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COVID-19 Vaccination Programme – update 04/02/2021

Patients aged 70+ and those who are classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (shielding) will receive a text message or letter over the next week asking them to contact the South Tyneside Vaccination Call Centre which has been set up to ease pressure on practice phone lines.  Staff at the call centre will be able to book COVID-19 vaccinations over the phone for patients in the eligible groups.

The telephone number is a local number and will be included in the text message/letter.  If anyone is concerned about calling the number due to the number of scams going around you are still welcome to call our Reception Team.

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme – update 11/01/2021

Now that more doses of Covid-19 vaccines are available, the NHS is able to open more vaccination services, including the first regional Vaccination Centres.

People who are eligible and who live near these new vaccination services (within 45 minutes travelling distance) will receive letters from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling them how they can book their appointment.

The NHS is rolling out additional services quickly, but it remains important that the public don’t try to book or go to these services before they receive their booking letter.

And when you do book an appointment, please make sure you attend.

You may receive a letter from the national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service inviting you to book an appointment at a regional Vaccination Centre, the closest of which is at The Centre for Life, Newcastle.

If you receive the letter from the national service and can travel to the Vaccination Centre safely, we recommend that you book using the details the letter provides.

If you are unable or don’t want to go to a Vaccination Centre, you can choose to wait and get your vaccination at Cleadon Park which is the local vaccination hub for patients in this area.

We are starting to vaccinate patients over the age of 80 and are inviting people in according to the criteria and prioritisation set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), and will contact you when it’s your turn.

Like the rest of the NHS we are working to offer vaccines to everyone in the top priority groups by the middle of February.

Please do not contact us if you haven’t received an invite yet. We are very busy at the moment and doing so could prevent a patient who needs our help from getting through. We will contact you when it is the right time for you to book your appointment.

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

Following extensive trials, the first safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK and is now available to priority groups.

Vaccinations are being delivered according to priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The vaccinations will take place at a local vaccination service (led by GPs, practice nurses and community pharmacists) who are responsible for delivering the vaccine to people in your community.

When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccination, you will receive an invitation to come forward. This may be via the phone, or through a letter either from your GP or the national booking system.

We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking people not to contact us to get an appointment as you will not be able to get one until you are contacted.

How to access your GP practice

The way you access your GP is changing to ensure you get the best possible care safely and quickly. We only want people to attend the practice when they need to, in order to keep you and our staff safe from Coronavirus.

This video explains how you can contact your GP practice and the different ways care will be delivered to keep you safe. Your general practice is here for you. Help us help you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXHPWbEmp5s&feature=youtu.be

Flu Vaccine for 50 – 64 year olds

With effect from 1 December 2020 people aged 50-64 will be entitled to a free flu vaccine as part of the expanded flu vaccination programme this winter.

Appointments are available to book online or you can call the practice on 0191 519 0077.

Coronavirus

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, how you contact us will be different at the moment. This is to limit face-to-face contact whenever possible and help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Your GP practice is open and if you need to see your GP, please ring us on 0191 519 0077 or visit our website.

You can also call NHS 111. Please do not come to the surgery unless you have an appointment.

If you are waiting for a check-up, please be assured we will be in touch.

Appointments are being delivered face-to-face, online and over the telephone. If you are asked to come into the surgery for a face-to-face appointment, please remember to wear a face covering. Measures are in place to keep you safe from infection during your visit to the surgery.

Video Consultations

We now offer video consultations, the video below shows what will happen if you request a video consultation or one of our GPs asks to change from a telephone to video consult.

eConsult

As part of the NHS drive to provide a more accessible digital service, our practice has introduced eConsult

Booking your appointment online?

The surgery would like to ask all patients that are booking their appointments online to add a reason for the appointment.  Read more…

Your data matters

The NHS wants to make sure you and your family have the best care now and in the future. Your health and adult social care information supports your individual care. It also helps us to research, plan and improve health and care services in… read more

Musculoskeletal (MSK) Clinics

An MSK service is to be launched on Monday 4th November 2019, with more immediate appointments available to help patients with back or neck pain or a range of other musculoskeletal conditions. Patients who would normally seek an appointment with their GP can be seen quickly by an MSK Practitioner as an alternative and more clinically appropriate appointment.  Click the image below for more information about the conditions and locations available.


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