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Covid Vaccine News Update

Now that more doses of Covid-19 vaccines are available, the NHS is able to open more vaccination services, including the first Vaccination Centres.

People who are eligible and who live near these new vaccination services will receive letters from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling them how they can book their appointment.

The NHS is rolling out additional services quickly, but it remains important that the public don’t try to book or go to these services before they receive their booking letter.

And when you do book an appointment, please make sure you attend.

You may receive a letter from the national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service inviting you to book an appointment at a regional Vaccination Centre.

If you receive the letter from the national service and can travel to the Vaccination Centre safely, we recommend that you book using the details the letter provides.

If you are unable or don’t want to go to a regional Vaccination Centre, you can choose to wait and get your vaccination at the local vaccination hub for patients in this area. We have started vaccinating patients over the age of 80 years of age and are inviting people in according to the criteria and prioritisation set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), and will contact you when it’s your turn.

Like the rest of the NHS we are working to offer vaccines to everyone in the top priority groups by the middle of February.

Please do not contact us if you haven’t received an invite yet. We are very busy at the moment and doing so could prevent a patient who needs our help from getting through. We will contact you when it is the right time for you to book your appointment.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

Now that more doses of Covid-19 vaccines are available, the NHS is able to open more vaccination services, including the first Vaccination Centres.

People who are eligible and who live near these new vaccination services will receive letters from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling them how they can book their appointment.

The NHS is rolling out additional services quickly, but it remains important that the public don’t try to book or go to these services before they receive their booking letter.

And when you do book an appointment, please make sure you attend.

You may receive a letter from the national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service inviting you to book an appointment at a regional Vaccination Centre.

If you receive the letter from the national service and can travel to the Vaccination Centre safely, we recommend that you book using the details the letter provides.

If you are unable or don’t want to go to a regional Vaccination Centre, you can choose to wait and get your vaccination at the local vaccination hub for patients in this area. We have started vaccinating patients over the age of 80 years of age and are inviting people in according to the criteria and prioritisation set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), and will contact you when it’s your turn.

Like the rest of the NHS we are working to offer vaccines to everyone in the top priority groups by the middle of February.

Please do not contact us if you haven’t received an invite yet. We are very busy at the moment and doing so could prevent a patient who needs our help from getting through. We will contact you when it is the right time for you to book your appointment.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

 

COVID-19 Vaccine: The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated – please do not contact the Surgery before then

COVID-19 Vaccine: The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated – please do not contact the Surgery before then

 The first phase of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has begun. However, initially the vaccination will be prioritised for those aged 80 and over, care home workers and residents, and frontline health and care staff. These vaccinations will be delivered through a limited number of Hospital and GP Hubs. See this leaflet explaining who was chosen for the first group and why.

 If you are in a priority group, when it is the right time, you will receive an invitation to come forward for your vaccination.  For most people this will be a letter, (some might receive a text from their GP practice), the practice or the national NHS.  This letter will include all the information you will need to book appointments, including your NHS number. 

 This is going to be a long-term programme and it will likely take until at least Spring before all high-risk groups have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine.

 Please help us and do not contact the practice or other NHS services to get an appointment for a COVID vaccination until you get this letter.   Please also continue to follow the national guidance to control the virus and save lives. 

 Information on the vaccine is available on www.selondonccg.nhs.uk/what-we-do/covid-19/

Please also see resources from the Gov.uk website for consent forms and information for older adults, healthcare workers, social care workers, a leaflet on pregnant women not taking the vaccine, information on what to expect after the vaccination, why you are being asked to wait and posters for care home and healthcare settings. The resources are below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/covid-19-vaccination-programme

Many thanks and Stay safe, Family Surgery.

Covid-19 Vaccination programme

The NHS will start vaccinating patients with the new Covid-19 vaccine very shortly. For further details please click here.

You will be contacted when it’s your turn. At first the vaccine will be offered to people who are most at risk from coronavirus before being offered more widely.

We expect the vaccine to be offered first to:

  • People who live in care homes and care home workers
  • People aged 80 or over
  • Health and social care workers

PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE SURGERY for information, advice or appointments about the vaccine as we cannot provide this and enquiries will overwhelm our phone system. The NHS has a rigorous system in place to contact patients directly.

We will update this page with further information as it becomes available to us.

Please note that the Covid vaccination programme is a National Priority and GPs, Nurse and other Practice staff may be re-deployed to deliver this work. This means that there will be fewer appointments available for routine consultations at the surgery and we will have fewer staff to deal with your requests. There may be additional delays in dealing with prescription requests and other queries. We are also having to deliver flu vaccinations for those aged 50-64 at the same time putting an even bigger strain on our services.

Please bear with us during this difficult time. The team at the Family Surgery are doing the best for your care during this time. 

 

Retirement News

We would like to let our patients know that after many glorious years at the practice Dr Martyn Nicholls and Dr Vernon Parker have retired as of April 2020. They have truly enjoyed taking care of their patients and have considered it a privilege to have maintained their trust.

We are sure everyone will be sad to lose Dr Parker and Dr Nicholls and all the doctors and staff at The Family Surgery wish them well in there future plans.

Domestic Violence Support Services

Women’s Aid Live Chat (facilitated by Women’s Aid), currently available Monday-Friday, 10am-12pm https://chat.womensaid.org.uk

Victim Support: 24/7 Live chat service: https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-and-support/gethelp/support-near-you/live-chat24/7 Helpline – 0808 1689111

National Domestic Abuse Helpline – www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/contact-us0808 2000247

Men’s Advice Line – 0808 801 0327

Bromley & Croydon Women’s Aid: www.bcwa.org.ukContact them on: Tel: 020 8313 9303

Email: info@bcwa.org.uk