COVID-19 Vaccination update
20th January 2021
Vaccine update for our housebound patients:
We will be contacting all of our patients currently listed as ‘housebound’, this week into next week, to arrange their vaccinations.
Could we respectfully please ask that if any patient who falls into this category, but is not actually ‘bedbound’, and could arrange for someone in their ‘bubble’ to bring them to the surgery, please do so.
We will do everything this end to physically enable you to receive your vaccine, as we have been doing this for many years now with our annual flu clinics, ensuring we assist anyone with physical difficulties. If you can get to the surgery, but if it is physically too hard to actually come into the building, we can arrange for you to be vaccinated in your car.
18th January 2021
Update for patients aged 70+ and those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable:
The Government have announced this week that the vaccine will now start being rolled out to anyone who falls into this category.
Although this is true ,some parts of the country (Bromsgrove included) did not start vaccinating until January (when our first delivery arrived) so we may not all be vaccinating the same groups at the same time. Please be reassured all surgeries in Bromsgrove are working together to ensure we get all our patients in as soon as deliveries arrive. Some of the town practices may be a little ahead of others, depending on how many care homes they look after, or if they have a higher number of patients aged 80+ etc.
This week NRS are still vaccinating patients aged 80+ (and frontline health/social care workers who have not managed to be vaccinated via their employer/mass vaccination sites), and we are also starting to contact patients aged 75-79.
If you are aged 70+ or classed as clinically extremely vulnerable and receive a letter from the NHS inviting you to book in at a mass vaccination clinic, you have the choice to do so or wait for us to contact you to have it at the surgery.
Please can we request that you only call the surgery about booking in for a vaccine if we have moved on to vaccinating the next priority group, and we did not manage to make contact with you.
Monday - 8am to 8pm
Tuesday - 7am to 6.30pm
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 8am to 6.30pm
Weekend collaborative opening across the Bromsgrove Town practices
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The way we are working has changed considerably following government guidelines designed to reduce the transmission of coronavirus. We continue to offer consultations, but, where safe to do so, we are dealing with patients by phone or video consultation. This means reduced numbers of patients in the surgery, making it safer for the patients who do need seeing. All first contacts are by phone or online but, where necessary we will see and examine you face to face. We have had a lot of positive feedback that you think our system is working well.
We want to be certain that patients who need our help do not avoid the surgery because they fear it will put them at increased risk of Covid 19. We can reassure you all that our systems are in place to protect you (and us) at all times.
The surgery remains open 08:30 – 18:30, Monday to Friday. Please be assured we will do our best to manage all your important health needs despite the additional problems created by the Covid 19 pandemic.
You can arrange an appointment with a doctor or nurse:
1. By telephoning in the usual way.
2. By using the online consultation facility.
You cannot currently book online.
Our doctors and nurses are seeing patients every day. Many of these appointments are pre-booked several days or over a week ahead following initial phone or online consultation. However we also have the facility to see more urgent cases on the day.
Patients who suspect they may have Covid 19 should, however, contact NHS111 in the first instance (see below)
Please note that all clinicians will be wearing personal protective equipment during your consultation and you will be asked to wear a face covering and avoid touching anything.
There are a few other new rules in place which are solely designed to keep you safe. These are set out below:
1. Please attend your appointment ALONE or if the appointment is for your child only one adult should attend with the child.
2. You will only be permitted to enter the building if you have a pre-booked appointment – we are unable to offer any walk in services at the current time. Please use telephone or online consultation for initial contact or any queries.
3. Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your appointment time. Please be prepared to wait in your car until the clinician is ready to see you. This is to limit the numbers of people in the building at any time to reduce the chance of transmission. Winter is approaching and we do not want anyone to have to stand outside in bad weather waiting to be seen.
4. We are unable to offer toilet facilities at the current time as they pose a cross infection risk.
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click here to access the NHS 111 covid-19 website
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