August 2nd, 2021
As announced last week, we are delighted that Leominster is to have a new GP surgery/health hub. Plans have been released here: https://leominsterhub.co.uk/
As we move to the planning stage, we and our developers would really welcome your feedback and suggestions via the website, or the address provided within it. Do add your own views and share widely with those who will be users of the new building.
We are an Armed Forces veteran friendly accredited GP practice.
July 27th, 2021
This means that, as part of the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant, we have a dedicated clinician who has a specialist knowledge of military related health conditions and veteran specific health services. This is important in helping ex-forces to get the best care and treatment. If you are ex-forces, please let your GP know to help ensure you are getting the best possible care.
click the link below for more information...
Veterans’ healthcare accreditation FAQ
GP Access Video- Help Us to Help You
July 21, 2021
Healthwatch has produced a video on behalf of Taurus Healthcare to reassure people that General Practice is open and wants to help. The video also explains how Care Navigation works and how patients can ‘Help us to Help You.’ The video was initially used to accompany the Live Facebook Q&A on General Practice but has also been shared by us, and other organisations on social media channels.
The Leominster practices are open. In line with NHS guidance and rising COVID case numbers, we are managing patient flow into our building with a buzzer entrance system.
Your patience is appreciated as we continue to work together to keep everyone safe.
General Practice Data for Planning and Research -Jul 21
General Practice Data for Planning and Research: NHS Digital Transparency Notice - NHS Digital
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We are pleased to announce that The Marches Surgery and Westfield Surgery plan to join forces as a single new practice from April 2022. The partners of the two surgeries have given careful deliberation to this decision and are unanimous in their support of it. The proposal has been approved by Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG and has their full support.
The merger will, above all, secure the future of primary care services in Leominster, providing resilience for generations to come. It will allow the new practice to make the best possible use of the proposed new premises that are being planned for Leominster and which, it is hoped, will be completed in 2023.
Patients and staff will be consulted to ensure their views contribute to the development of the newly merged practice.
A key priority will be preserving the best of traditional family medicine with continuity of care and access to clinicians who know, and are known by, their patients. This will be combined with new innovative approaches to providing health care and support. In working to prepare for merger the new practice will aim to improve all aspects of its services to the population it serves.
The branch surgery at Bodenham will not be affected and will continue to operate as normal.
Comments and questions about our new organisation are welcome. Patients can feedback through Patient Participation Groups or email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to either practice. We will not be able to respond individually but will publish responses through news bulletins, on our websites and on our social media (Facebook) pages.
DID YOU KNOW!
You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from THE 17 May!
You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel. 📱
If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, 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 working days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 5 working days to reach you.
The letter will be sent automatically to the address registered with your GP. The 119 call handler you speak to will not be able to see your address to check this with you. If you’ve recently moved house, make sure you’ve given your new address to your GP practice before calling 119. 📞📨
IMPORTANT SURVEY - we would be grateful if as many as possible could complete the attached survey as we seek to develop a new medical centre for Leominster. Your views are very important to us as we plan for the future.
Please click on the link below to start!
Covid-19 Vaccination Programme
Westfield Surgery is very pleased to be involved with the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history.
The last few weeks have seen practice teams working rapidly to redesign sites and put in place safe processes to meet the tough logistical challenges of offering the vaccination.
The covid vaccine roll-out is being co-ordinated by GP-led primary care networks (PCN), which are groups of general practices working more closely together. Patients living in our PCN (Herefordshire North and West) are being invited to receive the vaccine at Bridge Street Sports Centre.
Patients are being contacted in priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine. Please do not telephone the practice directly to ask for an appointment - an invitation will be sent to you over the coming days and weeks as more vaccine arrives.
We look forward to seeing many of our patients for their vaccination in the coming weeks.
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely 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.
Risk to the general public is moderate.
If you are concerned that you may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 service has created coronavirus pages that tell patients what they must do based on their particular circumstances. These can be accessed at
DO NOT go to your GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, check the link above, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.
You can read more on coronavirus on nhs.uk/coronavirus
BEWARE OF SCAMMERS
There is heightened coverage around the Coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately fraudsters are targeting these circumstances to take advantage of public fear and concern.
We are aware that patients are receiving phone calls, letters and texts trying to gain information such as personal details and NHS numbers.
If you are suspicious do not give out any details, hang up, and contact your surgery to confirm.