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IMPORTANT UPDATE - 10th August 2021
Due to staffing issues Roborough Surgery have had to suspend the use of eConsult; we are aware this has had an impact on our telephones and would ask for your patience at this time.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS THURSDAY 29TH JULY 2021
VISITING ROBOROUGH SURGERY FROM MONDAY 19TH JULY 2021
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General Practice access requirements update
Our practice has been using telephone and online consultations for a number of years. This meant we were in a good position to respond when the pandemic started and we were able to safely implement a remote service for our patients and limit exposure to the virus.
As we move in to the next phase of our response, we await national guidance about any changes we may need to implement going forward, however, anyone who needs to be seen face to face has always been able to be seen and this will continue.
Coronavirus Vaccinations - Update for patients 18-49 years old
We will not be arranging the coronavirus vaccinations for people aged 18-49. Instead, we ask our patients to wait until they are contacted by the National Booking Service so they can book an appointment at a site closest to them.
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COVID 2nd vaccinations - Update
We have been advised that Derriford are receiving many calls from patients expecting to receive their 2nd COVID vaccine shortly and have not yet been invited. If you are personally contacted to attend, please ensure you keep appointments you are allocated unless you are unwell or have symptoms of Coronavirus.
New guidance has been issued to delay the 2nd (booster) vaccination for some patients. The link below gives the most up to date guidance and will be updated when new information is available direct from NHS England. The surgery does not have any additional information available for patients other than the details on the link below.
Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.
Updated guidance on shielding and for clinically extremely vulnerable people
The government has updated the guidance for those identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. Link to updated guidance
In future, the government will only reintroduce formal shielding advice in the very worst affected local areas and for a limited period of time. This will only apply to some, but not all, very high alert level areas and will be based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer.
The government will write to each person separately to inform them if they are advised to shield. Vulnerable people are not advised to follow formal shielding advice again unless they receive a new shielding notification advising them to do so.
All vulnerable people are now advised to refer to the new local COVID-19 alert levels for their area.
The updated guidance can be found on the gov.uk website here.
COVID-19 Reminder From The Devon Clinical Commissioning Group
Devon, Plymouth and Torbay currently fall in the Medium alert level.
- you must not socialise in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors (other than where a legal exemption applies)
- businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law
- certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am
businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
- schools and universities remain open
- places of worship remain open, subject to the rule of 6
- weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees
- exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the rule of 6 is followed
We are very sad to announce that Mrs Karen Avery, Reception Manager has suddenly passed away.
Karen has been at Roborough Surgery for many years and has contributed hugely to patient care and the smooth running of the practice.
Our deepest sympathies are with her husband Gavin and daughters Catherine and Victoria at this very sad time.
We ask that you be kind and patient with us as we try to come to terms with the sudden loss of a much-loved colleague and friend.
It is with immense sadness we announce the deaths of Dr Keith McBride and Dr Charlie Lloyd.
Dr McBride passed away in early August due to ill health. He was one of the early Partners at Roborough Surgery and is survived by his widow Wendy.
Dr Lloyd passed away suddenly on 28th August, aged 58. Dr Lloyd retired as a GP in 2018 to pursue other interests. He lived his life to the full and is survived by his widow Helen, children Sam and Rosie.
Dr McBride and Dr Lloyd dedicated many years to their patients care and worked incredibly hard to ensure our patients had the very best care we could provide. Staff were very much supported by them, both at work and in any personal concerns.
Our heartfelt sympathies are with their families at this incredibly sad time.