Email Alert System
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- COVID Vaccination information
- Health Centre Bulletins
- Changes to Appointment Bookings
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COVID-19 Vaccine weekly update - 25.02.2021
The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
So far 3,886 Steyning Medical Practice patients have received their first vaccine - this is 32% of our entire patient list, (94% of our over 70s) as at 24/02/2021!
We are currently getting in touch will the few remaining over 70s and clinically extremely vulnerable and we are are now beginning to invite cohort 5 (those aged 65-69) and cohort 6 (16-64 with underlying health conditions). You are likely to be in this group if you usually receive the annual flu vaccine.
Please be reassured that if you are in these age brackets, you will receive an invite (your invite call will come from a withheld number.)
We are receiving many queries regarding timescales for remaining cohorts. This is very difficult to predict as it is dependent on vaccine supply. Please bear with us, the planning and implementation of the vaccination programme is complex. Every area and Practice will be in a slightly different position. Please be reassured that we are doing all we can and vaccinating our patients as quickly and safely as we can, remains our constant focus.
We are very lucky that the Chanctonbury area has been allowed to open a second vaccination hub. Therefore, our local GP site for Steyning Medical Practice patients is now Henfield Medical Practice.
Patients may also receive an invitation from a Central/National Booking Service. This may give you options of booking into The Brighton Centre or Midhurst Pharmacy.
We would encourage you to take up the first offer of the vaccine that you receive, but you will be invited locally in due course, if you do not take up the offer.
Your name will not be removed from the COVID vaccine invitation list until you have had your vaccine -you will not be forgotten.
We kindly ask that you please wait for your phone call to book an appointment, and do all that you can to take up the appointment, when offered it. Our phone lines are becoming overwhelmed with vaccine queries and these are holding up lines for patients calling to book appointments.
The current arrangement is that you will go back to the same site as your first vaccine for your second dose - this is due to vaccine delivery logistics. If this does change, we will of course let you know.
Thank you for your support and patience, we will update our figures again soon.
Steyning Medical Practice
Letter from Co-clinical director, Chanctonbury - COVID-19 Vaccination 21.01.2021
Our patients in Chanctonbury (Henfield, Steyning, Storrington and Billingshurst) have been extremely well served by the highly efficient vaccination hub at the Glebe surgery in Storrington. As a Wave 1 site they have kept us well ahead of the curve on numbers vaccinated in the first cohorts.
We are now moving into the next phase of the vaccination program and again Chanctonbury are leading the way in aiming to get vaccinations available in all four surgeries. Initially we have opened a SECOND VACCINATION HUB IN HENFIELD MEDICAL PRACTICE, to run in parallel with the Glebe, with the first vaccinations being offered there on Thursday 4th February, by invitation only!
This has not been easy, and we are still in a situation where we cannot predict which of the two very different vaccines we will receive. We are aiming towards being able to transport the Astra Zeneca vaccine, when we get it, to all four practices so that we can all vaccinate our own patients. (the Pfizer one can’t be transported).
Realistically we think that vaccinations for Covid-19 will go on for months, possibly years, and we are keen to find a solution that is best for our rural practices. A solution that is sustainable, and that can run alongside our usual GP work.
We would like to thank everyone involved in Chanctonbury’s vaccination effort including all the staff, volunteers and of course our patients.
Karen Crawford Clarke
Co-clinical director, Chanctonbury
Please be aware of this scam:
We are aware that some patients are receiving fraudulent calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination. In some cases, people are asked to press a number on their keypad or to send a text message to confirm they wish to receive the vaccine. Doing so is likely to result in a charge being applied to their phone bill. In other cases, callers are offering the vaccine for a fee or asking for bank details. We are working with community partners and the media to warn people to be alert to these scams.
The advice is that vaccine is only available from the NHS and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. At present, appointments are only being offered to members of the public over 80 years old. If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.
Seasonal flu vaccinations
We now have stock of flu vaccine for those at-risk under 65 years, please call us on 01903 843400 to book. Thank you for your patience.
If you are 65 or over, pregnant, are on the NHS COVID-19 shielding list or have certain medical conditions, you are entitled to a free flu vaccination.
In light of the risk of flu and COVID-19 circulating together this winter, flu immunisation will be essential to protect vulnerable people and to support the resilience of the NHS. If you do not usually take up the offer of flu vaccination we would strongly encourage you to consider attending this year, to help protect yourself, the public and the NHS.
Important information about coronavirus (COVID-19)
Please do not present at the medical practice if you have any of the following: a new cough, a high temperature (above 37.8 c), if you have been in contact with anyone with coronavirus or think that you might have Coronavirus.
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
See the latest information on symptoms of coronovirus infection from the NHS
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can give advice and tell you if you need to seek medical help.
To request a COVID-19 test, please Ring 119 or visit the Government Self-Referral website.
We are unable to give self-isolation sick notes. If you are isolating and your employer requires one, you can download from the NHS111 isolation-note page.
This is an evolving situation and the advice has changed based on emerging information. We will update our website as further guidance becomes available. Further information can be found on the Public Health England website.
Your COVID Recovery
If you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind. These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.
Your COVID Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.
We are currently open between 8.00am and 6.30pm only.
Due to current concerns regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19), with effect from today we will be operating a full telephone triage system.
If you need to see a doctor, a nurse or arrange a blood test, please telephone the surgery and the receptionist will put your name on a list for one of the clinical team to call you back. We can also currently only offer telephone advice for online booking.
PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE HEALTH CENTRE unless you have been contacted first by one of the clinical team.
If you have a routine appointment that has already been booked, and you develop a fever or a new continuing cough, or feel that you have symptoms of Coronavirus infection, please do not come to the Health Centre, but telephone the Practice for advice.
Attending your APPOINTMENT
If you are advised to attend for an appointment, please arrive at your allocated time and use the intercom at the front door to speak to a receptionist. Once your clinician has put on the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), they will come to collect you from the front of the building. You will be given a mask to wear.
Please bear in mind that you will need to wait for your appointment outside the Practice and you will not be able to use the waiting room, so please wear suitable clothing for the weather. We kindly ask that you attend the appointment alone. If you are bringing a child to an appointment, we ask that only one parent accompanies them. We apologise for any difficulties that this may cause, we are taking these measures to protect our staff and patients. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this challenging time.
NOTICE OF PRACTICE CLOSURES
We are occasionally closed for training events. See dates and further details of upcoming closures for staff training.
NEW NHS APP
If you’re a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. You can use the NHS App to check your symptoms and get instant advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record and more.
If you already use SystmOnline, you can continue to use it. You can alternatively use the NHS App. View more information about the NHS App.
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