Welcome to Dinnington Group Practice
We are confident that our website will provide clear and concise help and give our patients the information they require in an easy and convenient format. It has been designed with the patient’s needs at the forefront of everything, from checking surgery times to letting us know what you think of us.
Our dedicated team are here to treat those minor ailments that occur as well as providing specialist management of long-term conditions and clinics covering a wide range of healthcare issues. The technology also means you can now do a lot of things from the comfort of your home such as order a repeat prescription or cancel an appointment.
Partners in Care
Once registered, patients and healthcare professionals work together to ensure the most appropriate care is provided. This partnership philosophy extends even further and our active patient group exists to make sure that patient needs and the practice offering are always heading in the same direction.
Each of our surgeries is accessible to patients using a wheelchair.
We can arrange interpretation and translation services in person or by phone for patients who do not speak English. Please let us know if you need this service when booking an appointment
IMPORTANT NOTICE -Novel Coronavirus
We understand that a lot of you have many questions and queries with regards to the evolving situation with Covid-19. To try to help with these we have created this “frequently asked questions” section of our website.
This is the best advice we can give you at this time and we hope it is useful. Please do take a look at it before you call the surgery. We will aim to regularly update this section.
For more information you can find the official government Covid-19 guidance here.
All the team at Dinnington Group Practice.
I am now self-isolating do I need a sick note from the GP?
No you do not. You can self-certify by using the official government isolation note which you can access here.
I think I’m high risk so should I go to work?
You can find the official government criteria for self-isolation here. If you do not fit any of these criteria but feel that you should not be travelling to work then you should discuss this openly with your employer. This is a decision you have to make together with your employer. We as your GP cannot make this decision for you.
My employer wants a letter from my GP to prove I have a medical condition?
This is not necessary but if your employer is insistent then we can send you a text outlining your medical conditions to show them.
I need a prescription but I can’t get into the surgery? The pharmacy has closed what do I do?
We are sending all our prescriptions electronically to the pharmacies. If you have not already signed up for electronic prescribing you will be asked to do so. If a pharmacy closes because of staff shortages or illness we will direct your prescriptions to another site. If you are staying at home a well family member or friend can collect your prescriptions for you and the local pharmacies are doing home deliveries where possible.
I am self-isolating for 3 months so can I order 3 months’ worth of prescriptions?
We are sorry but we cannot issue 3 months’ worth of medication or supplies will quickly run out. Please order your medication every month as you normally would.
I want to order an inhaler in case I become unwell?
We are only issuing inhalers to patients who have used one in the last 12 months. If this is not you then please do not ask for inhalers on prescription as we need to supply them to the patients that do need them.
Do I need a rescue pack of antibiotics?
We will not be issuing rescue packs of antibiotics or steroids at this time. If you develop a cough or a fever call 111 and if you are directed back to the surgery we will give you the most appropriate treatment.
My implant or coil has run out and I can’t get it changed. What should I do about my contraception?
We have had new guidance which tells us that the implant will work for 4yrs instead of 3yrs and the Mirena coil for 6yrs instead of 5yrs. So if you are within this time frame then do not worry. If you have a Copper coil or any other coil that has run out then do not rely on this for contraception and please use condoms. If you are still worried and want alternative contraception then arrange to speak to a nurse or GP.
I am due my DEPO. Can I still have it?
Yes, we are still continuing with DEPO injections and will arrange these in the usual way. If you do not want to come to the surgery then arrange to speak to a nurse or GP so we can offer you alternative contraception.
I’m due a smear. Will it go ahead?
We are only continuing with high risk urgent smears that need to be repeated within 6 to 12 months and will arrange these in the usual way. All routine smears will stop for the time being.
I am due an essential injection - e.g. B12, Prostap, Aranesp, Clopixol, Testosterone – will I still get it?
Yes, we are continuing with all of these and will arrange them in the usual way. If you think that you could give yourself any of these injections then do let us know.
Can I still have my routine injections – e.g. flu, pneumococcal, shingle, travel vaccinations?
We will continue with flu and pneumococcal injections and arrange them in the usual way. Any other routine injections will be stopped.
My baby is due their immunisations. Will these still go ahead?
Yes, we continuing with all baby immunisations and will arrange them in the usual way.
I need a wound or leg dressing. What should I do?
We are continuing with these at the surgery for now but if you can change the dressings yourself or live with someone else who can do this for you then let us know and we will give you a prescription for the dressings.
I need my ears syringed what should I do?
We are not doing any ear syringing so please use olive oil or arrange this yourselves through a high street provider e.g. Boots.
My routine blood test has been cancelled. What should I do?
For the time being we are having to cancel all routine blood tests. Only patients that need urgent blood tests will be invited to the surgery. We will book you an appointment for an urgent blood test if it is needed.
The hospital has cancelled by scan / appointment. What can I do?
All the local hospitals are cancelling routine investigations and appointments. You may find you are offered an appointment by phone instead. If your investigation or appointment has been cancelled then all you can do is wait. The hospital will re-book the appointment when the current situation changes. If you do not hear anything from the hospital at that point then chase them up. The hospital will be able to help you re-book your appointment not us. In the meantime if there is anything you feel we can do while you wait then please do give the surgery a call.
All of this is making me feel really worried / anxious / stressed. Is there anything I can do to help myself feel better?
This is a very difficult time for everyone and it is quite normal to feel like this. We have created a list of resources to help you with your well-being so please have a look at these on the below attachment.
Well being resources for all
I am unsure if I should isolate for 12 weeks?
Please find below a link to the Government guidance. This guidance covers the whole of the UK population and not just those who have been sent a letter by the government.
The primary purpose of the letter sent by the government is to identify the 2% of the UK population who are at critical risk of infection. The remaining 98% are still at risk and need to manage this risk alongside their employer.
You can decide if you need to self-isolate and discuss with your employer. In the first instance your employer should offer you remote working. If this is not possible then you will need to consider whether you fall into the furloughed employee category - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme
Because you are well enough to work, however unable to attend work because of the risk of contracting Corona virus, we are unable to offer a fit note to cover this period. You will need to work with your employer to resolve this situation.
If you suspect that you have the Coronavirus or
If you or another person in your household develops ANY of these symptoms:-
a fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat or difficulty breathing
Please do not leave your home and self isolate for 7 days.
DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY STAY HOME AND TELEPHONE 111 FOR ADVICE.
Please click on attached link for more information:
Self care leaflet
(Site updated 09/04/2020)