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A message from Dr Claire Laband

I have now retired after a year of sick leave having been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2020.

I joined Cheddar Medical Centre in July 2001 and the twenty years since then have been the happiest of my professional life. The whole practice shares the ethos of continuity of care and accessibility which is good for patients and what makes the job so satisfying.

CORONAVIRUS - If you are visiting the practice please wear a face covering. Up to date information is available here.  

Flu Vaccinations We are now able to offer flu vaccination appointments. Click here to find out whether you are eligible for a free vaccine or call the practice to book your appointment. Flu Vaccinations are now back in stock! If you are eligible for a vaccine and haven't yet had one please give us a ring to boom your appointment.

Type 1 Opt Out: The way NHS Digital handles some patient data is changing on the 1st of July. You can find more information here. If you want to "opt out" of NHS Digital using your data in this way you must complete this form and return it to us before 23rd June 2021. 

CQC Inspection 2019We are delighted to announce that we were inspected by the Care Quality Commission in October and have been graded as "Good" full details of the inspection report can be found here.

The Kings of Wessex student Information

We are aware that some of our patients believe that they must see a GP to achieve evidence for school when they have been poorly and away from school.

We would like to clarify matters:

  • You should only make an appointment to see a GP if there is a medical reason to do so
  • You should not make an appointment to prove to school that you have seen a GP to justify an absence from school as the GP is unable to certify any absence
  • If you are poorly with ‘normal’ viral illness (sickness & diarrhoea/ cold/ flu etc.) then these are better dealt with by staying at home, drinking lots of fluid and resting, not spreading this infection around to other people

Our advice would be to stock the medicine cabinet with:

  • Pain killers
  • Anti-diarrhoeal medicine
  • Rehydration mixture
  • Indigestion remedy
  • Cold and flu remedies
  • First aid kit with bandages,
  • plasters, antiseptic wipes and
  • cream, eyewash, medical tape,
  • sterile dressing, thermometer

We understand, like the academy does, how important it is for you to attend school and would encourage you to do so.

However we cannot provide certification regarding sickness.

Please find a link below to the letter that our GPs would provide should they be asked for this type of information.

Letter to Schools (certificate) 2014

Your GPs are here to medically treat their patients and it is really important that poorly patients can access this service.

As people live longer, and more serious illnesses are treated outside of hospitals with GPs monitoring the patient’s health directly, the pressure for appointments is growing.

We must ask you to respect this and only see the GP when YOU feel you need to.

The Academy understands that this is our position.

The academy have explained may be students whose attendance is approaching 15% absence or who have a history of non-attendance whereby the school may well direct them to the GP for medical advice. They have explained that is because the school is not aware of any obvious reason for their continued illness and so they would like the student to explore with a GP the reasons for their non-attendance NOT to achieve a certificate for the school.

However the decision to make a GP appointment is your own, and please do not make an appointment if there is no medical reason to see a GP or just to achieve a certification as this is not available - other than the letter above.

Feel free to print this off and use as you see necessary however this will not satisfy the academy regarding your continued absence.

 
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