PRESCRIPTION ORDERING UPDATE
Due to staffing difficulties the prescription order line will be closed from Monday 29 November, 1pm to 4pm for one week. If you need to order a prescription during this time, please choose one of the following:
1 Order online if you have access to do this.
2 Drop your paper slip in at the surgery if possible.
3 Phone the surgery and select the prescription option. Leave your name, date of birth, and details of the item required on the answerphone, spelling any unusual names.
Please avoid ringing our reception teams as they are dealing with an unprecedented demand at the moment and you may experience a long wait for your call to be answered.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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.
Covid Vaccination 3rd Dose for Immuno-suppressed Cohort
The government has identified a group of patients who should receive a third dose of vaccine as part of their initial vaccination programme. These are patients with severe immunosuppression around the time of their first or second COVID-19 vaccine doses. These patients are currently being identified by their GPs and hospital consultants and will be contacted shortly to come forward.
More information on the specific medical condition associated with immunosuppression can be found at:
Covid Vaccination Booster Programme
You will be aware that some people are becoming eligible for a Covid Booster vaccination. This will be available to all those in cohorts 1 – 9 of the JCVI guidance which was used for the first phase of the vaccination programme and will be Pfizer unless a patient suffered a previous allergic reaction to the Pfizer jab:
- Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
- All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care work
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- All those 65 years of age and over
- Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over
This will take place no earlier than six months after the second dose was received. will take This will take place no earlier than six months after the second dose was received. All patients over 50 and at least six months post vaccination are being identified and contacted to come forward and there is no need to contact your GP. The NHS will be in touch when you are eligible.
Patients may be contacted by the National Booking Service and invited to book their booster vaccination at a vaccination site or alternatively they can wait to hear from their GP if they would prefer.
If feasible patients may receive their flu and covid booster vaccinations at the same time but if you are invited for one or the other please don't wait – come forward to receive the vaccination that you have been offered to ensure maximum protection.
Some patients will be due a third dose as part of their initial vaccination programme particularly those who are immunocompromised. Hospitals and GP Practices are working together to identify those patients that are eligible for a 3rd dose. This will be at least 8 weeks following their 2nd dose and they will then be offered a booster 6 months after the 3rd dose. The Pfizer vaccine is being used for all 3rd doses unless there has been an allergic reaction to it previously. This group of patients is complicated to identify and they will be contacted as soon as possible.
Covid vaccinations for 12 - 15 year olds
You will have seen that as well as all adults, 12 year olds and older are now being offered the vaccination.
- Healthy 12-15 year olds are being vaccinated through school immunisations team and this programme is subject to full consent protocol which is being managed by schools. Healthy 12 to 15 year olds will be offered one dose of the vaccination.
- Twelve to 15 year olds with underlaying health conditions have been offered vaccinations through their GP practice. This group of young people will be offered two doses of the vaccination.
- 16 and 17 year olds can now book through the national vaccination booking service (details above) or by visiting a drop in or walk in centre. This group will be offered one dose of the vaccination
From 17 May international travel will be permitted to a limited number of countries and in some cases proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required.
The mechanism for proving your vaccine status is through the NHS app. For those who cannot access the NHS app you can request written proof that you have received your Covid-19 vaccination by contacting the NHS on 119.
Please do not contact your GP practice. You can find out more at:
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
Please click the link below to start an online consultation with a Gp.
Please follow the link below for information regarding immunisations during the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Immunisation FAQ's during COVID-19
First Contact Physiotherapist (FCP) Information
Please use the following link for information on minor conditions that can be treated with over-the-counter medicines:
Self-Care Prescription Information
If you are 65 or over, or have certain health conditions like diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you could be at increased risk of pneumococcal infections turning into something more serious, like pneumonia, blood poisoning, or meningitis.
Please follow the link below for more 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
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 03/12/2021)