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65+ FLU CLINIC 24 September 2021 - now fully booked

The flu clinic we are running on 24 September is now fully booked.  

As soon as we have confirmation of our next delivery of vaccine we will contact patients to book an appointment.

FLU CLINICS - CANCELLED

Please note, the flu clinics initially arranged for Friday 17 September and Saturday 9 October have been cancelled due to non-delivery of our vaccine.

We apologise for any inconvenience and will be in touch when we have confirmation of delivery.

COVID Vaccinations 16 years and over

At present we do not have any clinics for patients aged 16 and over locally in South West Shropshire but there are clinics running at Shrewsbury Indoor Bowls Centre and Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital as well as planned pop up clinics at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Shrewsbury Colleges, The Buttermarket, Barnabas Community Church and Shrewsbury Town Football Club. Full details of the clinics available can be found in the following link:

Healthwatch Shropshire highlights successes during challenging year

Healthwatch Shropshire played a vital role during the past year in keeping the public updated about the Covid 19 pandemic and the constant changes during the early days and weeks of the vaccination programme.  Its recently-published Annual Report 2020-21, highlights the charity’s successes as the team continued to listen to people’s experiences of health and social care services during this challenging time and shared the information with decision-makers.

During the year, Healthwatch Shropshire published 11 reports, based on information gathered through surveys and online focus groups, that included 139 findings and 40 recommendations for improvement.

The reports covered a range of issues including the impact of lockdown on access to services and general wellbeing; families’ experiences of end of life and palliative care of a loved one; and mothers’ experiences of mental health services during pregnancy and the first year of a child’s life. The Annual Report highlights the positive difference the information made in helping providers to improve services, including the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust that based the development of its new model for Maternal Mental Health hubs on information provided by Healthwatch Shropshire.  

Work has also been carried out on social prescribing for 16-25 year olds, hospital discharge during the pandemic, and a digital audit of care homes websites.  

Vanessa Barrett, Chair of Healthwatch Shropshire, said: “I am very proud of Healthwatch Shropshire during 2020-21. In common with every other organisation, we had to make radical changes to the way we work, but our small team rose to the challenge enthusiastically.”

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Shropshire, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who is helping us put people at the heart of health and social care, including members of the public who shared their stories with us; our amazing staff and volunteers; local voluntary organisations that have contributed to our work; and the providers for listening to the public voice.”

 

The full report can be found at: https://www.healthwatchshropshire.co.uk/news-and-reports

To find out more about the work of Healthwatch Shropshire and volunteering opportunities contact: 01743 237884

 enquiries@healthwatchshropshire.co.uk      www.healthwatchshropshire.co.uk

Healthwatch Shropshire is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in Shropshire. It gathers the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services.  It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.

Vaccination news from South West Shropshire Primary Care Network

South West Shropshire Primary Care Network, which is made up of six practices (Bishops Castle, Clun, Church Stretton, Craven Arms, Portcullis and Station Drive in Ludlow) is offering Covid-19 vaccinations to the following:

  • Eligible 12-15-year-olds (those who are clinically vulnerable or live with an adult who is immunosuppressed and at increased risk of complications from Covid-19)
  • All 16 and 17-year-olds

We are running a clinic this Saturday morning, August 21st at Ludlow Hospital. If you or a member of your family is eligible, please contact your practice who will book a slot for you.

If you can’t make this clinic please don’t worry. There is a vaccine for you. Let your practice know as we shall be planning further clinics in the near future and having an idea of numbers would be very helpful.

There is also a flu vaccine for you!

We shall be giving all eligible patients their flu vaccination as usual as well as a Covid-19 booster vaccination, starting next month.

At the moment the plan for each practice varies according to their location and capacity to deliver the Pfizer vaccine, which requires a 15-minute wait after vaccination.

Some practices will be giving the flu and Covid-19 booster together at the same appointment, others may have to give the flu and Covid-19 booster separately. You may also need to have your booster at a different practice to the one you are registered at.

In primary care we are still dealing with a lot of unknowns. We are waiting for guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on whether we can give the two vaccines together and we are also waiting to find out which vaccines will be available for the Covid-19 booster.

While this might affect how and when we deliver the Covid-19 booster, it won’t affect your flu vaccine. Your practice will be delivering that as usual.

Thank you for your patience. We shall continue to keep you informed as and when information becomes available but please be assured, there are vaccines for you in South West Shropshire.

 

GP Patient Survey

The annual Patient Survey has now been published and we would like to thank all those patients that completed the survey.
I am also pleased that 91% of patients described their experience of the practice as Good in what has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone. Whilst we have outperformed the CCG average in each question there are still areas where we could be better and we will continue to work to improve these areas going forward.
A detailed report of the findings can be found at the following link: GP Patient Survey (gp-patient.co.uk)


General Practice Data for Planning and Research: GP Practice Privacy Notice

Please see the link below for more information about the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection

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COVID vaccination status requests

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from:

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores
  • the NHS website nhs.uk
  • 119 - by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose more than five working days ago. It may take up to seven working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.

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Mobile Telephone Numbers

To help our communication with patients please advise us of your mobile phone number.

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COVID-19 Request for Fit Notes/Isolation Notes

We are receiving an increasing number of requests for fit notes (a statement of fitness for work) from patients needing to self-isolate.

Patients do not need a fit note for the first seven days of sickness. People unable to work for more than seven days because either they, or a family member, have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can now obtain an isolation note through a new online service.

The government website states:

The notes can be accessed through the NHS website and NHS 111 online. After answering a few questions, an isolation note will be emailed to the user.

If they don’t have an email address, they can have the note sent to a trusted family member or friend, or directly to their employer. The service can also be used to generate an isolation note on behalf of someone else.

If you are in self isolation as you are in a vulnerable group we are expecting further guidance shortly.

For more information please visit the government’s advice for employees.

CORONAVIRUS

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

 

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