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06

JAN

Todays COVID-19 Vaccination Team

Covid Vaccination Team 06/01/21

From left to right

Nicole Arnold

Julie Howse

Dr Sarah Perry

Cathy Kirwan

Fiona Thorpe

Antonina Cichy

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02

JAN

URGENT COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME UPDATE

We have unfortunately received some disappointing news this afternoon. Delivery of the Pfizer vaccine for the clinic on Sunday 10th January has been cancelled.

Once a new delivery date is confirmed, we will contact all affected patients with details of the date and time that they will receive their second dose of the vaccine. This will be within 12 weeks of receiving their first dose.

The vaccination clinic planned for Wednesday 6th January is still going ahead as planned.

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31

DEC

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics - 6th & 10th January at the Meads Medical Centre

Those patients who received their first COVID-19 vaccination dose in December will be receiving their second dose next week.

Please remember, if you received your first dose on 16th December, you will receive your second on 6th January at the same time.  If you received your first dose on 20th December, you will receive your second on 10th January at the same time.

Thanks to the cooperation of our amazing patients, who were booked onto clinics at very short notice, as well as the hard work of staff from both the Meads Medical Centre and Buxted, East Hoathly and Manor Oak Medical Centres, by the end of the day on 10th January we will have vaccinated over 70% of our 80 years and over patients, who are not housebound or living in residential care settings.

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29

DEC

Suspension of routine appointments

In light of our move into Tier 4, and to reduce footfall within the Medical Centre, some routine services are being postponed.  This will enable our staff to support the urgent healthcare needs of our most vulnerable patients, as well as concentrate on delivery of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

As has been the case since the start of the pandemic, all patients will be telephone triaged before being offered a face-to-face appointment, and we will continue utilising technology in order to offer both telephone and video consultations.

We will continue to undertake the following:

  • Smear clinics
  • Coil clinics
  • Consultant requests (e.g. blood tests, blood pressure monitoring)
  • Immunisations
  • B12 injections
  • Prostap injections
  • Any other test/procedure deemed essential by the GP
As always, this has not been an easy decision to make and we would like to assure our patients that all changes are designed to reduce the spread of coronavirus and minimise the impact of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable and frail members of our community.

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24

DEC

What to do if you are unwell over Christmas and New Year

If you need advice, please telephone the surgery as normal.  We will be closed on bank holidays, but operating during usual hours at all other times.

If you need medical advice outside of these times:

    • Pharmacists are an important health resource. They are highly trained health professionals who can advise on health and wellbeing, as well as supply medicines to management minor ailments.  Many pharmacists remain open during the holidays.
    • Please use the online 111 service, which will direct you to the right service quickly.  If you are unable to get online, you should dial 111.
    • In a medical emergency, you should always dial 999.

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23

DEC

Suspected coronavirus (COVID-19)

NHS England have produced the following leaflet for patients with suspected coronavirus who have not been admitted to hospital and will be isolating at home. 

Suspected coronavirus (COVID-19): Important information to keep you safe while isolating at home

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7

DEC

COVID-19 Vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccinations have begun for patient’s over 80 years of age.  Please bear with us, we are given very little notice of when these will be taking place, but rest assured we will be contacting you.  If you haven't heard anything by the middle of January 2021 please call the surgery.

All COVID vaccinations are currently taking place at The Meads Surgery, Uckfield.

Please do not contact the surgery to book an appointment.  Staff from Buxted, Manor Oak and East Hoathly will be in contact shortly to book the appointment.  Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

For information on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination, please visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

Public Health England & the NHS have also produced the following guides.:

Covid-19 Vaccination - A Guide for Adults.pdf

What to Expect After Your Covid-19 Vaccination.pdf

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4

DEC

COVID-19

There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:

      • Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly

      • Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces

      • Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart (or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions)

If you are feeling unwell or are concerned about contracting the coronavirus, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest government advice and guidance.

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1

DEC

Mandatory Face Coverings - UPDATE December 2020

It is still mandatory to wear face masks when in shops, however, there are some exemptions to this rule.  Further information can be found at the below web address:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own#when-you-do-not-need-to-wear-a-face-covering.

The surgery will not be able to provide letters for patients regarding their own face mask use, including giving guidance on whether it is or is not appropriate to wear one.

Please note that it is already a requirement to wear a face mask when visiting the surgery and NHS setting.

We continue to assess the temperature of all visitors and staff when arriving at the surgery.  Online appointment bookings remain switched off and we continue to triage all appointments over the telephone in the first instance.

Thank you for your understanding.

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NOV

Self-Help

We know that many of you are keen to self manage where possible but aren't always sure where best to get your information from.   So, we would like to develop a self care strategy for our practice. Our Patient Participation Group (PPG) already displays information in the reception area at Buxted on selected topics.

We might include a self care area on this website which you can access to get info and also find links to useful websites and leaflets to help you when appropriate, rather than seeking an appointment. 

We would also like to know of any other ways you might want information about health and long term conditions, that we do not already offer, such as via YouTube or educational talks. The link below gives access to very useful information on common complaints eg sore throat, strains and sprains and the common cold.

http://www.selfcareforum.org/fact-sheets/

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