is not like going to the supermarket..... people attend the surgery who may be medically vulnerable and we do all that we can to protect all of us.
Social distancing : some of the social distancing measure will be relax, however, we do expect everyone to remain respectful of others and understand that there are individuals who remain anxious or concerned about the changes due to come into effect. Please try and keep a respectful distance from one another whilst in the Practice
Sample drop off : if you have been requested to bring a sample into the surgery, please continue to use the drop box at the entrance. Please do NOT bring it into the building at reception. The reception staff will continue to collect any samples and forward to the laboratories as they do currently.
We support anybody who wants to register an opt-out and will respect your wishes about your data, but please read the myth busters below before you decide. We want to make sure that you have accurate information to make the right choice for you.
If you do wish to opt out please complete a Type 1 Opt-out preference document below
From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from:
You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.
If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.
This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.
When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel
If you have any queries about the astrazenenca vaccine and clotting please read the information on the link below.
If you are still concerned after reading the information please arrange a call with teh doctor.
Based on currently available data, the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) believes that ‘the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination strongly outweigh any potential complications and recommends vaccination of all eligible adults.’
Link to the press statement below:
COVD Coronavirus- Request for MED3 Fit Notes or GP Letters
Patients requesting a ‘Doctors Sick Note’ (Med3 Fit Note) or GP letter for absence relating to COVID19 Coronavirus.
In light of the current Coronavirus situation, we have provided this letter as standard response for all patients or employers who might request a Med3 Fit Note or ‘Sick Note’ for periods of absence due to Coronavirus.
Request for sick note
This letter applies to all patients registered at Springfield Medical Practice
Government advice for employees is as follows:
By law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness (employees can self-certify). After 7 days, it is for the employer to determine what evidence they require, if any, from the employee. To make it easier for people to provide evidence to their employer that they need to stay at home, we are developing an alternative form of evidence to the fit note. These will be available shortly be available through https://111.nhs.uk/
In the meantime we continue to urge employers to respect the need to stay at home where they are following government advice to do and show flexibility in the evidence they require from employees.
Further information for employers is available here:
Some employees may be required to isolate themselves due to another member of the household being symptomatic, or through high risk. In these cases, your GP will not be able to issue a Med3 as time off as not due to illness, and isn’t affecting your ability to work, but rather is a precaution to avoid transmission of any illness that is yet to produce symptoms. Once again, the Government expect employers to be sympathetic in these circumstances.
Whilst we appreciate that this may cause difficulties between employees and employers. GPs have a responsibility to prioritise the assessment and management of healthcare needs of patients who are acutely unwell, rather than spending time dealing with requests for sick notes, particularly when they aren’t in a position to issue one.
GP’s may issue Med3’s for patients who advised not to work where the reason is NOT related to Covid19, however this will be assessed on a case by case basis in line with current demand.