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NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Update
Our Health and care colleagues have achieved an important milestone in Somerset, by offering a COVID-19 vaccination to people in the first four priority groups as identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)
We are now expanding our vaccination programme to include priority groups 5 and 6. This includes people aged 65 and over (Group 5) and people who are aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions, which may put them at higher risk of serious disease from COVID-19 (Group 6)
People who fall in the next priority groups will be contacted in a variety of ways which may include letters from the NHS if you are aged 65 and over – or you will receive a phone call, letter or text message from our GP Primary care network team.
We are now inviting people who are 65 and over to book an appointment through the national booking service; online http://www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by ringing 119. As soon as you receive your letter, you can book a vaccination appointment at either of our large vaccination centres at the Bath & West Showground, Taunton Racecourse or a pharmacy-led site in Taunton, Yeovil or Bruton.
As part of our primary care network, we will be contacting people in group 6 who have underlying health issues as specified by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). We will contact you directly to arrange a vaccination appointment – there is no need to contact the practice.
We understand that everyone is anxious to know when they might get their vaccination and want to be vaccinated as quickly as possible by following the guidance above and please don’t contact the surgery to ask about your vaccination.
We are working through our patient lists as quickly as we can to identify patients who fit into priority group 6 and to ensure that they are offered an appointment as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your continuing support and patience.
NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
Please DO NOT call or turn up at the surgery or the local hospital, to enquire about COVID vaccinations.
We know that patients and all health and care staff are eager to find out when they will receive their COVID vaccination. Please be assured that we will contact you directly, when it is your turn, to book your vaccination and we will answer all your questions at your appointment.
The NHS is prioritising vaccinating those people who experts have agreed will benefit from it the most and we are systematically working through all eligible groups according to the national priorities.
Health and care teams across Somerset are working exceptionally hard to roll out our local vaccination programme in Somerset in line with the JCVI’s Prioritisation and we are continuing to vaccinate people aged 80 and over, care home residents and staff, as well as widening out the offer to frontline health and social care staff.
Please continue to attend any vaccination appointments as planned. If there are any changes we will contact you direct – please do not call the surgery. We will be able to answer all your questions when you come for your appointment.
In the meantime, you can get information about the COVID-19 vaccination online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or for the latest information, frequently asked questions and patient information you can visit www.somersetccg.nhs.uk
“National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme
We know that people are very keen to find out about our developing Covid-19 vaccination programme in Somerset. We are currently working together with our local health and care providers to develop a detailed effective way. PLEASE DO NOT contact the surgery directly – we will share more updates as soon as we are able to. Thank you for your patience.”
Door Closure Notice 23/11/2020
We have had to take the difficult decision to close our waiting room again as of today (Monday 23rd November), this is to ensure that we can keep both our patients and staff safe during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The Receptionist are available at the surgery door to deal with your queries, or book you in for your appointment as usual.
Dispensary doors will remain open operating a one in one out policy.
Can we please ask that if you are visiting the surgery a face covering is worn at all times whilst in the surgery.
We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.
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As you are aware, England is in lockdown from Thursday 5thh November 2020 for a minimum of 4 weeks.
Be assured, until further guidance is received we are here for both acute and routine medical needs.
The GP’s, Nurses and Urgent Care Team continue to operate telephone and video consultations for both acute and routine matters.
When appropriate, the clinician may choose to see you for a face to face appointment.
Our Receptionist Team have been asked by the Partners to take as much detail as possible from you when you contact us, this helps us to triage you getting the right help from the right person.
We now also offer online consultations – Please access this through our website – www.summervalesurgery.co.uk
Our Dispensary Team continue to process your prescription requirements and deal with your queries – we ask that you continue to order your medication as normal – Please DO NOT order early.
Please discuss with Reception if you would like to be signed up to Patient Access – this allows you to order your medication online.
Patients who have been previously notified to shield must take extra care. Those patients whom are deemed extremely vulnerable will be contacted by the Government and given further advice. We DO NOT have access to these letters and DO NOT know who are on the central list. As previously, we will be working with guidance from the gov.uk website.
Our aim is to continue to offer a level of service to all of our patients albeit a different provision in order to minimise risk of Covid-19.
We continue to adapt to new ways of working in order to provide an essential service to patients in Ilminster and the surrounding villages whilst endeavouring to keep both our team and you, our patients as safe as possible.
We have had to allocate time for the changing of PPE and the cleaning of surfaces, chairs etc in between patients which unfortunately impacts on consulting time and times you may experience a wait.
Patient care is paramount to the partners and the Summervale Surgery team, we continue to strive to deliver a service in a timely manner even at time of pandemic or high patient demand.
Thank you for your continued support, patience and understanding – is it much appreciated.
