Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations
Third dose recommended for severely immunosuppressed
The JCVI has recommended that people who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second Covid-19 vaccination should be offered a third dose. This is an extra ‘top-up’ dose in response to evidence showing that they may not have responded as well to the vaccine as others and will therefore have lower levels of protection against Covid-19. It includes people with leukaemia and advanced HIV and people who have had recent organ transplants.
Consultants have been asked to identify eligible patients and recommend when the best time would be for them to have their third dose. Patients will be contacted either by their consultant or GP to arrange their vaccination, starting from mid-September.
Where can you get the vaccine?
To start with, vaccines will only be available at hospital ‘hubs’ where the Pfizer vaccine can be stored safely. However, arrangements are also being put in place to offer vaccines from a number of different locations as more supplies and different vaccines become available.
1. If you require a COVID TESTS, please visit 111.nhs.uk or ring 119.
2. We are unable to arrange ISOLATION NOTES: Please visit 111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
3. We cannot arrange MASK EXEMPTIONS: Please visit https://bit.ly/2Gc1iqG
As you will have seen in the national press, face coverings are now required in all of our buildings. If you are asked to come to the surgery for an appointment, please make sure you have a face-covering with you and you respect the 2m social distancing. We have also purchased a number of additional hand sanitiser stations in our practices. These important steps will help keep us all safe.
You can still drop your requests into the prescription box outside the main entrance but, to help patients manage their prescriptions we have also been working hard to promote the NHS electronic prescription service.
This means we can get your prescription to your preferred pharmacy without you having to collect a paper prescription – it’s safer and quicker too! You, as patients, have been really supportive of this change and nearly 60% are now signed up for electronic prescriptions. If you haven’t done so, please tell us your preferred pharmacy and we will update your records for you.
You can email your prescription requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prescriptions will be ready to collect in 2 working days after your request. Please do not call the surgery to check it has been done. Speak to your chemist directly. Please keep our phone lines free for medical problems.
We have had to change the way we work at Horton Bank Top Surgery. We are still taking calls over the telephone for all our patients so you can still access care when you need it.
Thank you for your understanding and support. Horton Bank Practice.
The last few months have seen unprecedented changes and impact for everyone as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Firstly, we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have worked through this difficult time, always striving to support you with any health needs but ensuring the safety of our staff in line with NHS best practices.
We wanted to take time to update you on what has been happening in your practice and also set out what we think the coming months will look like.
Despite the challenges being faced by everyone in our community, we are still here for you and whilst the way we consult with you as patients has had to change, we are still helping you with any concerns, conditions and treatment plans.
Many queries we receive from you relate to the current Covid pandemic and we want to let our patients know that this information is easily available on the national websites of www.gov.uk and www.nhs.uk which is constantly being updated with the latest guidance and information. If you do need support from one of our team then please do contact us – we are here to help.
Covid-19 has meant that it is high risk for any patient and our practice teams to see patients in the surgery and therefore are mainly telephone consultations with patients being asked to visit the surgery only if deemed absolutely necessary by a clinician.
During Covid, in a typical week our clinicians are undertaking over 3,500 consultations, the vast majority of which are over the telephone with some via video consultation. We have also been able to maintain the majority of our nurse and planned care appointments for our patients.
To keep patients and colleagues safe, we have carried out full risk assessments in all of our surgeries and each one is rated as ‘Covid Secure’, making it a safe place for our teams to work in and where appropriate, for us to bring those patients that need to be seen by a clinician.
Future changes to your practice
Although lockdown is gradually being lifted for members of the public, that is not the case in health care premises. The consequences of someone who is positive for the COVID-19 virus coming into a GP surgery are far-reaching. Not only would there be a potential risk to other vulnerable patients, but the risk to staff is also high. Even if the infection is not passed on, staff would need to self-isolate for two weeks, which would have a big impact on our ability to provide services for you and other patients.
COVID-19 has not gone away and is very likely to be here for a long time. We are in no doubt that this will mean that the way we provide health care services in the future will not go back to the way we worked prior to the pandemic. We will need to continue adapting to provide safe services for our patients and a safe place of work for all of our people and hope that you will support us in making these changes and keeping everyone safe. Finally, we wanted to say thank you. We are so thankful to all of our patients for the understanding and support you have given us during these challenging times and our commitment will always be to provide every patient with care, compassion and support.