CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC SCAM ALERT
Fraudsters are using the Coronavirus Pandemic to target elderly, vulnerable people already worried about their health and future.
The latest scam reported by Essex Police involves people impersonating Trading Standards Officers.
They appear to be targeting those who have already fallen victim to rogue traders so these may be follow up attempts to obtain even more money from vulnerable customers.
Trading Standards Officers always carry identification and can be verified by calling the national consumer helpline on 03454 040506.
Elsewhere there are reports of fraudsters posing as NHS doctors to gain entry to peoples’ homes; offering to do shopping for those who cannot get out, and disappearing with the money; emailing victims claiming to be able to provide a list of coronavirus infected people in their area and when they click on a link it leads to a malicious website.
“At a time when our communities are pulling together to look out for our elderly population, these despicable people are preying on their anxieties,” said Cllr Nigel Bedford, Cabinet Member for Community and Partnerships.
“Our advice is to be mindful of clicking on links in emails, paying for items online from companies you have not researched, and giving people money or your bank details if they knock on your door and offer to do some shopping on your behalf if you are unable to get out.
“Also please remember if you receive an unsolicited phone call about your bank account just hang up and if the phone rings again do not answer it .
“If any of this has happened to you, please report to Action Fraud 0300 123 2040. If a suspect is at your address or you believe yourself to be at risk of harm, please dial 999.”
REDUCED LOCAL WALK-IN X-RAY SERVICES (FROM 26.03.2020)
Please note that Princess Alexandra Hospital, St Margaret's Hospital and Herts and Essex Hospital are currently not processing any routine GP x-ray requests.
The departments will continue to process any urgent requests at the times specified below:
The Princess Alexandra Hospital:
Location: Radiology Dept- Area B6, Hamstel Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1QX
Monday-Friday 8am-9am & 2pm-4:45pm
Herts & Essex Hospital:
Location: Radiology Dept- Haymeads Lane, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 5JH
Monday-Friday 8:30am-12:30pm & 1:30-4:30pm
St Margarets’s Hospital:
Location: Radiology Dept- The Plain, Epping, Essex, CM16 6TN
An update will follow when normal service is resumed.
ONLINE BOOKING SUSPENDED
To ensure the safety of all patients and staff at the practice during this phase of COVID-19, online appointment booking has currently been suspended.
ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTION SERVICE PHASE 4
We are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically from Tuesday 3rd March 2020.
Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money.
You will receive your prescriptions in the same way as you do now.
Read more about EPS on the NHS Website
NHS MINOR EYE CARE SERVICE
This is a new NHS service providing an assessment and treatment for minor eye conditions through local clinician and community provider network.
You can be referred by your GP practice or optometrist - alternatively you can access the service by walking into one of the participating optometrists.
For more information please visit www.roseopticians.com or view their poster.
FIRST CONTACT PRACTITIONER CLINIC
We are pleased to announce that we now have a First Contact Practitioner Clinic at the surgery. This clinic is run by a Extended Scope Physiotherapist who can triage, assess and refer or request investigations for patients with a selective range of musculoskeletal conditions. This clinic runs weekly on a Friday morning.
For more information or to book an appointment in this clinic, please liaise with a member of reception.
BACK TO FITNESS COURSE - BREAST CANCER PATIENTS
St Margaret's Hospital are offering a fun, free six week exercise course for breast cancer patients - for more information, please click to view the Back to Fitness Poster 2020.