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COVID-19 Changes

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

We are working primarily from our main site in Silverdale with normal opening hours. We are now starting to run some clinical sessions from our branch surgery at Ryecroft, although please note that our reception team continue to work solely from Silverdale.

Most appointments are intially by telephone, but an increasing number of patients are subsequently seen in surgery when clinically necessary. 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.

The main entrance to the Silverdale reception area has now re-opened with Covid precautions in place.

All patients entering the building are asked to wear a face covering. 

We have a one-way system and socially distanced queuing system for the reception desk, where we have installed a protective screen.

The waiting area has been reconfigured to allow a safe number of patients to wait for face to face appointments and there is a further one-way system through the building.  

Alternatively, patients attending face to face appointments can choose to wait outside or in their cars.

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.

Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine - Update

New guidance has been issued for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

This follows further reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, and the Commission for Human Medicines, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

The MHRA and Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations have emphasised that the risk of this condition is extremely small and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people. They have recommended that:

  • Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they have had a blood clot or have an existing risk of thrombosis (blood clotting)
  • People aged 40 and over or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.
  • People aged 18-39 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. (This has been recommended as a precaution as people under 40 are at less risk from Covid-19 and not because they are considered to be at particular risk of developing the rare blood clot.) 
  • People under 40 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.

Please see the leaflet below that has been produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have

Leaflet on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting