Longfield Medical Centre has a ZERO tolerance policy. Any adverse behaviour will result in instant removal from the surgery list.
PLEASE DO NOT BOOK A GP APPOINTMENT OR ATTEND THE GP PRACTICE IF YOU'VE VISITED OR TRAVELLED THROUGH CAMBODIA CHINA, HONG KONG, IRAN, ITALY, JAPAN, LAOS, MACAU, MALAYSIA, MYANMAR (BURMA), SINGAPORE, SOUTH KOREA, TAIWAN TENERIFE (Only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel), THAILAND, VIETNAM AND HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COUGH, FEVER OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH WITHIN 2 WEEKS OF RETURNING, OR IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COUGH, FEVER OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH AFTER BEING IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WITH A CONFIRMED CASE OF CORONAVIRUS.
PLEASE CALL NHS 111 INSTEAD
ALL APPOINTMENTS WITH THE GP, NURSE PRACTITIONER AND PHARMACIST WILL BE CONDUCTED OVER THE PHONE ONLY. OUR RECEPTION TEAM WILL BE ASKING ALL PATIENTS QUESTIONS REGARDING SYMPTOMS PRIOR TO BOOKING ANY APPOINTMENT.
Please bear with us as we are extremely busy at this time and calls will take longer than usual.
The GP will give you advice over the phone and if required he/she will make you a further appointment to attend the surgery.
This is to minimize the footfall at the surgery to help protect our patient and staff.
Due to the Coronavirus we are only able to refer patients to hospital if they have life or limb threating condition. Do NOT contact the surgery with the expectation of an onward referral to hospital. Patients will be informed by the hospital if any changes to pre-booked appointments (via phone until April and via letter thereafter). Patients should continue to attend unless told otherwise. Please be advised that your GP surgery is still open for telephone consultation.
Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The NHS across Essex will be better prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases if the public follows Public Health England advice.
We have put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and staff which may mean your patient experience is subject to change.
The Chief Medical Officer has announced on Friday 13th March that the country has moved into the ‘Delay’ stage of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
The new advice issued by the Prime Minister is to stay at home for 14 days if one member of the household is affected and if you have either:
- a high temperature (37.8C or above) or
- a new continuous cough
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Stay At Home advice can be found here
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Information remains subject to regular changes and updates. More information can be found on the NHS website here
Please see guide below for self isolation. To obtain a self isolation note from the NHS website please go to the link here
Maldon District Council - COVID-19 Information (see link below)
Advice from Maldon District Council
Longfield Medical Centre has changed how the dispensary at our Princes Road building runs. We have converted two rooms to accommodate the change. This change will also support the increased number of appointments we have been offering at our Heybridge branch for patients who prefer to be seen there.
This change supports the wider strategy for healthcare provision in Maldon and has no impact on the work that is currently underway to develop future plans.
Are you 65 years of age or over, the Influenza vaccination season is coming to an end shortly - Have you had your flu vaccination?
LMC patients are encouraged to book their place.
We don’t need to wait until we are struggling with our mental health; ‘Every Mind Matters’ encourages adults to be more aware of their mental health and help them discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing.
The campaign provides useful resources to help you spot the signs of common mental health concerns, offering practical self-care tips and guidance, and explains when to seek further support. There is a free NHS-approved online tool on the Every Mind Matters website, which helps you build an action plan to deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood, improve your sleep and help you feel more in control.
To learn more about how to look after your mental health in Essex and create your own action plan,
The practice will provide patients on the Frailty Register, who have urgent clinical enquiries, with same day telephone consultation and where required follow-up arrangements (e.g. home visits, face-to-face consultation visit by community team etc).
The same day telephone consultation will be with the duty doctor and not necessarily their named GP.
Patients Please Note. The Practice has been notified that the Health & Social Care Information Centre will be extracting care data directly from Patient's General Practice medical records. If you wish to decline this data being extracted from your medical record's please inform our reception.
More information is available at www.nhs.uk/caredata.
Children and Vulnerable Adults
Our Practice is committed to protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults and we will make their welfare our highest priority. Where additional support is necessary this will include working with other agencies. If you have any concerns about a child or Vulnerable adult please speak to your GP or Practice Nurse
DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
Practice Shut Down - Future Dates
All practices in Mid-Essex will be closed from 12.00 on the dates below.
Mid-Essex CCG will be providing out of hours care for our patients from 12:00 until 18:30 and our telephones will be diverted to the care provider during this time.
- Wednesday 29th April 2020
- Thursday 21st May 2020
- Tuesday 30th June 2020
- Wednesday 29th July 2020
- Wednesday 30th September 2020
- Thursday 29th October 2020
- Tuesday 24th November 2020
- Wednesday 16th December 2020
- Wednesday 24th February 2021
- Wednesday 31st March 2021
- Friday 10th April 2020 – Good Friday
- Monday 13th April 2020 – Easter Monday
- Friday 8th May 2020 – Early May Bank Holiday
- Monday 25th May 2020 – Spring Bank Holiday
- Monday 31st August 2020 – Summer Bank Holiday
- Friday 25th December 2020 – Christmas Day
- Monday 28th December 2020 – Substitute Boxing Day
- Friday 1st January 2021 – New Year’s Day
(Site updated 24/03/2020)