Latest information about Coronavirus vaccine
To date the 1st vaccination has been given to 2441 patients registered at the practice. These are patients in groups 1-4, house/bed bound and care homes.
We have been finalising the patients in cohort 4b (clinically extremely vulnerable) these are the new patients that have been advised to shield by NHS England – These will be the next group to be offered vaccinations by the practice.
Following this we will begin to invite group 6 (patients aged 16-64y with specific underlying medical conditions). Patients from group 5 will receive a letter from NHS England, inviting them to attend other vaccination centres to have their vaccine; this group of patients will not be invited for vaccination by the practice. When you receive your letter if you really are unable to travel to a mass vaccination centre, you can contact the practice to book your appointment but as of yet we are unable to give any timescale of when these appointments will become available.
We continue to receive vaccines using the "push" model. This model means that we don't order the vaccine, it is sent to us, sometimes with just 48 hours’ notice.
As and when we receive more vaccine, we will do our utmost to vaccinate patients as swiftly as possible and according to the clinical priorities set by the Joint Committee of Vaccinations and Immunisations.
We apologise in advance that patients may be invited at short notice; this is due to the short notice we receive.
Regrettably, because we do not know when we will receive the vaccine, or how many vaccines we will receive, we are unable to tell individuals when they will be vaccinated. Please do not call us for updates, as this is overloading the phone system.
As we must prioritise the Covid vaccination programme, we are unable to provide frequent updates but we do our best to update the website news whenever we have an opportunity to do so.
We have over 7200 patients and this programme will take many months to complete. Practice staff are supporting the vaccination programme with clinical and administrative staff working at Redcar Primary Care Hospital to cover the clinics there. This is reducing the availability of staff in the practice.
In the meantime, please follow the rules and stay safe.
LETTERS RE COVID VACCINE
We understand that patients in cohort 1-4 have received letters about contacting the practice for a covid vaccination appointment.
Please do not ring the practice regarding these appointments - we will be contacting patients when we have vaccine availability
LETTERS FROM NHS ENGLAND RE COVID VACCINATION
If you receive an invitation for a Covid vaccination for a NHS Hub please follow the instructions on the letter - do not contact the practice as we have no involvement in this.
If you do not wish to accept this invitation you will remain on our list and will be contacted in due course.
Please note that if you receive any invitations that ask you to pay a fee this is a scam as the Covid vaccination is currently free of charge
FLU VACCINES FOR HEALTHY 50 - 64 YEAR OLDS
Flu vaccine appointments are now available for healthy 50 - 64 year olds - these are available via online booking or ring the practice if you have no access to online services.
Face Mask Exemption Guidance
15th July 2020
Re: Guidance note for patients requesting exemption letters
We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks in various public settings.
GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask.
Cleveland Local Medical Committee has therefore prepared this guidance note as the statutory body that advises and supports all GPs and practice teams across Tees.
The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.
Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. The responsibility for issuing customer exemptions lies with the transport or retail provider, not your GP. Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers them to have another reason to be exempted.
Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:
Some transport or retail staff may not need to wear a face covering if it is not required for their job. This would be assessed by the employer, not the GP.
We hope that this guidance provides some reassurance for you on this issue.
Dr J A Birch & Dr R McMahon
Cleveland Local Medical Committee
ONLINE SERVICE REGISTRATION
You are now able to register for online services where you can re-order your prescriptions and book any available online appointments
From Monday 15th June all patients entering the practice will need to wear a face covering.
Please ensure that you have this in place before entering the surgery and ensure that it stays in place until you leave the building
INCORRECT ASTHMA/COPD ADVICE CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA
We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating (especially on social media) regarding special 'rescue packs' of antibiotics and oral steroids for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (or even for those who don't have these conditions)
Oral steroid are powerful medicines and any decision to use them would need careful evaluation by a prescriber, usually a doctor, nurse practitioner or a respiratory specialist nurse.
There is no guidance in place that recommends a rescue pack being prescribed.
You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way - information may be found in the links below
SALTBURN BRANCH SURGERY TEMPORARILY CLOSED
We are sorry for the inconvenience but until further notice Saltburn surgery will be closed. The phone line is diverted to the Marske practice for advice and urgent appointments. The repeat prescription box is being emptied on a daily basis and prescriptions will still be processed within 3 working days. Please specify on repeat prescription slips which pharmacy you wish to collect your medication from as we will be sending all of these electronically where possible.
Great North Care Record
The Great North Care Record is a way of sharing patient information with health and care staff. It covers the 3.6 million people living in the North East and North Cumbria.
It means information recorded about your health such is illnesses, hospital admissions and treatments can be accessed by different people who are involved in your care. Previously, different hospitals, GPs and other health workers record separate pieces of information about you, which wasn't easily shared.
By sharing this information with the Great North Care Record, health and care workers can access the most current details about you 24/7. This can help them make choices about your care, as they know more about you.
Please access the link below for more detailed information - https://www.greatnorthcarerecord.org.uk/
REGIONAL SELF CARE
in accordance with CCG guidelines the practice has been asked not to prescribe medication for hayfever, allergies, aches and pains, holiday medication and season ailments. Please see the self help link for advice: http://www.mymedicinesmyhealth.org.uk
If you suffer from repeated episodes of depression, are stressed in the role of caring for (or parenting) or a suffering from a mental health problem, taster sessions of mindfulness awareness are courses are available via the link below. There is no need to see a GP as the courses are self-referrable.https://www.tewv.nhs.uk/services/mindfulness