Amended Opening Hours at Churchinford Surgery

Following a recent scheduled health and safety audit, we have discovered some parts of the building have higher than acceptable levels of radon gas.  This is a naturally occuring gas emitted from the ground found commonly across many parts of the UK.  There is no risk to any patients from this discovery, however due to the number of hours staff occupy the building, there could be a small potential risk to our staff.

We have sought expert opinion and are advised that until we can carry out mitigation repairs to the building, we should reduce our staff working hours.  We are fortunate to have three surgery sites, and this means we can move staff around to minimise the disruption to our service.

However, with effect from January 8th 2024 we will have to close Churchinford surgery on a Monday and Thursday afternoon as we are unable to cover these two afternoons within legally permitted working hours.  We will reopen as soon as possible following completion of necessary building repairs.

All appointments lost on a Monday and Thursday at Churchinford will be reprovided at Hemyock.  As currently when we are closed in the afternoons, we will work with patients to ensure we minimise disruption to medicine collections.  Whilst we work through this process, could patients continue to collect their medications from their normal surgery as much as possible.

We apologise for this change, which is entirely outside of our control, and would ask patients for their understanding whilst our staff adapt to the situation.

Should you wish to know more about radon gas and it's impact in a working environment please click here: UKradon - Home

Published on 18 December 2023