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South Lincolnshire COVID-19 Vaccination programme – Press Release 3 – 12th February 2021
Over the last couple of weeks we have continued to work hard focusing on reaching as many people as possible, and we are proud of the efforts of our practice teams and volunteers across South Lincolnshire.
We have now offered vaccines to well in excess of 20,000 people in less than a month.
We have done all we could to ensure that everyone in cohorts 1 – 4 has been offered a vaccination by 15th February in line with Governments target, and we are proud to be ahead of schedule thanks to the dedication of our teams.
This means that everyone over 70 should now have been offered the opportunity to have vaccine, and we’d urge anyone who hasn’t to reach out to your practice as soon as possible to ensure nobody is missed.
Having made such fantastic progress we are delighted that we are now moving on to cohorts 5 & 6.
To ensure as many people receive the vaccination as possible we are working closely with our colleagues across the NHS, and as such if you are in cohort 5 (all those aged 65 - 70), you may receive a letter from the national booking service (NBS) next week inviting you to attend one of the large vaccination sites in the region.
You can choose to take this option, however we are also working hard to directly offer you appointments locally at our Springfields site and where possible at your local practice as well.
In addition during the next couple of weeks, we have been asked to focus our efforts on inviting cohort 6 for a vaccine. This cohort includes those aged 16 - 64 with underlying health conditions which puts people at higher risk, as well as carers and young adults in residential settings.
Every week, we have been able to improve and learn, offering more and more vaccines. Our teams have been amazing, and we will continue to do all we can to reach as many people as possible as quickly as possible.
That said our teams are tired, working long hours both in practice and at Springfields and whilst this has been a huge privilege to support our communities, we’d ask for your patience, understanding and kindness as we work as quickly as we can.
We’ll continue to keep you updated as we move forward, and hope to provide further updates specifically with regard to your second dose shortly.
On behalf of the South Lincolnshire Rural, Market Deeping & Spalding Primary Care Networks.
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Isolating at home due to Covid.
Please see leaflet below for advice on isolating at home and when to seek further help.
Covid - Isolating at home
2020 has been an incredibly difficult time for everyone, as Christmas approaches these feelings can become even more overwhelming. You don't have to suffer in silence, the mental health helpline is available 24/7 and can provide emotional support, advice and guidance if you are feeling low, anxious or stressed, and think you might benefit from speaking to someone.
There are also lots of apps available, details of which can be found here: Mental Health Resources
Guidance for children with a temperature:
DVLA - Drivers licence renewal
During COVID many drivers licences have expired and DVLA gave extensions so that they could continue to drive and work. For many drivers though this extension is coming to an end. Drivers are now being told by DVLA to ask their GP if they are “fit to drive” so that they can continue to drive under Section 88 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA 1988).
Most GPs are not confident to advise patients whether or not they are fit to drive, and in normal circumstances we would provide a factual report for DVLA so that their expert medical advisers can decide upon fitness.
For this reason, we are unable to provide this assurance, however we are able to provide factual information about a patient’s health. Please note that due to current demand these may take up to 30 days to complete.
To minimise footfall inside the surgery all paper prescription requests can now be posted through the letter box on the outside of the building.
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PATIENTS COMING TO THE PRACTICE
From Thursday 14th May you MUST wear a face covering before you enter the building and wear it for the duration of your visit. This is to protect other people from your viral spread if you have covid19 without any symptoms. We are not able to provide you with our clinical masks. You can use a scarf if needed, or use this link for ideas. www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52609777. Thank you for understanding that this helps to keep our community and team safe.
Please DO NOT attend the surgery if you, or anyone you have been in contact with, has a new persistent cough, fever or has lost their sense of smell or taste - Even if you have an appointment.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.
Read the NHS advice about staying home, including how long to isolate for.
Advice is also available on the gov.uk website
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Use the 111 coronavirus service
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
For region specific information and advice in:
Letter for parents of children returning to school
Med3 sick notes - Advice for patients
From 10th-15th June 2019 our Patient Participation Group members assisted in collecting surveys about the practice from our patients, the results of which can be found below:
Patient survey June 2019
We are confident that our website will provide clear and concise help and give our patients the information they require in an easy and convenient format. It has been designed with the patient’s needs at the forefront of everything, from checking surgery times to letting us know what you think of us.
Our dedicated team are here to treat those minor ailments that occur as well as providing specialist management of long-term conditions and clinics covering a wide range of healthcare issues. The technology also means you can now do a lot of things from the comfort of your home such as order a repeat prescription or cancel an appointment.
Partners in Care
Once registered, patients and healthcare professionals work together to ensure the most appropriate care is provided. This partnership philosophy extends even further and our active patient group exists to make sure that patient needs and the practice offering are always heading in the same direction.
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All patients have now been allocated a 'named GP'. Please contact the surgery for your named GP.
CQC report published 7th January 2020
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