Welcome to the Website for Fressingfield & Stradbroke practices
**Flu**We have sent flu invitation letters to all those patients aged over 65 and those patients with an underlying health condition aged 18-64.
We will contact those patients aged 50-64 without an underlying health condition in October. As we are receiving the flu vaccines for this cohort during October.
We will contact parents/guardians of children eligible for a flu vaccine during mid September.
Covid Vaccination -
Further Information about the Covid Booster Programme can be found at
How and when to get your COVID-19 booster vaccine
You'll be offered a booster dose at least 6 months after you had your 2nd dose.
The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have a booster dose. It's important not to contact the NHS for one before then.
Most people will be invited to book an appointment at a larger vaccination centre such as the one in Harleston, vaccination hubs will not be able to offer the flu vaccination.
The following groups are eligible and will be invited in the same priority order that you were invited for your previous dose of the vaccine:
frontline health and social care workers
all adults aged 50 years or over
all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that puts them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, and adult carers
adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
Covid vaccination helpline 0344 257 3961
TRANSPORT TO THE VACCINATION CENTRES, if you need help with transport to the vaccination centres, then the following should be able to help you:
The Borderhoppa - 01379 854800 Click here for further information about the Borderhoppa
BSEVC – Central Booking Line - 01449 614271
Stradbroke Good Neighbours - 07749 445531
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GP & NURSE EDUCATIONAL DAYS
Ipswich & East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group organise monthly 'virtual' training events for practices across Suffolk. We will be closed for clinics from 1pm on the following days so our doctors and nurses can attend these events:
11th November 2021, 8th December 2021, 10th February 2022 & 9th March 2022
The telephones will be diverted to the Out of Hours provider, who will be covering any clinical emergencies.
Please dial 111 if you need medical assistance.
If your problem is life threatening dial 999. The Dispensary will continue to be open for medication collection.
Due to the current pandemic of Coronavirus, we have had to change the way you access medical care at the Practice. The below is supported by the recommended guidance from NHS England. Our priority is to keep our patients and GPs and staff safe. If you are presenting with either a new cough or fever or loss of taste or smell, please follow NHS England advice. DO NOT COME TO THE PRACTICE IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS.
For your safety we have measures in place to restrict the number of patients in the waiting room, Dispensary & Reception areas at any one time.
If you are attending the Practice please wear a face mask/face covering.
TESTING FOR COVID-19. Click here to find out more
If you do not have access to the internet call 119 to book a test.
LONG TERM CONDITION REVIEWS- INVITATIONS IN THE MONTH OF YOUR BIRTH-
If you normally have a review of your long term condition such as Diabetes, Asthma, COPD or a heart condition you will now be sent a review invitation letter in the month of your birth. The Clinical Commissioning Group in Suffolk have provided all GP practices systems to allow them to follow ‘a month of birth’ recall system. It is nationally recognised that a ‘month of birth’ recall system is a good way to ensure that every patient with a long term condition is invited to an annual review. Over the last year some patients understandably have chosen not to attend the practice for their review so have fallen outside their normal review period. It therefore especially makes sense to transition to a new system now, so patients know when they will receive their next review invitation. During this first transitional year it may mean that patients have a longer or shorter interval between their reviews. The nurse may feel that you should be seen more frequently than annually and they will discuss this with you and ask you to make more frequent appointments. Please wait for your review invitation letter. Thank you for your help and bearing with us during this transitional time.
Blood Tests - We are having to allocate much longer for each blood test appointment. For your safety our staff need to follow the necessary infection control procedures. This means that capacity for blood test appointments is reduced and waits for a blood test appointment has increased. Please bear with us during these challenging times.
Due to workload pressures the Dispensary at Fressingfield will close between 1pm and 2pm every day until further notice. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused and thank you very much for your assistance
Please ensure you provide 3 working days notice for prescriptions.
Guidance, advice and tips on how to maintain mental and physical wellbeing while at home or are worried and anxious about the outbreak are available here.
Suffolk Wellbeing Service - https://www.wellbeingnands.co.uk for information or call: 0300 123 1503
Click here for details of Connect For Health - this service can help you with any social issues you may have such as debt advice. They can provide befriending, counselling & emotional support. They can be contacted on 01473 835477
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has set up a 24/7 helpline offering immediate support for mental health difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic – 0808 1963494
Are you aged 50+ and looking for ways to get more physically active, click here for your free guide produced by our Patient Group
Every patient is allocated a 'NAMED GP'. If you have 'repeat medication' your repeat prescription slip will show your 'named accountable GP'. We ensure that any letters that you receive from the practice indicate your 'named GP'. All new patients and those over 75 will have been contacted to inform them of their 'named GP'. Any patients that do not know their 'named GP' are welcome to ask at reception when visiting or telephoning the practice
Feeling down? Stressed Out? Overwhelmed? Anxious?
If you want to learn new ways to cope with any of the above emotions, visit https://www.wellbeingnands.co.uk for information or call: 0300 123 1781
If you wish to order medication, book appointments or see your medical records on our website you will need to:
Bring this form into the practice with proof of identity (such as passport, utility bill, driving licence)
You will then receive a registration letter in the post or we will provide it to you when you visit the practice. This letter will provide all the necessary information to allow you to create a new online account
If you have received a registration letter from us to order your prescription via Patient Access please click here
SPECIAL NOTE - DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS FOR 'CRYOTHERAPY' (freezing of skin lesions) CANNOT BE BOOKED ONLINE - We need to make special arrangements for 'cryotherapy' appointments, so please speak to us directly to book any appointments for 'cryotheraphy'.
SPECIAL NOTE - MONDAY EVENING EXTENDED HOURS APPOINTMENTS (After 6:30pm)
Please note that the GP's are unable to carry out certain investigations during these Extended Hours Appointments, such as blood tests, minor operations or intimate examinations.
(Site updated 13/10/2021)