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Covid 19 Vaccinations

We were pleased to be included in the first wave of practices to be selected to give Covid Vaccinations, and started giving these in mid-December.

Vaccines will be allocated according to the national protocol, starting with those most at risk and progressing through the categories in turn:

We will contact all patients who are eligible as supplies become available. Please do not call us if you have not had an invite - we will contact you.

GP practices as part of Primary Care Networks are not the provider of the covid vaccine to health and social care staff at this time. Health and social care staff will have access to larger sites such as vaccination centres or hospital hubs. Frontline health and care workers will be invited for a vaccine over the coming weeks by their local hospital vaccination hub.  Staff will be contacted via their employer organisation to check eligibility and to coordinate liaising with the NHS.

Self-employed frontline health and care workers (eg dentists, physios, etc) can apply for vaccination using the Staff Vaccination Form on the following link:

https://www.twbstaffsandstoke.org.uk/publications/coronavirus/114-letter-to-other-frontline-health-and-care-workers/file

Please be patient and you will be contacted to book your vaccine at a vaccination centre when it is your turn.

COVID-19 Changes

We have made considerable adaptations in response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

At present our Ryecroft site remains closed (although we are now using this as a hub for Covid Vaccinations) and we are working from one site in Silverdale. Our opening hours are normal, but we are restricting access into the building to protect both patients and staff. The main entrance is closed but there is an intercom system at the side door to speak to reception staff, who can let patients in. 

All patient appointments are now intially by telephone, but a number of patients are still subsequently seen in surgery when necessary. When attending such face to face appointments, patients will be screened for covid first and may be asked to wait in their car if possible until being invited into the surgery. All patients entering the building are asked to wear a face covering. We have now installed a protective screen at the reception desk and social distancing is also in place with a one-way system through the building.

We are using technology more and more including text messaging and video consultations, as well as electronic prescriptions and electronic repeat dispensing.

However, despite all the above changes, we can reassure you that we are still open and here to provide for your health care needs. Please contact us when you need us, as you normally would.