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Dear Patients

I am writing to let you know of the most recent updates after the recent announcements by the Prime Minister regarding the roll out of Covid boosters, as this will big impact on routine health services. Some routine services will be temporarily stopped. Please be assured that any urgent/emergency care will be dealt with as we have always done.

Firstly, we will now be supporting the ongoing national and local vaccination services and will be having prebooked clinics at Langley Health Centre. Please be aware that Langley Health Centre is NOT a walk-in site for Covid vaccinations. Patients registered at the Health Centre will be able to book with us directly, patients registered at other surgeries will need to contact their own surgery for booking.

Secondly as you may know, we are currently undertaking an initial telephone triage for most patients in order to ensure yours and our safety in the current pandemic. We will see you if needed after an initial phone consultation. However, this does mean that the telephone lines are put under enormous pressure as clinicians are ringing out and our admin staff who are booking patients in for covid vaccinations are also ringing out. We are aware that this an issue and have been working to resolve this. We will have a new phone system which can better cope with the extra demand, and whilst we were hoping that the new system would be installed before Xmas, we have been told some extra software and hardware needs installing which will mean the installation won't be until January 2022. However we have also been informed the NHSE has commissioned extra phone capacity which will not use existing telephone lines and will be freeing up the surgery phone lines for patients to call us much more easily. This should go live very soon, and will be operational till April 2022.

I would like to thank all of you for being understanding and appreciate this is for all our common good. Can I request that all adults consider being vaccinated if not already have done so and also get their boosters booked so long as it has been at least 3 months post the 2nd vaccination. We would also strongly recommend those eligible patients to have their flu vaccination as well

We wish you all an enjoyable festive season, bearing in mind the current constraints

Best Wishes

Dr N Adam

Clinics & Services

Well baby clinics

These clinics are run by our health visitors. No appointment is necessary. They happen at Langley Health Centre on Thursday 0930 to 1130

Baby Vaccinations happen every Wednesday 1400 to 1630

Child health and vaccination

Click on the link below for a guide that shows the recommended age for your child's health checks

More information about vaccination.

Maternity care

There is an antenatal clinic at the health centre every Wednesday morning with the doctors and midwives in attendance. There are also two midwife led clinics.

Postnatal examinations are carried out with newborn baby checks on Tuesday morning.

Family planning

This is available at the health centre which is delivered by our trained nurses and doctors. We also offer intra-uterine device insertion and removal as well as nexplanon.

Please note that routine requests for contraceptive appointments should consider expiry dates of devices and whether patient has adequate supply of pills to ensure continuity of contraception.

Requests for appointments for emergency contraception will be dealt with that day and face to face consultations provided where possible.

Please book an appointment with the practice nurse for a routine pill review.

Consultation for advice about termination of pregnancy will be available within a few days; more information in the RCGP position statement on Abortion

Diabetic clinic

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Multi-disciplinary care for both insulin and non-insulin dependent diabetics.

Asthma clinic

Held weekly to help in understanding and self management of asthma and in the proper use of treatment devices. Attendance is recommended at least once a year. Contact a practice nurse for details.

Well person check

By appointment with practice nurses. To promote health and to screen for certain conditions including male/female health checks, blood pressure and weight reduction.

Cervical smears

We strongly recommend all women between the ages of 25 and 65, who have ever been sexually active, to have a cervical smear every three to five years dependent on age. Please call on the appointment line to book these.

If you have a recall it very rarely means anything serious. Usually it is because you have a minor infection or your smear shows inflammation that requires to be observed until it settles down.

Wart clinic

Monthly to treat warts and other small skin problems. Appointments after being first seen by a doctor.

Travel clinic

Advice and immunisation for foreign travel. By appointment with the practice nurse. 

Yellow Fever vaccination centre

Langley Health Centre is an approved Yellow Fever vaccination centre. Anyone can make appointments to have this vaccination for travel. You do not have to be registered with this practice. There is a fee for this vaccination.

Influenza vaccination clinics

Usually held in October and November every year.

Smoking cessation

There are clinics specifically for this. Please contact reception for further details

Minor surgery

Minor operations for minor skin lesions (moles, small lumps etc) are performed by our doctors after they have been assessed for suitability and an appointment has been made.

Treatment room

Our treatment room is run by the practice nurses and is used for routine blood tests, minor surgery, ECGs, dressings etc. By appointment.

Social prescriber

We have recently introduced a social prescriber who supports patients to access help for problems which may lead to anxiety and stress. It could be through contacting other support services, signposting or advocacy on their behalf. Common problems are domestic abuse, threats of homelessness, loneliness & isolation, mobility issues and problems with debts and benefits.

 
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