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❗❗❗ SCAM ALERT ❗❗❗

We have been made aware of patients receiving emails and text messages inviting for Covid Vaccinations.
The NHS are sending LETTERS ONLY advising it is now your turn to book your appointment.
Please do not click on any links in an email or on a text message.
The surgery are inviting via text message in partnership with Accubook. If you receive a text and you are unsure of its safety, please call the surgery on 01977 704777 to speak to a receptionist. 
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk.
Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.
Please share this with your relatives and friends - don't let them be caught out by scammers
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk
Stay safe - We will get through this 🌈

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Welcome to Friarwood Surgery

We are here to help you.

The NHS is doing things a little differently at the moment due to Coronavirus. 

GP practices across Wakefield are working together to prioritise same day care and symptoms which might indicate serious illness.  We ask that you do not come to the surgery in person unless booked in for a face to face appointment

 You can contact us online https://www.friarwoodsurgery.co.uk/ or by calling us on 01977 704777.  We will then give you advice about what to do.  A phone or video consultation with a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional will usually be booked for you as many problems can be sorted out this way.  If you are booked for a confirmed face-to-face appointment with a doctor or nurse you may be asked to see them at a neighbouring GP practice to the one you would usually attend. This is to help the health service effectively cope with increased demand and suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. We will always let you know the location at which you will be seen.

As we are dealing with more telephone and video consultations we are dealing with an increased number of phone calls.  Avoid busy periods (8am to 12 noon) when contacting us about any non-urgent matters such as sick notes, prescription queries and routine check-ups. This helps us to prioritise our calls for those who have a same day medical problem.  Online services may suit you instead of a phone call.

If a telephone appointment is made with a doctor or nurse, make sure that the receptionist knows your current phone number and any times you cannot answer the phone.  If you are calling about someone else let the receptionist know.  Phone again if things get worse.

Owned and run by the NHS, the NHS App is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.  You can find out more about the services on offer by visiting www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/the-nhs-app/  If you are not sure if you need urgent medical care use www.111.nhs.uk  or phone 111 to find out.  The 111 service can book you into the urgent care centre at Pontefract if this is what you need.

If it is not a life-threatening emergency and you don’t need immediate medical attention, other options should be considered before dialling 999 or visiting the Emergency Department.  

Choosing the most appropriate place for care allows Emergency Department staff to help people whose lives are at risk and can also potentially save you a long wait.

 

Please see our Coronavirus tab on the right hand side for information and advice

Telephone Calls

Due to an increasing amount of telephone calls, the GP's have taken the decision to put a time restriction for routine same day call backs.
You will now need to call before 11am to guarantee you receive a call back the same day.
If you call after 11 and it is not urgent you will be asked to call back the next working day (before 11am) Please note the clinician is only able to call back once, the calls are AM or PM. If you know you may be busy and unable to answer the telephone please arrange for a day you will be free.
Please tell the receptionist if you have covid-19 symptoms, even if your call is for another matter.

Covid-19 symptoms:

▪️ high temperature
▪️ new, continuous cough
▪️ loss/change in sense of smell
▪️ loss/change in sense of taste

The GP's and Nurse Practitioners are currently triaging all calls, they are doing video consultations, as well as face to face if it's deemed necessary to invite patients into the surgery.
Please respect our reception staff - they are doing a very difficult job ensuring all our patients are dealt with under the strict guidelines that they currently having to work with.

Echo Community Programme

Echo Community Programme with support from Dr Watson and Partners at Friarwood Surgery, are proud to be able to offer specifically for the elderly, those isolating/shielding or with a disability, a new Winter Covid-19 Home Visit Support Provision. Starting on Tuesday 1st of December '20 from 9-30 to 1pm, and weekly thereafter.

If this is something you feel you, yourself or anyone you know will benefit from please contact

Annette Jones on 07931210334
Carole Williams on 07399485366
ECHO Community Programme (Every Child Has Options)

  

(Site updated 05/02/2021)
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