COVID Boosters - updated 12.10.2021
We are delighted to be offering COVID booster immunisations from Chew Medical Practice.
This will commence on Thursday 14th October and we will continue to vaccinate every Thursday morning until the programme is complete.
You are eligible for a COVID booster when 6 months have passed since your second COVID vaccination. You can have your flu vaccination at the same time, however, if you choose not to have these at the same time, there needs to be at least 7 days between vaccinations. We will be calling people for vaccination using the same priority criteria that were used at the start of vaccination programme. All patients aged over 50 years old, or those under 50 considered at high risk, are eligible for a booster. Please see link to the full eligibility criteria. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-booster-vaccine/
You will either receive a text message from us inviting you to book your appointment online, or a telephone call. The text message has a link that allows you to book directly into our clinics. Using this is helpful to us, but you are also welcome to book by phoning reception.
On the day of the vaccination there will be a one way system through the surgery. You will enter the building through the fire door on the side near the car park. There will be lots of staff and signage available to help guide you. Please use the hand sanitiser available and wear a face mask if you are able to. You will be asked to wait 15 minutes after the vaccination for observation. We will ask you to leave promptly when you have waited for this time.
The clinics will run from 08.30 - 11.30 every Thursday morning. During this time the surgery will remain open, with a duty doctor available at all times to manage emergency/on the day problems. Please access the duty doctor in the normal way by calling reception. There will be the same number of 'on the day face to face appointments' available. The dispensary will remain open as normal. You will not be able to access the reception team face to face while the waiting room is being used for post vaccination observation, but all telephone services will remain as usual.
We are delighted to announce that later this week we will be receiving our flu vaccinations. We have our first vaccination clinic booked for Saturday 2nd October and then will run clinics every Saturday morning and Wednesday evening until we have completed the programme.
The flu cohorts are very similar to previous years. If you are in any of the following categories then you should expect a text message, with instructions on how to book online, in the next 1-2 weeks. If you don’t hear from us, or are unable to book online, then please contact the surgery on 01275 332420.
- Patients aged 65 or older
- Patients with long term conditions aged 18 to 64
- Carers and health and social care workers
- Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- Pregnant women
- Clinically ‘at risk’ children
- All children aged 2-3 (Please note that all children in reception to year 7 will have their flu immunisation at school, unless they are considered ‘at risk’ in which case they can be vaccinated at school or the surgery)
Please note that, as last year, the Government have also extended the offer of a flu vaccination to all 50-64 year olds. If you fall into this category, and don’t have a long term condition, then please wait to be contacted by us as we have been asked to prioritise the most at risk groups first. We anticipate contacting you towards the end of October to get you booked in for your free NHS flu jab.
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Government Covid-19 rules change for England on Monday 16th August
Public Health England confirmed face coverings and social distancing measures will remain in place across healthcare settings so that the most vulnerable people can continue to safely attend hospital, their GP surgery, pharmacy or any other healthcare settings for advice, care and treatment. Please continue to wear a face covering when attending the surgery.
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The Covid-19 pandemic has necessitated some of the most dramatic changes to working practice in the long history of the NHS. As we emerge into a 'new normal' we are coming to terms with what General Practice is going to look like. We are mindful of all the NHS guidance and how to interpret this in the local context.
It is very important to state that we are open for the business of General Practice. We want to hear from you if you have new health worries; we want to hear from you if you need medication reviews; we want to hear from you if you would expect to be attending for reviews of your long-term conditions (asthma, diabetes, hypertension etc). Much of this work will take place over the telephone or we will see you in person at the Surgery where needed. Social distancing measures and personal protective equipment will be in place to keep you safe.
Please call to discuss any health care needs you may have.
(Site updated 12/10/2021)