Practice News and Updates
BOOSTER COVID-19 VACCINE
We would like to invite you to have it done at Henfield Medical Centre.
Please ensure it has been 26 weeks since your 2nd dose for eligibility. To book your appointment as soon as possible please email Henfield Medical Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org or private message them on their Facebook page.
If you are unable to email please call after 1:30pm on 01273 492255.
You will also receive a SMS text from us with the details if you have consented to this.
As alternative options we are encouraging our patients to attend any of the available max vaccination centres or pharmacies who are offering this service, you can find all information via https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-booster-vaccine/ or calling 119.
FLU CLINICS 2021
If you are eligible for your flu jab please ensure you contact the surgery to book your appointment or attend your local pharmacy.
This is bookable via Online Services if you have access or calling the surgery (excludes NHS app, this is NOT connected to our system.)
Email Alert System
Be the first to know - Steyning PPG together with the Steyning Medical Practice has an Email system that will send you the latest priority notices.
- COVID Vaccination information
- Health Centre Bulletins
- Changes to Appointment Bookings
Visit the Steyning PPG website or scan the QR Code on the right into your phone.
Letter from Co-clinical director, Chanctonbury - COVID-19 Vaccination 21.01.2021
Our patients in Chanctonbury (Henfield, Steyning, Storrington and Billingshurst) have been extremely well served by the highly efficient vaccination hub at the Glebe surgery in Storrington. As a Wave 1 site they have kept us well ahead of the curve on numbers vaccinated in the first cohorts.
>We are now moving into the next phase of the vaccination program and again Chanctonbury are leading the way in aiming to get vaccinations available in all four surgeries. Initially we have opened a SECOND VACCINATION HUB IN HENFIELD MEDICAL PRACTICE, to run in parallel with the Glebe, with the first vaccinations being offered there on Thursday 4th February, by invitation only!
This has not been easy, and we are still in a situation where we cannot predict which of the two very different vaccines we will receive. We are aiming towards being able to transport the Astra Zeneca vaccine, when we get it, to all four practices so that we can all vaccinate our own patients. (the Pfizer one can’t be transported).
Realistically we think that vaccinations for Covid-19 will go on for months, possibly years, and we are keen to find a solution that is best for our rural practices. A solution that is sustainable, and that can run alongside our usual GP work.
We would like to thank everyone involved in Chanctonbury’s vaccination effort including all the staff, volunteers and of course our patients.
Karen Crawford Clarke, Co-clinical director, Chanctonbury
Please be aware of this scam:
We are aware that some patients are receiving fraudulent calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination. In some cases, people are asked to press a number on their keypad or to send a text message to confirm they wish to receive the vaccine. Doing so is likely to result in a charge being applied to their phone bill. In other cases, callers are offering the vaccine for a fee or asking for bank details. We are working with community partners and the media to warn people to be alert to these scams.
The advice is that vaccine is only available from the NHS and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. At present, appointments are only being offered to members of the public over 80 years old. If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.
Important information about coronavirus (COVID-19)
Please do not present at the medical practice if you have any of the following: a new cough, a high temperature (above 37.8 c), if you have been in contact with anyone with coronavirus or think that you might have Coronavirus.
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can give advice and tell you if you need to seek medical help.
To request a COVID-19 test, please Ring 119 or visit the Government Self-Referral website.
We are unable to give self-isolation sick notes. If you are isolating and your employer requires one, you can download from the NHS111 isolation-note page.
This is an evolving situation and the advice has changed based on emerging information. We will update our website as further guidance becomes available. Further information can be found on the Public Health England website.
Your COVID Recovery
If you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind. These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.
Your COVID Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.
We are currently open between 8.00am and 18.30pm only.
Due to current concerns regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19), with effect from today we will be operating a full telephone triage system.
If you need to see a doctor, a nurse or arrange a blood test, please telephone the surgery and the receptionist will put your name on a list for one of the clinical team to call you back. We can also currently only offer telephone advice for online booking.
PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE HEALTH CENTRE unless you have been contacted first by one of the clinical team.
If you have a routine appointment that has already been booked, and you develop a fever or a new continuing cough, or feel that you have symptoms of Coronavirus infection, please do not come to the Health Centre, but telephone the Practice for advice.
Attending your APPOINTMENT
If you are advised to attend for an appointment, on arrival please attend at your allocated time and check in with our receptionists or use the touch screen so that you may be seated in the correct area. Once your clinician has put on the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), they will come to collect you from the upstairs or downstairs waiting areas.
NOTICE OF PRACTICE CLOSURES
We are occasionally closed for training events. See dates and further details of upcoming closures for staff training.
NEW NHS APP
If you’re a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. You can use the NHS App to check your symptoms and get instant advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record and more.
Please be aware, this is an external/ public app and not connected with our system directly. Therefore, if any issues it will need to be reported via NHS England.
If you already use SystmOnline, you can continue to use it. You can alternatively use the NHS App. View more information about the NHS App.
Our cqc report
Following our inspection, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have rated our services and healthcare provision as 'good'.