Most of you will have heard the reports in the media about the likelihood of COVID vaccination being available in the near future. This is obviously welcome and exciting news, providing the prospect of light at the end of the tunnel. However, although plans are certainly evolving, they are not yet anything like complete. The intention appears to be that any vaccination programme will start with those at the most risk of the effects of COVID-19. It is likely that there will be a strict order to who is offered vaccination when, and that any programme will last several months. We will post more information when this becomes available. Please do not phone the practice to ask about this currently, as we have no information on any details. In the interim, please continue to follow public health advice to cut down the risk of contracting and passing on COVID-19.
The Vale Practice team
As it is now flu season, we are experiencing a high volume of calls and so it may take longer for your call to be answered. Please bear with us. Calls are being answered as quickly as possible.
Please do not send in medical images/pictures to the practice until you have spoken to a clinician. If an image/picture is thought necessary, the doctor or nurse will explain how you do this. This will enable us to make sure your personal data is dealt with appropriately and sensitively.
Face Coverings and Masks
Please ensure you are wearing a face covering or mask BEFORE entering the surgery, and do not remove it until you have left. (unless asked to do so by a doctor or nurse)
You will not be permitted to enter the surgery without a face covering or mask.
Please note: we will NOT be supplying face mask exemption letters for use on public transport and/or in shops and supermarkets.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): ADVICE
Stay at home if you have either a high temperature (you feel hot to touch on your chest or back), a new, continuous cough (this means you've started coughing repeatedly), or loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.
DO NOT got to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home unless; you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.
For further information, please go to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/wuhan-novel-coronavirus/ and https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
For the latest Covid-19 advice please visit www.nhs.uk. If you think you may have Covid-19, have travelled to an affected area - please do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Use the NHS 111 online service at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 to find out what to do next
For further advice and support, please go to our 'News' section.
Extremely Vulnerable Patients, Appointments and Telephone Lines
If you have a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus, please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable to register for help getting deliveries of essential items.
For further frequently asked questions, please visit:
On the advice of NHS England in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, all online appointments have been suspended. Whilst the majority of our appointments are still telephone consultations, some of them are now being conducted face-to-face, but you will be asked whether you have any Covid-19 symptoms when booking the appointment.
Due to the increase in telephone calls we are receiving, calls may not be answered as quickly. Please bear with us, your call will be answered as soon as possible. Many thanks for your patience.
Please note, we are still receiving phone calls for appointments unrelated to Covid-19. Pending triage by a doctor, you may be offered a face-to-face appointment and where possible, with the doctor of your choice.
Prescription Requests and Emails
As advised by NHS England, we will not be issuing more than the usual amount of medication, however please be assured that you will not be left without your medication should you need to self-isolate.
To avoid unnecessary contact with others, please request your prescription via email. Alternatively, we now have a table outside the surgery where you can write your request and pop it in the surgey's letter box. Please DO NOT come into the surgery to request a prescription. As before, prescription requests will take 48 hours.
If you have a fever, a new continuous cough, or loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste, please self-isolate and consult NHS 111 Online http://nhs.uk/coronavirus or telephone NHS 111. Please DO NOT attend the surgery or send an email. The emails are for administrative purposes such as requests for prescriptions, fit notes and medical reports. If you require medical advice, please contact Reception on 020 8347 3330.
Welcome to the Vale Practice Online
This surgery website is used to present all our patients with up to date news and information about our practice. We will keep it current with any developments or other details that we feel are relevant to you.
*Please visit the 'News' section of our website to read a letter from the GP Partners regarding recent changes to our practice.*
As well as a source of information about our practice, our staff, and the services we provide, we hope you will use this website as a useful resource for a variety of health-related information.
Have a look around our website and please do send us some feedback. We can use your thoughts to improve our online services and further develop the website to make it more useful for our patients.
Register for Online Services
Our practice now offers a wide range of services through our website, register to gain access.
*Please note, we do not deal with dental issues. If you have a dental issue, please use the following link for an emergency dentist as this is the best place to obtain advice urgently, and they can issue antibiotics if they feel they are needed. Many thanks.