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WEEKLY COVID VACCINATION UPDATE
This week we are having vaccination Clinics on:-
Thursday 25th February - 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Friday 26th February - 9.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday 27th February - 9.00am - 4.30pm
This week we are contacting patients in Group 6, which includes all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality, and also unpaid carers, to offer an appointment. We are also in the process of contacting any patients from the previous cohorts who have not yet been vaccinated.
IF YOU CARRY AN EPIPEN PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING IT WITH YOU TO YOUR VACCINATION APPOINTMENT.
We are recieving an unprecedented amount of enquiries regarding the vaccination.
Please do not contact the Surgery regarding this. We will contact you.
There is a reservation list but only for the cohort we are currently working on. If you are not in Cohort 6 please do not be asked to be added to the list.
Patients in Group 5 will be contacted by NHS England, inviting them to make an appointment at one of the mass centres.
More information can be found on priority groups for the vaccine can be found on the following link.
COVID 19 VACCINE INFORMATION
We are providing Covid-19 vaccinations at Meopham Medical Centre for our own patients and those from the following practices:
· Jubilee Medical Group - Longfield
· Jubilee Medical group - New Ash Green
We are inviting patients based on the national priority list. Please be patient and wait to be contacted about when the vaccine is available for you. There will be home visits for housebound patients, that have not yet been vaccinated.
Please read the questions and answers below about our local vaccination service. Our phone lines are very busy; please help us to keep lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters.
How do you prioritise who is invited first from people in each priority group?
LMC Care, consisting of Meopham Medical Centre, New Ash Green and Longfield medical practices will be amalgamating our patients together, to ensure that everyone is contacted equally. We will be contacting those “most at risk” in the current cohort first among the three practises then working our way down the list alphabetically.
How are you contacting people to invite them for a vaccine?
Going forward, everyone that has given us a mobile number will receive a text message linked to a survey asking if you wish to have the vaccine or not. If you respond with a yes, when we reach the cohort you are placed in, you will receive another text message linked to a survey to book yourself in an appointment. You may be offered a drive through option or a walk through depending what is available on that date. Upon booking that appointment, please accept that as confirmation of your booking.
Those that don’t have mobile phone numbers, we will contact you via your land line to book you into an available appointment slot. We will try contacting you up to three times across a course of a few days, if we are unable to contact you on the third attempt we will send you a letter asking you to get in touch with us.
If we do not hold any form of phone number, we will be sending out letters requesting you get in touch to update your details.
If I cannot attend an appointment what should I do?
If you have received and accepted an invitation for a Covid-19 vaccine we would strongly encourage you to prioritise coming to the appointment. If for unavoidable reasons you cannot make it please call 01474 814 811 or inform us using eConsult.
How are you supporting patients with dementia to get vaccinated?
We are extremely lucky in our PCN that we have ongoing contact with patients next of kin’s and implement operational care plans for our dementia patients. We will be using these care plans to get in contact with our dementia patients to ensure that they do have their vaccines, and will be in contact with their next of kin’s in due course to organise this.
Is there transport available for getting to the vaccine clinic?
We would ask that anyone who does not have their own transport tries to arrange a lift with a friend or relative. If that is not possible, Arthur Eyre at Meopham Community Bus Welfare Committee has kindly offered to support those in need, please contact him on 07860 364065
Unprecedented amount of telephone calls
We are experiencing an unprecedented amount of telephone calls at the moment and our staff are doing their best to answer them quickly and efficiently. We are investigating the option of opening up another telephone line and having more staff to answer the calls. Please be patient and try our new online triage service EConsult to contact the surgery and you will get a response within 24 hours. Thank you
We are sorry that we cannot offer Covid testing. You will need to call 119 to book an appointment or visit the Government website to find out how to order a test.
Thank you to all those who attended the Flu clinic on 26th September. Due to an unprecedented demand it was incredibly busy, and we would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding.
We have added extra clinics. Please see the section entitled Dispensary and Flu Clinic information for dates and times. The Flu Clinics are by appointment only. Please call the Surgery for an appointment.
For further information regarding clinic's please continue to check our website.
Under 65's at risk
Please call the Surgery to book an appointment in one of our designated Flu Clinics if you are in an at risk group and have been contacted by letter or text.
If you are a household member or a carer of a shielded patient, you are eligible for the flu vaccination. Please contact Reception for an apppointment.
Please note that if you are aged between 50 and 64 and are not in a clinical at risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is November. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. Thank you in advance for your patience, understanding and cooperation. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical at risk group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
Please wear a face mask or covering if you are entering the practice. This is to protect other patients and our staff.
We are changing the way we recall patients for medication reviews.....
We would like to take this opportunity to let you know that we are changing the way we recall patients for their medication and long term condition reviews. During these unprecedented times, we have had to reduce the number of patients coming into the surgery, and it has given us the opportunity to rethink how we can manage reviews more effectively.
Patients will now be recalled every year, in the month of their birthday. If you require any blood tests or checks, we will ask you to come in and have those, and then an appointment will be made with a GP, Clinical Pharmacist or Practice Nurse for your annual review. It may even be possible for the clinician to conduct the annual review over the telephone. This allows us to manage patient’s appointments in a better way, and also stops patients having to come into the surgery for multiple appointments if they don’t need to, which manages your time and safety more effectively.
We hope you enjoy your birthday and look forward to seeing you at the surgery soon.
If you think you are due for a medication review before we contact you then please call us to check.