Coronavirus update (25/2/21)
We know everyone is keen to know about the vaccination programme and when they will be invited for their vaccination.
The latest information can be found at the following link: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
With regard to the situation here in South West Shropshire patients in cohorts 1 - 5 (anyone over 65) should have been received a letter inviting them to book an appointment. Anyone who hasn't been contacted can arrange an appointment by using the online booking system in the link or telephone 119.
Vaccine available to GP practices is very limited and we have been asked to invite patients in cohort 6 except for carers who will be invited centrally. As you will be aware from the national media, cohort 6 has changed a number of times over the last week and is a very large cohort with over 7 million people in this cohort nationally.
The key message is that if you receive a letter to book a vaccination you should act on it as soon as possible and attend a mass vaccination centre. If you are unable to attend a mass vaccination centre please contact the surgery.
We will be running a small clinic at The Meadows next week but at present we do not have confirmation of the date or the number of doses that we will have available.
STILL NOT BOOKED FOR YOUR COVID VACCINATION?
If you are aged 70 or over, or on the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable list and you have not yet booked an appointment to receive your COVID vaccination then please contact our reception team to book your appointment.
First COVID Vaccinations at The Meadows - 1 February 2021
We ran our first Covid Clinic last Saturday and despite the snowy conditions we were able to vaccinate 120 patients in our most vulnerable categories with many others travelling to Church Stretton for their vaccination over the last few days.
The Clinic wouldn't have been such a success without the fantastic help of the PPG, Good Neighbours and everyone who volunteered at the practice or bringing patients to the practice. We really cannot praise people enough.
We are now moving on to our next cohort of patients and we will be phoning our over 75s this week and then moving onto our over 70s later this week.
Once again thank you for your support.
**** COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE ! **** 25 January 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine delivery dates have been confirmed for this week.
Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. We can only apologise for the delays, they have been entirely out of our hands as a practice. Believe us, we are as keen to start vaccinating as many of you are to get vaccinated!
The South West Shropshire Primary Care Network starts its vaccination programme against Covid-19 for eligible patients from Thursday, 28th January and we shall be vaccinating throughout the weekend of January 30th and into the following week.
Our first cohort of patients will be the over 80s. The vaccine we shall be receiving first is the Pfizer vaccine. This unfortunately cannot be moved from our ‘receiving site’ in Church Stretton and this is why your appointment might be there instead of at The Meadows Medical Practice here in Clun.
We will start contacting our over 80s from Monday, 25th January and offering you a date and a time for your vaccine appointment. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE SURGERY, we will contact you.
Please come to that appointment and get your vaccine. The sooner you are vaccinated, the sooner we can protect your community.
We understand that some of our patients are housebound or will have insurmountable difficulties getting to Church Stretton. There is a smaller amount of the Astra Zeneca vaccine available which is easier to transport and take out to practices and into people’s homes. There will be some vaccination appointments at our practice but, as the bulk of the vaccination delivery is Pfizer, the majority of the vaccination programme will initially take place at Church Stretton.
As Pfizer stocks go down and Astra Zeneca supplies go up, practices will be able to deliver more vaccine locally. However, we need to vaccinate the over 80s as quickly as possible so that we can move onto the next cohort of patients vulnerable to complications from Covid-19.
You may also have read that a vaccination hub will be opened at Ludlow Racecourse on 1st February as part of the national vaccination campaign. This will be centrally run and will operate alongside our vaccine clinics in practice
As a patient you will receive both an invitation from your practice to be vaccinated and a letter from NHS England to attend the racecourse. Patients are free to use either option. Your health records will reflect the same information stating you have received the vaccine. You do not need to contact your surgery. What’s important is that you get your vaccine as soon as possible to protect you and your community.
When you get your first vaccine, you will be given an appointment for your second vaccine.
Please understand that we may need to cancel and re-book your vaccination appointment if there is a hold-up with the weekly delivery of vaccine or we don’t get as much as we expect. This is a national problem and out of our hands. If that is the case, we shall contact you and offer another appointment.
COVID VACCINATIONS - 15 January 2021
We are pleased to confirm that we have placed an order for Covid-19 vaccine and currently await confirmation of the number of doses allocated to us and the delivery date. Once these have been confirmed we will contact patients to arrange appointments.
As soon as we have more information we will update Facebook and our website.
Thank you for your patience.
Mobile Telephone Numbers
To help our communication with patients please advise us of your mobile phone number.
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.
PATIENT EXPERIENCE SURVEY
The results of the latest patient experience survey have been published and I am really pleased to see how good they are. There is always room for improvement so we will continue to work hard to provide the best possible service. The results of the survey can be found in the link below but if you have any comments you would like to share with me please don't hesitate to drop us an email.
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.