Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
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
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.
Read the NHS advice about staying home, including how long to isolate for.
If you need proof of self isolation this link will help, you do not need a sick note https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Use the 111 coronavirus service
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE - February 2021
We continue to face the Covid 19 challenge, with higher-than-average rates of infection in the local area. Now more than ever it is vital to follow government advice and stay at home unless absolutely essential, follow all social distancing and face covering rules. If you have a new cough, high temperature or loss of sense of smell or taste you must isolate and call 119 to arrange a test.
We are now several weeks into the vaccine program, and with additional vaccines approved our vaccine program will be ramped up very soon. Please allow us to get the most vulnerable protected first. We are currently booking patients that are age 70 – 74 years or coded as a Covid high risk. You will be called to book your vaccine by the surgery or sent a text message to book your appointment via a link, this may be at short notice.
We have so far vaccinated 1176 patients and still continue to book appointments.
Sadly there have been incidents of scammers charging people for a vaccine – and told it was for Covid 19.. The NHS will never ask for any payment for this, if unsure please call the surgery back to check.
At the surgery we remain open with every patient needing a telephone consultation first, any appropriate follow up can be arranged once the assessment has been completed.
Please also continue to use the eConsult function on our website.
Thank you and stay safe
Datchet Health Centre
Vaccinating Health and social care staff
NHS England and NHS Improvement have now published a Standard Operating Procedure for the vaccination of frontline health and social care staff. This identifies the people who can currently access NHS Health and Social Care vaccination hubs. This guidance will help organisations plan the rollout, including providing information on prioritisation and delivery methods,
All frontline health and social care workers will be eligible for the covid vaccination regardless of whether they work in hospitals, people’s homes or another setting, or who employs them.
If you are a frontline health or social care worker and want to enquire about your first covid vaccine dose, please do not contact your GP surgery.
If you are working for an organisation please contact them as they will likely have a roll out plan.
If you are self-employed or run a small organisation within the Frimley Health and Social Care ICS footprint, and have not had contact from NHS vaccination services please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Within your email, please state the number of staff members that need to be vaccinated.
Once your email is received, you will be contacted with details about how to book your appointment.
Please note, you may not get an immediate response as we are booking more than 30,000 health and social care workers in this area so please bear with us.
Getting vaccinated only protects you from the virus, so you will still need to follow IPC and testing measures in your workplace, and follow general advice at work, at home and when you are out and about:
Practice social distancing
Wear a face mask
Wash your hands carefully and frequently
Follow the current guidance: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Important information patients about GP appointments - February 2021 update
As you will be are aware, COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is now a pandemic spreading across the UK and the globe. As such, we are taking action to protect our patients, staff and our community to ensure we are able operate. Our aim is to significantly reduce the footfall through our surgery in order to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, in line with national guidance.
All GP appointments will initially be on the telephone.
Our clinicians will do all they can to help you over the phone – however, should they feel the need to see you face to face for an examination, you will be invited to the surgery for review. If needed we will need to take wider precautions to prevent spread of infection, please do not be alarmed by this.
We are currently trialling a new triage system this has been put in place to ensure that patients are booked in with the most suitable Clinician and there is continuity of care.
The 4 questions have been selected by the Clinicians at The Datchet Health Centre of which you will be asked by the Receptionist/ Administrator.
Wherever possible please use the e-consult function. This will reduce the demand on our phone lines as well as allow you to fully detail your symptoms and concerns 24 hrs a day. – Click HERE, you will be contacted the next working day.
Prescriptions are taking longer to process due to the volume and staff shortages. Please allow 4 days for prescriptions to be processed and sent to your designated pharmacy.
Can all patients only request repeat prescriptions they may need within the next week, we will not issue repeats for 4-6 weeks ahead as you should have adequate supply and claiming these too early will cause unnecessary demand on pharmacies.
We thank you for your co-operation and understanding. As you are aware, the situation is evolving daily and we will keep you updated via our website and text messaging service.”
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
· Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
· Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Local support, for those in need
There are now two volunteer groups set up to assist vulnerable and elderly patients, if you are concerned about a neighbour or friend please pass on these details to them to seek support during this difficult time.
Datchet Corona Volunteers 01753 905247 email@example.com
Facebook group: @datchetcoronavolunteers
Wraysbury Voluntary Care 01784 482515 firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Datchet Health Centre
The Datchet Health Centre serves a population of approximately 10,400 patients and our catchment area is described in the New Patients section of this website. The premises were purpose built in 2000 and extended in 2010 when we became a training practice.
There are two GP Partners, supported by a Salaried GP, a team of long term locums, Paramedic Practitioners, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, a Clinical Pharmacist and a highly experienced practice nursing team who are able to offer a variety of clinics. These clinicians are supported by the reception, administration and management staff, many of whom have been with the practice for more than ten years.
Evening and Weekend Routine GP & Nurse Appointments
We are also able to offer appointments in the evenings or weekends at either King Edward VII Hospital in Windsor or St Marks Hospital in Maidenhead.
Please call the Practice on 01753 541268 in order to book these.
Our website is designed to provide our patients with clear and concise information about our services, such as our surgery times, ordering repeat prescriptions and the range of services that we offer. It also provides details of the active Patient Participation Group which works closely with the practice to help us in our aim to provide the best possible service.
If you would like to receive regular communications from the Practice, including the opportunity to respond to our annual patient survey, please sign up for the PPG quarterly newsletters by providing us with your email.
Please let us know at reception or by phone if you feel you or the people you care for have any communication support needs so we can ensure you receive information in a format that helps you.
(Site updated 15/02/2021)