Coronavirus Status Tracker
The Coronavirus Status Checker, supported by NHS England, is helping the NHS coordinate its response and build up additional data on the COVID-19 outbreak: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-status-checker. Findings so far are published here: https://covid.joinzoe.com/data#related-news.
INFORMATION REGARDING AT RISK GROUPS
There are two different categories for patients deemed to be more vulnerable and at risk of severe illness from COVID-19. These are outlined below:-
Patients at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19
Those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) are advised to stringently follow social distancing measures. This includes anyone over 70, anyone under 70 who would qualify for a flu jab on health grounds, and pregnant women. Full guidance can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Shielded patients: highest risk of severe illness from COVID-19
Those at the highest risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are advised to shield themselves and stay at home for twelve weeks.
Most patients in the highest clinical risk group, who have been advised to shield, have been identified and contacted either centrally by the NHS or by hospital clinicians. We expect more people to be identified as NHS England is going to validate the centrally-held list against general practice data. People identified through this process will be sent a letter in the post and these will also be flagged in our GP system. Unfortunately, this process has been delayed because the national searches to get the data from the GP surgery system are not yet ready.
A number of patients have self-identified as being in the highest clinical risk group on the government website. Soon we will be sent details of these patients who have self-identified in this way and we will need to review this list and consider if they should be included in the highest clinical risk group. We will then need to send a letter to any who the GPs consider to be at highest clinical risk and add a flag to their record. We may also have to contact the people who self-referred and who the GPs consider to not be in the highest clinical risk group to confirm that they do not need to shield.
Hospital clinicians are reviewing people across specialties such as rheumatology, dermatology, gastroenterology, renal, respiratory, neurology, obstetrics, maternity and patients with severe specific diseases who cannot be identified through the central dataset. These patients will be flagged on the GP system.
If you feel that you are in the highest risk group and you have not received a letter then please follow the guidance on shielding available on the Government website until we are in a position to confirm whether you meet the criteria or not.
Updated Information: Covid-19
Updated Information: Covid-19 | Summervale Surgery
Changes to GP services: GP services have been given a mandate from the NHS to reorganise their services to ensure that patients continue to receive a service. Patients may already have noticed that practices are no longer offering pre-bookable face to face appointments. Instead, a phone call or video consultation takes place first. If necessary patients will then be asked to attend for a face to face appointment. GP services are being reorganised so that patients who may have COVID-19 are kept separate from patients who don’t. For example, practices are continuing to provide childhood immunisations and it is important this takes place in an environment as free from contamination as possible. As a result of these changes, patients who need a face to face appointment may need to attend a surgery location which is different from their usual registered practice. We recognise this may cause some inconvenience to patients and we are grateful for your patience as the NHS grapples with the challenge of COVID-19.
Changes to examination practice : From now on, if you need a chest or heart examination, this will be carried out from behind you rather than in front of you. This is based on current clinical guidance to protect you and our clinicians. The latest guidance advises that throats should not be examined and they should be treated on symptoms only. Please note that our GPs and nurses will no longer be examining anyone’s throat.
Rescue packs: We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating regarding special ‘rescue packs’ for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack unless this is something you usually have and require one. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 before doing anything else.
Shielding at home: Some people will receive a letter from the NHS to say they should take extra steps to protect (or ‘shield’) themselves because of an underlying health condition. This is for people who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus. If you think you or someone you care is likely to fall into this category please wait for a letter. Although the national guidance says that most people should receive their letters by Sunday 29 March 2020 please note that it is more than likely that it will take a few days longer for letters to arrive at people’s homes. So please wait until Friday 03 April 2020. If you have not received a letter by then or been contacted by your GP, please call us for advice.
Medication : Please order medicines as normal. There is no need to stockpile medicines. Ordering extra prescriptions and buying more over-the-counter medicines than you need will contribute to disruption to the medicines supply chain, which is otherwise robust.
Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19
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Please be aware that our walk in blood clinic will be temporarily suspened until futher notice.
From today the public are being advised to stay at home (self-isolate) without any testing for COVID-19, regardless of travel history or contact with confirmed cases, if they have:
a. A new continuous cough OR b. High temperature (of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher)
The geographic element of the case definition has now been removed. Travel and contact history are no longer important for diagnosis, which is on the basis of symptoms they do not need to stay at home, regardless of their travel history.
Individuals should stay at home (self-isolate) for 7 days from the onset of symptoms following the current advice. If someone has serious symptoms they cannot manage at home they should use NHS 111 online (people should only call NHS 111 if they cannot get online).
After 7 days of self-isolation, people who feel better and no longer have a high temperature can return to their normal routine. If they have not had any signs of improvement after 7 days and have not already sought medical advice, they should use NHS 111 online (people should only call NHS 111 if they cannot get online) before they leave their home or let visitors in.
Cough may persistent for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean someone must continue to stay at home for more than 7 days.
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