Category: Practice News

COVID BOOSTER VACCINATION UPDATE

COVID BOOSTER VACCINATION UPDATE
You are eligible if you are:
– over 50
– a health and care worker
– a young adult with certain health conditions
You must have had your second dose at least 6 months previous and your flu vaccination at least 7 days previous if had already
Please contact 119 to book or to make an enquiry (not the surgery), or if you have received a text invite please use the link to book at a local hub
The surgery will only be vaccinating their nursing/care/residential home patients and staff, housebound patients and those with severe mobility issues.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/book-or-manage-a-booster-dose-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine/

Covid: Which children are being vaccinated and why?

People aged 16 and 17, and children aged 12 to 15 who are eligible, will be contacted by a local NHS service such as a GP surgery to book their vaccination appointments.

Some walk-in COVID-19 vaccination sites are offering the vaccine to people aged 16 and 17. You can check if a site is available near you at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

See this post by the BBC for more information about children receiving the vaccine Covid: Which children are being vaccinated and why? – BBC News

National blood bottle shortage

A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.
Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.
Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.
If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally

Support your surgery

Support your surgery so it can be there to support you

GPs, their teams and patients have faced an extremely challenging time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Face-to-face contact has had to be limited across all NHS services to protect you and keep you safe from the risk of infection.

We know that it’s been frustrating for some of you who have not always been able to book a face-to-face GP appointment. Despite lockdown measures lifting, we must be honest and tell you that the pandemic has not ended, the threat of COVID–19 remains and general practice will continue to struggle to meet the growing needs of patients.

This isn’t the way we want it to be. But there are millions of patients whose treatment has been delayed now seeking help, more tests to administer and more bureaucracy, as well as millions more vaccine appointments to deliver in the coming months.

We can’t meet this challenge, without more support. General practice desperately needs help, which is why we’re calling on the Government to provide the funding needed to provide better
services, more GPs, and staff to see you promptly, and sufficient safe space in waiting areas and for staff to see you.
Your GP surgery needs your support, so it can be there to support you. Please take a minute to sign our petition and show your support for your local practice by www.bma.org.uk/supportyoursurgery