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.
We are currently experiencing an extremely high volume of calls. Please be patient and bear with us at this busy time. Thank you.
IMPORTANT NOTICE-Novel Coronavirus
We understand that you may have many questions and queries with regards to the evolving situation with Coronavirus (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 Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance here or you can join the governments WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Service. Simply add +44 7860 064422 to your contacts and send a WhatsApp message saying “Hi”.
If you have any other questions or queries that may benefit our community then please do let us know.
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 that you can access here.
I think I am 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.
If your employer cannot offer you remote working then you will need to consider whether they can put you on temporary leave (‘furlough’ 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 haven’t received my letter from the NHS telling me that I’m clinically extremely vulnerable, or been contacted by my GP or hospital doctor. What can I do?
If you have not received this and think that you have a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to Coronavirus (COVID-19), register here and then contact the surgery.
Can I get a test for Coronavirus (Covid-19)?
Certain people can apply to be tested – essential workers with Coronavirus symptoms, people aged 65 or over with Coronavirus symptoms or someone who cannot work from home with Coronavirus symptoms – if this is you then apply for a test here.
For the moment, we cannot offer you a test at the surgery. We will let you know if this changes.
I am self-isolating for months I do not have family, friends or neighbours to help with the essentials. Can I get any support?
Yes, you can get help with essential weekly shopping, collecting your medication from the chemist, pet care and access to other support services by calling Rotherham Heroes on 01709 807319 or visiting their website here.
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.
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.
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.
You can also get further advice about contraception, abortion and other forms of sexual and reproductive healthcare during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic here.
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 am 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 6-8 week check / their immunisations. Will this / these still go ahead?
Yes, we will still be doing 6-8 week baby checks and continuing with all baby immunisations. We 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 think I have ear wax / an ear infection / ear problems. What should I do?
The Rotherham Ear Care Service has set up a new advice line to help you. You can ring one of the following numbers 01709 423145, 01709 423207 or 07775 852096 and a specialist nurse will speak to you. You will be seen face to face if this is needed. You have to be over the age of 18 to use this service.
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 my 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. What can I do to 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 attachment below. If you would like to talk to someone then you can contact the Rotherham IAPT team by calling 01709 447755 or you can self-refer through their website here.
I have been at home for months now and I have gained weight / I am smoking more / I am drinking more alcohol. I would really like some help, where can I get it?
Get Healthy Rotherham is still offering telephone support with all of these health issues. You can self-refer through their website here. There is also a Quit smoking for Covid campaign that has been launched and you can join that here if you like.
Well being resources for all
If you suspect that you have the Coronavirus
Please do not leave your home and self isolate for 7 days.
If you or another person in your household develops ANY of these symptoms:-
New continuous cough OR fever OR loss of/ change in smell or taste
Please do not leave your home and self isolate for 14 days.
DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY STAY HOME AND TELEPHONE 111 FOR ADVICE.
Influenza Vaccination Programme - 2019 / 2020
Influenza Vaccination Programme – 2019/2020
NHS England has again recommended that we offer TWO different vaccinations this year to eligible patients over the age of 18.
-Quadrivalent vaccine (QIV) - For patients aged 18 – Under 65
-Adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTIV) - For patients aged 65 and over
There is a national supply problem for the under 65 vaccine. That is why we have arranged the clinic for patient under 65 later on 23 November 2019 9am – 12pm at Anston surgery for patients from all sites.
We should have a limited number of vaccines available from 14 October 2019. So we advise that you contact the surgery to book an appointment after that date for your flu vaccine if you cannot attend on 23 November 2019 or would like the vaccine sooner.
Patients 65 and over are invited to attend the flu clinic at Dinnington & Anston on Saturday 5 October 2019 between 9am – 4pm.
Woodsetts patients of all ages are invited to the clinic on Wednesday 16th October 2019 between 2.00pm – 5.30pm
PLEASE NOTE IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR AN INFLUENZA VACCINATION A VACCINE HAS BEEN ORDERED AND RESERVED FOR YOU. INVITATION WILL BE SENT TO ELIGIBLE PATIENTS VIA TEXT MESSAGE IF YOU HAVE A MOBILE PHONE AND BY LETTER IF NOT.
We strongly advise patients who receive a text message to visit the surgery prior to the clinic to collect their letter as this will to cut down on waiting times on the day.
To update our records we would like all patients to complete a questionnaire which can be downloaded from the website or obtained from the surgery
Flu Questionnaire 2019
Evening and Weekend Appointments
You can now book evening and weekend appointments at 4 hubs based across Rotherham
The appointments are routine which means they must be booked in advance and are not for urgent problems. You can book an appointment by contacting your usual GP Practice where you are registered, they will have access to all the available appointments .
The hubs will have appointments with any one or more of the following clinicians. GP, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Practice Nurse and Health Care Assistant. The receptionist at your GP Practice will help to direct you to the right appointment type.
The Hub Surgeries are held at the following times and locations:
Dinnington Surgery – (New Street, Dinnington, S25 2EZ)
-Saturday Mornings (8am – 12 noon)
Broom Lane Surgery – (Broom Ln, Rotherham S60 3EW)
-Weekday Evenings (6.30pm – 8pm)
-Saturday Mornings (8am – 12 noon)
-Sunday Mornings (8am – 12 noon)
Kimberworth Park Surgery – (Langdon Rd, Rotherham S61 3QH)
-Saturday Mornings (8am – 12 noon)
Dalton Surgery – (Saville St, Dalton, Rotherham S65 3HD)
-Monday Evenings (6.30pm – 8pm)
-Saturday Mornings (9am – 1pm)
NATIONAL DIABETES AUDIT
Please refer to the National Diabetes Audit page under further information.
TEXT MESSAGE REMINDERS
As from 1st February 2017, if we have your mobile phone number on our records we will send you a text reminder of your upcoming appointment. From this message you will also be able to cancel your appointment by replying to the text.
For more details please look at the attatchment that can be found in our appointment section.
From April 2017 the way you order your repeat prescription is changing.
From April your pharmacy will no longer be able to order your repeat prescriptions on your behalf. You (or your carer/nominated family member/friend) will have to order your repeat prescription directly from the GP Practice
You can still have repeat prescription requests sent to a pharmacy of your choice and your pharmacy will still be able to deliver prescriptions to your home if required. Pharmacies can continue to collect prescriptions from the GP Practice.
We are working with NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group to ensure the changes have minimal impact on our patients. There are a number of ways you can order your repeat prescription:
1. Complete the tear off slip to the right of your repeat prescription and hand it to reception at your registered practice.
2. Online (please remember you will need to sign up at Reception before using online services)
3. Post your repeat prescription request to your registered practice.
If you have any concerns regarding this change please speak to a Receptionist.
Below is a leaflet with additional information.