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Guidance: COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting

For information on the benefits and risks of the COVID-19 vaccination, please click here.

COVID-19 Vaccinations - Second Dose

Please do not contact the surgery to book your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. We will contact patients that have received their first dose to book their second dose. 

Shielded Patient List (SPL)

You may have recently heard in the news that more people have been added to the Shielded Patient List (SPL). This is following a review of a new, data-driven risk assessment, called the COVID-19 Population Risk Assessment. This has been developed to help identify people who may be at high risk from COVID-19.

As a precautionary measure, this group will now be added to the Shielded Patient List (SPL), on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer. This is to enable them to be prioritised for vaccination, if not already vaccinated, and to provide them with additional advice and support. In practice, this means they will now be offered vaccines at the top of cohort 6.

If you have been added to this group, you will receive a letter informing you of this from NHSE – please do not contact the surgery to ask if you are on this list, you will be informed very shortly if you are. If you have been added to the SPL, guidance and support for individuals at high risk is available here, to help you take extra precautions in staying safe.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

The first phase of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has started in the UK. Vaccinations are being delivered according to priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). When it is the right time for you to receive the vaccine, you will receive an invitation to come forward. Please do not contact us to get an appointment, we will contact you. 

Information on the vaccine is available on the NHS.UK website. For anything else, your GP practice is open and if you need to get in touch, please ring call us or book an appointment online.

Shielding letters for those clinically vulnerable patients 

Please note that letters identifying you as clinically extremely vulnerable and that you are to shield, are sent from NHS England, GP Practices are not sending these out to eligible patients. 

Adults over 50s flu vaccination 

As part of the Government’s expanded flu immunisation programme, adults over the age of 50 will be able to get their free flu vaccine from 1 December 2020. We will be contacting you to book this appointment. Please note that you also may receive a call from the NHS Immunisation Management Service reminding you to book your flu jab, this is a legitimate service and not a fraudulent call.  

The Bridge Primary Care Network (PCN) - “How can you be more pro-active with your own health”

If you missed our webinar on Wednesday 9th September at 12.30 pm to learn more about some of the job roles within the PCN and how those roles can support you with some advice around self-care, supporting your own healthcare needs and social prescribing for patients of The Bridge (NPMC, NPMC@Willen, Kingfisher and Brooklands) to access, here is a recording for your information, please click on the link and enter the password tE9EhEWJ

https://ehertsccg.webex.com/recordingservice/sites/ehertsccg/recording/playback/ecd37972136843d7a374ff1c5c099a3d

Face coverings

As per the Government guidelines, from Monday 15th June, all patients aged 11 or over visiting the surgery will need to wear their own face covering at all times while inside the surgery. A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering. Thank you for your cooperation.

CORONAVIRUS

Please do not come into the surgery if you or a member of your household has any of the following symptoms: a fever, a new continuous cough or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). Please stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days. Please stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days.

We have changed the way we book our appointments in response to the latest Government guidance on COVID-19. All patients who request any type of appointment will first be telephoned by a clinician.

The latest COVID-19 guidance and information can be from here gov.uk and at nhs.uk.

5 GP Hubs in Milton Keynes are now offering extended opening hours

Appointments at more convenient times to better suit the Milton Keynes patient population.

As part of the Prime's Ministers GP Access Fund initiative, patients registered with one of the GP practices in the Milton Keynes have gained the added convenience of being able to see a clinician outside of normal surgery opening hours (including evenings and weekends) at one of 5 local GP Hubs.

Click here for further information.

Protected Learning Times

Please be aware the surgery will periodically close for staff training sessions called Protected Learning Times.

For further details about other future PLT closure dates click here.

 

Electronic Prescriptions Services

Patients will be able to take advantage of Electronic Prescriptions from the 3rd of September. This new service will allow prescriptions to be sent electronically to your nominated Pharmacy without the need for green paper prescription. Please speak to your Pharmacy or to reception to nominate your preferred Pharmacy.

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