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BASINGSTOKE Walk-in COVID vaccinations are available at:

Shakespeare Road Medical Practice, RG24 9DT 14:30-18:30 on Thursday 15th July and Crown Heights/Bramblys Grange, RG21 7AN 14:30-18:30 on Friday 16th July - Anyone over 18 can get their 1st vaccine#GrabAJab#community

Recording of Calls

Please be aware that for the benefit of our staff and patients, all incoming and outgoing telephone calls are recorded.

Private Covid Testing

As restrictions are changing some companies are requiring passengers to get certain tests before being allowed to travel. As these tests are not provided by the NHS, Whitewater Health (by patient request) have decided to offer the following Covid tests privately.

Covid-19 PCR Nasal Swab Test. - £125.00

COVID-19 -PCR | The Doctors Laboratory (tdlpathology.com)

Covid-19 IgG Antibody Test. - £75.00

COVID-19 Antibody | The Doctors Laboratory (tdlpathology.com)

The samples are taken in the surgery and then sent for testing by The Doctors Laboratory. Results are typically received 3-5 working days from when the sample was taken.

If you require one of these tests please book an appointment with one of our Health Care Assistants. Please note that payment will need to be taken at the time of booking either at the counter or over the phone. Payments can be made by cash, card of cheque.

If you have any further questions please feel free to ask our Patient Services Team.

FLU UPDATE

Our Flu programme considerations:

  • Careful appointment planning to minimise waiting times and maintain social distancing when attending
  • Providing patients with information in advance of their appointment to explain what to expect
  • Recalling at risk patients if they do not attend in line with contract requirements
  • Social distancing innovations such as drive in vaccinations and ‘car as waiting room’ models, if possible
  • For those on the Shielded Patient List who are high risk for COVID-19 consider the use of domiciliary visits

Our Flu programme aims

  • Safely operationalise flu vaccination for patients and staff.
  • Maintain social distancing and infection control.
  • Maximise the opportunity to vaccinate eligible cohorts & meet a potential increased demand for flu vaccination.
  • Minimise the logistical challenges to deliver vaccination.
  • Minimise disruption to routine services. 
  • Reduce unneeded footfall in practices.
  • Effective & efficient delivery
  • Reduce excess cost, workload demands and complex logistical set-up for practices. 

 

Our Model of Delivery

Whitewater Health has already completed extensive delivery of the flu vaccination program in local halls.  Thank you to all patients who attended for their vaccinations, and adhered to our processes.

We have vaccinated many in our care homes and residential homes and we continue to vaccinate patients in the age range of 18-64 in practice.  This is during and via appointment booking only.  If you are in a face to face appointment with our nurse team or health care assistant team, please do check your eligibility as they can take the opportunity to check and vaccinate you then and there if appropriate to.  We have and will continue a phased roll out of the vaccines for 50-64 year olds based on vaccine stock and localised guidance.

 

ZERO TOLERANCE

Whitewater Health Practice takes it very seriously if a member of staff or one of the doctors or nursing team is treated in an abusive or violent way.

The Practice supports the government's 'Zero Tolerance' campaign for Health Service Staff. This states that GPs and their staff have a right to care for others without fear of being attacked or abused. To successfully provide these services a mutual respect between all the staff and patients has to be in place. All our staff aim to be polite, helpful, and sensitive to all patients’ individual needs and circumstances.

They would respectfully remind patients that very often staff could be confronted with a multitude of varying and sometimes difficult tasks and situations, all at the same time.  The staff understand that ill patients do not always act in a reasonable manner and will take this into consideration when trying to deal with a misunderstanding or complaint.

However, aggressive behaviour, be it violent or abusive, will not be tolerated and may result in you being removed from the Practice list and, in extreme cases, the Police being contacted.

In order for the practice to maintain good relations with their patients the practice would like to ask all its patients to read and take note of the occasional types of behaviour that would be found unacceptable:

  • Using bad language or swearing at practice staff
  • Any physical violence towards any member of the Primary Health Care Team or other patients, such as pushing or shoving
  • Verbal abuse towards the staff in any form including verbally insulting the staff
  • Racial abuse and sexual harassment will not be tolerated within this practice
  • Persistent or unrealistic demands that cause stress to staff will not be accepted. Requests will be met wherever possible and explanations given when they cannot
  • Causing damage/stealing from the Practice's premises, staff or patients
  • Obtaining drugs and/or medical services fraudulently
We ask you to treat your GPs and their staff courteously at all times.
We record all calls for training and monitoring purposes and we may use as evidence of abuse being demonstrated towards staff.

Removal from the practice list

A good patient-doctor relationship, based on mutual respect and trust, is the cornerstone of good patient care. The removal of patients from our list is an exceptional and rare event and is a last resort in an impaired patient-practice relationship. When trust has irretrievably broken down, it is in the patient’s interest, just as much as that of the practice, that they should find a new practice. An exception to this is on immediate removal on the grounds of violence e.g. when the Police are involved.

If there is evidence of three incidents of abuse towards staff, patients will will be written to, after the first incident, we shall write to patients reminding them of our Zero Tolerance policy and our continued commitment to the NHS England People plan, in maintaining our own workforce mental wellbeing, reductions in work related stress.  On the second instance we shall write to the patient to remind them of the consequence of their actions and the impact on the employee, also reminding them that the third time this happens they will be removed from the list.  On the third instance the practice will write to the patient advising them they are being removed and that they should register at another practice of their choosing.  The patients records will be sent back to PCSE.

Removing other members of the household

In rare cases, however, because of the possible need to visit patients at home it may be necessary to terminate responsibility for other members of the family or the entire household. The prospect of visiting patients where a relative who is no longer a patient of the practice by virtue of their unacceptable behaviour resides, or being regularly confronted by the removed patient, may make it too difficult for the practice to continue to look after the whole family. This is particularly likely where the patient has been removed because of violence or threatening behaviour and keeping the other family members could put doctors or their staff at risk.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – helping Hampshire residents most in need

Information, advice, and support for vulnerable people, including those who have been shielding.

Telephone helpline

If Coronavirus has had an impact on you or any aspect of your life, including anyone who is self-isolating, please call the helpline for advice and support.

The Hampshire Coronavirus Support and Helpline can be contacted on 0333 370 4000. (Calls charged at local rate.) Or you can request a call-back from the helpline by completing the call-back request form.

The helpline is open 9am to 5pm weekdays and, to support the national restrictions, will also be open on Saturdays and Sundays throughout November, 9am to 5pm.

We can signpost you to information, advice and relevant services to support you with a range of issues, including:

  • Where to find help in your community
  • Debt and money worries
  • Mental health support
  • Domestic abuse
  • Bereavement
  • Problems with drug and alcohol misuse
  • Volunteering

Please note the service is for people currently residing in the county of Hampshire. If you are a resident of Southampton, Portsmouth or the Isle of Wight, and call the number above, you will be signposted to their respective local support numbers.

Online information and help

The Connect to Support Hampshire website has a Coronavirus resource page with information to help you on a range of topics, including:

    • The latest government and NHS advice
    • Where to find help in your community
    • Debt and money worries
    • Mental health support
    • Domestic abuse
    • Bereavement
    • Helping someone to get online
    • Problems with drug and alcohol misuse
    • Volunteering

Public Health England have information and ideas on how to stay active during the coronavirus outbreak and information about health and wellbeing at home.

 

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