Covid Vaccinations for Patients
COVID VACCINATION UPDATE – 19.3.21
FIRST DOSE VACCINATION
The covid vaccination programme nationally is currently focussing on patients in cohorts 1-9 (at risk patients and all those age 50 and above). Any patients in this group who have not yet been vaccinated will now need to book via the online service at Book a coronavirus vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk) or by ringing 119 if they have no internet access. The vaccination service provided at Bodmin Treatment Centre by our practice and nine other practices in this area are now required to focus on delivering 2nd doses of vaccine to patients that have already had their first dose at Bodmin Treatment Centre. We are unable to offer first dose appointments as we will not be sent vaccine supply for this purpose.
SECOND DOSE VACCINATION
Patients who received their first dose at another site must continue to have their second dose at that site, unless they are completely new to the area.
Patients who had their first dose at Bodmin Treatment Centre will be contacted by phone or text when it is time to book in for their 2nd dose. This will be approximately around ten weeks after your first dose. PLEASE DO NOT RING US TO ENQUIRE WHEN YOU WILL BE BOOKED. We are sorry we cannot book much further ahead than that – our service does not get much notice of confirmed vaccine delivery so we are only able to arrange and staff clinics when that confirmation is received and it is at that point that we contact patients to book them in.
You may be contacted by our colleagues at the Referral Management Service in Cornwall who are helping many practices across the county to book in your appointment. You can be assured that if your text or call is offering an appointment at Bodmin Treatment Centre that this call is genuine.
If you had your first dose more than 11 weeks ago, please DO ring us to flag this – the data management for the programme has been complex and so if we have erroneously missed a patient we apologise, though we are undertaking additional system searches to pick this up for ourselves.
Housebound patients – if we visited you to give you your first dose of vaccination, rest assured we will be back with the second dose and will be in touch when we have a clinician available to visit you.
Thank you to those patients who have been offering words of thanks, understanding and flexibility while our team work to continue to deliver this very challenging service on top of our usual day-to-day activities. We can assure you everyone is working very hard on your behalf.
Hands, Face, Space remains key – even once people have been vaccinated.
You can get more information about the COVID-19 Vaccination online via the NHS website. NHS Kernow information is available at https://www.kernowccg.nhs.uk/your-health/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/
VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE DO NOT RING BODMIN HOSPITAL TO MAKE ENQUIRIES ABOUT THIS VACCINATION PROGRAMME. YOUR GP SURGERY WILL BE ABLE TO ANSWER YOUR QUERY.
The NHS in England and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to protect patients, our community and NHS staff while ensuring as many services as possible are available to the public.
If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days.
Please do NOT book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.
If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.
But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.
Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.
NHS England and NHS Improvement have posted another one of our #ThankYouNHS series thanking staff across the NHS for protecting our communities and reducing the spread of the coronavirus.
A new GOV.UK WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Service has now been launched. The purpose of this product is to combat the spread of misinformation propagated through WhatsApp on an Official Government channel. To use the service, members of the public simply add +44 7860 064422 to their contacts and send a WhatsApp message saying “Hi”.
How we are dealing with Coronavirus
In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, we are temporarily changing the way in which the Practice operates. This is to protect our elderly and vulnerable patients by separating our routine general practice work from patients presenting with a possible infectious illness. All routine work is now being undertaken in Fowey Surgery.
Both of our sites (Par and Fowey) will be complete triage. This will mean that if you phone for an appointment then the receptionists will ask for some details Attached. The doctor will then call you back and offer you an appointment if necessary. You will be given a time to arrive at the surgery and we ask that you remain in your car. The doctor will call you and ask you to come into the surgery for your appointment. Please do not bring anyone else with you unless you absolutely have no choice (mobility issues, problems understanding, or if it is child will be acceptable.) We are taking this approach to prevent patients sitting in the waiting room.
Join a COVID-19 clinical trial
The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19. You could be eligible to join if
- You have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:
- a continuous new or worsening cough
- a high temperature
- You are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness
- You are aged 65 and above