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Pharmacy Opening Information over August Bank Holiday

https://www.england.nhs.uk/east-of-england/nhs-england-and-nhs-improvement-east-of-englands-work/pharmacy-information/

We are currently running on skeleton staff in dispensary and reception due to illness. Things make take a little longer than usual to be actioned/answered - please bear with us during this time. Many thanks.

Advance Notice - closure of B184 Walden Road

Please note that there will be a full road closure on the B184 at Armitage Bridge, just outside of Thaxted from 8 August. Please remember to allow enough/extra time to get to your appointments.

Online Booking

We are delighted to say that online booking is allowed again. We have reinstated it across both pre bookable and urgent on the day appointments. Access is available for urgent on the day appointments from 6am. Please note that all online appointments are automatically a face to face appointment. If you want a telephone appointment please state this very clearly in the booking reason and include phone number in the details.

Mother and Baby Group

First Tuesday in every month at Crocus Medical Practice, Community Hospital Site, Radwinter Road, Saffron Walden CB11 3HY 1230-1400.

COVID Recovery Group

This is an informal group for patients recovering from COVID. It is run by Kim Clark, our PCN Social Prescriber and offers tea, coffee and a chat. The group meets every other Thursday and the next date is 21 October. They meet at Cornell Court, Smallbridge road, Saffron Walden CB11 3NS.

Contacting the surgery for routine issues
If you need help with non-urgent clinical issues, medication requests or an admin request you can now contact us online at https://florey.accurx.com/p/F81131.

Concerned about your information being shared?  What you need to know.

Patient data from GP medical records kept by GP practices in England is used respectfully, securely and safely every day to improve health, care and services through planning and research, helping to find better treatments and improve patient care.  Data collected by the NHS is only used for health and care purposes. It is never shared with marketing or insurance companies.

The NHS is planning to introduce an improved way for GP practices to share information about patients- called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.  News of these plans has caused some concern to some of our patients, who have decided that they don’t want their data to be involved.

We have now been informed that no data will be shared in this new way until 1 September this year.  This delay is to enable the national organisation NHS digital to clearly explain their plans to the public and health professionals, as well as to thoroughly investigate any concerns that have been raised.

If you have already been in touch with the practice to ask to be ‘opted out’ of your identifiable information being shared outside of our practice for any purpose, your request will be honoured.  This will not affect your own care. However, nobody’s data will be shared in this new way before 1 September.  If you would like to find out more about why the NHS collects and uses data, please go to this website.

Please see the link below for information regarding the COVID vaccination and blood clots. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-and-blood-clotting/covid-19-vaccination-and-blood-clotting

Repeat Medication - please don't telephone the surgery to order repeat medication. The Prescriptions tab at the top of the website has the details of how to order your repeat medication.

Where to get Help and Support.

The Council for Voluntary Services (CVSU) and UDC has set up a dedicated service to identify those in need and to co-ordinate the volunteer help to support them.  If you need help or wish to offer your services, please contact CVSU:

communityresponse@uttlesford.gov.uk or tel: 03333 408 2118 (8am to 8pm Monday to Friday)

COVID Vaccinations

How to access your COVID-19 vaccination status

From the Government's website www.gov.uk:

"Through the NHS App"

"You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.

"By calling 119"

"If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 working days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 5 working days to reach you.

"The letter will be sent automatically to the address registered with your GP. The 119 call handler you speak to will not be able to see your address to check this with you. If you’ve recently moved house, make sure you’ve given your new address to your GP practice before calling 119.

Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination as we cannot provide letters showing vaccination status.

Vaccine Clinics

Please note that Thaxted Surgery is no longer able to book you for a first vaccination. All first bookings are now being handled through the National Booking Service. Lord Butler Vaccination Centre is an option on this system - you simply select the next free slot and book yourself in. However, appointments do go quickly so if you particularly want to be vaccinated locally, we recommend you keep trying, as more appointments are added all the time.

Alternatively, bookings can be made by calling 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.

COVID vaccine supplies

You may have seen news coverage about vaccine supplies over the coming weeks.

From now until 29 March, our GP-run vaccination centre at Lord Butler Leisure Centre will still be delivering vaccinations to people in the top priority cohorts. This includes everyone aged 50 or over, eligible carers and those in vulnerable groups.

 

If you are one of these patients, you can also choose to book a vaccination online at on the National Booking System: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/ or by calling 119. 

 Everyone who is due to have a second dose of either the Pfizer or the AstraZeneca vaccine between 29 March and the end of April will receive their second dose. If you had your first dose at our GP-run vaccination centre then we will contact you when it is time for your next appointment. There is no need for you to phone us.

 If you booked your first appointment at a pharmacy or large vaccination centre through the National Booking System website or by calling 119, you should already have a second dose appointment in your diary. You should attend this appointment as planned.

 Any first dose vaccinations already booked to take place in April via the National Booking System will also still go ahead.


Up to date information about COVID vaccinations can be found at
https://covid.healthierfuture.org.uk/ 

 

 

In conjunction with other local GP surgeries Thaxted Surgery has begun vaccinating patients for COVID-19.Together with these surgeries we have successfully vaccinated over 1000 patients so far.

Vaccinations will be distributed by invitation, in order, to the priority groups the Government has decided will be first to get the vaccine. When your "turn" comes, the surgery will contact you to invite you personally. How quickly this happens will depend on the national vaccine distribution programme.

We are aware that these are worrying times and that everyone is keen to know when they will be vaccinated. Unfortunately, unlike the flu campaign, we do not have any control over the number of vaccines we receive, when we receive them or even which vaccine we receive.

Please help us by NOT phoning the surgery and asking about the COVID-19 vaccination programme and when you can get it. Our phones and staff are becoming overwhelmed and in some cases emergency calls are not getting through.

httphttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-why-you-are-being-asked-to-wait

We understand the situation is incredibly frustrating and ask for your patience. Everything that can be done is being done. 



 
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