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COVID-19 Vaccines - Update 07.01.21

We currently do not have any information of when we will receive the COVID-19 vaccinations in practice. We or NHS England will contact patients as soon as we have this. Everyone is working hard to ensure this happens as soon as possible so please do not contact the practice to query this.

Beware - COVID Vaccine scam text messages

Today we have been alerted to a highly believable scam which starts with a text and advises the user that they are eligible to apply for the vaccine and to click on the link in the text message.  The user is then led to a webpage, which looks very convincing and asks them to complete some details, in order for them to be able to apply for the vaccine.   The details asked for: Name Address Date of birth Proof of address Card payment details   With the recent approval of multiple vaccines in the UK, these types of scam attempts are likely to continue, as fraudsters continue to take advantage of the roll-out to some many people.   Please see our article on this website:  https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/news/fake-text-identifying-you-eligible-covid-19-vaccine

The importance of attending your smear appointment

During this busy time it is still important to keep attending your scheduled smear appointments. At the surgery we have noticed an increase in the number of patients not attending these. The practice is very busy and this is a waste of practice nurse time. It is also really important for patients to attend their smear appointments, for further information regarding the importance of smears please visit https://www.jostrust.org.uk/information/cervical-screening.

Flu Vaccine Update 01/12/2020

We are now taking bookings for the flu vaccines for patients aged 50 - 64. Please call the surgery to book into one of our flu clinics. Thank you.

 

 

Test Results

To obtain your test results please telephone the surgery on 01246 220166 between 14:30 and 16:30 Monday to Friday.

For patient confidentiality results will only be relayed to the person who has taken the test unless prior consent has been given. If you require further detailed information about the test result then you will be advised to speak to a doctor as the administration team are not clinically qualified.

Cervical Screening (Smear) Results Turn Around Time - 1ST August 2018

Please be advised, at the time of taking your sample, it will take longer than the quoted 2 weeks for the result letter to arrive. This is due to sustained high levels of demand on a national screening programme that has insufficient screening capacity, and many labs across the country now have backlogs. Most areas do not currently meet the 14 day turnaround time target which is quoted on the national invitation for screening.

The lack of screening capacity is due to the fact, the cervical screening programme is in transition from cytology screening to HPV primary screening in 2019, when the number of labs is to be reduced from the existing 50 down to a maximum of 13. Many laboratories are consequently struggling to retain existing screening staff and to recruit qualified screening staff because of the uncertain future for these staff groups.

The Derby lab that we use however was given permission to implement primary HPV screening in Derbyshire ahead of national roll-out in 2019, as mitigation for the backlog. This started on 1st June but we will not see the full benefit of this for a few more weeks yet.

 
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