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Falkland House Surgery Noticeboard

In Septembet 2021 1,910 appointments were booked at Falkland House Surgery - averaging 86 appointments per day.

This includes both face-to-face and telephone appointments.


FLU UPDATE - 03.09.21

The main supplier of Flu vaccines, Seqirus, has just notified GP Surgeries across the country that there has been a delay to their planned delivery schedules.

Please keep any appointments you currently have for flu vaccines.  We will contact patients directly to postpone or rearrange appointments.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Blood Bottle Shortage

Due to a serious national supply problem with blood collection tubes all GP practices in the country have been instructed by NHS England to halt all routine blood testing until 17th September except for clinical urgent tests.

Please be assured any tests which we are forced to postpone will be rearranged as soon as NHS England permits.

By rationing of testing capacity we will be able to ensure that anyone who needs a clinically urgent test will be able to have it.

We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause, but we are confident that your medical care will not be impacted.

Examples of tests which will continue include:

  • Bloods where cancer is suspected

  • Bloods that are essential for safe prescribing

  • Bloods that could avoid a hospital admission in an acutely unwell patient

  • Those with suspected sepsis or serious illness

We will contact patients directly to postpone and rearrange appointments as clinically indicated.


Starting Wednesday 15th September 2021

Would you like to improve your fitness in a relaxed and non-competitive environment with the support of a group who are experiencing the same struggles? Then you should come along to the C25K Group.

What is C25K?
It is short for Couch to 5K and is an opportunity to gain the ability, over a period of 10 weeks, to run for up to 5 kilometres without stopping!

When will it start?
On Wednesday 15th September 2021 and every following week for 10 weeks. Meet outside Falkland House Surgery at 6.15pm.

Where will it take place?
We will meet outside Falkland House Surgery with the option to finish at The Greystones Public House. Routes for each session will vary to promote progress.

What is involved?
The aim is to assist you in improving your fitness so that you are able to run continuously for 5 kilometres. You will improve at your own pace and hopefully have some fun along the way. The course is run by a qualified run leader over a period of 10 weeks. The focus will be on gaining confidence and improving posture. It is essential that you are able to commit to the majority of the sessions.

What will I need?
Loose-fitting, comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, trainers, a can-do attitude and some change for a drink in the pub afterwards where we can talk about our experiences and exchange tips. PLEASE NOTE THAT HIGH-VIS JACKETS/TABARDS ARE COMPULSORY (these can be obtained cheaply from sports shops or on-line).

Yes, I’m in. What do I have to do?
Sessions are free and limited to 12 places. To sign up go to and search for the Falkland House C25K Group or go to the following link: 

You will be required to complete a registration form and sign up for each session. In the event of difficulties contact the RunTogether Help Desk.

Contact Nicole Erlen on for further information. I am really looking forward to meeting you on 15th September 2021!

Please note that any guidance in place at the time in relation to Covid will be adhered to. In particular you should not attend if you feel unwell or have had contact with anyone suffering from Covid.


NHS England Data Sharing Policy

There has been a number of reports in the press and on social media regarding the new Data Policy and what this means for the general public.

NHS England have produced a 'mythbusting' website to help patients understand what the Data Sharing Policy means.  For more information please follow the link:

If you do not want us to share your identifiable patient data for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out. This prevents your data being shared with NHS Digital if you register your opt-out before 1 September 2021.  You can still register your opt-out at any time after this date and it will prevent any more data being shared with NHS Digital.

To Type 1 opt-out please fill in and return the below form to our email at before the 1 September 2021

Type 1 opt-out form


If you are in JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation)cohorts 1-9 and haven’t had your first covid-19 vaccination, and don’t have one booked, please contact the practice to arrange as soon as possible. This is for first vaccinations only, if you’ve already had your first vaccination please wait to be contacted about your second appointment.

Please note, if you are not in cohorts 1-9 we will not be able to book you an appointment over the phone. Please wait to be contacted.

Coronavirus information



Due to the current situation we are temporarily allowing patients to order prescriptions over the phone between 2pm and 5pm.  This is for patients who do not have access to online services or email.

In order to support patients with limited access we request that any patients who are able to register for online services contact the Surgery by telephone.

Porter Valley Primary Care Network Listening Service

What is a Listening Service?

All of us find ourselves facing difficulties from time to time and in a busy, sometimes stressful life, it’s important that people know that they are being listening to. Each of us is more than just physical. The health of our inner self can affect our well-being in every other aspect.

You may find it helpful to talk to someone independent, who has time to listen and is experienced in supporting people through life’s challenges.

For more information please see the leaflet below:

Listening Service Leaflet


Porter Valley In Touch


Think Self Care!

Please follow the link below for some useful information on common ailments:

Why Weight Sheffield

Below is a link to the website for 'Why Weight Sheffield' a free self-referral programme designed to help people achieve long term weight loss though a healthy lifestyle.


Our Patient Participation Group has successfully applied to the British Heart Foundation in conjunction with the Dept of Health to be supplied with a community defibrillator and cabinet.  This is a fantastic result for the whole community.  A big thank you to Lynn and her team of dedicated volunteers.The cabinet will be sited on the outside wall of the surgery so will be accessible to surgery staff during practice opening hours as well as members of the public when the surgery is closed.  More information can be found on our Patient Group page. 

Electronic Prescription Service - A new way to get your medicines and appliances. Electronic Prescripton Service

Accessible Information

We now have some literature available in other formats eg - Practice Leaflet in large font, Stop Smoking guide in braille, childhood immunisation DVD.  Due to limited supplies some of these items will only be available to borrow rather than keep.  As part of this initiative could you please let reception know if you have any particular information/communication needs so that we can improve our service to you.


Our premises has suitable access for disabled patients.  As we have on-road parking only, please ensure that you park in a safe place and do not obstruct or inconvenience our neighbours. 

Universal Credit Information Sheet

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