BERE REGIS SURGERY NEWS November 2021
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We are sending Covid 19 booster invitations to our patients aged 75+ when their booster is due (26 weeks from the 2nd jab).
All other patients will be invited for their booster via NHS England.
Boosters can be booked by calling 119 or by using the National Booking System.
Details will be on your letter.
Thursday 4 November 2021, 15.30 – 18.30
THE SURGERY WILL BE CLOSED AND PHONE LINES WILL BE TURNED OFF DURING THIS TIME
If you have a medical need during this time please phone 111.
If you have a medical emergency, phone 999
THE SURGERY WILL BE OPEN AS USUAL FROM 08.30 FRIDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2021
These are still being served from the outside window.
The tent has now been removed so if bad weather is forecast, don’t forget your brolly!
BereConnect Easter Update
This is a summary of where we are with the main elements of BereConnect, the Bere Regis community response mechanisms we managed to put in place three weeks ago, just as the Government announced the restrictions we are all living under.
There are now about 50 volunteers in the group, all being coordinated by Brenda House, who are collecting and delivering prescriptions, doing shopping trips for those who are in self-isolation and connecting as Buddies to people in isolation.
Actually, the demand for shopping trips was a bit less than we anticipated, possibly because most people very sensibly enlisted the help of good neighbours and friends.
If you need some shopping done, or some fetching and carrying, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
The volunteers are eager to help.
Call Brenda on 471255
BereConnect Food Bank
is operating out of the Drax Hall.
It has been stocked with purchases made possible by the Emergency Fund.
It is supplying a number of families on a regular basis.
Any food or household or sanitary product donations will be gratefully received in the boxes at the Drax Hall and by the Church porch.
After Easter there will be a box in the Spar shop, with thanks to Mike Moorse.
If you need a food parcel, email email@example.com or phone 472023.
BereConnect Emergency Fund.
The appeal has raised £5125.
Over £700 has so far been disbursed as loans and to buy food for the food bank.
If you are in financial distress, email firstname.lastname@example.org in complete confidence.
BereConnect Buddy Scheme.
If you are feeling isolated and want to connect by telephone with a friendly voice, call Liz on 471878 or 07956 914075
The Give What You Can, Take What You Need box
is in regular use, outside the school.
Please continue to top it up, and take from it.
I noticed a bottle of wine in there a few days ago!
Finally, and most importantly,
If you know of anybody you think might need help, please don’t hesitate to contact any of us so that we can get in touch with them.
9th April 2020
Advice from the surgery
COVID 19 is unlikely to cause a serious illness in children, but please remember children can still become seriously unwell from other causes that are always around.
Please do not let concerns over COVID19 stop you from contacting medical services.
If you are not sure if your child needs to be seen please go to https://www.what0-18.nhs.uk/national for advice or contact 111 or your GP.
For information about crying babies go to https://www.what0-18.nhs.uk/national
If your child is severely unwell call 999 or go to Accident and Emergency
Supporting and Shielding Vulnerable Residents
As part of the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been announced that a new Local Support System will be developed to make sure those individuals self-isolating at home and who are without a support network of friends and family can receive basic groceries.
The Government is working with a partnership of the groceries industry, local government, local resilience and emergency partners, and voluntary groups, to ensure that essential items can start to be delivered as soon as possible to those who need it.
All local authorities are awaiting detailed guidance in respect of these arrangements for the Local Support System and Local “Hubs”.
I have been told that anyone who offers themselves as a volunteer from Bere Regis, will probably be referred back to our own BereConnect volunteer network.
We will keep you updated when we know more:
SECOND SURGERY UPDATE:
From Wednesday 1st April the cost of a prescription increases to £9.15 per item.
This will mean we will have to use much more change so we have made the decision to accept contactless card payments only for prescription payments.
Cash will still be accepted if you don't have a contactless card.
From Monday 6 April we will be changing the times you can collect your medication.
This is to enable the staff to keep on top of all the requests coming in and should alleviate you having to wait when you come to collect.
These new times are 09.30 - 11.30 and 15.30 - 17.30
Firstly thank you to all our patients for waiting patiently in the car park and keeping their social distance.
It's very much appreciated.
As time ticks by and social distancing and lock down progresses we will be making changes to our dispensary service and the way we communicate with our patients.
We will continue to post messages on this fabulous forum alongside our own Practice website but we are mindful not all patients have access to social media.
If you have a friend or family member who is unable to see our messages we would be grateful if they could be passed on.
We will also be making short announcements by mobile phone.
Please ensure we have your current number.
This can be updated via our website. https://bereregissurgery.nhs.uk/
Here is an advice note from Dr Jackson at Bere Regis Surgery
The most important thing to remember is that the vast majority of patients who get infected with coronavirus have only mild symptoms and recover within 7 days.
The most effective way to slow the spread of this virus if for individuals to take responsibility for recognising the signs of infection (persistent dry cough and/or a temperature greater than 37.8 degrees) and self-isolate for 7days and not to visit or contact medical services unless your symptoms are worsening and particularly if you have problems breathing.
We will be trying to run the surgery as ‘normally’ as possible however we will expect to do more telephone triage to ensure that we are seeing those most at need and not exposing our more vulnerable patients to the risk of infection.
