Current News and Information
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As of Tuesday 12 February 2013, Bennfield Surgery will not be accepting new patients on to the practice list, except for immediate family living in the same household as a registered patient, ie new baby to the family.
The Seasonal Flu Vaccination
is offered free of charge to anyone over the age of six months with the following medical conditions:
- All pregnant women
- chronic (long-term) respiratory disease,such as severe asthma, COPD or bronchitis,
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure,
- chronic kidney disease,
- chronic liver disease,
- chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson's disease or motor neurone disease,
- diabetes, or
- a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment).
Text Messaging Appointment Reminders
We have an appointment reminder service which will send an appointment reminder via a text message to patients who have pre-booked appointments more than 24 hours in advance. We now need to record up-to-date mobile phone numbers for patients to help us with this, so please check with the receptionist next time you come to the surgery that we have your correct contact details on our system. We hope that this will help to reduce the number of missed appointments.
If we have your mobile telephone number and you receive text message reminders about your booked appointments, you can now cancel this appointment if necessary by texting back from the message you have received. This will help us to allow unwanted appointments to be redirected to other patients, and saves you having to telephone the surgery at busy times to cancel appointments.
Protected Learning Time
The Coventry & Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging local practices to participate in training sessions (protected learning time). Currently these are being held on a monthly basis on Wednesday afternoons. The local Out of Hours Service handles the practice calls during this time to look after our patients. If you do need advice or an appointment when the surgery is closed, then please dial the usual Out of Hours number of 111 and your call will be directed to them to help you.
The practice closes at 12.30 pm on training afternoons and opens again the next morning at 8.30 am.
The next training dates will be in 2014 - dates as yet not confirmed.Saturday Morning Appointments
We are delighted to be able to offer pre-booked routine appointments with a doctor on Saturday Mornings at present.
We are working within the Department of Health framework for extended hours and so we are not able to provide nurse appointments or investigations. A chaperone will not be available, so some examinations will not be able to be performed.
Care for urgent healthcare is still provided over the weekend by the Out-of-Hours Service. Saturday morning appointments are only pre-bookable and for routine medical care.