National Shortage

BLOOD BOTTLE SUPPLY SHORTAGE

We have been advised of a global supply issue affecting the availability nationally of the blood tubes used for blood tests and this is now having an impact on the number of tests that are being carried out

The shortage means surgeries and other healthcare settings are having to restrict the number of blood tests they can carry out and reduce non-clinically urgent testing.

However local clinical leaders have reassured patients that blood tests will only be deferred where it is clinically safe to do so.

The supply position of the equipment remains constrained and is forecast to become even more constrained over the coming weeks.  While it is anticipated that the position will improve from the middle of September, overall supply is likely to remain challenging for a significant period.

Please Note;

Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems will still get one, but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.

Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.

If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.

We thank you all in advance for your understanding during this unprecedented situation and we aim to keep all our patients updated on the situation.

Thank you

Covid-19 Booster Vaccine

We are pleased as from 20th September 2021 we are able to offer you the covid-19 booster.
You will be offered a booster dose at least 6 months (160 days) after you had your 2nd dose.
The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have a booster dose. It’s important not to contact the NHS for one before then.
Most people will be invited to book an appointment at a larger vaccination centre, pharmacy, or local NHS service such as through your GP surgery.
Frontline health and social care workers will be invited to book an appointment through their employer.
Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine
Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine.
This includes:
  • people aged 50 and over
  • people who live and work in care homes
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • carers aged 16 and over
  • people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

Book online if you’ve been contacted

You can book your COVID-19 booster vaccine dose online if you have been contacted by the NHS and you are either:
  • aged 50 and over
  • aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19
If you have been contacted by the NHS you can follow the link below to book your booster vaccine.

Latest update: Face Coverings

Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in all healthcare settings.

 

England’s Chief Nurse has today reminded the public that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.

However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.

That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.

Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.

The NHS will continue to support staff in ensuring that the guidance is followed in all healthcare settings.

“It is vital that in healthcare settings, we do all we can to reduce the risk of infection for those working in our services and those who need our care.  We urge all our patients to wear some sort of a face covering when attending the surgery.”

 

                      We thank you for your support.

COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE – Booster Vaccine

As of Monday 2oth September 2021 our practice is pleased to be able to start offering the 

Covid-19 Vaccination Booster to our patients.

How and when to get your COVID-19 booster vaccine

You’ll be offered a booster dose at least 6 months (160 days) after your 2nd dose.

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have a booster dose. It’s important not to contact the NHS for one before then.

Most people will be invited to book an appointment at a larger vaccination centre, pharmacy, or local NHS service such a GP surgery if allocated (this may not be your own GP surgery).

Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine

Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine.

This includes:

People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

Which COVID-19 vaccine will I get?

Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine.

This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccines you had for your 1st and 2nd doses.

Some people may be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

Book online if you’ve been contacted

You can book your COVID-19 booster vaccine dose online if you have been contacted by the NHS and you are either:

  • aged 50 and over
  • aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19

Please wait to be contacted by the NHS before booking your booster dose.

Once you have been contacted please click the link below.

Frontline health and social care workers will be invited to book an appointment through their employer or alternatively if it has been 6 months to your 2nd dose you can book via the link below for your appointment but will need to provide proof of employment when attending for the appointment.