Covid-19 & Flu
💉COVID BOOSTER VACCINATIONS 💉 (30/09/21)
We are now starting the Covid-19 Booster Vaccination Campaign for our patients.
Please note the following information:
➡️ Vaccinations will be received in set doses so we can only do a certain amount at a time
➡️ We will be running joint covid booster & flu vaccination clinics but please do not hold off booking your flu vaccination as these take longer to organise & we have been asked to prioritise flu
➡️ Priority will be given in age order & invites will be sent with a link to book, which will only be valid within 7 days, as patients become eligible
➡️ If you book into a joint clinic, but have your flu vaccination elsewhere, this appointment will be cancelled
➡️ Please DO NOT call us to book unless we have left you a message asking you to do so, only certain staff will be involved in booking these appointments & no one can jump the queue
Booking may seem harsh, but a lot of planning is involved running this programme alongside the flu vaccinations as well as our ‘normal’ work.
We do not want our telephone ☎️ lines to be blocked with patients asking when it is their turn. Please #HelpUsHelpYou by being patient with us.
➡️ If invited by NHS England to book via the National Booking Service, you can choose this option or decide to wait until we invite you.
➡️ SMS messages will come from firstname.lastname@example.org
➡️ If you receive an invite, please check the date of your second covid vaccination, you can only have the booster AFTER 180 days after this date. NO EXCEPTIONS.
➡️ If we cannot reach you via text, we will make contact via the telephone 📞, please be patient & wait for our call.
➡️ The vaccination given will be Pfizer & currently the 15 minute observation period stands
➡️ If you are housebound, we will be in contact in due course
We do not have extra staff for this programme, our team will be working above & beyond to deliver this to our patient population #BeKind. This will take time.
Please share with family & friends not on Facebook (& encourage them to like & follow our page!)
Thank you for your continued support during these busy & testing times 💙🌈
#HelpUsHelpYou #CovidBoosters #FluVaccinations #BeKind 💚
Flu Invites (26/0921)
Flu vaccination appointments are now available to book at the surgery for all patients aged 80 years & over. We will be opening this to further age groups shortly.
Invites have been sent via SMS to all patients where possible.
Please respond to the message if possible, avoiding having to telephone the surgery. If you need to telephone to book, please avoid our busiest times between 08.00-10.00 hrs.
Covid-19 Booster Programme (17/09/21)
💉 Covid-19 Booster Programme 💉
The Government have confirmed that a covid-19 booster vaccine will be offered to patients this autumn. The aim of this booster programme is to ensure the protection vaccines provide for those most at risk of severe illness from covid-19 will be maintained over the winter months, to prevent serious disease, hospitalisation & death.
The programme will be rolled out to the same priority groups as previously, which includes:
➡️ Care home residents
➡️ Health & social care workers
➡️ Patients aged 50 plus
➡️ 16-49 years with underlying health condition which puts them at higher risk of severe covid-19
➡️ Adult carers
➡️ Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
The booster is not to be given any sooner than 6 months after the second covid-19 vaccination. This does not mean patients will be offered the vaccine exactly 6 months after their last but FROM 6 months.
Patients will be offered a full dose of the Pfizer BioNTech (regardless of previous vaccinations), with an alternative offered if clinically needed.
Vaccinations will be offered at the surgery, hospital hubs, vaccination centres & pharmacy led services. Patients will be contacted over the coming weeks & will be able to use the National Booking Service in due course.
The JCVI have advised that the flu & covid-19 vaccines can be co-administered (given together) as long as appropriate to give & as long as there will be no delay in receiving one of the vaccines.
It is important patients take up the offer of both the flu vaccine & the covid-19 booster when these are received as soon as possible rather than waiting for the possibility of getting them together.
Flu vaccination remains a priority. It has been recommended for staff & vulnerable groups in the UK since the late 1960s, with the average number of estimated deaths in England for the five seasons 2015 to 2020 at over 11,000 deaths annually. During the 2019/2020 winter season, 86% of deaths associated with flu were people aged 65 & over.
This programme does not imply a vaccine will be offered every 6 months & we do not want to take away the importance of the flu vaccination.
We are yet to hear when we will receive our first supply of the booster but will roll out the programme as soon as feasible to our patient population.
Please DO NOT contact the surgery to enquire, we will make contact with all patients when we can offer an appointment.
Please share with family & friends not on FaceBook.
Thank you 💙🌈
We will keep our website up to date with any relevant news.
We are open but... (08/09/20)
Face Coverings (23/06/20)
All patients and visitors aged 7+ will need to wear a face mask or covering when attending the practice for an appointment.
