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A Comprehensive Cyberbullying Guide for Parents

Digital technology is quickly becoming ubiquitous in our society. The vast majority of individuals now travel with at least one device on their person. This has its advantages, as people can gain access to real time information as well as communicate with social contacts and business associates. It is also useful for day to day activities such as travel times, geolocation and weather information.

Unfortunately, continual access to digital information comes with a series of disadvantages. And one of these is the rise of cyberbullying. 24/7 access to digital technology is not an advantage when the technology is being used to harass or discriminate against an individual. It can be a terrible situation where children are bullied around the clock, afraid to turn on their device for what they might find on it. The role of parents is to stay alert to the dangers of over exposure to these types of technology.

For more information on what cyberbullying is and how to prevent this, please visit the ‘A Comprehensive Cyberbullying Guide for Parents’ blog.

Support your surgery so it can be there to support you

GPs, their teams and patients have faced an extremely challenging time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Face-to-face contact has had to be limited across all NHS services to protect you and keep you safe from the risk of infection. We know that it’s been frustrating for some of you who have not always been able to book a face-to-face GP appointment.

Despite lockdown measures lifting, we must be honest and tell you that the pandemic has not ended, the threat of COVID – 19 remains and general practice will continue to struggle to meet the growing needs of patients. This isn’t the way we want it to be.

But there are millions of patients whose treatment has been delayed now seeking help, more tests to administer and more bureaucracy, as well as millions more vaccine appointments to deliver in the coming months.

We can’t meet this challenge, without more support. General practice desperately needs help, which is why we’re calling on the Government to provide the funding needed to provide better services, more GPs, and staff to see you promptly, and sufficient safe space in waiting areas and for staff to see you.

Your GP surgery needs your support, so it can be there to support you.

Please take a minute to sign our petition and show your support for your local practice by visiting www.bma.org.uk/supportyoursurgery.

#SupportYourSurgery

COVID-19 Booster Vaccine and Influenza Vaccine update

From Monday 6th September 2021, we will be co-administering the third dose COVID-19 Booster Vaccine and the Influenza Vaccine at the Sutton Town Hall for patient’s registered with the Sutton Coldfield Group Practice (SCGP), Ashfield Surgery, Manor Practice and Hawthorns Surgery.

This is to maximise protection ahead of the winter months.

Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing more information on our social media platforms regarding this, including who will be eligible.

For now, please do not contact us to book as we will be contacting you directly when it is time to book your appointment.

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Practice update – July 2021

Following the latest government announcement regarding the ending of lockdown measures across the country, we would like to make you aware of how this will affect your visit to the practice from July 19th 2021.

Face coverings:

Although from July 19th 2021 this will no longer be a legal requirement, the practice would appreciate all patients to continue to wear face coverings when entering the building; this is to protect yourself, other patients and the practice clinical and administrative staff.

Patients arriving without a mask will be offered one before they enter. Those patients who refuse to wear a face covering will be asked to remain outside and communicate with the practice via the external intercom.

Appointments at the practice:

While we continue to increase the number of face-to-face appointments, these are still only bookable following a telephone consultation with the GP first.  Following your consultation with the GP, if it is felt that a further face-to-face appointment is necessary, they will arrange this with you during the call.

Prescriptions:

These will continue to be sent electronically to your nominated pharmacy.  Collection of prescriptions from the practice will not be available. Prescription requests will not be accepted over the telephone.

We thank you for your patience during this time.  The practice continues to ensure that we provide you with a safe service and we appreciate your continued cooperation.