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Covid-19 Vaccination Update - 18/01/21
 
We are delighted to have administered our first 1200+ Covid Vaccines at The Hamworthy Club last week, to our patients aged over 80, and to many frontline healthcare professionals.
 
Despite slight teething problems on the very first day, the whole operation ran very successfully. We are very grateful to all the patients who attended for their vaccine, most of them with big smiles to match our own staff’s who felt honoured to be part of this operation. We would also like to thank all the staff and managers that have been working tirelessly for weeks to set this up in order to offer our patients the vaccine as efficiently as possible.
 
As The Hamworthy site covers the patients of a whole PCN (Primary Care Network, which includes 4 GP surgeries), there are still many patients in the over-80’s cohort that are to be vaccinated. We are expecting a double delivery of vaccine this coming week and will therefore have 6 clinics running - our staff have been busy phoning hundreds of patients to book them into these clinics. Once again, we ask that you please DO NOT call the surgery about your Covid vaccination as it is important that we keep our lines available for our business as usual, and our unwell patients who are trying to reach us. We are working through all the eligible patients following the strict criteria we have been set, and will contact you as soon as we are able to offer you an appointment.
 
We have been made aware that people have been receiving letters from NHS England asking them to book their vaccine at the BIC or in Bristol.
This is unfortunately something that has nothing to do with our practice or PCN, and we realise that is has caused a great deal of confusion.
We are continuing our Covid vaccine program at the Hamworthy Club and will continue to call all our eligible patients to book them in as we have been doing!
You may of course chose to go to BIC or Bristol instead if you prefer, but please be assured that we WILL be vaccinating all our eligible patients as well.
 
In the meantime, please continue to follow the government guidance : stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives. Thank you.

Covid Vaccinations - Who is considered a “Front-Line Health Worker”?

 

In order to help aid the prioritisation of the Covid Vaccination, practices have been asked to find out from their patient population which of them are a “Front-Line Health Worker.”

This document will help you decide if this applies to you;

You should read this document CAREFULLY and then, if your work fits any of the following categories you should TEXT back the word HEALTH from the text we sent you (this will be sent today 11/01/21)

 

Please DO NOT call the practice to seek advice about this matter. WE WILL CALL YOU when the time arises. You will be asked to provide proof that you fit this employment criteria when we call and when you have the vaccination.

 

Front-Line Health Workers are:

 

Social care workers

This would include:

  • those working in long-stay residential and nursing care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality.
  • social care staff directly involved in the care of their patients or clients
  • others involved directly in delivering social care such that they and vulnerable patients/  

clients are at increased risk of exposure

 

Young people age 16-18 years, who are employed in, studying or in training for health and social care work should be offered vaccination alongside their colleagues if a suitable vaccine is available.

 

Younger people who are taking part in health and social care work as volunteers, interns or for the purposes of work experience, should make all efforts to avoid exposure to infection; vaccination would not normally be required.

 

Healthcare staff

All frontline healthcare staff who are eligible for seasonal influenza vaccination should be offered COVID-19 vaccine.

 

This includes the following groups;

  • Staff involved in direct patient care.
  • Staff who have frequent face-to-face clinical contact with patients and who are directly involved in patient care in either secondary or primary care/community settings.
  • Doctors,
  • dentists,
  • midwives
  • nurses,
  • paramedics
  • ambulance drivers,
  • pharmacists,
  • optometrists,
  • occupational therapists,
  • physiotherapists
  • radiographers.

 

It should also include those working in independent, voluntary and non-standard healthcare settings such as;

  • hospices,
  • Community-based mental health or addiction services.
  • Temporary staff, including those working in the COVID-19 vaccination programme,

 

Students, trainees and volunteers who are working with patients must also be included.

