COVID Vaccination Updates
Are you aged 64 or over?
You can now book your vaccination using the national booking service (see link below) or by phoning 119. Please note this is NOT for an appointment at Milford War Memorial Hospital. We currently have limited vaccine supplies, so we advise taking up the option of a national centre appointment, rather than waiting for an appointment with us.
As you may be aware there has was a change of plan nationally as advised by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation with a focus on giving as many people as possible a first dose with second doses around 12 weeks later.
We will start inviting patients for the second dose soon and these will likely done in the 11 week after your first dose. You will be contacted by text or phone close to the time it is due.
Please read the letter linked below regarding the COVID Vaccination Programme from the Partners at NFCMG:
Have you received an invitation to have your vaccination in at one of the National Vaccination Centres?
We advise that where possible patients attend one of the national vaccinations centres (usually in Bournemouth or Totton for our patients) if they have been invited to do so. This will allow us to focus on vaccinating high risk/vunerable patients in our community.
Please do not ring the surgery to discuss these invitations that were not sent by us. We need to keep our lines free for unwell patients.
Vaccination Progress as of Monday 15th February
We have now given over 10,000 patients their first dose!
We have been advised by NHS England to move onto Group 6. Those in Group 5 (patients aged 65-69) will receive invites from the mass vaccination centres/pharmacies and we advise taking up these offers. This means that we can focus on those with underlying health conditions aged 16-64.
Health and Social Care Workers
Health and Social Care Workers (including non-nhs frontline healthcare workers) can now book their covid vaccination appointment online or by phone up until 28th February. See the link below for details:
GP Services during the pandemic
Our current services during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Please note in order to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus we have had to make significant changes to our services.
- Entry to the Surgery - patients will not be able gain access to either of our sites unless you have been asked to attend by a staff member. A member of the clinical team will meet you at the door; they may wish to check your temperature before letting you inside. All staff will be wearing protective clothing, including masks and gloves - please do not be alarmed.
- We are operating a triage service for all patients requesting clinical advice or appointment with a GP/Nurse. In the first instance we ask that you do this by using the e-consult service on the homepage of our website. E-consult can only be used if you are wanting advice about your own health and are over 16 years of age; if you need advice regarding anyone else please call the surgery.
- If you cannot use our e-consult service, you can call the surgery on 01590 622272/682617.
- Prescription Requests - please order your medication online, or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org (If you are unable to order via these methods please call the surgery and press option 2)
Please see the leaflet below for detailed information on changes and access methods to our services (including prescription requesting).
Photos of medical conditions
We have an increasing amount of patients sending in photos of their medical condition - please only send a photo of your ailment if you are asked to do so by a clinician following our triage process.
Statement from NHS Hampshire & IOW
Mental Well Being
Mind Solent Support info:
NHS Every Mind Matters info:
For Educational Staff and Parents concerned about the emotional wellbeing of the children they care for:
Support line for children and young people (aged 11 to 17 years old)
General Advice and Support
The Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline - Hantshelp4vulnerable - is 0333 370 4000.
The helpline is available seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm, and is for vulnerable people who do not have support from families, friends or their local community, and who need urgent assistance with practical issues.
COVID Antibody Testing
The practice is NOT presently in a position to offer the recently announced Covid antibody test.
The sensitivity of antibody tests is not yet clear: there are clear examples of people who were confirmed (through PCR testing) to have had Covid-19, but in whom the antibody tests remain negative.
It remains unknown if having antibodies for Covid19 will prevent reinfection.
It remains unknown if having antibodies prevents the ability to pass on the virus to others.
The quality and duration of immunity is not yet clear.
By the time the test becomes positive, the patient may no longer be infectious, so the test has little or no value in contact tracing and isolation.
Smokers are at an increased risk of developing severe symptoms of COVID-19. If you are a smoker and would like help quitting please see the poster linked below for more information.