Welcome to the Quay Lane Surgery Website
Quay Lane doctors' surgery in St Germans provides the highest quality healthcare to patients in the Cornwall area. Our doctors, nurses and all our other staff are dedicated to offering a professional service and this surgery website will help us to keep all our patients up to date with news and information about our practice.
As well as a source of information about our practice, the staff and the services we provide, we hope you will use this website as a useful resource for other health-related information. Please have a look around and do send us some feedback if you like. We can use your ideas to improve our online services and further develop the content of this site.
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CORONOVIRUS UPDATE (13/01/21):
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICES AT QUAY LANE SURGERY
We would like to update you on some urgent but hopefully short-term changes at Quay Lane Surgery. These changes will affect all of the other 8 GP practices in East Cornwall too.
As you may be aware, COVID-19 infection rates for Cornwall are high. As well as supporting our patients, our colleagues are also being affected. All this is happening, while we are delivering the largest vaccination programme the NHS has ever delivered.
Our doctors, clinicians and administrative staff are at the forefront of the vaccination programme and will be working shifts at the vaccination hub. We want to deliver vaccines to you and your families, as quickly and safely as possible. To help us do this national guidance has advised us to reduce all non-urgent work.
Our GP practice will remain open. You should continue to contact us if you have an urgent concern or have symptoms you are worried about. Please use the e-consultation portal on our practice website or contact us by phone. If you do need to speak to us on the phone, please expect us to ask you some extra questions to allow us to triage your call.
We will continue to offer urgent and emergency appointments and ask that you please be patient with us during this time.
If you have a routine problem that can wait, it will really help us if you wait until our normal services resume. We expect services to be back to normal in 4 to 6 weeks. This will allow us to ensure we can redeploy staff to run the vaccination clinics.
You can also use your local pharmacy for advice. You can also contact NHS.uk or call 111 for support. NHS 111 is available 24/7 and as well as providing advice can also direct you to a local service and will let them know you are on the way.
Our vaccination programme has started and we are currently inviting patients in priority group 2 to attend the vaccination centre at Pensilva Millennium Centre. We anticipate that there will be weekly clinics, however, will be dependent on regular vaccine deliveries. We hope more sites will open up in the very near future, however, the first site to go live will be Millennium House and patients will be invited to attend at this site via their GP practice. We kindly ask that you do not ring the surgery to enquire about booking an appointment but wait until you are contacted by a member of our team.
Please be reassured we are all working as hard as we can to look after you and ensure a vaccination programme happens quickly and safely to protect us all.
Thank you for your help and understanding.
Mrs Debbie Todd
For and on behalf of the Partners of Quay Lane Surgery
Self –Help Information On-Line:
If you have any questions about the Covid-19 Vaccine:
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General medical information
COVID Vaccinations in East Cornwall (updated 11/01/21)
The East Cornwall Primary Care Network Team are working hard to provide the much awaited COVID vaccination to our patients. Appointments are now being offered to patients in priority group 1 and 2 at the mass vaccination centre at Millennium House, Pensilva on Thursday 14th January 2021. Do not ring the surgery about booking an appointment or turn up at Millenium House without an appointment. Quay Lane Surgery have an allocation of vaccines and will contact patient directly as vaccines are delivered and appointments become available.
Following extensive trials, 2 safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 have been approved by regulators and are now being made available to us and are supplied to us in batches to our vaccination site. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has said that both the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine ‘give very high protection against severe disease’ and both have good safety records. Both vaccines are being used across the county. This is an enormously complex vaccination programme using two new vaccines and is unlike anything the NHS has ever delivered before. The programme is initially focussing on sites that can deliver high volumes of vaccinations. As NHS England rapidly roll out the programme further, they are looking at other delivery models and more localised vaccination centres.
