Flu Vaccination – Keep Calm and Carry On
You may have heard or seen that the flu vaccination will now be made available to a wider cohort of patients.
This includes, 50-64 year olds (with or without a pre-existing condition) and people in the shielding category and their households.
GP practices, and networks are working together to make arrangements to meet the new demand, and are awaiting guidance on new national vaccine supply. In the meantime, practices will be using their pre-ordered vaccine stock to vaccinate people who were in the previous eligible categories.
Please bear with us while we aim to get as many people as possible vaccinated.
For more information about flu, visit: www.nhs.uk/flu
If you have been asked to provide a medical certificate by employers when self-isolating from the coronavirus crisis please click here.
The Practice will not provide Medical Certificates
The way you order your medication is changing as from the 31st March 2020 you will no longer be able to order your repeat prescriptions from your local pharmacy. Please speak to a member of the Dispensary Team for further information
Our practice is collaborating with NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) which is providing NHS numbers for those patients that may be suitable for electronic repeat dispensing prescriptions. The information is obtained from NHS prescriptions submitted to the NHSBSA. A member of our clinical team will contact these patients soon to explain the benefits of this service
Flu Jab Scam
Please be aware a mid-Essex patient was targeted by a telephone fraud regarding administering their flu jab. The scam involves the criminal telephoning an elderly patient to claim their practice cannot administer their flu jab. The patient is told they will have to attend a different venue that uses ‘a different type of needle’ for which there is a small charge. The criminal then asks for bank details to take this charge – and removes a large sum from the patient’s account.
NHS England and the CCG’s Local Counter Fraud Specialist have been notified and Mid Essex CCG will be putting out social media posts over the weekend to warn people that NHS professionals are very unlikely to ask for any sort of payment by phone.
Due to the unsustainable pressure on our Dispensing services.
To ensure we continue to deliver a high quality and safe service, the dispensary will be closing between 2:00pm and 4:00pm every Monday to process prescriptions.
Thank you for your co-operation
This website contains a vast range of health information and resources, along with practical information on visiting the surgery. We hope you find it useful and informative.
We wish to thank you for registering with Fern House Surgery. The partners and staff of this long-established practice are committed to providing the highest level of patient care.
You have the flexibility of consulting with either your registered doctor or one of the other partners. We offer a choice of mixed age male or female doctors and therefore hope that we will be able to match your needs for a specific consulting style. However, we recommend you see the same doctor for any ongoing problem to ensure continuity of care.
Equality and Diversity
This practice believes in fairness and equality, and above all, values diversity. All staff have ongoing equality and diversity training and our equality and diversity policies are reviewed annually.
Clinical Commissioning Group
Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
Address: Wren House, Hedgerows Business Park, Colchester Road, Springfield, Chelmsford Essex CM2 5PF
Telephone: 01245 398750