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Covid Vaccination Update 30 April 2021

We understand that a covid vaccination service is to become available at Hexham Auction Mart in mid May.  This service will be able to provide vaccinations for patients under 50 who have not fallen into the cohorts vaccinated at the practice site.  This service will be bookable on the National Booking System, via the online system or by ringing 119.  The practice does not have access to the National Booking system so please do not contact the practice.

Covid Vaccination Update 26th April 2021

The Sele Medical Practice is a member of the West Northumberland Primary care network (PCN) and, as a group, established a Covid vaccination service at the Primary Care Centre in Hexham and another in Ponteland.  We have offered vaccinations to all our patients who are 50 years old and over, as well as anyone considered clinically vulnerable, health care works and carers from any age group over 16 years old.  These patients are now receiving their second dose of vaccine at the Hexham Primary care centre and this will continue.  If your first dose of vaccine was given in Hexham or Ponteland, you will be invited in to receive your second dose at the correct time at the Primary Care Centre in Hexham.

 

The West Northumberland PCN  is immensely proud of the vaccination program carried out so far, however there has been a lot of disruption to practices, which is not sustainable. The group of Practices has therefore collectively agreed to focus on core GP work, and so will not be inviting the remaining cohorts of patients under 50 for their first dose.   These patients will be invited in by NHS England National booking service either by letter or text, so they will have the opportunity to be vaccinated elsewhere but not at the Primary Care Centre in Hexham or Ponteland.  We appreciate that some appointments are being offered at centres some distance away, but there are some vaccinations now being given by local pharmacies, and there are other local vaccination services due to open in the coming weeks.

 

This decision has not been taken lightly, and we expect this new phase of vaccinations, using a blend of different services, to be sufficient for the remaining groups requiring vaccination. We will now focus our attention on completing our second dose vaccinations and returning to our core primary care work.

Thank you

Sele Medical Practice

Find out more about the roll out at nhs.uk/covidvaccine

Attending the surgery for a face to face appointment

For routine appointments GP’s will normally hold a telephone consultation first and arrange a face to face appointment with you if needed.  Our Practice Nurses are holding face to face appointments for blood tests and management of patients with a chronic illness.  If you receive a recall from us it is because you are due to see a Nurse and would encourage you to attend if you can.  If you do not wish to come in that is your choice but if at any time you have any concerns regarding your health you can arrange to speak to a Nurse or GP on the telephone or use the eConsult service by selecting the button on the home page. Please do not ignore any changes in your symptoms or new problems just because you do not want to attend the surgery.  It is very important that we do not ignore other health issues during this time because much of the attention is focused on Covid.

We are taking all the precautions we can to keep you safe when you come in to see us. Please can you observe the following, to protect us all:

  • Do not come to the surgery if you are ill, have any of the symptoms of Covid or had a Covid positive test result
  • Arrive only a few minutes before your appointment time
  • Please do not bring children with you if at all possible, unless the appointment is for them
  • On entering the building please wear a mask or face covering if you can and wash your hands or use the hand sanitiser provided
  • Tell the receptionist at the entrance that you have arrived
  • Please observe social distancing rules keeping 2 metres apart at all times
  • Leave as quickly as you can after you have been seen

The Germ Defence website gives scientifically proven practical advice on how your patients can reduce the spread of coronavirus in the home. Please take a look.

www.germdefence.org/index.html?src=A84033

 

Guidance note for patients requesting exemption letters for face coverings

We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s announcements around the use of face coverings in various public settings. Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England will also become mandatory from 24 July.

GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face covering.

The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption; therefore, it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.

The responsibility for issuing exemptions for those travelling on public transport lies with the transport provider not your GP. Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers themselves to have another reason to be exempted.

Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. Some transport staff may not wear a face covering if it is not required for their job. This would be assessed by the employer not the GP.

If you would like to print out your own exemption card, please click on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

Changes to our telephone line times

With effect from Monday 26 October 2020, our telephone lines will be available between 08.00 and 18.00.  The practice will remain open until 18.30, Monday to Friday.

Confidentiality

Please do not e-mail us directly with private or confidential medical information.  This is not a secure channel.  Please contact us via the e-Consult service instead. 

This is available via the online form found half way down the home page. Just click on the blue e-Consult box and follow the instructions.  This is a secure way of contacting us and the system will direct you appropriately.  If you need GP advice, you will receive a response the following working day and they will arrange any follow up or consultation that may be required.

Mobile telephone numbers

Please make sure we have your up to date contact details.  We use mobile phone numbers to send appointment reminders and other appropriate messages.  If you provide us with a mobile telephone number we will assume you are happy to use this to contact you unless you tell us otherwise.

Online Booking and Medication Requests

To book appointments and order repeat medication 24 hours a day 7 days a week download an application form or please speak to one of our reception team.  for full details regarding security and consent please select item 4 in further information on the right of our home page

Application form for online access

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