An update on the Covid Vaccination programme in the practice: 08/01/2021
Our first delivery of Covid Vaccinations has arrived and we are now inviting patients who are over 80 years old, living at home but not housebound, to attend for their vaccination on Thursday 14 January 2021. The clinic is being held in the afternoon. We are contacting the patients by telephone. We have also sent out text messages to those patients who have a valid mobile phone number in their records, inviting them to contact us to make their appointment, and some patients have already done so. If you know of anyone in this age group, who has not yet been contacted, please pass on this information to them and they can contact the practice to make their appointment.
The supply of the vaccine is being carefully monitored, so if a patient is subsequently unable to attend their appointment for any reason, it is important that the appointment is cancelled, to avoid unnecessary wastage of the vaccine. A patient should cancel their appointment if:-
They become too unwell to attend;
They develop Covid Symptoms and have to isolate;
They test positive for Covid-19 and have to isolate;
They are in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19;
They have been contacted by the Public Health Agency and advised to isolate.
If a patient has to cancel a booked appointment for these reasons, or has been unable to book an appointment for the clinic on 14 January, the practice will contact them again in due course.
Patients who do attend the clinic may be accompanied by one other responsible adult, who must also be free of any Covid symptoms or restrictions. Patients and carers must wear a face mask at all times when in the health centre, and are asked to follow the guidance of the staff on duty with regard to waiting room arrangements.
On the day of the clinic itself, Thursday 14 January 2021, the practice will only be offering an Emergency Medical Service. So we are asking patients not to contact us unless there is an acutely urgent medical problem that cannot wait until the next day. We will not be dealing with acute prescriptions or administrative matters. However, the reception window will remain open, and patients can collect pre-ordered prescriptions, forms, letters etc.
With regard to other groups of patients, we await further guidance and supply of vaccines, and patients will be contacted in due course. There is no need for patients to ring the practice to enquire about the Covid Vaccinations, and we would ask patients not to do so, as this will only block telephone lines for patients who need to ring about actual medical issues.
Thank you for your co-operation.