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We are unable to issue the Covid Vaccination Certificate at the practice. Please see the Gov.uk website for further information. Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHSapp, which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions. The NHSapp can be downloaded for iPhone or for android.

Alternatively, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.

Covid vaccination appointments - Please turn up at the time given to you on the phone by the receptionist - ignore the time on Patient Access.

How you can help your local GP practice

 

GP Practices in Tees Valley are asking residents for their continued patience and understanding with current demand for appointments and telephone enquiries.

 

Health officials are asking people to support their local GP practices during the Covid-19 pandemic.

To ensure patients and staff are kept safe during the pandemic, all GP surgeries are required to ask patients to contact them first, before turning up at their local practice.

Most patients do this by phone, resulting in long waits to get through to their surgery, often leading to patients feeling frustrated.

Practices are now providing alternative ways to contact their GP more easily, to avoid long waits on the phone.

Dr Janet Walker, medical director at NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Since the pandemic started, GPs have had to make huge changes to the way they work – like consulting with patients before they attend the practice. This means many more calls both in and out of surgeries, and we know that some patients are finding it frustrating having to wait for their call to be answered.

 

“Our practices have changed their systems and installed extra phone lines, but the sheer number of patients calling in and GPs calling out means they are still under pressure.

“Patients can help by considering other ways of making contact, where that is appropriate.”

 

GP help or advice is available by completing an e-Consult form, using the NHS app or your practice’s website.

 

Patients complete the online e-Consult form and the practice team will advise on the best way to meet your needs. If a video, phone or e-mail consultation is required, your practice will let you know. All online requests receive a response within two working days.

 

e-Consult also allows patients to access information on health conditions, self-care and local pharmacy services.

 

Patients can also register for an online account with their practice, so they can order medication, view their patient record or see test results, using the practice website or the NHS app.

 

“All our practices are working hard to provide the best possible care for everyone,” added Dr Walker. “The support we have received from patients is really appreciated during this difficult time.

 

“The range of technology now available to practices offers more choice for everyone, but it’s also an opportunity for patients to help us work better.”

 

NHS APP The NHS app lets you book GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions and access a range of other healthcare services -

https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhs-app/

PATIENT ON LINE ACCESS - Less time in waiting rooms, less time on hold
www.patientaccess.com

 

 

 

 

COMMENTS, COMPLAINTS AND COMPLIMENTS

We welcome comments on how we can improve our service. If you have any suggestions or comments, please ask to speak to the practice manager.

We have a practice complaints procedure and any complaints should be made through the practice manager who will investigate the matter promptly and thoroughly. You will be notified of the conclusion and any action needed. If you remain dissatisfied with the response to your complaint you may write to the Health Service Ombudsman.

The Health Service Ombudsman

The Health Service Ombudsman has published a booklet that describes the ‘six principles for remedy’ in relation to complaints handling and involves:

  1. Getting it right
  2. Being customer focused
  3. Being open and accountable
  4. Acting fairly and proportionately
  5. Putting things right
  6. Seeking continuous improvements

If you remain unhappy after everything has been done to try to resolve your concern or complaint you have the right to approach the Ombudsman.
Tel: 0345 015 4033
Email: phso.enquiries@ombudsman.org.uk
Write: Millbank Tower, Millbank, London SW1P 4QP.

If you have a complaint but do not wish to follow the practice's complaints process you can contact the NHS England Customer Contact Centre,. PO Box 16728. Redditch. B97 9PT.Tel 0300 31122 33. You can also telephone Healthwatch Middlesbrough on 01642 688312 or the North East Independent Complaints Advocacy on 0808 1729 559 for support.

 
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