Broad Oak Surgery - Re-opening/Prescription Delivery
We have now installed screens at the Broad Oak Surgery and can now see patients there with appropriate protection for both our patients and staff. Therefore, the Broad Oak surgery is now open as normal.
The collection of repeat prescriptions will recommence from the surgery from Monday 3rd August and we will stop routinely delivering medicines to all the Broad Oak patients from Friday 31 July. Patients who were on home delivery before the lockdown will continue to have home delivery.
Medication Reviews - A red sticker on your prescription
Surgery Appointments - Continuing initial telephone triage
Medication - still a 5 day turnaround
Due to the need for social distancing our capacity in the dispensary is still reduced so we will continue to operate a five working day turnaround for repeat prescriptions. We are trying to increase our capacity and aim to return to a three day turnaround in the future.
Community Help and Support - do you need help?
We are aware that some people are having trouble collecting their medicines or going to the shops. There are a number of voluntary organisations that are helping people collect medicines, run errands or contacting people on their own.
If you need help with collecting your medicines in Northiam Northiam Together operate 'Helping Hands' service staffed by volunteer. Please call 07522 473173 to request assistance.
Northiam Talking: This is a service for people who are feeling isolated at the moment while stuck at home. It can put people in touch with others in a similar situation by phone, email, Facetime or Skype. For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org
For the villages of Beckley, Peasmarsh, Udimore, Broad Oak and Brede please contact Rye Mutual Staplecross & Ewhurst Green Chatburn8@icloud.com
If you have any questions about your prescriptions or medication then please still contact the surgery.
Covid Testing - If you have one of these symptoms book a test
With the easing of lockdown it is very important that any new cases are picked up early so that the individual can self isolate and their contacts contacted by the NHS Track & Trace service.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms. Therefore if you develop any of these symptoms please arrange a test as soon as possible. More information is available on the NHS website.
Update to Extremely Vulnerable Patients.
NHS England have updated their guidance to people who have been shielding. Full details are enclosed in the following two documents.
- The first is a Letter to Patients who have been shielding and the
- The second document provides the rationale and NHS Shielding Update Evidence
Vaccine Trials - Recruiting volunteers
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in have launched an NHS Covid-19 vaccine research registry to enable large numbers of people to be recruited into vaccine trials.
Adversity has brought out the best in people. We have been moved by how all the villages have pulled together in this crisis. We have had numerous volunteers delivering medication and supporting our vulnerable patients for which they are very thankful. People have also been giving us practical help such as donating the perspex for the dispensary hatch and making scrubs for the staff as elegantly modelled in the photo!
Broad Oak Surgery
Northiam Surgery Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday 8.30 - 6.30
Friday 8.30 - 5.00
Saturday 9 - 10.00
Broad Oak Opening Times
Monday 8.30 - 1.00
Tuesday 8.30 - 1.00
Wednesday 8.30 - 12 & 1.30 - 6.30
Thursday 8.30 - 1.00
Friday 8.30 - 11.00