Welcome to Tinkers Lane Surgery
Influenza Vaccination Clinics
We will soon be taking bookings for flu vaccinations for our eligible patients. Please do not call the surgery yet. We will inform you when we are able to make the appointments.
Eligibility criteria – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
The format will be similar to previous years. There will be a clinic inside the surgery, and we will also have a drive thru clinic for those patients who have mobility issues.
When booking your appointment please stipulate if you would prefer a drive thru slot due to mobility issues.
If you are able to walk to the surgery, please do so or park in the local carparks such as Iceland. There will be no parking at the surgery due to the drive thru clinic.
Please do not arrive too early for your appointment. A face covering will be required.
To cut down on phone calls to the surgery, SMS with a booking link will be sent to those eligible patients who are able to receive texts. If you would like to receive SMS from the surgery, please notify us of any changes to your mobile number.
Flu clinic dates:
Sat 24th Sept – 8:30 to 5:00pm
Sat 1st Oct – 8:30 to 5:00pm
Sat 15th Oct – 8:30 to 5:00pm
Sat 22nd Oct – 8:30 to 5:00pm
I want to draw your attention to We Hear You – a charity that provides FREE counselling across Wiltshire and beyond for patients, families, friends and carers (all ages) who have been affected or bereaved by cancer or any other life threatening condition, including Covid. They deliver 1:1 and group sessions – face to face from clinics in the community and online, as well as working out of some schools in Wiltshire where links have been built. They also run courses on mindfulness, nature and wellbeing and more.
Please click on the above link to access the ‘We Hear You’ website.
TRAVEL ADVICE 2022
Please book an appointment with a nurse upon collecting your vaccination form/downloading and printing off via the Travel Vaccination Form Tile on this page. Our nurse can then cancel your appointment if your vaccines are all up-to-date and you do not need travel advice, or if we are unable to supply the vaccines you need.
NB: We are ONLY doing NHS funded vaccines, you will need to attend a private clinic for non-NHS vaccines: Rabies, Hepatitis B, Tick, Japanese encephalitis, Meningitis and Yellow fever; please click on the Travel Advice Leaflet tile for alternative centres.
Please complete this form 6-8 weeks before travel, and hand it in to reception prior to your appointment.
THE CONTINUED WEARING OF MASKS IN GENERAL PRACTICE
Notwithstanding the changes to Covid restrictions announced by the Govt, the mandatory wearing of masks will continue whilst attending the Surgery:
- To be authorised entry to the Surgery all patients are required to wear a surgical mask/face covering.
- If patients are exempt from wearing a facemask/covering, we will provide you with a face shield/visor to wear whilst in the Surgery.
- If a patient refuses to wear any facemask/covering or face shield/visor, regrettably entry to the Surgery will be prohibited and the appointment will have to be cancelled and rearranged for a telephone appointment. Any appointments that require face to face contact (like nurses’ appointments) cannot take place unless the patient wears a facemask/covering or face shield/visor.
This policy remains in place to continue to protect our clinically vulnerable patients and staff. Please help us by cooperating and being kind during this extremely busy and stressful time.
Update on booking your Covid Booster Jab:
To book a booster vaccination or to have your first or second vaccine include booking an appointment at a community pharmacy or vaccination clinic using the online National Booking Service or by calling 119. Appointments are available from a wide range of locations, including community pharmacies, large vaccination centres and some GP-led venues. There are large vaccine centres in the region at Bath Racecourse and the Steam Museum in Swindon.
Tell the NHS about coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you’ve had abroad:
Who can use this service:
- if you are aged 18 years old or over
- have an NHS number
- have received one of these MHRA-approved vaccines outside of England – Oxford/AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty), Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) or Moderna (Spikevax)
Important Patient Information:
SAME DAY EMERGENCY TRIAGE APPOINTMENTS
For a number of years, we have provided a ‘Same Day Urgent’ Triage service 5 full days a week for the benefit of our patients offering an average of 70 triage appointments per day not including the myriad of routine pre-booked daily appointments with our various clinical teams. However, since the end of lockdown in July, the volume of demand has significantly increased, resulting in the whole days’ triage appointments being regularly filled before 9:00am. In order to help us to prioritise and be able to treat genuine ‘same day urgent’ patients, it is requested that patients who have ongoing ailments that have continued for more than 2 weeks, to book a routine appointment with a clinician. This will leave a greater number of ‘same day urgent’ triage appointments for patients with relatively new ailments that they have had for less than 2 weeks. The current waiting time for a routine appointment is between one and two weeks depending on if you wish to see a specific clinician or the next available one.
SERVICES AVAILABLE AT TINKERS LANE SURGERY
Please be aware of the myriad of different services that Tinkers Lane Surgery now offers covering the following clinical professionals: GPs, Physician Associates (PAs), Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs), Practice Nurses, Health Care Assistants (HCAs), Clinical Pharmacists, First Contact Physiotherapists (FCPs), Midwives and Community Nurses. For further details about how these different clinicians can help you and what clinical specialisms they cover, please click on the ‘PRACTICE STAFF’ tab at the top of this page.
Please see the following Info-graphic providing a snapshot of our activity as a Practice over the month of July 2022 highlighting the services, support and treatment carried out by us on behalf of our patients: