To keep alert to changing government advice with regards to Covid-19, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
The advice remains that if you develop symptoms of Covid-19 such as a new continuous cough or fever or loss of/change in sense of smell and taste, you must self-isolate at home for 10 days. If you are self-isolating or have been advised to do so by a Track and Trace officer, you must not come to the GP practice.
If you have been told to self-isolate because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer, you do not need to contact your GP practice; the information you need is here: https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/
Currently all requests for appointments will be assessed and a medical practitioner will speak to you before arranging a face-to-face appointment.
All patients and visitors attending Derwent Practice are requested to wear a face mask or face covering before entering the surgery. This is to reduce the spread of the virus amongst staff and patients. Many thanks for your cooperation.
Due to a national issue with supplies routine blood tests will be unavailable in Practice or at the hospital. Blood tests will only be available for urgent requests.
We understand that this may be worrying and we are reviewing all requests carefully. This does not affect patients needing an INR blood test.
Once we receive further guidance from the CCG we will update our Website and Facebook. This delay is expected to last 2 – 3 weeks.
Many thanks for your patience and understanding at this time.
Please note that the surgery will be closed for Protected Time Learning (PTL) on Thursday 15th October 2020 from 1pm.
Keep safe this winter - Get your flu jab!
Derwent Practice is now taking bookings for the 2020 flu season. Eligible patients are currently being contacted via text message. Eligible patients include those aged over 65 and those with chronic diseases such as asthma or COPD; or other conditions which can make them more vulnerable to flu. These patients will be invited into practices first as they are most at risk. If you are eligible, please wait for an invitation or contact us on telephone 01653 600069 (press ‘1’ for nurses) to book.
The government has suggested that those aged 50-64 may also be eligible, as will those living in households with shielded patients. This second cohort of patients will be invited for their flu jabs later in the year with clinics likely to be available from November or December. We will be touch with these patients at a later date, if this government advice is confirmed.
Coming for your flu jab?
Please ensure that you have an appointment booked. Due to extra safety measures for Covid-19, you may have to queue and car parking is not available (drop-off only).
To help your visit go as smoothly as possible please:
- Enter via the main entrance at GP Reception and follow our one-way system (Saturdays only)
- Attend as close to your appointment time as possible – please join the queue and you will be seen by the next available clinician
- Wear suitable clothing to allow easy access to your upper arm
- Follow social distancing measures
- Wear a face mask or covering
- Follow the instructions of practice staff
If you feel unwell with Covid-like symptoms, book a Covid test and do not attend for your flu jab until it is safe to do so.
We are also pleased to announce that Dr Wadsworth has become the Senior Partner in the practice and he will continue to lead the team during these unprecedented times, as part of our response to the Covid-19 pandemic. These changes took place in May following the retirement of Dr Longworth. If you were one of Dr Longworth’s patients, please be assured that you can still book an appointment with one of our GPs and we have welcomed Dr Cooper and Dr Diggory to assist in covering Dr Longworth’s list.
Thank you to all of our patients and staff who are working hard to follow government guidelines and to keep one another safe. We hope everyone is staying safe and well – we are here if you need to speak to a GP or nurse so please ring on 01653 600069 should you need to speak to one of the team.
The facility to book appointments on-line has temporarily been suspended due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Please follow the link below to the new on-line consultation service that the practice is offering.
GP On-Line Consultations
We have had a significant number of people contacting the practice requesting face covering exemption letters. There is no requirement for a letter or certificate in relation to the wearing of face coverings. We do NOT provide these.
If you are an employer, please do not ask your employees to seek letters from us; this stops us from providing care to our patients with genuine health needs. Please see the gov.uk website for further information.
Alternatively organisations such as the British Lung Foundation and Asthma UK have downloadable exemption graphics which you can print or download to your phone
National Coronavirus Testing Programme
Anybody who suspects they are displaying corona virus symptoms can now request a test through the following link:
Tests will be carried out at regional test centers or mobile units and home test kits can be requested when these are available (currently in high demand and often availability is low).
Tests are only available for people who have symptoms and are not available to children under 5 years old. Some test sites cannot do tests for children aged 5 to 11. If a test site in your area cannot test children under 12 years old, you’ll get a warning when you’re booking the test.
Please see below guidance on the NHS Test and Trace System
Test and Trace Information
Please see the link below for guidance on Social Distancing:
Covid-19 Social Distancing Guidance Poster
Please follow the link below for information regarding immunisations during the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Immunisation FAQ's during COVID-19
Please see the link below for anyone who may be feeling isolated or lonely during the Coronavirus Pandemic:
Ryedale Volunteer Support
Freephone Crisis Line
Please see the link below for information about a Freephone Crisis Line phone number for anyone suffering mental health issues.
Crisis Line Information
Mental Health Awareness
A new website has been launched, dedicated to helping children and young people in North Yorkshire find mental health support.
The Go-To – www.thegoto.org.uk – is designed to be a portal or ‘single point of information’ showcasing the mental health support services offered by different agencies in the county.
With the majority of young people currently not in school and many in isolation as a result of the restrictions imposed on movement to deal with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, health leaders believe online mental health support for young people has never been more important.
Extended Access Service
During the Covid-19 pandemic we are still offering appointments outside of core hours throughout Ryedale to provide services 7 days per week. These appointments are likely to be telephone or video calls. If you do require an appointment between 6:30-8pm weekdays or on weekends, please speak to reception about availability. Please note that appointments during Extended Access hours may be offered at Derwent Practice or at GP practices in Ampleforth, Sherburn or West Ayton.
Derwent Practice Information Poster
Derwent Practice Subject Access Request Form
The Yorkshire & Humber Care Record
The Yorkshire & Humber Care Record is a shared system that allows Healthcare staff within the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Social Care community to appropriately access the most up-to-date and correct information about patients, to deliver the best possible care.
The Yorkshire & Humber Care Record Guarantee is our commitment that we will use records about you in ways that respect your rights and promote your health and wellbeing.
If you would like any further information, or would like to discuss this further, please contact us using the details provided below:
Data Protection Officer - 01653 600069
The Yorkshire & Humber Care Record - FAQs
NEW PATIENTS: to start your registration process online please CLICK HERE
To accept your registration we will need to see two form of ID (one must contain a photograph and the other must contain proof of address)
(do not use this form for registering for online prescriptions appointments etc.)
(Site updated 13/10/2020)