Oaks Healthcare

STREP A – Primary Care important information update

On top of our normal high winter workload, we, like every other practice nationally, are seeing a large number of calls related to concerns around strep A and scarlet fever, following reports that there has been an increase of cases. While most children will only have a mild illness, some may become seriously unwell, so if you are concerned about your child, please seek medical help.

You can get more information on what to look out for and when to seek medical help on the healthier Together website: Strep A and scarlet fever :: Healthier Together (what0-18.nhs.uk) or by watching this video:

We are doing our best to ensure patients who need to be seen on the same day can be. We may not have capacity to see everyone and understand that delays getting through can be frustration. We apologise for the longer than usual waits to speak to our reception team.

After discussion with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated care Board, we have made the difficult decision, along with many other local practices, that we may need to temporarily delay routine appointments to ensure urgent cases can be seen quickly. This will be done according to clinical need, and we will do what we can to reduce disruption.

If you are unable to attend an appointment or need to rearrange, please let us know as soon as possible, so that we can offer it to others.

Please be patient with us and if your reason for contacting us isn’t urgent please consider getting back in touch on another day. If you can have your request dealt with online such as a repeat prescription request, general enquires or fit to work certificates, please visit our website: Oaks Healthcare (gpsurgery.net).

Parents or Guardians of children can download the Healthier Together App for free onto their smart phone or through the website for instant advice on many common conditions: www.what0-18.nhs.uk/

Your local pharmacy can help with some minor ailments such as the common cold, upset stomach, or aches and pains. However, if you are getting worse, or things change you can visit NHS111 online, find your nearest Urgent Treatment Centre, or in an emergency, dial 999 or visit the emergency department.

Thank you for your understanding.