INFORMATION FOR EASTER BANK HOLIDAY
The surgery will be closed after 6.30pm on Thursday 1st April and over the bank holiday weekend. If you have an urgent medical problem that cannot wait until the surgery re-opens please dial 111 for the Out of Hours Service.
The surgery is closed Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th and Monday 5th April and will reopen on Tuesday 6th at 08.00am.
If your problem is very serious, or life threatening, please consider dialling 999
COVID VACCINATION PROGRAM FOR ANGMERING COPPICE FITZALAN PCN
The Local Vaccination Service (LVS) is currently located at the ANGMERING COMMUNITY CENTRE, Foxwood Avenue, Angmering, BN16 4FU. You may receive a confusing text indicating your appointment is at Angmering Medical Centre, this is a genuine text. Please ignore this location ALL appointments booked for COVID 19 vaccinations take place at ANGMERING COMMUNITY CENTRE. Please accept our apologies for this confusion.
This is not a walk in clinic so please ensure you have booked an appointment.
We are now vaccinating cohort 6 at Angmering Community Centre. This group includes adult carers who are eligible for a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable, all patients aged 16-64 with certain conditions making them more vulnerable to adverse outcomes should they develop COVID-19. Some children aged 12-16 within the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable cohort are also eligible. The criteria is set by the government and you should be invited for an appointment over the next 7 days.
If you believe you should be in this group and have not received an appointment please contact the surgery, ideally by eConsult accessible from the practice website to avoid blocking the telephone lines for urgent callers, and we will look into this for you. Patients aged over 70 who for any reason have not yet received their covid vaccination should also contact us.
The age group 65-69 are cohort 5 and are being offered appointments through the national booking service at Mass Vaccination Centres. Only if you are unable to travel to these centres, or have a preference to be vaccinated at our local vaccination centre, can these be done locally but we will not be calling you for appointments due to government guidelines.
Therefore if you are between 65-69 years old and are not classed as clinically extremely vulnerable please attend the Mass Vaccination Site and only contact your surgery if you are unable to attend or have a strong preference to be done locally.
If you are over 70, clinically extremely vulnerable or a Healthcare professional and have not yet had your first Covid vaccination please call the surgery so we can book you an appointment. All other groups will be contacted in order of the priority list advised to us by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. The priority order is detailed below.
With regards to housebound patients we are happy to arrange a vaccination at our LVS, and for the AZ vaccination this can be done on a drive through basis (drivers do need to wait 15 minutes if they are receiving the vaccination).
Otherwise, housebound patients will be contacted in order to receive their vaccination by roving mobile teams.
If you are aged between 65 and 69 years you will be contacted by the Health Authority to attend an appointment held at one of the mass vaccination clinics. If you experience difficulty in travelling to your designated location, please contact the surgery where we can assist with your appointment.
Cohort | 01. Residential care home patients
Cohort | 02. Age 80y+ or health and social care workers
Cohort | 02a. Age 80y+
Cohort | 02b. Health and social care workers
Cohort | 03. Age 74-79y
Cohort | 04a. Age 70-74y
Cohort | 04b. COVID-19 high risk
Cohort | 05. Age 65-69y
Cohort | 06. Age 16-64y with underlying health conditions
Cohort | 07. Age 60-64y
Cohort | 08. Age 55-59y
Cohort | 09. Age 50-54y
The surgery is now using a system called AccuRX it allows us to communicate with a patient regarding their health. If necessary we can send a message or document such as a sick note/med 3 to a patient or advice leaflets after consultations etc. One of the key features of AccuRX is the ability for a patient so send the surgery a message and photo related to their health issue.
We can also code any forms or questionnaires directly into the patient record so creating accurate and timely updates.
FLU CLINICS NOW AVAILABLE TO BOOK.
PLEASE PHONE RECEPTION FOR
Flu clinic criteria
Over 65 years - BOOK NOW*
18-64 years (In 'at risk' group with long term condition) - BOOK NOW*
50-64 years (Not in 'at risk' group) - Further details of when to book will be given late Autumn*
2-3 years - BOOK NOW
2-17 years (In 'at risk' group with long term condition) - BOOK NOW
All primary school children aged 4-10 years (Not in 'at risk' group) - Only given at school or school catch up programme
1.Pregnant women, carers, people in long-stay residential care homes, close contacts of immunocompromised individuals, health and social care staff are eligible as * above.
2.Those people who are housebound and those people in nursing homes have separate arrangements for vaccination and will be told prior to visit by surgery.
The Coppice Surgery/Angmering Medical Centre and Fitzalan Medical Group form a PCN, a PCN is a primary care network that consists of groups of general practices working together with a range of local providers, including across primary care, community services, social care and the voluntary sector, to offer more personalised, coordinated health and social care to their local populations. Networks would normally be based around natural local communities typically serving populations of at least 30,000 and not tending to exceed 50,000. They should be small enough to maintain the traditional strengths of general practice but at the same time large enough to provide resilience and support the development of integrated teams.
COPPICE AND ANGMERING MEDICAL CENTRE ARE OPERATING A TELEPHONE TRIAGE SYSTEM ONLY
In view of the developing circumstances surrounding the spread of Covid-19 and in line with NHS England policy, you will not be able to book routine or face to face appointments for the foreseeable future. All health concerns will be dealt with using our telephone triage system and we may offer video consultation.
Face to face appointments will only be offered after speaking to a clinician.
If you have a fever or new cough please self-isolate for 14 days and use 111 online for further information.
Please download the NHS app to order prescriptions online or post the request in our letter box.
For any patients that do not at present have a nominated pharmacy, the
prescription will be sent to Kamsons Station Road, East Preston for you to collect until you nominate a pharmacy.
Further information about the NHS app can be found at
If you have a fever or new cough please self-isolate for 14 days and use www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19 for further information.
Thank you for your patience.
(Site updated 23.01.2021 )
The surgery will be closed for training from 12.30-5.30 on Wednesday 3rd February 2021.
If you need attention during these hours please call 07719 408977
If you feel your condition is more urgent or life threatening please consider dialling 999.
WEEKEND AND EVENING APPOINTMENTS
GP and nurse appointments are now available during the evening and at the weekend for people across Coastal West Sussex.
This means that urgent appointments are available up to 8pm during the week, and during clinics on a Saturday and Sunday.
This aims to improve access to GP appointments and help local people to get the help and support they need.
The service is run by Innovations in Primary Care (IPC), a not-for-profit company owned by local GP practices.
The appointments will be available at local GP access hubs, run from GP surgeries, and they will be both routine and urgent appointments with a doctor, nurse or healthcare professional.
The teams will see new illnesses when you urgently need to see a health professional, and offer planned appointments such as family planning and smear tests that can be hard to arrange whilst at work or when you are caring for family or a loved one.
IPC has been running the MIAMI clinics in Adur and Worthing for the last three years, which has offered a very similar service, offering help for ‘Minor Injury Assessment & Minor Illnesses’.
These clinics have been successful and helped local people to access the help they need outside of normal opening times.
We hope that this roll out of the hubs across the whole of Coastal West Sussex will mean that all patients registered with a GP practice in our area can benefit.
You book into the GP access hubs by ringing either the Coppice Surgery or Angmering Medical Centre and you may also be offered an appointment at one of the hubs at the weekend if you call NHS 111 for urgent health advice and support.
The hubs may be at your GP practice or they may be at a neighbouring GP practice locally in the community around you.
The teams will have access to your medical records with your consent, and any care they provide will be added to your notes so your GP practice can continue any ongoing care.