2021 FLU SEASON: Flu Vaccination Update 💉
You may have heard that there are delays with Flu Vaccination deliveries. As it stands, we are still liaising with our suppliers to confirm exact delivery dates. Once we have confirmed delivery dates and arranged our planned clinics, patients will be contacted to book their appointment
Thank you for your patience,
Dr Walling & Nathan
COVID-19 Vaccination: Booster Vaccination 💉
We are experiencing a high number of calls from patients requesting a COVID-19 Booster Vaccination.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind patients, like previous the NHS will contact you when it is your turn to have a booster. Therefore, we ask that patients do not contact the practice to book their vaccination.
What you need to know ⚠️
Timing of booster:
The booster is being offered at least 6 months after your last dose. Like your previous doses, the vaccine will be given in your upper arm.
Protection against severe disease from the first 2 doses seems to decline very slowly. So don’t worry if your booster vaccine is given a few weeks after the 6 months time-point. The booster dose should help to extend your protection into the next year.
Most people will be invited to book an appointment at a larger vaccination centre, pharmacy, or local NHS service such as a GP surgery.
Frontline health and social care workers will be invited to book an appointment through their employer.
Please Note ‼️ You must wait 4 weeks (28 days) before booking if you've had a positive COVID-19 test, starting from the date you had the test.
Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine?
Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine.
- people aged 50 and over
- people who live and work in care homes
- frontline health and social care workers
- people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
- carers aged 16 and over
- people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
Thank you for your patience,
Drs Walling and Nathan
COVID SYMPTOMS SCREENING
All patients will be screened by our reception team for covid symptoms. If you have any symptoms of covid you will be advised to book for a PCR test by calling 119 or online https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
Whilst you await the result of your PCR test, you will be offered a telephone appointment with a clinician, who will be able to assess you. Once you have received a negative result and if you still need to be seen you will be able to request a face to face appointment.
Please do not attend the surgery for any reason if you have any symptoms of covid this is to protect our vulnerable patients and staff
Main Covid symptoms are:
A new continuous cough
A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
Due to a National shortage of blood collection bottles, we have been advised to reduce the number of some blood tests in order to preserve our number of stock for urgent requests.
Priority will be given to specific blood tests according to national guidelines and patients will be booked an appointment where this meets the guidelines.
Unfortunately this will mean we will have to postpone any non-urgent blood requests. For those patients where this is the case, we will add you to our waiting list and you will be contacted in due course, as we receive further guidance.
We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause to our patients, unfortunately this is a national issue and beyond our control. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Covid Vaccine Roll out
It’s been a busy and hopeful start to 2021 with the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine. Staff have worked over weekends, adapted their shifts and even adopted the role of marshalls and assisting GPs and Nurses with documenting vaccines given on the national system. Not to mention the careful planning that takes place in the background. We have also vaccinated our care homes and housebound patients in addition to the clinics. Whilst we have made a brilliant start there is much more work to be done. You can help us by:
Making sure we have the correct phone number for yourself or anyone you care for.
Please try not to contact the surgery about the vaccines. We will contact you when it’s time for you to be vaccinated.
Arrive on time if you have an appointment in a vaccine clinic.
Let us know if you can’t attend your appointment. This will allow time to offer it to another patient.
Be aware that you may be asked to go for a vaccination at a site that you do not normally visit.
Here are a few pictures of our team in clinics and vaccinating in the community.
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