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Following yesterday’s guidance update from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) in relation to the use of the Astra Zeneca vaccine, the Government has published some new materials for patients and healthcare professionals.
For more information and a statement from gov.uk, see this link.
Local Covid-19 Vaccinations Programme
We are delighted to have been able to deliver the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine to so many of our patients in recent weeks. The vaccination centre at Bridgewater Surgery (House) has worked really well and we are continuing to bring patients in for their vaccine – particularly focussing on those who are clinically at risk, and also our unpaid carers. We have also started to invite our more elderly patients in for their second dose.
There are some weeks when we are not receiving as much supply of the vaccine as we would like, and we know this has led to some frustration and concern. We do liaise with our colleagues in the NHS locally to try to get more vaccine stock into our centre, but the supplies are controlled nationally and this means we can’t always offer as many vaccine appointments as we want to. If you or someone you care for is eligible for a vaccination and is very concerned about waiting to be vaccinated, you can alternatively try to book online at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus- vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or dial 119 to see if an alternative nearby vaccination centre has any appointments.
We are expecting the supply to increase considerably from the middle of March so we hope to be able to call in many more people after that – for their first and their second doses, and in line with national guidance about priority groups. Please be assured that nobody who is due a second dose will have to wait longer than 12 weeks for it.
For more information on the vaccine programme in this area, you can use this link https://www.healthierfuture.org.uk/covid
Thank you for your understanding.
We are using a new booking system for the COVID vaccinations. If you have a mobile number registered with the surgery you may receive a text message inviting you to book your vaccination slot yourself. If you do not have a mobile do not worry we will call you. Please do not worry if you have not received a text or phone call yet - we are calling patients in order.
If you have your mobile number registered for another member of your family please take care to book for the correct person.
We are pleased to say that we are part of the Grand Union Primary Care Network, and we are a Wave 1 site offering coronavirus vaccinations locally.
The vaccine will be offered to those most at risk from the coronavirus. Patients are being invited to attend vaccination appointments in order defined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and published here.
If you would like to receive a vaccination at a local Primary care Network site then please wait for your own GP surgery to contact you.
We are currently arranging vaccinations for those in Priority Group 6: Adults aged 16 to 65 years in at at-risk group.
We will continue to call our patients when we get notification of our next vaccine deliveries. This is usually short notice. Please DO NOT call the practice - as soon as we are advised of our next delivery dates we will call patients. We will continue to do this until we have finished calling all the patients in this cohort at which point we will then start contacting next cohort.
National Covid-19 Vaccinations Programme
Letters have also now been sent out from NHS England inviting people to book COVID-19 vaccination at designated mass vaccination sites. If you have received a letter and would like to arrange an appointment then please follow the directions in this letter to book via the NHS website or call 119 free of charge.
Click here for further information of the coronavirus vaccine.
What to expect with your coronavirus vaccination
Scam messages and emails
We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.
To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points.
The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.
- The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.
- At the moment we are also not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine. Anyone offering this now is committing a crime.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.
Information for patients isolating at home with COVID
Information for patients isolating at home with COVID
Accessing GP Services
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Please click here for details of our flu vaccination programme.
Please click here for a practice update on Coronavirus including arrangements for making appointments and attending the surgery.
If you have been asked to attend the surgery then please wear a face covering.
* unless you are a child under 11 or have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering or if wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress.
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This is a family doctors' practice led by four doctors in partnership serving patients in Croxley Green, Sarratt and the surrounding area, from the main premises in Croxley Green and a branch surgery in Sarratt. This is also an accredited practice for training qualified doctors to become GPs.
All our patients have been allocated a named GP but patients can see any GP in the practice.
The practice team includes assistant GPs, one or more GP registrars, practice nurses, health care assistants, dispenser, and attached health visitors and community midwife, together with the receptionists and admin team led by our practice manager.
We will also be seeing other patients in the area in partnership with the other locality practices and this will be done with full access to the patient record.
There is good disabled access at the main surgery in Croxley Green. Space is limited at Sarratt and patients requiring disabled access are asked to attend the main surgery.
Our aim is to provide patients with medical care of the highest quality, and seek continuous improvements in the health status of the practice population overall. We aim to achieve this by developing and maintaining a practice which is responsive to people's needs and expectations, reflects whenever possible the latest advances in primary health care and uses NHS resources efficiently and effectively.
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