COVID-19 Vaccination update
We are still working through cohorts 5 and 6 which are quite large priority groups, and our next bookable clinic is Friday 5th March.
As stated in our previous updates, we are focussing on group 6 patients with long term health conditions, and group 5’s can either book with us or book online to attend at The Artrix or similar.
We will be calling more group 6 patients to get Friday’s clinic booked up, but you can also call us first.
17th February 2021
Update on priority groups 1-6:
We are currently booking in for clinics next week as this week is now full.
If you are in these groups we will continue to contact you if you show on our records as not yet having been vaccinated, but please feel free to call us first to get you booked in.
In this week’s Downing Street update, Sir Simon Stevens, NHS Chief Executive, advised that GP’s will now mainly be focussing on clinically vulnerable patients from group 6 who have long term conditions, ensuring continuity of care due to the patient and GP relationship.
If you are in group 5, you can choose to attend other vaccination sites by booking online when your NHS letter arrives, or if you prefer to you can still book in with us.
If you have already been vaccinated, or currently booked in somewhere already, there is no need to respond to the l
We have had numerous calls from patients asking if they should be in group 6 due to currently having asthma, or have been treated for it previously.
Below is the specific criteria to determine who falls into group 6 for asthma /chronic respiratory health conditions:
- Individuals with a severe lung condition, including those with asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of systemic steroids (oral or intravenous) or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission
-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including chronic bronchitis and emphysema
- interstitial lung fibrosis
-pneumoconiosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)
If any of these apply to you, you would already be coded as group 6. Hope this information helps clarify the asthma coding a little more clearly.
Medical conditions that fall into group 6 for patients aged 16-64:
• Chronic respiratory disease including COPD, cystic fibrosis and severe asthma. (See earlier post relating to this area specifically)
• Chronic heart and vascular disease (this includes atrial fibrillation, ischaemic heart disease and peripheral vascular disease, but not high blood pressure without any complications)
• Chronic neurological disease including epilepsy
• Severe and profound learning disability (patients on the learning disability register)
• Solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplants
• Some cancers (especially those of the blood system)
• Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment (many will have been in group 4)
• Asplenia and splenic dysfunction (including coeliac disease)
• Morbid obesity (BMI >40)
• Severe mental illness (individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder , or any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment )
The official JCVI criteria states:
Those who are eligible for a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable.
-For those who are in receipt of carers allowance, we will ask to see proof of this
-For those not in receipt of carers allowance, we may need to require more information from you
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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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