We are aware and understand that the ongoing concerns about COVID-19 may mean that there is an increase in demand for the flu vaccination this year. We will be working hard to ensure that those individuals that are the most at risk from flu and most vulnerable to COVID-19 are prioritised for vaccination to fully protect them this winter.
As you are aware, the way we deliver healthcare to you has changed in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have all had to adapt our day-to-day practices to cope with unprecedented circumstances. We are sorry for any inconvenience or anxiety this may have caused you. Bloomsbury Surgery would like to reassure you that we have not forgotten about you.
During the pandemic we have made our services accessible virtually, through online consultations and subsequent telephone and video appointments for routine and urgent problems.
We had to postpone all routine long-term condition reviews during the pandemic, and we are now working hard on a strategy that will allow us to review all of our patients in a way that is safe for our patients and staff.
We have a list of all patients that are awaiting long-term condition and medication reviews. We have categorised you based on your risk and urgency, please be reassured that we will try to review all patients as soon as possible. This process is expected to continue over a number of months. You will still be able to request your repeat medications whilst you are waiting for a review, and all prescription requests will be seen by a clinician.
What will my review involve?
Some patients will only need a blood test - clinicians are able to access blood test results remotely and a clinician will be in touch to update your review.
Some patients will need a blood pressure check and/or a weight measurement - this can be done by yourself at home (if you have a blood pressure machine and/or scales) or at a local pharmacy. Patients who do not have access to these may need to visit the practice to have these measurements taken.
Some patients will need a diabetic foot check or other physical examination, and a face-to-face review with a clinician.