Happy New Year (despite the new National Lockdown) from Southwell Medical Centre
As the Covid Coaster continues for all of us the plans for our Covid Vaccination site at Newark Showground are looking promising for vaccinations to start week commencing 11th January.
Our message remains the same – wait to be contacted to book your Covid Vaccination appointment, the bookings are managed by the vaccination programme NOT the surgery so please DO NOT call the surgery as we cannot give you any further information on when you might receive the vaccine.
The over 80s are our priority for the first wave of vaccines and with national guidance changing on a daily basis, we can’t yet give out further information for other patient groups.
At time of press our focus is to support the Newark site, which serves the whole Newark Primary Care Network.
Some patients have been calling asking for GP advice on whether they are suitable to receive the Covid Vaccine our advice is for patients to book their vaccine unless they have had a severe allergic reaction.
“Any patient who has had a severe allergic reaction that resulted in a hospital admission will not be given the vaccine at the moment.” Before anyone receives the vaccination, there will be medical screening onsite.
In other news we still have some flu vaccines available and encourage anyone over 50 years old that hasn’t yet had their flu vaccine please phone the surgery to get a flu jab appointment as soon as possible.
Thanks to all our patients who have already had their flu jab – over 85% of our 65+ age group have been vaccinated.
Our final plea is for you all to stay safe, socially distance and stick to the rules for the National Lockdown. This therefore means we ask that you DO NOT come to the surgery other than to collect a prescription or if you have a face to face appointment booked.
We are seeing the impact of Christmas socialising and as the numbers of infections escalates we are working very hard to continue to support you.
Please take care
The team at Southwell Medical Centre.
Important COVID-19 Vaccine update
The Covid-19 vaccination programme has begun. When it is your turn to be vaccinated, the NHS will contact you. Please do not contact the NHS.
In Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, a few different health and care organisations including hospitals, GP practices, care homes and others are working together on the Covid-19 vaccination programme. This means when it is your turn to be vaccinated, this may not be at your GP practice. You will be told where to go for your appointment and how to book.
In line with expert guidance, the first priority for vaccination is care homes residents and staff, people over the age of 80 and frontline health and care workers.
We understand a lot of people want to be vaccinated and would like to reassure you this will happen. Please be patient and wait to be contacted.
For further information on why you are being asked to wait for your Covid-19 vaccine, please read the information on the GOV.UK website or this leaflet.
Covid vaccine: What you need to know about vaccine safety
And how to immunise yourself against fake news about vaccine safety.
Oxford Covid vaccine 'safe and effective' study shows
Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do
Help control the virus
To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:
wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
cover face - wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
make space - stay at least a metre away from people not in your household
If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.
Visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus for Full guidance on staying at home and away from others
EPS -Electronic Prescribing Service
We are moving to EPS on 8th September 2020
This is where the patient nominates a pharmacy that they would like their prescriptions to be sent to electronically. This means that you still request your prescription in the usual way however when we receive your request we will process it and automatically send it electronically to your nominated pharmacy - this is much easier, efficient, safer and more secure than you having to come and collect your prescription from the practice.
Our staff will be asking all patients who collect prescriptions to sign up for this and you can nominate a pharmacy of your choice at that time. If in the future you wish to change to a different pharmacy just let us know and we can make that change for you.
All telephone calls in and out of this practice are recorded for safety and training
Recordings are securely stored for five years.
Let us know your Mobile Number and email Address
We are in the process of collecting email addresses and mobile phone numbers for all patients as this can save the NHS money when contacting you..
Please either complete the online form found in the link at the bottom of this page called "text message reminders" or complete the paper form that is available in reception.
You have a named GP!
All patients have a named GP. We have always operated a "usual GP" system as a way of sharing out the administrative workload for all Doctors. Therefore you already have a "usual GP" and this person will be your "named GP" for NHS purposes. As before, you can still see or speak to any Doctor for advice - this is purely a way we divide up workload for administration tasks. If you want to know who your usual GP is - ask any staff member.
Data Protection & Your Confidentiality Matter.
The General Data Protection Regulations became law on May 25th 2018.
For details on how this will affect our use of medical records, please see link entitled Privacy Notice and GDPR at the foot of this page.