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COVID-19 Vaccinations

We are currently inviting patients for their second COVID vaccination, please do not worry we will contact you when we have vaccine available.

If you have not yet had your vaccine, and want to check your eligibility, please visit the National System. If you are eligible, the system will allow you to book your vaccination online.

Please be patient we will ensure that you receive your second vaccine in the correct timescale.  Please do not contact the practice regarding this as this may prevent someone who needs urgent medical attention from contacting us.

Updated guidance on use of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine for under 40s

 

The Joint Committee for Vaccinations & Immunisations has updated its guidance for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. It has recommended that people under 40 are offered an alternative vaccination where available and where this will not cause delays to people having the vaccine.

 

This follows ongoing reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Both the JCVI and MHRA have emphasised that the risk is extremely small – just over 10 people in every million have developed this condition - and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people.

However, given current vaccines supplies and that infection rates are increasingly coming under control in the UK, the JCVI has recommended taking this precautionary measure for younger people. This takes into account that this rare condition is seen more often in younger people and that the risks from COVID-19 decrease with age.

The latest guidance is as follows:

  • Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they suffered any serious side effects after their first vaccination. Having the second dose is very important as it will give you higher and longer lasting protection.

  • People over 40 or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits

    in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition

  • People aged 18-39 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. It is important that you have the vaccination as soon as possible to protect you and to reduce the chance of passing on the virus

  • People under 40 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.

 

Please see the updated leaflet below that has been produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have

 

Leaflet on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting

 

 

Contacting the Surgery

For the forseeable future we are not accepting any online bookings for appointments.  All requests for medical advice, treatment, sick notes, GP letters and results should be made, where possibly by using an E-Consultation form.  We will respond to you by the end of the next working day.

For those of you requiring advice regarding Covid-19 we would ask that in the first instance you look at the following website which contains a lot of useful information https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

Denby Dale Surgery

Due to the current crisis our Denby Dale surgery will now not be open on a daily basis. As per national guidance, we have implemented a total telephone triage system. However, if a Clinician feels that you need to be seen face to face following the telephone call and you can only get to Denby Dale we will make arrangements for you to be seen there.  Please note the post box will be checked once per day for prescription requests/letters.

Online Access

We are asking that all our patients make prescription requests online.  If you do not have a computer/smart phone you can give proxy access to a friend or relative who can order on your behalf.  Prescriptions will be sent electronically to the Pharmacy of your choice. 

Prescriptions

Please only order your regular medication and do not stockpile.  This will create unnecessary shortages. 

Kirklees Wellness Service

The Kirklees Wellness Service is a self-referring scheme for people to improve on their health and wellbeing. The Wellness Service offers a planned programme to push you in the right direction. It is for people aged 18 or over living in Kirklees, who want to make a change to their lifestyle. The service helps people to improve their mood and boost their confidence, improve mental health and emotional wellbeing, manage long term conditions and increase physical activity. To find out more information, visit their website: https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/health-and-well-being/wellness.aspx. To self refer, you will need to complete the form, which can be found by clicking the link above.

Links to resources

http://www.elearning.rcgp.org.uk/selfcare   Free to RCGP members: £55 for non-members.

http://www.selfcareforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Self-Care-Forum-top-tips-for-practices_2.pdf

http://www.selfcareforum.org/events/self-care-week-resources/

http://www.selfcareforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/PPGGuidetoSelfCare.pdf

Patient Privacy Notices

This Practice aims to provide you with the highest quality of Healthcare. To do this we must keep records about you, your health and the care we have provided or plan to provide. Click on the links below to view the Patient Privacy Notice and the Young Patient Privacy Notice.

Priavacy Noice for National COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Programmes

NHS England has established a centralised service for the management of both the COVID-19 and seasonal flu vaccination programmes. This service is supported by a central system, The Immunisation Management System.

When you attend for your Covid-19 vaccination a record will be made that you have been vaccinated and when.  Normally, vaccinations are undertaken in GP settings. However, the delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine is being undertaken in a variety of care settings.

NHS England is responsible for processing your personal data for the purposes of the national vaccination programme. To find out more you can access the NHS England privacy notice at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/contact-us/privacy-notice/

Patient Privacy Notice    Young Patient Privacy Notice

CQC Report - Surgery Rated as Good in every area

Following the recent CQC Inspection the Surgery has been rated as Good in every area.  A copy of the report is available for you to read here   

CQC Inspection Report - September 2016

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