National Covid-19 Vaccinations – Vaccination Centres
Now that more doses of Covid-19 vaccines are available, the NHS is able to open more vaccination services, including the first Vaccination Centres.
People who are eligible and who live near these new vaccination services will receive letters from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling them how they can book their appointment.
The NHS is rolling out additional services quickly, but it remains important that the public don’t try to book or go to these services before they receive their booking letter. And when you do book an appointment, please make sure you attend.
You may receive a letter from the national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service inviting you to book an appointment at a regional Vaccination Centre, the closest of which is at Ashton Gate in Bristol (South West)
If you receive the letter from the national service and can travel to the Vaccination Centre safely, we recommend that you book using the details the letter provides.
If you are unable or don’t want to go to a Vaccination Centre, you can choose to wait and get your vaccination at Taunton Vale Health Centre which is the local vaccination hub for patients in this area.
We have started vaccinating patients over the age of 80 years of age and are inviting people in according to the criteria and prioritisation set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), and will contact you when it’s your turn.
Like the rest of the NHS we are working to offer vaccines to everyone in the top priority groups by the middle of February.
Please do not contact us if you haven’t received an invite yet. We are very busy at the moment, and doing so could prevent a patient who needs our help from getting through. We will contact you when it is the right time for you to book your appointment.
Appointments and Prescriptions
GP services are being reorganised so that patients who may have COVID-19 are kept separate from patients who don’t. For example, practices are continuing to provide childhood immunisations and it is important this takes place in an environment as free from contamination as possible.
As a result of these changes, patients who need a face to face appointment may need to attend a surgery location which is different from their usual registered practice. We recognise this may cause some inconvenience to patients and we are grateful for your patience as the NHS grapples with the challenge of COVID-19.
We have made the decision to limit access to the surgery to patients by ensuring that they are assessed by a Clinician first. This is for the safety of all patients and our staff. All requests for face to face appointments with a GP will be assessed by telephone first.
However, if you do have a face to face appointment booked then please do not come to the surgery if you subsequently develop symptoms of high temperature or a cough. Please phone and cancel the appointment in these circumstances.
We can not allow patients who do not have a booked appointment to walk into the surgery.
Going forward we will be changing regular reviews to telephone consultations where possible including any appointments already booked over the next few weeks. We will also be exploring the use of video consultations and online consultations.
With regards to nurse appointments, at the moment we are continuing with childhood immunisations, dressings, smears, and monitoring of patients on high-risk medications (e.g. warfarin and methotrexate). The nursing team will be looking at changing routine reviews for things like asthma, COPD, CHD and diabetes to phone call reviews. We will not be offering ear syringing procedures or Doppler’s for the time being.
With regards to repeat prescriptions, please do not order medications early as this will cause supply issues and may cause harm to other patients. Please order 7-10 days before you need your medication so our pharmacies can cope with the demands of the current situation and let you know if there is a dispensing problem. If you need to drop a paper prescription to the surgery, please LEAVE IT IN THE POST BOX and do not enter the surgery.
Finally, we appreciate that this is a time of great anxiety for everyone, and ask that you are patient with all members of our team who are working under incredibly challenging conditions. The situation and associated guidance is changing rapidly so please bear with us.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
Creech Medical Centre