Following NHS and Government Guidance we have had to change how we work over the next few months. Please read all of this message. We will update this page regularly. Please scroll down.
We ask that you do not attend the practice unless you have an appointment. Please do not attend your appointment if you develop symptoms.
Our reception desk is closed. All access to treatment and care will need to be requested over the telephone and triaged by our medical team. We will not be offering appointments via reception or walk-ins, this is to protect you, our staff and others from exposure to the virus.
Phone Lines - We are aware our phone lines are extremely busy with patients having to hold for lengthy periods of time. We have increased the amount of lines to prevent patients being cut off. The NHS is under extreme pressure at this difficult time with limited staff and resources and we ask for your patience and understanding. Please be kind to our staff who are doing all they can to help you.
For information about COVID-19 - Such as symptoms, self help and other advice please go to the following link http://www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19 this will help save valuable staff time and free up our phones. If you do not have access to online services then you can also call 111 for advice.
Prescription Requests - You can order online if you are registered, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (please ensure we have your full name,dob and address with medication details). If you do not have access to an email then you can order after 2.00pm over the phone. Once you have ordered your request we will need 3 working days to process your request.
All prescriptions will then be sent to your nominated pharmacy to be collected. If you do not have a nominated pharmacy we will send them next door to Abington Pharmacy. If you would like to change your nominated pharmacy please contact the practice and we can do this for you. You will not be able to collect yur prescription from the practice.
Sick Notes - We will not be issuing sicknotes regarding absence due to the Coronavirus. The current Government Guidance states that by law medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness. After 7 days, employers may use their discretion around the need for medical evidence. However if you still require an isolation note please click on this link www.111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/
Protective Equipment - All staff have been issued protective items to wear such as gloves,face masks, aprons etc. Please do not be alarmed, this is a precautionary measure to help minimise the risk of exposure to patients and staff.
Social Media - Please be aware not all the information you read on social media such as facebook is true. Please if you have questions check on this site which we will keep up to date or contact the practice via telephone.
Letter to Specific High Risk Groups - NHS England aims to get these letters out by the end March to specific high risk patients advising to stay home and have no face to face contact for approx. 12 weeks. Please click on this link to see the High Risk groups and further information www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/advice-for
24th March - Text message sent to everyone - A text message has been sent from the Government (Gov.uk) This is a genuine standard text asking all to follow the stay at home guidance below. Please do not get this confused with the NHS letter that will be sent to High Risk patients this week requesting they stay home for 12 weeks.
26th March - Coronavirus Information WhatsApp -To use the free GOV.UK WhatsApp service simply add 07860064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word "hi" in a WhatsApp message to get started.
26th March - Feeling Good/Positive Mindset App - If you are over 18 and feeling worried or stressed and want to improve your mental health, download the free app www.nhs.uk/apps/library/feeling-good-positive-mindset/
26th March - Letter Requests - During the current Coronavirus pandemic frontline NHS services including General Practice are trying to reduce the amount of administrative work done. The Government support this and we are not required to write letters for patients or their relatives to give to employers,The Benefit Agency or any other organisation information about their health, medication or ability to carry out or avoid any specific actions or work/job. We will not be able to issue letter requests.
26th March - GP Video Consultations from your home - Download the free LIVI app. Click here https://bit.ly/2ZGrkqy You can stay at home and receive free treatment and care from a GP. With your permission they can access your medical record and offer treatment and care.
30th March - Blood Taking Unit Changes - All adult appointments are to go to Three Shires Hospital and you must book an appointment prior to attending - 01604 690027. Paediatric Bloods Tests will be at NGH in the Blood Taking Unit on Mondays between 10.00am-11.00am
Stay at Home Advice from Government - We have all been asked to stay at home to stop the spread of this virus and save lives.
You can only leave your house to shop for basic essentials
One form of exercise a day either on your own or with a person you live with (no more than two people) such as walking, cycle, running etc
For a medical need such as going to the pharmacy or helping drop off essential supplies to a vulnerable person
To travel to and from work but only if absolutely necessary and if you cannot work from home.
PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE THE GUIDANCE YOU HEAR FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND ON THIS SITE.
HELP SUPPORT YOUR NHS AND SAVE LIVES
STAY SAFE AND KEEP WELL
LIVI VIDEO CONSULTATIONS
See a GP by video with LIVI. Even at the weekend.
Patients of Abington Medical Centre can now see an NHS GP
by video using LIVI. Get medical advice, prescriptions and referrals
on the same day – even at weekends. The service is provided free on
Due to Covid-19 and current guidelines we will no longer be issuing paper prescriptions.
All prescriptions will be sent electronically to a nominated pharmacy.
Unless advised otherwise they will be sent to Abington Pharmacy as this is the closest to the surgery
Thank you for your understanding in this matter
Abington Medical Centre Clinical TeamYou can download the LIVI app to your mobile phone or tablet, at
the App Store or Google Play. Or visit www.livi.co.uk for more
LIVI GPs are all GMC-registered NHS GPS, who (with your consent)
will be able to access your medical records and give you a
considered, in-depth diagnosis based on your medical history.
Get the LIVI app here: https://bit.ly/2ZGrkqy
Abington Medical Centre serves part of the Borough of Northampton
We are a GP Training practice, this means that we have GP Registrars working at the practice. This is a fully qualified doctor who has been working in hospital medicine, and is in training to become a GP. Part of the training involves the recording of consultations which are then assessed with the GP trainer, if your consultation is to be recorded you will be informed of this when booking your appointment and asked to sign a consent form prior to your consultation.
Our team includes nine GP's, four practice nurses, 2 health care assistants, midwifes, health visitors, district nurses as well as our practice manager, deputy practice manager and admin and reception staff. We offer a full general practice service and run specialist clinics for children and pregnant women, diabetes, COPD and asthma sufferers.
We will use our surgery website as a way of presenting all our patients with up to date information relating to our practice. We will keep it current with any news, developments & details that are relevant to the practice & our patients.
As well as a source of information about our practice, the staff and the services we provide, we hope you use the website as a useful resource taking advantage of the links to other reliable websites for health related information. When there is topical health information we will also add this to the pages here.
Have a look around our site and please do send us some feedback. We can use your thoughts to improve our online services & further develop the website to make it a more useful, practical application for our patients.
(Site updated 30/03/2020)