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  • COVID VACCINATIONS: Please do NOT call or turn up at the surgery or the local hospital to enquire about COVID vaccinations. We know that patients and all health and social care staff are eager to find out when they will receive their COVID vaccination. The NHS is prioritising vaccinating those people who experts have agreed will benefit from it the most and we are systemically working through all the eligible groups according to the national priorities. Please be assured that we will contact you directly, when it is your turn to book your vaccination and we will answer all your questions at your appointment. Health and care teams across Somerset are working exceptionally hard to roll out our local vaccination programme in Somerset in line with the JCVI's prioritisation and we are continuing to vaccinate people aged 80 and over, care home residents and staff, as well as widening out the offer to frontline health and social care staff. Please continue to attend any vaccination appointments as planned. If there are any changes we will contact you direct - please do not call the surgery. Thank you

  • Please note: The surgery will be CLOSED on Tuesday 16th February between 13:00 and 14:00 for staff training.

  • Over 50's flu vaccinations: We are now able to offer flu vaccinations to patients aged 50-64 years. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we strongly recommend you take this opportunity to vaccinate yourself against seasonal influenza. Please contact our reception team on 01823 333355 to make your appointment.

  • The surgery email address is: somccg.enquiries.lyngfordpark@nhs.net. This is for non-urgent queries and requests only.


  • We politely ask ALL patients to wear a face mask when attending the surgery. If you do not have a mask, you will be asked to rebook your appointment.

  • To reduce your chances of catching COVID-19 and reduce pressure on your local GP practice during this busy time, appointments will be carried out over the phone, through video consultations or online via our website Engage Consult, unless there is a clinical need for you to come into the practice. This will help minimise the risk while continuing to ensure people get the care and advice they need.

  • Please note: Following guidelines from NHS England our online appointment booking system has been temporarily disabled.

  • If you have concerns about the Coronavirus, please click on the link below with guidance for general public. Link: Coronavirus Latest Advice.

  • General information on Coronavirus can be accessed at: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS

  • In line with the NHS Long Term Plan, our fax machine will no longer be in use from 01.04.2020. Our secure email address, somccg.enquiries.lyngfordpark@nhs.net, can be used as an alternative way to contact us. 

  • The new January 2021 Newsletter is available here Lyngford Park Surgery Newsletter January 2021. Previous practice newsletters are available here: Lyngford Park Surgery Spring Newsletter 2020, Lyngford Park Surgery Spring Newsletter 2019 and Autumn Newsletter 2019.

  • The practice now offers an appointment reminder service via text, for more information click here.

  • For more information about online consultations and queries scroll down or click here

  • Appointment Cancellation - To cancel an appointment simply text us on 07922037720 leaving your name and date of your appointment or ring our Reception Team on 01823 333355.

  • To view the updated practice privacy notice click here

  • Please note that the Private Travel Clinic service ceased with effect from 1 June 2017

  • You can also book appointments and order repeat medication online - ask at Reception. We want to offer you more choice and more convenience.

  • The practice offers appointments 5 days a week and up until 8pm on Tuesdays (and some Wednesdays) - Remember, you can book an appointment up to 6 weeks in advance.

  • Out of Hours - NHS 111 - This service is for when you need medical help fast but it is not a 999 emergency.

Carer Information

Who is considered a carer?

A carer regularly looks after, helps or supports someone who wouldn’t be able to manage everyday life without their help. You don’t have to be living with the person that you care for and the help you give doesn’t have to be physical. The care you give is unpaid and you can be any age. You may be caring for a partner, another relative, a friend or neighbour, for example, it may be someone who:

    • Is over 60
    • Is living with dementia
    • Has a physical disability, learning disability, or a mental health condition
    • Has sight, hearing or communication difficulties
    • Suffers with a long-term health condition
    • Has a drug or alcohol dependency

Many carers don’t see themselves as carers and it takes them an average of two years to acknowledge their role as carer. The NHS website NHS Social Care and Support Guide is a thorough guide that explains your options as a carer and where you can get support.

Visit NHS Support and Benefits for Carers for specific advice about carer’s assessments, carer’s breaks and respite care, benefits for carers and help for young carers.

The Care Choices website has information on services for carers, as well as a thorough explanation of the carer’s assessment; who is eligible, what the assessment will consider and what the outcomes could be. Visit Care Choices - Services for Carers for further information.

Speaking to your GP about being a carer – click here for a poster about why you should speak to your GP. It is important we know that you are a carer so we can update your records appropriately. Also, your GP may be able to offer you additional support to help you look after yourself. We have ‘Carer’s Packs’ available at the surgery that have lots of useful information and contacts for carers and young carers – please ask reception for one.


Government Guidance for Unpaid Carers

For the most recent government guidance for unpaid carers, please visit: GOV.UK: Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family

Please see the most recently updated carers information tile on the Somerset Community Connect website here: Somerset Community Connect: Support for carers in Somerset


Covid Testing available for unpaid carers in Somerset - Covid testing is now available through a number of Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) sites across the county. These testing sites can be accessed by un-paid carers in Somerset. These tests screen individuals for Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. The test is very straightforward and you will be supervised by a trained member of staff to complete the swabbing yourself. Staff in the hub will process the specimen whilst you wait in your car - it will take about 30 minutes to get the result. 

There is a booking system that has been set up and you can access this through the links below depending on the site you wish to visit:


Community Transport and Vaccinations 

Community Transport has increased its capacity to supply transport for Covid vaccinations and medical journeys. They are increased their car volunteers, many of whom are happy to do weekend journeys. They also have dedicated wheelchair buses. Journeys can be booked by contacting Community Transport on: 01935 477399 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.


Relaxation and Mindful Breathing Age UK are offering a new relaxation and mindful breathing online programme, starting on Monday 25th January. There are three sessions each week, each with a slightly different approach but all focusing on techniques to help you unwind and de-stress, quieten the mind and sleep better. It is a 6 week programme designed to give a short respite from the worries and constant chatter of a busy mind in this unusual time.

All sessions are booked separately through the Age UK website, full details can be found here: Age UK Somerset Coronavirus - Staying Well.

If you haven't attended an Age UK online class before you will need to complete an application form - these can be found on the website. 



 
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