With patient’s needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.
The NHS in xxx and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.
Call 111 now if you've been:
- to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days (even if you do not have symptoms)
- to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
- to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
- in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus
Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.
Further information is available on nhs.uk
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan or Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
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.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at Further information is available on nhs.uk
Improved GP Access Appointments
You may have heard in the news the GP surgeries across the country are launching a new service to offer additional appointments to patients across the evenings and weekends.
The Howdale and Marham surgeries are excited to announce that we are now one of the 21 local GP surgeries who are working together to offer additional appointments to our patients.
The additional appointments will be offered in the evenings up until 8pm and on weekends between the hours of 8am and 1pm. They will be offered at one of eight hubs across West Norfolk.
For more information see the Appointments page for more details.
Improved GP Access Appointments Survey
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Prescription Delivery Services
The Howdale and Marham surgeries would like to inform our patients that we have no links to private companies such as Echo, Pharmacy 2U and +Well.
Text and App Appointment Messaging Service
The Howdale and Marham surgeries now offer a free app and text messaging service to our patients. For patient access to this service we must have the patients mobile telephone number recorded on their medical records. This service will send reminders for booked appointments, the ability to cancel an appointment directly from the message if the patient cannot attend, automatic access to complete the Friends and Family Test after an appointment and for the surgery to be able to contact patients in relation to health campaigns relevant to that individual.
If you do not wish to use this free service then please follow the instructions on the welcoming text message to decline.
If you wish to be included in the service but have not received the welcoming text, then please contact the surgery and ensure that we have your current mobile telephone number recorded on your patient notes.
Patient Contact Details
We would like to remind our patients to contact the surgery if there are any changes to personal contact details such as address or landline and mobile telephone numbers. This is to ensure that we can keep patient records up to date.
Howdale Surgery dispensary direct dial line
The Howdale Surgery dispensary now has its own direct dial telephone number, 01366 381717. This is available from 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri, and 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM on Wed. Please note that this line is for dispensary queries only.
Get Well, Keep Well
Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.
Howdale Surgery access
We do have a parking space near the door specifically assigned for disabled patients. If you are able bodied, please DO NOT park here.
Online Access for patients
Patients can now register for online access to the Howdale Surgery. Simply go to the bottom of this home page and click on the circular appointments button and follow the prompts or visit the surgery and ask at reception. Online access allows you to book and cancel appointments, order repeat medications and view a summary of your medical files.
Every patient has an allocated GP. When you book for your appointment, please ensure that you book with your allocated GP if possible and that the appointment is at the correct surgery site (ie. Howdale or Marham). Patients are only to book appointments at the surgery that they are registered with, please ensure that when you book an appointment online you check on screen which surgery the appointment is for.
If you would like to know who your allocated GP is then please contact the surgery.
Further to these points the practice already provides an automated daily upload of any changes to a patient’s summary information to the Summary Care Record (SCR). The SCR information includes medications, allergies and adverse reactions, for which patient implied consent is required. The practice also utilises the GP2GP record transfer system.
Friends and Family Test
Please feel free to leave a comment. Just click on the menu on the right side of the screen.
Accessible Information Standard
If you, or a patient registered at this practice that you act as a carer for, have any communication / information needs relating to a disability, impairment or sensory loss then please let us know what the problem is and how we can help. This can be done via email to email@example.com or by informing our reception team by telephone or during your next visit.
Registration requires you to bring 2 forms of ID, 1 with a photo
The online pre-registration form is available to help us have your details before you register. However, it is important for you to note that you are not registered until you have brought 2 forms of ID to us, 1 with a photo, and have signed the registration form.