From 1st September 2015 patients will be able to book online or through the call centre for a blood test. Book your appointment online at www.southend.nhs.uk/for-patients-visitors/blood-tests/ If you are unable to access the online booking system you can still call 01702 422555 between 07:30am-17:00pm Monday - Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).
Out of Hours
The 111 Service will take over from 6.30pm to 8.00am Monday through to Friday morning and 6.30pm on Friday to 8.00am Monday. Although the Surgery is closed medical help is always available by calling the surgery number and listening to the information. When the surgery is closed the Out of Hours may be contacted on - 111.
For immediate, life-threatening emergencies, call 999.
On receiving the request from a patient to speak to a GP or a nurse the message is taken by the receptionist for the named clinician and the message is then conveyed for appropriate action by the clinician. The clinician will then telephone the patient. Receptionists cannot put calls directly through to clinicians during clinics unless the situation requires emergency attention. Telephone consultations are also available with doctors and nurses.
Cancelling your Appointment
If you are unable to attend an appointment with one of the doctors or nurses, please telephone the surgery to cancel your appointment. By giving us as much notice as you can you are helping us to make sure that someone else is given your slot. You are now able to cancel your appointment by texting our appointment cancellation hotline on 07936843797. Please text your name, date of birth and the date of the appointment which you wish to cancel.
This telephone number is for the cancellation of appointments only
Weekend and Bank Holiday GP Service
Patients can now book a weekend/bank holiday appointment with a GP or Practice Nurse. The service will be open on Saturdays from 8.00am to 5.00pm and Sundays from 9.00am to 5.00pm. During Bank Holidays please call for details.
Advance appointments can be booked via Oaklands Surgery by ringing 01268 209339 and for on the day appointments telephone one of the surgeries listed below during times shown. This service is available to patients who are registered at participating surgeries only. Please note that this is not a walk-in service but by appointment only.
The service is available at the following GP Surgeries:
The Essex Way Surgery, 34 Essex Way, Benfleet SS7 1LT, Telephone: 01268 792000 or Audley Mills Surgery, Rayleigh.
Meningitis and Septicaemia - Information for new university entrants - 2015
Meningitis and septicaemia can kill very quickly. All age groups are affected but teenagers and young adults have a higher risk of meningococcal disease. A vaccination programme is being introduced to provide added protection against MenW and to reduce the spread of the disease to others. The MenACWY vaccine that will be used will protect against 4 meningococcal groups. Even if you have already had a MenC vaccine you should have the Men ACWY vaccine. You are in the higher risk group so make sure you don't miss out on your vaccination. If you are starting university in 2015 please contact the surgery for further information.
Dr Prasad - Leaving
Dr Prasad will be leaving Oaklands Surgery at the end of March 2016. If you have Dr Prasad as your named GP then from 31st March 2016 your named registered GP will change to Dr Cyrus. If you would like a different doctor as your named GP then please see a member of the reception team. Of course you will still be able to see any GP of your choice. Oaklands Surgery would like to wish Dr Prasad well in his new venture.
Electronic Prescription Service
Oaklands Surgery is now offering the Electronic Prescription Service, which allows patients to choose or 'nominate' a pharmacy to get your medicines or appliances from. Your GP then sends your prescription electronically to the place you nominated. This means:
- If you collect your repeat prescriptions from your GP you will not have to visit your GP practice to pick up your paper prescription, saving time
- You will have more choice about where to get your medicines from because they can be collected from a pharmacy near to where you live, work or shop
- You may not have to wait as long as your repeat prescriptions could be prepared before you arrive