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Thank you from Sister Bev Strand

As you may know Sister Bev Strand has retired from the surgery after 32 years of dedicated service to the patients of Northumberland House Surgery.  She would like to convey her thanks to all those who have sent best wishes, cards and gifts - she is extremely grateful to you all.

Patient Access Emails

Publish Date: 09/11/2021 10:00:00 GMT

 

We have received reports from both Patient Access users and people who have never registered for the service, that they have received Covid passport emails purporting to be from Patient Access.  

We would like to share the following guidance from Patient Access for your information, and for you to share with your patients where appropriate. 

 

We advise users of Patient Access to check the name and email address of the sender, all emails from Patient Access will come via an email address that ends in @patientaccess.com. We advise users never to click on any log in links that you receive via email but to visit the site via the address bar of your browser instead so that you know you are on the genuine Patient Access log in page. You can find more information and guidance on our information security page here: https://www.patientaccess.com/security  

We strongly advise users to set up their Memorable Word security feature, as well as using biometrics (fingerprint ID) if they use the app.  

Email addresses used to register for Patient Access account are secure. We do not share any data and no data is ever saved or stored on any device you use to access Patient Access.

 



Message to all Patients

We would like to advise patients that the practice is experiencing a very high level of  patient demand currently. 

As you may know we are the COVID vaccination hub site for ourselves and 3 other local practices and since the start of the programme in December 2020 have administered 48,000 COVID vaccines to the local population.  As you will imagine this has been due to the selflessness of the team here at the practice working with their colleagues from other surgeries at weekends in addition to undertaking their usual day jobs.  There has been no additional staffing provided for the vaccine campaign it has all been done by existing teams working additional hours.

We are now all working extremely hard to ensure that the delayed demand from the pandemic for care for other conditions is met and that patients can access the services they require.  We have noted however that some patient’s attitude towards staff is at times rude and we are not willing to tolerate this.

Staff in all teams within the surgery have worked tirelessly for the good of patients through very difficult circumstances and so we would ask that you treat them with the kindness and respect you would wish to be treated with yourselves.  We are working as hard as we can and will continue to do so to best serve our patient population.

Prescription Request Update - 19.07.21

From 1st August 2021 we can no longer guarantee that urgent prescription requests will be processed the same day.

Routine prescriptions usually take 48 hours to process.  Please order when you have at least 7 days of medication left.

We are experiencing a high volume of calls from patients enquiring about COVID vaccinations - please do not call the surgery but await us to contact you.  

If I die it will be your fault - Please watch this video


 

Accessibility Statement

This website is run by My Surgery Website, however the content is maintained by the business it represents. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • Change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • Zoom in up to 200% without text spilling off the screen
  • Navigate the website using just a keyboard
  • Navigate the website using speech recognition software
  • Listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

Call or email us

Email: enquiries@mysurgerywebsite.co.uk

Telephone: 0333 433 0021

We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 10 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact us via the email below with the subject “Accessibility Problem”.

Email: enquiries@mysurgerywebsite.co.uk

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Northern Ireland

The Equalities Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

My Surgery Website is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the  Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Compatibility with browsers and assistive technology

This website is designed to be compatible with the following assistive technologies;

  • NVDA with Internet Explorer
  • NVDA with Google Chrome
  • NVDA with Firefox
  • NVDA with Edge
  • NVDA with Safari
  • JAWS with Internet Explorer
  • JAWS with Google Chrome
  • JAWS with Firefox
  • JAWS with Edge
  • JAWS with Safari

How our site looks and work is based on HTML5, and we test for and support the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome (versions in support)
  • Mozilla Firefox (versions in support)
  • Internet Explorer (version 10 and above)
  • Microsoft Edge (versions in support)
  • Apple Safari (versions in support)

Technical specifications

This website relies on the following technologies to work with the particular combination of web browser and any assistive technologies or plugins installed on your computer:

  • HTML
  • WAI-ARIA
  • JavaScript

UserWay accessibility widget

The UserWay Accessibility Widget offers a broad selection of functions that patients can use to meet their individual accessibility needs.

UserWay provides the following accessibility functionality:

  • Increase Text Size
  • Stop Animations
  • Tooltips
  • Convert to Accessible Fonts
  • Highlight Links
  • Larger Cursor
  • Reading Guide
  • Dark Mode
  • Light Mode
  • Invert Colours
  • Text Spacing
  • Colour Desaturation

Compliance Status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.

  • The structure of all the pages throughout the site may affect users using assistive technology and keyboard navigation.
  • The text will not reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window.
  • You cannot modify the line height or spacing of text.
  • Some form elements are missing descriptions.
  • Some elements may be missing keyboard focus.
  • You cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader.
  • Some links identified only by colour.
  • Some link text is used for multiple different destinations.
  • Colour contrast in some areas is insufficient.
  • Some image links are missing alternative text.
  • Heading is missing text in some areas.
  • Some heading elements are not consistent.
  • An iFrame used on the site is missing a title.
  • HTML tags are used to format text in some places.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

How we tested this website

We conduct internal testing against known accessibility issues which are not able to be found through automated testing. 

This statement was prepared on 30th June 2021. It was last reviewed on 30th June 2021 by My Surgery Website.  We tested the home page and 10 random pages.  Next review due 30th December 2021 by My Surgery Website

Accessible features we test manually

  • manual check against the W3C validator
  • examining microdata markup and alt text using special tools
  • checking content in a text-only browser
  • using screen readers to read text aloud
  • using disability simulation tools to browse the website

Accessible features we test using third party tools

Axe: Web Accessibility Testing

Site Improve Accessibility Checker

WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool

 
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