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Flu Vaccinations for those aged 50-64

We have been receiving an increasing number of enquiries from patients regarding flu vaccinations in the 50-64 year age group.  For the moment we have been tasked by the CCG and NHS England to prioritise preparations for the covid vaccinations.  We will contact patients as soon as we have capacity for flu jabs, and make an announcement here on the website, on our Facebook page, and by SMS message.  Thank you for your patience in these difficult times.  Patients attending for other reasons are being offered flu when they attend.

Covid Vaccination Information - UPDATED Wednesday 13th January

We have now arranged appointments for some of our most elderly patients to attend the Redruth Health Office to receive our small initial supply of vaccine against Covid-19. Further limited supplies are expected in due course and we shall continue to prioritise patients for vaccination in strict accordance with Government guidelines as vaccine is received. Since any delivery dates we are given are indicative only, it will probably prove necessary to call patients at relatively short notice as vaccine supplies reach us.  Please do not contact the practice for a Covid-19 vaccination; we will contact you when we can.  Patients can then advise whether they wish to proceed and book an appointment or decline the vaccine.  For further information about the vaccine programme you can look on the government website NHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine .

The vaccine, when available, is offered in ten minute appointments and the current advice is that those patients should remain on site for 15 minutes after receiving the jab. It is a requirement that nearly 1000 vaccinations should be given at a single site over 3 days. In order to meet these requirements, we (along with our neighbouring practices) are likely to continue to use the Redruth Health site as our base for this, . 

All Carn to Coast patients should note that our services will necessarily be impacted as our clinical team will be giving the COVID vaccination to our most vulnerable patients, and we will only be able to deal with matters that cannot wait until the following week.  We would ask for your understanding and cooperation during this unprecedented time.

 

  • Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you
  • When the NHS contacts you, please attend your booked appointments
  • Please continue to follow all the safety guidance to control the virus and save lives.

 

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Guidance on Sending Photos/Images 

Sending photos

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic we are now doing much more of our work through telephone consultations. Sometimes it is useful for the nurse or doctor to see a picture, or you may feel it will help them understand your problem. This is particularly the case with skin lesions or rashes. To help us and you we will no longer be accepting photos through our email address. All photos will have to be sent through an e-consult or through a text message reply. Any photos sent via email will be returned unopened and you will be directed to send them through an e-consult.

 

Sometimes you may have a skin problem in an intimate area such as on breasts, genitalia (vagina & penis), or the anus (back passage). In this case please arrange a telephone consultation first. The nurse or doctor will then decide if they need a visual image and arrange this either through a face to face appointment, photos via econsult or via a video consultation. Please DO NOT send intimate photos without talking to a nurse or doctor first.

 

If your child has a rash in an intimate area we will usually arrange for a face to face consultation if we need to see the rash. DO NOT take photos of your child’s genitalia or anus and send them to us, this will leave you open to prosecution for making indecent images of a child.

 

How to take a high quality clinical image

 

  1. ​​Ideally ask someone else to take the photo.
  2. Use a plain background.
  3. Ensure good overhead lighting.
  4. Take a wider image to establish location and then a close up of the lesion or rash. Different angles can help demonstrate size/shape of a lesion.
  5. Ensure the images are in focus.

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Did you know that you can sign up to 'Patient Facing Services' and choose from a variety of online services?  We can offer patients the ability to

  • Book your appointments online (GP appts only - each type of nursing appt needs a different time length and therefore it is difficult to make these types of appts accessible on line)
  • View your repeat medication screen and order their regular prescription directly from that screen (no more having to remember exact details of strength/spelling!)
  • View your investigation and test results (once they have been received into your record and the clinician has reviewed/commented upon them - we usually ask patients to wait a week after having had a routine test (longer for x-rays etc)
  • View your coded medical record (this means the key headings/diagnoses that appear on your medical record)

You don't have to have all of the above access if you don't want it - you can pick and choose the elements that work best for you.  We will need you to complete a form at the beginning, and bring in appropriate ID in order to ensure patients' confidentiality and security of information but once that's done you're up and running.  See more details on how to apply under 'Online Services' section of this website.

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