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COVID 19 VACCINATION UPDATE

We are pleased to announce that following a comprehensive approval process The Hamworthy Club has now been approved as our nominated Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Centre. 

We will be working as Poole North Primary Care Network in collaboration with The Hadleigh Practice, Canford Health Group Practice and The Birchwood Practice. 

As a Wave 6 site, we are informed that our first delivery of vaccines will be week commencing 11th January 2021. As soon as we take delivery of the vaccinations, we will be in contact with patients to begin booking appointments. 

Patients are being prioritised using a central system; those over 80 are in the first cohort, these patients will be prioritised based on long term conditions, ethnicity and other factors. 

As more vaccines are delivered, we will work down the age categories, including those with high risk factors not dissimilar to those routinely invited for flu vaccines. We are also tasked with vaccinating front-line health workers and those working in care and nursing homes. 

The AstraZeneca vaccine has now been licensed by the MHRA but we are not, at this stage able to advise you which vaccine you will receive. 

The surgery continues to be incredibly busy, so please do not call us, we will be in contact as you become eligible.  

For details on how patients will be prioritised for the Covid vaccinations, please see the following link. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020/joint-committee-on-vaccination-and-immunisation-advice-on-priority-groups-for-covid-19-vaccination-30-december-2020 

Miss Fiona Pickering

Practice Manager

Our latest information can be found by following us on Facebook using the following link.

https://www.facebook.com/theharveypractice/

Both surgery doors are now locked. You can only access the surgery if you have been asked to attend by a clinician. 

All other matters must be dealt with by phone or eConsult.

Our online appointment system is temporarily unavailable.

COVID-19 has changed how patients can access their GPs - but rest assured we are OPEN (and have been throughout the pandemic)!

We continue to use telephone/video consultations and e-consults as well as face to face appointments.

Due to decontamination constraints, the number of patients we can see in the surgery is unfortunately limited.

However, be in no doubt we will always see patients face to face when our clinicians have assessed that it is clinically necessary.

We are sorry that we must keep our surgery doors locked, but we must ensure the safety of our most vulnerable patients in the Practice and to help stop the spread of coronavirus. We are doing all we can to keep you safe and remain here for you. 

COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS

Our 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 

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.

BREAST SCREENING

Breast screening appointments have changed.

The Breast Screening Clinic will no longer send an appointment, instead they will be reminding ladies that their breast screening is due and to ring and make an appointment at the hospital.

We strongly urge that upon receipt of your letter to book your appointment.

FLU CLINICS OPEN FOR BOOKING!

Clinics are now available to book for those aged 50-64 years.

To book, please call 01202 117550.

New Phone App Supports People with Suicidal Thoughts

Instant online help is now available for people in Dorset who are struggling to cope and may be contemplating suicide via a new phone app called distrACT.

The free app, which has been developed by doctors and mental health specialists, signposts users to the wide range of support available.

For more information please follow this link: https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/distract 

Useful Videos

Since the beginning of August, we have started a new series of videos from our GPs and medical staff.

Dr. Ben Todd is our Diabetic lead at the Practice. Here he discusses issues for those with Type 2 Diabetes.

Here Dr. Christina Hawkins explains about Lumps, Bumps & Self Awareness.

Below Dr. Christina Hawkins talks about changes to ways of working as a result of Covid-19.

Here we meet Lesley Wright, our Self Management Coach, and learn more about her role at the Practice.

Below Becky Sultana speaks about her role as Social Prescriber here at the Practice.

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