COVID-19 vaccination update
Please do not contact the practice to ask for a COVID-19 vaccination. You will be contacted when you are eligible.
We have been asked by NHS England to start delivering the COVID-19 mass vaccination programme from 15 December. This will be done by working together with other local GP Practices (called a Primary Care Network) at a centralised location to provide the vaccines, rather doing vaccinations here at the practice.
To enable everyone to get the vaccine in a safe and controlled way, a prioritisation list has been established so the vaccine can be delivered to groups who need it first.
We will contact you when you are eligible to receive the vaccine and provide you with information about location and date, so please don’t contact the practice to ask for a vaccine before then.
We are working hard to plan the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations, while continuing to deliver the largest ever flu vaccine campaign and supporting our patients with routine and urgent health requests. On that basis, we are unable to answer additional questions about the COVID vaccine.
However, to help answer your likely questions, we have tried to summarise the key information you need to know about the upcoming COVID-19 vaccination campaign, along with sharing details of the way patient groups will be prioritised:
- The vaccine will be given in order of priority to those at highest risk first.
- We will be in contact with you with information about where and when you will need to receive the vaccine.
- Please act on your invite when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them.
- Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.
- What are the priority groups?
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (excluding pregnant women and those under 16)
- all those 65 years of age and over
- all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
- rest of the population (priority to be determined)
CHANGES DUE TO COVID 19
Anyone requesting a routine appointment with a GP will be given a telephone consultation in the first instance - the GP will decide if you need to attend the surgery for a face to face appointment
Urgent on-the day appointments will all be a telephone triage call by the Advanced Nurse Practitioner or GP in her absence
Practice Nurse appointments while we have started to re introduce services there are some that we have not started such as:
Spirometry, Ear Syringing, smoking cessation face to face, COPD & Asthma checks face to face. Currently COPD & Asthma reviews are being done via a telephone
Travel Vaccines and NHS health checks will be re- introduced in September
Health Care Assistant appointments - are now fully available except ear syringing
Anyone attending the surgery for any reason MUST wear a face covering
Please DO NOT attend the surgery to order your repeat prescriptions, if you are registered for on-line services then please use this method to order your medication
If you are not registered for on-line services we would urge you to register but in the interim or if you do not have internet access then we will take the repeat over the telephone you will need to tell us what it is you need so have your repeat slip or your boxes to hand when you call
We still require at least 48 hours notice for processing repeats
We will do prescriptions no more than 1 week in advance (this may depend on the type of medication requested)
Your repeats will be for the same amounts as normal
All repeats will go to your nominated pharmacy if you have one, if you do not have one please discuss with your preferred pharmacy or a member of reception if ordering your prescription over the telephone, having a nominated pharmacy will support the practice in reducing the footfall to the practice and minimising the risks to yourself, Dr's and staff