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As of the 14th September, all routine appointments will change to 'Book on the day only' Lines will open at 8am and once all the appointments are gone, you will need to call back at 8am the following day. The Cottons is changing to try and meet the ever changing demand in general practice. We appreciate your understanding with this change will do our best to change with the least disruption. Many thanks, Stay Safe.

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The Cottons Medical Centre

The doctors and staff at the Cottons Medical Centre in Raunds are proud to offer the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare.  

The practice has been serving the people of Raunds and the surrounding areas for many years. Over 10,000 patients are currently registered.

We run many clinics for the management of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes and offer a wide variety of other medical services.

In addition to everything you need to know about the practice you will also find a wealth of health-related information in the menu on the right hand side.

Coronavirus Update

As you will be aware COVID-19 is still a serious on-going concern and residents living in Northamptonshire are presently at increased risk as there is a significant increase in numbers of positive cases in the county.

We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and others by minimising social contact, keeping a safe distance from others, washing hands regularly and wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces and on public transport.

We are asking for your continued support going forward as we continue to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. Please continue to book appointments over the telephone and do not come to the surgeries unless absolutely necessary or you have been invited to do so. We will continue to offer telephone or video appointments. Face to face appointments will only be offered if deemed necessary after a telephone consultation with a GP or a nurse.

We will continue to offer appointments for childhood immunisations, cervical smears, dressings, vaccinations and emergency treatment room procedures. If you need regular blood pressure monitoring we would ask that you consider using a home blood pressure monitor and ring the surgery with the results as necessary. We are able to text or email sick notes and can send blood test request forms electronically to phlebotomy services. This minimises the handling of paperwork and means you do not need to attend the surgery. If you are asked to attend the surgery please remember to wear a face covering, this does not need to be a surgical mask.

All our clinical staff are wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate to their role and have allocated time between appointments to ensure all treatments areas are thoroughly cleaned in accordance with infection control guidance for your safety and protection.

Can all patients attending 'The Cottons Medical Centre' please where a face covering when attending. This can be a mask or a loose scarf to protect yourself and others.

To help with social distancing, please can you adhere to the rules of being a maximum of 2 people in our foyer at any one time. If you arrive and there is already 2 people in the foyer than please wait you turn, following the social distancing guidelines. If you have an appointment then please remember to wait in your car and call the surgery when you are here. If you are here to drop in a prescription, than rather you entering the foyer should you not need to please place in the red box on the front gate. This box will be checked regularly throughout the day.

With the new guidelines around 'Face Masks' that come into force on the 24th July we shall not be providing any exemption letters. Please see the latest guidance on the link below.

We would, once again, like to thank all of our patients for their support, co-operation and understanding during this on-going difficult period.

Many thanks

The Cottons Medical Centre

See Government advice at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#facecoverings

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

Advice in languages other than English are at:

https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/

DOCTORLINK

 

We have been looking at how we can improve access to your GP practice and improve the patient experience.

In partnership with DoctorLink, we will be running a pilot which will give you access to a new service.

DoctorLink is a convenient and reliable online service where you can:

Check symptoms - with a clinically approved symptom checker

Get directed to the right treatment - whether a doctor, emergency care, a nurse or other

Book an appointment at your GP surgery - if your symptoms mean you need to see a clinician

We aim to provide our patients with the most suitable healthcare advice, to help you share your symptoms with your GP/nurse, and to avoid lengthy telephone wait times if you need to request an appointment.

Simply click the link below to register with DoctorLink today and access your GP services.

 

https://app.doctorlink.com/thecottons/register

 

We are asking all patients to register with DoctorLink if possible. Thank you for helping us to find new ways to provide our services.

(Please note: if preferred, you can still make an appointment via phone or Patient Access while we trial our new online service with DoctorLink).

 

Prescriptions

Please remember all prescription requests need to be ordered direct with the surgery and not through 3rd party pharmacists (including online pharmacies). Thanks

 

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