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contraceptive advice during the coronavirus outbreak

Contraceptive advice 

Easter Holidays
All GP practices have been asked by the Government to operate as normal during the Easter holidays so we will be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday for normal services. The Glendale Pharmacy is not open on those days but is open on Easter Saturday for medication collection. However, if you order medication on the Friday or Monday, please don't expect it to be ready early morning on the Saturday or Tuesday as the pharmacist won't receive it until they open at 9am that morning.

Lets hope people don't take the nice weather we are supposed to be getting as an opportunity to come up to the country like they did a few weeks ago. Hopefully the message has been taken on board by now.

Patients asked to attend for an appointment
If the doctor or nurse asks you to attend then, unless you have a condition which means that you must be accompanied, then please don't bring anyone with you as we don't want to offend anyone by saying they can't come in.

As always, stay safe folks and thanks for your understanding during these difficult times for us all.

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Collaborative Working arrangements across North Northumberland General Practice

We have been working hard with our primary care network to ensure that whatever challenges we may face in the coming months we can continue to provide you, our patients, continued access to essential healthcare from your local practice.

Although testing for healthcare workers is now available and will reduce the number of staff who are isolating when a household member has symptoms, there remains the risk of healthcare workers being too unwell to attend work if they contract the virus. We are concerned there is a risk that this may mean some practices are left without GPs available to care for their patients for short periods of time.

Therefore in order to ensure that our patients always have access to a General Practitioner we have taken the temporary step of activating access for every GP across the North of Northumberland in each of our practices. Although we have made this access available immediately this will only be used when a GP is working to support a practice and only to access the records of those patients who need their input. This may include but is not limited to consultations (telephone or face to face), issuing medications and reviewing test results.

If you have any concerns or wish to discuss this further please speak to our practice manager

AT RISK PATIENTS

Due to the high demand from patients for letters for employers and advice, we have decided to write to each patient with long-term conditions who are considered to be high risk.

These are not the patients that the Government have already written to as being at very high risk.

If you think you are in a high risk group and don't receive a letter by the beginning of next week, please give us a call.

We are under huge pressures at the moment so please be patient and don't call us requesting a sick note or isolation note due to coronavirus as this will act as evidence for your employer.

The groups are:
* Patients with diabetes with an HbA1c greater than 75, recent diabetic ketoacidosis or poor medication aherence.
* Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who have required hospitalisation in the last 12 months or who have required 2 or more courses of steroids or antibiotics.
* Patients with asthma with a history of hospitalisation in the last 12 months or ever been admitted to intensive care.
* Patients with significant heart failure which has required hospitalisation for the heart failure within the last 12 months.
* Patients with multiple longterm conditions
* Patients taking continuous oral corticosteroids or 20mg of prednisolone or more for over 4 weeks.
* Patients taking some immunosuppressive or immunomodulating medication who have not been contacted by the Government such as cyclophosphamide, leflunomide, methotrexate.
* Other patients the GP considers would be at high risk.

Thanks.

ENRICHED SUMMARY CARE RECORD

Most patients have a summary care record which shares important information between healthcare professionals such as medication, allergies and adverse reactions which is extremely useful if you are seen by another doctor other than  your own GP including hospital admissions.   There is now the enriched SCR which also includes important medical history and procedures, immunisations and anticipatory care information such as your wishes for emergency care or end of life plans.   This ESCR will be especially helpful when treating patients with urgent medical needs such as hospitals or by out of hours doctors.  It also saves  you having to try to remember what conditions you have plus any allergies and medications you take, especially important for elderly patients who may not remember as well as they used to.     

If you would like to have an ESCR, please let  us know and we will tick the box in your records. You may also be asked this question by our doctors or reception team in the future.   

Accessibility Statement for My Surgery Website

This website is run by My Surgery Website. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
  • the website is usable with Browsealoud.

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • video streams do not have captions
  • website not accessible via a keyboard
  • colour contrast doesn’t meet 4.5:1 ratio

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

Call or email us

Email: enquiries@mysurgerywebsite.co.uk

Tel: 0333 433 0021

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 28 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact:

My Surgery Website
Indigo House
Sussex Avenue
Hunslet
Leeds
LS10 2LF

Email: enquiries@mysurgerywebsite.co.uk

Report all accessibility issues for My Surgery Website via email to enquiries@mysurgerywebsite.co.uk with the email subjects “Accessibility Problem”.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Northern Ireland

The Equalities Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

My Surgery Website is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Non Unique Elements

Not all elements on a page have a unique ID.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 & 4.1.1 (Info and Relationships & Parsing).

We plan to make all elements unique by September 2020.

Input Fields

All input fields don’t have descriptions and role attributes. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1, 3.3.2, 4.1.2 (Info and Relationships, Label or Instruction & Name, Role,Value).

We plan a descriptions and role attributes to all input fields by September 2020.

Content not Included in Landmarks

Not all landmarks include content.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships).

We plan to make all elements unique by September 2020.

Labels in Forms

Not all labels are connected to a form control.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships).

We plan to make all elements unique by September 2020.

Form Elements are not Group

Not all form elements are grouped.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 & 3.3.2 (Info and Relationships Label or Instructions).

We plan to add group elements by September 2020.

Colour Contrast

The default colour combinations fail to meet the 4.5:1 contrast ratio.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast).

We plan to add an ID by September 2020.

No Keyboard Shortcuts

The content is not accessible via a keyboard.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 (Keyboard).

We plan to keyboard access by September 2020.

Webpage Titles

Not all pages have titles.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.2 (Page Titled).

We plan to keyboard access by September 2020.

Focus on Elements

Not all elements are focused on highlight.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.7 (Focus Visible).

We plan to keyboard access by September 2020.

Language of Page

Language of pages has not been set.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.1.1 (Language of Page).

We plan to add group elements by September 2020.

Submit Actions

All Submit buttons don’t have the correct action type. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.2.2 & 4.1.2 (On Input & Name, Role, Value).

We plan to correct the button types by September 2020.

Disproportionate burden

Alternative Tags for Images

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader can’t access the information. This fails WCAG 1.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text Content).

My Surgery Website is a content management system and don’t control the images added by end users.

Link Description

Not all external link descriptions specify the link destination. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (Link Purpose in Context).

My Surgery Website is a content management system and don’t control the content users add.

iFrame Descriptions Missing

Some iframes are missing the description. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (Name,Role,Value).

My Surgery Website is a content management system and don’t control the content provided via an iframe

Inline Styling

Some content contains inline styling. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships).

My Surgery Website is a content management system and don’t control the content users add.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Audio Captions

YouTube fails to show audio descriptions as default. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.5 (Audio Description).

The information is from third party software and added via an iframe on to our site. There is a setting option to turn on audio description via the video.

Links to Multiple Destinations

Dropdown menus have links to multiple destinations.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (Link of Purpose).

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 27th September 2019. The test was carried out My Surgery Website. We tested the site using the Chrome extension application ‘Site Improver Accessibility Checker’. The website also went under manual testing.

We tested:

Our main website platform

  • all templates
  • all default colour combinations available via the platform
  • all widgets

This statement was prepared on 27th September 2019. It was last updated on 27th September 2019.

 
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