Forge Close Surgery

020 8462 1601

Welcome to Forge Close Surgery –

We are delighted to announce that from Monday 19th July we will be following government guidance and opening our front door. We are grateful to be able to welcome our patients back into the  practice. To ensure the safety of our staff and patients  we do ask that you continue to wear a face covering and abide to social distancing measures within the practice. All appointments will remain as telephone consultations initially with Doctors booking Face to Face appointments when appropriate. Please do bear with us whilst we adjust to the new changes.

 

Flu clinics 2021

We are inviting all patients aged over 65 to come along for a flu vaccination at the surgery.

The next clinic arranged is on

Monday 18th October between 1pm and 2pm

For those adults aged between 18 and 64 with specifed health conditions (immunosuppressed, diabetic, asthmatic and so on) and all those over 50 we have a clinic on

Saturday 9th October between 11.30am and 1.30pm

Monday 18th October between 2pm and 3pm

Please telephone the surgery to book a time.

Opting out of data sharing  You may have seen items in the Press relating to the sharing of confidential data and the choices available.  The deadline for opting out of data sharing has been extended to 1 September 2021.  Please complete the NHS data sharing Opt Out form and return it to the surgery for this to be added to your records.

Covid vaccination clinic in West Wickham. Invitations are going out by  text, telephone and letter to book an appointment.

NHS services are using text messages as one of the ways to invite people in for their Covid vaccination. A genuine message will never ask for your bank details or request a payment. It may ask you to confirm your date of birth to make sure the message has reached the intended person. Text messages for our local GP-led site may include a weblink from ‘accurx.thirdparty.nhs.uk’.

If you receive a text message which looks suspicious, you can forward this free of charge to the 7726 SMS reporting service.

Coronavirus vaccination for information on the new programme

Changes to guidance for shielded patients

NHS 111 website  – for advice and treatment options

Covid testing – book a test online and action afterwards

Sexual health and contraception advice for women

Government website – advice on help and support available

NHS advice on dealing with symptoms, accessing medical services

Coronavirus – sick notes for self isolation etc to download

Coping with staying at home  – advice on maintaining good mental health, St Christopher’s online acitivities

Requesting help from Bromley Council  and NHS volunteers – for practical assistance

How you can help:

Volunteering to offer help in the community

 

See ‘latest news’ below for updates to the services we are providing  here at Forge Close and changes to the way we are working. More will be published at a future date. Dr Sarah Young, senior partner at Forge Close,   retired at the end of March and she has sent the following message to everyone:

I wanted to write to thank all of the wonderful people who have wished me well in my retirement over the past few weeks. I have been sincerely touched by all your cards and messages of goodwill. The cards and messages have been compiled for me into an album which I shall treasure. It’s a lovely gift to have.

I have also been moved by people’s generosity and would like to thank everyone who contributed to my retirement gifts or who sent gifts to me personally. You have all been so kind.

Several patients have commented that I’m not old enough to retire but sadly I am! I am now the age that my oldest patients were, when I first met them. Time marches on and we cannot stop it. Sometimes we have to stop ourselves and step back to admire the view, to savour the moment. For me, now is one of those times. Other patients have asked what I will do in retirement. I hope to have more time to spend with family, should the Covid pandemic allow. My husband and I should like to travel, again Covid permitting. And I have three exuberant dogs, flatcoated retrievers, that I shall spend more time training and competing with.

It has been my pleasure and my privilege to be a GP in Hayes for the last 28 years. During that time I have enjoyed supporting patients “from the cradle to the grave” – just as Nye Bevin intended when he founded the NHS 73 years ago. I have enjoyed being part of my patients’ lives, seeing children growing up, young people becoming parents, parents becoming grandparents, and yes, senior citizens ageing. I have always counted myself blessed to be a part of my patients’ healthcare journeys. Thank you for sharing that with me; for placing your trust in me. The NHS has been around all of my lifetime and so it stuns me to think that I have worked for the service for 35 of those years! So much has changed during that time and yet so much remains the same. The doctor-patient relationship remains a key component of the service the NHS provides and I hope that this will continue to be true for years to come. It is certainly a key component of the service Forge Close Surgery provides. I am confident that I leave Forge Close and you, the patients, in great hands. The surgery has a wonderful team who I know will continue to care for you all with dedication, empathy and kindness.

With grateful thanks and very best wishes to you all.

Latest News

Urgent Care and A&E attendance

New phlebotmist

Dr Sarah Young’s retirement