We are experiencing a higher than average number of calls in the practice from patients enquiring about the vaccine. We kindly ask that you do not contact the practice; we will contact patients to offer an appointment once we are in a position to do so, focussing on the priority groups*. Everyone at the practice is working extremely hard to make sure people receive their vaccine as quickly as possible. Please be patient with us during this time as we are working hard to vaccinate as quickly as possible using the supplies that we receive. On days where GPs, nurses and other staff are supporting the vaccination programme some routine appointment may be rescheduled to an alternative day. Urgent GP appointments will be available and patients will be seen if deemed appropriate. More vaccination clinics are being made available all the time and everyone who is eligible will receive the vaccine in due course.
We will keep you updated as and when we receive more information from NHS England, thank you for your patience.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JVCI) advice on Priority Groups for COVID-19 vaccination:
- Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- Those 80 years and over and frontline health and social care workers (housebound patients)
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over
- All those 65 years of age and over
- Those 16 - 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- Those 60 years of age and over
- Those 55 years of age and over
- Those 50 years of age and over
Like many businesses across the UK, we are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and following the advice provided by UK health authorities.
Follow the link on the right under further information named COVID-19 Coronavirus for further information.
***** YOUR GP SURGERY IS OPEN*****
Please call us for advice in the usual way; we are open for non COVID enquiries. Although we may not see you in the practice we are happy to help via telephone or video link (you must have a smartphone).
We ask that you do not attend the surgery unless you are collecting medication or have been advised to do so by a receptionist or health care professional. Patients must attend appointments on their own unless it is a child or vulnerable person (one carer can attend with them).
If you would like to book a video consultation with a GP then please let the receptionist know. You will receive a link via text from the surgery prior to your appointment.
In January 2019 we introduced active signposting to Quay Lane Surgery.
This new process sees the Receptionist asking more questions of patients at the point of booking appointments to enable them to make the most appropriate appointment with the right member of clinical staff depending on the patient’s condition.
It is important for patients to understand that they are not being nosy and the information being asked for is very much in their best interests and to ensure they receive the most appropriate and efficient service possible.
To read more about our signposting service then please click here
See a GP by video with LIVI
This practice now offers a video GP service – LIVI – to all our patients. To access the service simply download LIVI from the App store (iphone) or Google Play (Android), and sign up. You can get medical advice, prescriptions and referrals by video, with appointments available on the same day, even at weekends. They link in directly with your medical records at the surgery.
Get the LIVI app here: https://bit.ly/2KySedD
They are available evenings and weekends and on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
We are delighted to be able to let you know that the patients of Quay Lane Surgery are able to use LIVI from 7am until 10pm at night and also at the weekend from 8am until 4pm for the next 3 months (August to October). It's free to use and has both bookable and drop-in GP Video appointments available.
Please note that the LIVI GPs are not GPs from Quay Lane Surgery.
Quay Lane Surgery
What is a Privacy Notice?
A Privacy Notice (or ‘Fair Processing Notice’) is an explanation of what information the Practice collects on patients and how it is used. Being transparent and providing clear information to patients about how a Practice uses their personal data is an essential requirement of GDPR ( Data Protection Act 1998 ).
This can be accessed by following the Policies link at the top left of the page.
VISITORS (temporary patients)
If you are staying in our area and need to be seen then we request that you contact your own GP. All practices are now offering telephone and video consultations and will be able to consult you via one of these methods. If you need a prescription then they will be able to arrange for one to be sent electronically to a local pharmacy of your choice.
If you have an urgent problem then we ask that you contact 111.
Quay Lane & Downderry Surgery Newsletter
Newsletter - please follow the link below (to see previous issues follow the Latest News Link on the right):
Magazines, Leaflets and Childrens Books
Due to infection control, we are unable to have magazines or leaflets for patients to look at for the foreseeable future. All Childrens books have also been removed.
Please note that all Prescriptions are taking 5 working days due to high demand and problems with deliveries from drug companies. Please do not include weekends.
(Site updated 21/01/2021)