Children under 7 years are currently not required to, but may choose to do so.
You will be reminded of this when needing to book an appointment. If you do not have anything suitable, please advise the Receptionist at this time.
We are all having to adjust to a new normal and appreciate your cooperation and patience - thank you.
To find out more on how to make and wear a cloth face covering, please click here.
We do appreciate for some, wearing a face covering may be difficult due to physical or mental health conditions, if this is the case, please discuss via the telephone with Reception.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Symptoms (updated 19/05/20)
Due to the coronavirus outbreak we have taken urgent measures to protect our patients, our staff and the most vulnerable int he community. Please read the information below and share with your family and friends to help us get the message to as many patients as possible.
Announced by the UK Chief Medical Officers, all individuals should self-isolate if they develop:
- a high temperature or
- a new continuous cough or
- anosmia (loss or a change in your normal sense of smell or taste)
DO NOT come to the surgery, or go to your local pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact us or 111 to advise you are self-isolating unless you feel you cannot cope, your symptoms get worse or your symptoms do not get better in 7 days. For more information visit www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19.
If you are symptomatic and have an appointment at the practice, please DO NOT attend and cancel it.
The individual's household should also self-isolate for 14 days as per the current guideliness and the individual should stay at home for 7 days, or longer if they still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell or taste.
Anyone aged 5 or over who has coronavirus symptoms is now eligible for a coronavirus test.
Anyone experiencing a new continuous cough, high temperature and loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste can book a test online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
Testing is being offered in 3 ways:
- Home testing kits which are delivered to someone's door
- Regional testing sites
- Mobile testing units
Essential works can continue to apply for priority testing. These tests are prioritised over the tests available for the wider public through the NHS.
For further details click here.
If you need to contact the surgery
- We cannot do prescriptions early or give you more 'just in case' - the pharmacies are struggling already, you do not want them to be like supermarkets!
- We cannot give you an inhaler even though you had one 5 years ago when you had a bad cough 'just in case'. We know it is scary but lots of people really need these inhalers and if you get one 'just in case' they might not be able to get one that they really need.
- We cannot give you paracetamol on prescription just because you cannot buy it over the counter.
- We cannot advise you whether you should or should not self-isolate, please follow the guidance available at www.gov.uk as we are following the same advice.
- If you are due to have a routine appointment and we tell you it has been cancelled, please try and understand the unprecedented strain we are trying to get through. If suitable, you will be offered a telephone consultation with a clinician, otherwise you will be asked to make contact at a later date.
Please do not shout at our staff when tehy cannot do these things. We will still make sure you get the medication you need and we will still provide the best possible care over the telephone, via video consultation, or face to face if absolutely necessary.
Every single person who sets foot in a healthcare setting from now on, is sadly entering a high risk environment, why would you put yourself at unneccesary risk?
Remember, all NHS staff are doing this to help keep you safe. Thank you for your ongoing support and co-operation.
Test & Trace (04/06/20)
The NHS Track & Trace Service has launched.
Here's how you can play a part in controlling the virus and getting life back to normal.
Full information, click here.
The NHS Test & Trace Service will start emailing, telephoning and texting people who have been in close contact with confirmed coronavirus cases.
The team will call from 0300 013 5000 or send a text from NHS.
Slow the spread...
We can all slow the spread of coronavirus by keeping good hand hygiene. Make sure you (and your children) are washing your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds at a time.
Blood Testing Appointments
In order to keep patients safe at this time, the Blood Taking Unit at Northampton General Hospital (Area H) are operating an appointment system only (no drop ins).
If patients require a blood test, they will need to contact the hospital to make an appointment on either of these numbers between the hours of 0900-1530 hrs, Monday to Friday:
- 01604 523303
- 01604 544190
For adults, appointments will be available Monday to Friday, 0800-1600 hrs & Saturday's 0800-1230 hrs. Patients will not be tested without an appointment.
For children, appointments will be available Monday to Friday, 0800-1130 hrs.
The NGH Maternity Unit will continue to make arrangements for patients within the unit.
Due to the impact of covid-19, Northamton General Hospital are changing the eye casualty service. The service will no longer operate as a walk-in eye casualty. Patients will need to telephone the service first on either of these numbers:
- 01604 545085
- 01604 634700 ext 8011
This means the department can triage most patients over the telephone therefore avoiding unnecessary visits to the hospital.
The service is open:
- Monday to Saturday - 08.30-16.30 hrs
- Sunday & Bank Holidays - 09.00-12.30 hrs