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Coronavirus Update

 

Updated information for GPs to use for websites / newsletters

Following extensive trials, the first safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK and the NHS is starting to offer vaccinations to those at greatest risk from COVID-19.

The first vaccinations are being offered to people in the priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), starting with people aged 80 and over.  Groups of GP practices are working together to provide local vaccination services and will contact eligible patients when it is their turn.

When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccination, you will receive an invitation via the phone or through a letter either from your GP or the national booking system.

We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but please could we kindly ask you not to contact the practice for information about the vaccine or to ask for an appointment, as you will not be able to get one until you receive an invitation.

If you are invited for a vaccine, please act on your invite straight away and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them.

In the meantime, please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives

For more information about the vaccine, please see these frequently asked questions. (add link)

 You can also visit www.nhs.uk or download the patient information leaflets on the following topics, which are available on the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health & Care Partnership website.

  • Covid-19 vaccination – a guide for adults
  • Covid-19 vaccination – a guide for those currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • What to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination
  • Why do I have to wait for my Covid-19 vaccine?

 

CHANGE TO 2020 FLU CLINICS – PRE-BOOKED APPOINTMENTS ONLY

The practice has started its’s annual flu campaign.  If you DO NOT want to have the flu vaccination this year 2020/201 please contact reception on option 2 and we can update your medical records. Thank you

 

Delivering the flu immunisation programme for this season will be more challenging than ever because of the pandemic. The format of the flu clinics will change to take into account social distancing and other measures to protect patients and staff from Covid-19.  We are committed to ensuring that our patients get timely treatment and care, and that we can give that in the safest possible conditions to keep both our patients and our staff safe

As in previous years the free NHS influenza vaccinations is only for eligible patients who have received either a text or letter.

 

We will be contacting you soon if you are eligible for a flu vaccination – we will be concentrating on the patients who would normally be eligible – ie aged 65 and over, 18 to 65 with a long term condition, carers, patients and their families who are immunocompromised etc. We have not yet been notified by the NHS about the plans for the recently announced extended group of patients who will be eligible (50 and over). Please watch this space and we will keep updating as we know more.

Please wear a face mask to your appointment and do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to allow us to adhere to social distancing rules.

Clinicians will NOT be allowed to touch clothing. Therefore we ask that all patients wear suitable clothing so that the upper arm can be easily exposed. Remove coats and outer clothing on entering the building and more importantly if you feel poorly please re-arrange your appointment.

All practice employees will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment.

A one way system will be in operation to prevent patients crossing in the front doorway of the building. If you are unable to stand to queue or need assistance from a carer, please telephone the practice on 01924 669080 option 2 for appointments and we will book you an alternative appointment.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER NO APPOINTMENT NO FLU JAB

Please wear a face covering if you visit the Practice

Most people can be assessed by phone or video consultation. If you are asked to visit the Practice then please wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth.

Visit GOV.UK to find out about face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own.

For information on the coronavirus outbreak please go to the NHS.UK page on coronavirus or the information on GOV.UK.