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Cancellation of all routine appointments on Thursday 30th Dec 2021.

Our GP practice has been asked to support the current rollout of the booster programme.

To enable us to have the staff to do this, we’ll be cancelling non-urgent  appointments on Thursday 30th December 2021. These appointments will be rebooked for next month.

Our phone lines are still open and our emergency doctor is still available for urgent queries and emergency appointments. 

Update on the COVID-19 booster programme - 13.12.2021

 
Across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough the NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.
 
All adults are eligible from Monday 13 December, and you will be able to book via the National Booking System from Wednesday 15 December.
 
You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months.
 
We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services may also contact patients directly.
 
New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. Further availability will come online from Wednesday 15 December.
  
All of these appointments will be added to the National Booking System and so we encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.
 
In terms of any planned appointments with us here at the surgery, there are no changes at the current time and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.

 

Covid Vaccination Update  26.11.2021

Eligible for COVID-19 booster? Please book online or call 119

The COVID-19 booster vaccine is now available to ensure you have continued protection over the winter. If you are eligible you can book your appointment online at www.nhs.uk/Covid-Vaccination or by calling 119. You can also visit www.vaccinators.co.uk to find local walk in clinics available.

Please be aware that we are not offering COVID-19 vaccine boosters at this GP practice and are unable to book appointments for you.

You are eligible for your booster if

  • You’ve had a first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine over six months ago

And you are

  • Aged over 40
  • A health and social care worker
  • Aged 16 or over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19
  • An unpaid carer
  • Aged 16 and over and live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

Those eligible can pre-book an appointment from five months after their second dose online at www.nhs.uk/Covid-Vaccination or by calling 119. An appointment will be offered for a date that is six months after your second dose.

If you are an unpaid carer or someone who lives with someone who is immunosuppressed, you may not be able to book through the National Booking Service. If this is the case for you, please let us know so that we can share a letter with you which you can take to a vaccination walk-in centre as proof of your eligibility for a booster vaccine.

Please visit COVID-19 boosters Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

COVID-19 Vaccination programme – update 24.09.2021

Our practice vaccinated thousands of patients in the earlier stages of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, and we are so grateful to our wonderful practice team as well as brilliant local volunteers whose dedication and commitment enabled us to help protect our community from COVID-19.

The vaccination programme is now entering its next phase, with booster vaccinations being offered to those most at risk of COVID-19. We are not offering these booster vaccinations at our practice, so if you are eligible, and it has been at least six months since your second dose, then please visit www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or call 119 to book. Please note booster vaccines cannot be accessed on a walk-in basis.

If you have yet to get your first dose or you are due your second dose, you can choose to book your appointments via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119, or you can find a local walk-in venue near you via www.thevaccinators.co.uk.

Further information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, including frequently asked questions and patient information leaflets here

https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/

Retirement

Retirement

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July and August 2021 and we have two departures from our team. 

We are very sad to say goodbye to two very special and valued staff members. Bea has been part of our team for 22 years and Gill 14 years, and both will be hugely missed by both staff and patients. 

We wish them many peaceful hours tending to their much loved gardens and a long and happy retirement. 

General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR)

This practice is supporting vital health and care planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. For more information about this see the GP Practice Privacy Notice for General Practice Data for Planning and Research.

Should you wish to "opt out" please follow the link above to the appropriate website. 

This data extraction has now been delayed until 1st September 2021

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COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Update

To allay concerns about the headlines regarding blood clots and the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine, I should like to give you some facts. There is NO evidence that the vaccine causes blood clots. Decisions to "pause" vaccination programmes in some countries are purely political, and not evidence based.

We have , so far, given over 20 million doses of AZ vaccine over the last 3 months.There have only been 30 reported cases of "thrombotic events" or blood clots, and one of these sadly was fatal.
However, blood clots are common- In the UK 1 in 1000 people get a blood clot every year , so in 3 months you would expect 1 in 4000 people to get a clot.It is likely that, by chance, some of these clots might just happen to be a day or 2 after vaccination. Amongst vaccinated people, the above stats show 1 in 60,000 people only have had a clot which is related in time to the vaccine. So fewer people have had a clot than you would expect just by chance! The statistics might make you believe that you should actually get vaccinated to prevent clots! (which of course, is nonsense, just as it is also nonsense to say that the vaccine causes clots, on current evidence).

Extended Access

We are now able to offer weekend and weekday evening appointments at our federation hub practice at Buckden

This new service is provided by our Federation and funded by Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical commissioning group. Pre bookable appointments are available for non urgent consultations.

Please call us for more information or to book an appointment

Where to get medical help at the weekend

NHS 111 

Open 24/7, 365 days a year, NHS 111 connects patients to a team of fully trained call advisers who are supported by experienced nurses, paramedics, and GPs.
They will ask questions to assess the symptoms, and give healthcare advice or direct the caller to a local NHS service. If necessary, they can also call an ambulance or direct people straight to A&E. Calls to NHS 111 are free from a landline or mobile phone.

Pharmacies  

Pharmacies will be open across the bank holiday weekends with many open on the bank holiday Mondays too. 

Mental health – 111 option 2 

The First Response Service (FRS) in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough provides those in mental health crisis the opportunity to get access to help quickly, by calling NHS 111 and selecting option 2.
The service allows patients or carers to speak to specially-trained mental health staff who can provide advice, support, and signposting to other services. The service is available 24/7, 365 days a year. 

Minor Illness and Injury Units (MIU)

Minor Illness and Injury Units can treat a range of minor illnesses and injuries such as sprains and strains, broken bones, minor burns and scalds, minor head and eye injuries, bites and stings.
Opening hours are as follows:

Peterborough MIIU
City Care Centre, Thorpe Road, Peterborough, PE3 6DB
Tel: 01733 847090
Monday – Sunday: 8am-8pm
Open seven days a week, including weekends and bank holidays.

Due to new data protection laws, from May 2018, we will need your explicit consent to text and email you. Please let staff know you are happy for us to do so on your next call or visit to the surgery.

 

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