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Cancer Awareness Webinar - Monday 21st September - 6pm -7.30pm
We are continuing our series of Health Talks with a Microsoft Teams Webinar delivered by Dr Matt Norman, GP Partner at the Bell Surgery and Dr Steve Allen from Reading Prostate Cancer Support Group.
Further details about the talk can be found here.
To join the webinar your will need to have access to Microsoft Teams which you can download for free.
To register your interest in joining the webinar please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will email you a Microsoft Teams link to join the webinar closer to the event.
Watch our Video - June 2020
Watch our video to see how we are keeping patients and staff safe.
Newsletter - June 2020 - The Bell Surgery eases into a 'new normal'
See our latest Newsletter with details of changes at the Surgery and how we are keeping out patients and staff safe.
Newsletter - May 2020 - New Normal at the Bell Surgery
Patient Access - May 2020
We've had huge demand for new Patient online access accounts over recent weeks due to Covid19. This is great for the current situation and the future as it is such an efficient way for us and our patients to deal with prescription requests without the need for any paper. Currently the online appointment booking is not available. If you have regular prescriptions but have not registered for patient online access please find out more information at Patient Access
Prescriptions - June 2020
Safety restrictions due to COVID-19 have been lifted and we can now issue prescriptions with 56 days supply again (excluding controlled drugs). You will still need to request your next prescription through Patient Access 7-10 days before you run out of your supply. Your prescription should then be available to collect from the Pharmacy within 3 working days.
We introduced eConsult in April 2020, this allows patients to complete an interactive online form and contact the surgery directly with a query. eConsult can be used to ask a GP or Nurse a question or to ask for help with a prescription query or an administrative matter e.g. letters, copies of records, insurance etc. This is another method to communicate with us during the current time which keeps our staff and patients safe. Find out more information here The Bell Surgery eConsult.
Keeping our staff and patients safe - May 2020
We have been doing a number of things at the surgery to keep our staff and patients safe during this time.
- We have had a perspex screen fitted around the reception desk to protect our staff and patients. This was kindly built for us by a design and technology teacher from The Oratory and we just needed to pay for materials.
- We have set up a Gazebo on the grass over the bench at the side of the surgery so that nurses can see some patients outside if they want to. Nurses are wearing full PPE when seeing patients and this is helping to reduce the number of patients coming into the surgery.
- We have reduced the amount of seating in the waiting room to ensure social distancing for those patients who need to come into the surgery. In addition we are asking all patients to phone us when they arrive in the car park so that the clinician can come to the surgery door and take patients directly to their consulting room.
- We also have many of the Bell Surgery team working remotely from home or coming into the surgery on a rota basis so that we can socially distance in the surgery.
The van has now returned to Townlands car park. Eligible patients should have received an invitation letter direct from the screening office. Women aged between 50 - 70 are eligible. There is also a research trial to assess the benefits and risks of screening women slightly younger than 50 and older than 70. All women over 70 can ask to be screened while the screening team are in the area, regardless of the trial.
If you have any queries please call the screening office on 0118 322 8282.
Patients are invited for screening appropriate to their registered sex, so transgender women will be invited for cervical screening and will not be invited for breast screening, for example, and transgender men vice versa. Transgender women are encouraged to take up breast screening given the levels of oestrogen they take. For more information: click here
We welcome feedback and would love to hear any positive comments you have about our team at the Surgery and areas we can improve on.
Review us on NHS Choices Review or Google Review or just come and talk to us!
Please be advised that we may record telephone calls for quality and training purposes.
Doctor changes at The Bell
Dr Maryam Ahmad started training with The Bell Surgery in February 2020 and will be training with us for 18 months.
We welcome our new registrars in August 2020: Dr Liang Kim, who will be training at The Bell Surgery for 12 months, Dr Hannah Roche who will be training with us for 6 months and Dr Amna Tarar who is with us until November this year.
CQC visited the surgery in November 2018 and have rated the Bell Surgery as 'Good' in all areas. Thank you to all those patients who spoke to the inspectors
on the day.
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