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 20/11/2020
You will no doubt have heard in the media this morning, that those age 50-64 will be able to receive a flu vaccine from 1/12/20. General practices are learning this information at the same time as you. Practices are doing all they can to prepare and source vaccines and we will be in contact with patients as soon as we are able. In the meantime please do not contact your surgery about flu vaccines if you are in this group until you are asked to do so.
COVID- 19 Update November
We understand that with the announcement of a new lockdown there are going to be a number of patients concerned about the situation, especially those in very vulnerable risk groups and also those with children attending educational settings. The current government advice about high risk groups is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november?fbclid=IwAR3yYduI5wOSppU1Tlw-YOkuKpJKnaHtPF3_fqTbIpG9Hxi0ETAvwAG1Vss#protecting-people-more-at-risk-from-coronavirus. Further publication is due on Monday, and the Government will be writing to affected patients. GPs at the surgery have no additional information to the above and are unable to help with requests for sick notes or other letters in such circumstances.
For people concerned about children attending educational settings; we understand and sympathise with the concerns around children attending school at this time, especially if a household has extremely vulnerable members. As a practice we are very sorry, but decisions about children attending school are not ours to make. We would suggest a discussion between the people involved and the school to decide on the best course of action.
The surgery is still open for telephone appointments and face to face where necessary. We ask that you are patient with our staff at this busy time and thank you for your continued support.