We are suspending the Wednesday Walk-In surgery and will be doing telephone triage in its place.
We will be closed every day between 13.30 and 14.00 for a staff briefing whilst the situation remains so changeable.
We will be taking guidance from the gov.uk website and would urge others to use this and the 111.nhs.uk website as a source of information on how to self-isolate, how to avoid cross infection and how to self-manage mild to moderate symptoms associated with the coronavirus infection.
Message from Bere Regis Surgery
Bere Regis Dispensary - We are open as usual but we are now redirecting patients to the Reception window at the rear of the building to collect their medication.
To ease the increasing pressure from patients on our dispensing staff we maintain that patients should collect their medication as usual; we are not dispensing medication before the due date and we will continue to dispense one month at a time;, there is no need to stockpile.
If there are any patients who are unable to collect their medication we have a list of volunteers who are able to help - please let us know.
For anyone who has to sign for their medication we would be grateful if you could bring your own pen!. Thank you.
Stay safe, stay well
23rd March 2020
BERE REGIS SURGERY UPDATE:
We now have some staff self isolating which means we are short staffed.
It would help us tremendously if:
You only come to collect your medication IF IT IS DUE.
It will not be ready for you if it isn't and you will be turned away.
Looking for your medication when it isn't ready also holds up the queue.
You could write on a large piece of paper, in large writing who you are collecting medication for.
This will help us to reduced contact and open the reception window less, keeping the staff warmer.
Thank you to all our Patients who in the majority are turning up in good spirits and are being very patient with us in these difficult times
News from St John the Baptist Church
It is with a heavy heart that we have had to shut the church for the foreseeable future, this is a time like no other and yet there are signs all around of the wonders of community spirit, helping the older members of our village and the vulnerable.
There are also the wonderful signs of spring appearing and the chance to take some time out in our beautiful countryside.
Do not feel alone, do ask for help and know that God is with us in the midst of this strange new world we are living in.
If you would like a chat or someone to pray with please ring me 01929 792235, if you have to leave a message I will get back to you.
Blessings Rev Sandra
In line with other the Pm’s announcement tonight, most vet practices in the local area are now running as an emergency service only with skeleton staff, call for more advice if you are not sure as to whether you need an appointment for your pet should they become unwell.
A lot have implemented telemedicine and other modern day alternatives to try and still provide a service to you in these troubling times.
Post Office update:
After considering our options we have decided to reduce the hours down even further for being open to 9am-1pm Monday to Friday.
We will still continue with the one to one appointments as they are being used more and more so please just call to book.
We will also no longer be opening the Post Office but will be serving through the window due to the need for social distancing.
Unfortunately some people do not think this applies to them and because of this they are putting myself, staff and my family at risk and this cannot happen.
Thank you for your understanding
Bere Regis Sports Club
Following the suspension of all grass roots activity in both football and cricket, and the suspension of local pool and darts leagues, the social facilities at Bere Regis Sports Club will remain closed until further notice.
We cannot ask volunteers to operate the bar under current circumstances and acknowledge that other establishments in the village are operated by employed staff.
Stay as fit and healthy as you can!
Here are some useful numbers for older people who are isolated, sometimes it helps to talk and Silver Line is great for this .
As some of the people living alone and older people don't have internet this is something you can pass on to your neighbours.
It can be helpful to know who you can call, especially if someone’s feeling isolated.
For practical information and advice, call Age UK Advice: 0800 169 65 65
For a cheerful chat, day or night, call Silver Line: 0800 470 80 90
Bere Regis Chapel
We at Bere Regis Chapel have temporarily suspended all services of all kinds, in order to protect our vulnerable members, and to follow government guidelines regarding social distancing.
We as a church recognise that this is a worrying and distressing time for a lot of people. In acknowledgment of that, we can offer the local community two services.
Firstly, if anybody would like the church to pray for them, they can either contact me confidentially, or write to the church anonymously.
Secondly, if there are people who just need a chat, perhaps who live on their own and are isolated, then please feel free to contact me and I can phone you.
Address: Bere Regis Congregational church, Butt Lane, Bere Regis, BH20 7HZ
Lee Ward Electrical (Trusted Trader)
Over the coming weeks and months ahead which will be difficult for everyone, in particular the elderly and vulnerable, I wanted (as an electrician) to offer to do my bit in regards to helping in some small way.
If you, a family member, or neighbour is elderly and/or a vulnerable person with an electrical installation fault, power cut/loss, or require a much needed small electrical job doing I wanted to offer you my support and labour services completely free of charge through these difficult times ahead.
Obviously safety comes first of which this will be subject to the latest Government advice regarding safe isolation and lock down protocols.
I’m offering this without wanting anything in return other than to help those who may need it the most free of charge during these difficult times.
I will do what I can to help where possible.
My 24 hour number is 07773 342665 of which you can phone or text message.
With best wishes, Lee.
Pop In Place
Due to infection Control The Pop In Place have cancelled the following Events….
Easter Bonnet workshop at the Pop In Place Friday 3rd April
Good Friday Easter Fun Morning 10th April
Pop In Place AGM Friday 24th April
Pop In Place Village Quiz Tuesday 19th May 7.30
Pop In Place Summer Show
Pop In Place Cafe is now closed until the all clear from the Government.