 

Non-clinical staff in secondary or primary care/community healthcare settings;

This includes

  • non-clinical ancillary staff who may have social contact with patients but are not directly involved in patient care (such as receptionists, ward clerks, porters and cleaners.)
  • Laboratory and pathology staff
  • Hospital-based laboratory and mortuary staff who frequently handle SARS-CoV-2 or collect or handle potentially infected specimens, including respiratory, gastrointestinal and blood specimens should be eligible as they may also have social contact with patients. This may also include cleaners, porters, secretaries and receptionists in laboratories.
  • Frontline funeral operatives and mortuary technicians / embalmers are both at risk of exposure and likely to spend a considerable amount of time in care homes and hospital settings where they may also expose multiple patients.
  • Staff working in non-hospital-based laboratory and those academic or commercial research laboratories who handle clinical specimens or potentially infected samples will be able to use effective protective equipment in their work and should be at low risk of exposure.

Covid-19 vaccination update - 4/1/21

Covid-19 Vaccine update:
WHERE: We are pleased to be able to finally confirm that our site for the Covid Vaccination will be The Hamworthy Club (BH21 3AP).  As it is a non-NHS site it took a while longer to obtain the necessary stringent approval, but we feel this site will allow us to provide the vaccination as safely and conveniently as possible. 
WHEN: We have been told that we are likely to be sent our first batch of vaccines during the week commencing January 11th and will thus start vaccination as soon as possible from that date. 
WHO: There is a strict and clear order of prioritisation for the vaccine that we need to follow, based primarily on age. Those aged 80 years or over are in the first cohort that will be invited.  Within that cohort, patients will be prioritised based on severity and number of other health problems, but only once all those over 80 have been vaccinated will we then be inviting the subsequent groups, in order.  The next group will be those aged 75 years and over, then those 70 years and over, and so forth. 
Those aged between 16 and 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at extremely high risk of Covid-19 are currently in the cohort after those aged 65years and over.
Separate arrangements are being made for those in care/nursing homes, and those who are housebound. 
HOW: You will be contacted to arrange a vaccination.  Please do not call the surgery to book an appointment (these are not booked at our practice).  It is likely that the first group of patients will be contacted by telephone as there will be only a short notice between when the vaccine gets delivered and bringing patients in.  Thereafter you are likely to be contacted by letter. 
Which vaccine you receive will depend in great part on which one is available and in stock at the time.  It will also depend on whether you have a history of anaphylactic allergic reaction (in which case you will be offered the Astra Zeneca vaccine instead of the Pfizer vaccine). 
When you come in for your vaccination, a healthcare professional will obtain your consent for the vaccine, which will involve giving you the necessary information about the vaccine you will be receiving and giving you an opportunity to ask questions. 
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Healthy and Happy New Year.

Self isolation at home information leaflet

Isolating at home

Covid-19 vaccination update

- Some GP practices will start to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech covid vaccine this week and are inviting patients in for their vaccine
- We will let you know specific local Covid vaccination plans as soon as we can
- Please do not telephone us to ask when or if you are going to get a Covid vaccine
- We will contact you individually if and when you are invited and keep Facebook and the website updated
- The vaccine will be given in order of priority of those at highest risk first
- Please act on your invitation when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments
- It is essential, if you are given a vaccine, that you return for the second part of the vaccination on the date that you are advised to
- Please continue to abide by all social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will save lives
Thank you for your patience,
The Partners of the Hadleigh Practice

COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS

 
Our local Covid-19 vaccine delivery sites will be going live in the forthcoming weeks. Members of the Poole North Primary Care Network are working frantically behind the scenes to get our clinics up and running. If you wish to volunteer to work at these clinics, we would be very keen to hear from you. If you are interested , please email amy.strange@dorsetgp.nhs.uk Thank you.

FREE VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTS FOR HIGH RISK PATIENTS

 

The NHS and the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) are currently sending out letters to advise high risk members of the public to get free daily vitamin D supplements if they are ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ from Covid-19.

 

Please see this link (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/get-vitamin-d-supplements/) for important messaging from NHSE&I.

 

These individuals need to apply in person via the link above, where they will be asked to confirm if they are at high risk from coronavirus. Their status will be checked and their name and address shared with a partner working with DHSC who will then send the individual 4 months supply. Individuals MUST make a personal application via this route before 4 January 2021.

 

GPs have been advised not to issue prescriptions for the additional vitamins. Please direct all requests to the link above.



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