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Coronavirus vaccine

25/03/2021

We have been working really hard over the past few months to administer as many vaccines as possible at our main vaccination site at Bridgnorth Medical Centre along with a few clinics being held here at Alveley Medical Practice
We are currently vaccinating patients who fall into Group 6, this is anyone aged between 16-64 with an underlying health condition, however we are also offering appointments to all other patients aged 50 and over.
IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN CALLED AND FALL INTO THIS CATEGORY, PLEASE CALL US
Patients aged 20 to 50 will receive invitations to attend a vaccination from May 1st and we would advise all patients in this age group to accept their invitation and obtain their vaccination at the earliest opportunity after that date. Please do not call us, we will call you.
***2nd VACCINATIONS***
For all patients awaiting a 2nd vaccination at either Bridgnorth or Alveley we can confirm we will contact you to arrange this as soon as we are able to. This will be within 12 weeks of your first dose.
As always thank you for your continued support and understanding.

22/02/2021

 We are aware that patients are requesting information regarding their second COVID19 vaccinations. We will be delivering second vaccinations from the week commencing 1st March and anyone who has had a first dose will be called in turn to receive their second vaccine within the advised 12-week period.  Second doses need to be given at the same venue as your first, to ensure vaccine timing, delivery and supplies are maintained. 

 Please be assured that we will continue to provide first vaccinations and eligible patients will be called forward in due course according to government guidelines. From this point General Practice will be focusing on vaccinating those from Cohort 6 (those with underlying health conditions aged 16-64), whilst the National Booking Centre and larger hubs will focus on those in Cohort 5 (ages 65-69).  Due to limited capacity both at this practice and at Bridgnorth, some patients will be contacted directly by the National Booking Centre and offered vaccines at other locations.

 We understand that you will be eager to get these appointments booked but ask that you please do not contact the surgery unless you have been asked to do so. We would also like to thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult and challenging time

10/12/2020- We were really pleased to read the exciting news about the Covid-19 vaccine being approved for use. Because of the nature of the vaccine and the logistics of getting it delivered, initially not all GP surgeries will deliver it from their buildings. Within our Primary Care Network group, Bridgnorth Medical Practice has been approved to deliver the vaccination, with our Doctors helping out from their premises. We will receive the first vaccine next week. We will ring people in the Government's priority order, starting with the over 80 year olds, to book the appointments; please DO NOT ring us. Separate arrangements will be made for our housebound patients and residents in care homes. Please keep an eye on our Website and Facebook page where we will post regular updates. Thank you

04/01/2021 As you will be aware these is a great deal of information in the press at the moment regarding changes to the vaccination. schedule.

To clarify, if your second vaccine is booked:

5th - 8th January - this will go ahead and you should attend the surgery as planned

10th - 13th January - this is now cancelled and you will receive a letter advising you that this appointment must be re-scheduled, this is for everyone booked in within these dates and includes those aged 80+ and healthcare workers.  Please do not contact the surgery to re-arrange your appointment, we will contact you in due course. 

11/01/2021- We are currently inviting patients over 80years old alphabetically for their covid vaccine. We are allocated between 30-50 vaccine slots per delivery and only get approx 24 hours notice each time. Please be assured if we have been unable to contact you, we will try again the next delivery- everyone will be called until all vaccinated- we will call you- please do not call us

25/01/2021- There has been reports of unknown person visiting patients presumed to be vaccinating- Please be aware: All housebound patients will be visited by Nurse Fran and Nurse Alison for the Covid vaccine and will be called before they turn up. Please report any suspicious behaviour to 101.

25/01/2021- We are now contacting patients between 75-80years old for their covid vaccinations. We are calling patients alphabetically and if they do not answer, we try again the next day. If we are still unable to contact these patients we will try again when the next clinic is available- Please do not call the practice, we will call you. You may have seen on the news Shropshire has not been receiving as many vaccinations as other parts of the country. We are hopeful that NHSEngland have increased deliveries in the coming weeks and we are hopeful to be approved to vaccinate from our practice building. We have been fighting hard since December to be able to vaccinate our own patients at the practice. Once we have the vaccinations we will be vaccinating from our POD and all clincians are on standby to get as many done as quickly as possible- we are only governed by the NHS deliveries.

Nurses Fran, Alison and Dr Kate and several admin staff have been working in their own time to help the vaccination effort at Bridgnorth

01/02/2021

We write to provide some further information around the vaccination process for everyone and hopefully to answer some of the questions that have been posted on various social media sites recently.
With regard to the issue of vaccinations where two or more people live in the same household but are called in separately. This is out of our control, NHS England manage the process and only allow us to vaccinate certain groups at certain times therefore regrettably there are occasions when, as much as we would like to do the whole household at one time, we simply are not allowed to do so. Rest assured your GP’s are well aware of this issue and whenever possible we will do as many patients as we possibly can at the same time, within the existing guidelines.
This also applies to the housebound, we are only authorised at the present time to vaccinate patients within this group, as we move through the groups we will have more flexibility but this will be over time. Also please note that Housebound for these purposes are classed as patients who qualify for transport to Hospital by ambulance.
We are happy to advise that we are now starting to receive some small allocations of the vaccine for delivery at Alveley Medical Practice . At the present time these are limited in number and we will only call into Alveley those patients who will have most difficulty attending Bridgnorth. This is simply because we have far greater stocks at Bridgnorth, but due to storage requirements they cannot be transported to local practices.
Patients over 70 will also have received, or will very soon receive a letter, from NHS England inviting them for a vaccination at a mass vaccination site; the closest to us are Telford and the Black County Museum. These are not sent by us and obviously any patient is welcome to book a vaccination using these letters.
If you prefer to be vaccinated locally you can wait for contact from our own staff and we have capacity to ensure all 70+ patients will be booked in by 15th February. We do however recommend whenever possible you attend the first appointment offered.
We have noted that a number of people have suggested patients phone their GP to request an individual is accommodated as an exception. Please do not do this as we are unable to act outside of the official guidance. We will contact all patients and advise you of an appointment opportunity, this will be via a mix of text messages and telephone calls. Our staff are checking our patient lists daily and we do everything possible to get all patients vaccinated at the very earliest opportunity.
As a final note we are pleased to be able to announce that up to the 31st January the 9 practices working across the South East of Shropshire have provided 8,485 vaccinations.

03/02/2021- From our records we have now contacted and offered the Covid Vaccination to all of our patients aged 70 and over.

However due to there being numerous other vaccinations sites being set up by NHS England we would like to ensure we have not missed anyone thinking they may have been vaccinated elsewhere.
If you are, or if you know of anyone aged 70 and over that has not yet been contacted, please ask them to contact the Practice so that we can arrange an appointment for them within the next few days.
If you are not in this chort of patients please do not call us- we will call you

Thank you for your co-operation. This is a very fast moving topic so we will keep our website and social media updated.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

A message from all the Partners at Alveley Medical Practice

 ‘Thank you to all our patients for following national advice and guidance in the challenging times we are facing as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. We can see the benefit that following the guidance has had, both locally and nationally, with the reducing rates of infection.  

We would like to assure you that the Practice is "open for business" although in different ways to usual. However, for the foreseeable future consultations will be by phone call or using other technology such as video calls.  Please respect these as they are for everyone's safety. 

We would also like to reassure our population that throughout the epidemic we are maintaining regular contact with and support for our most vulnerable, especially our local care homes who have weekly calls and, when appropriate, visits to review patients.’  

Keep safe, stay alert and follow social distancing!

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