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GP Practices focussing on vaccinating clinically vulnerable

GP practices are currently focusing on the vaccination of people aged 16-64 who are clinically vulnerable. As a result, if you are over 65 you may experience a long wait to be vaccinated at your local GP vaccination clinic.

If you are over 65 and haven’t yet had your coronavirus vaccine you can do this now by contacting the national booking service via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or by calling 119.

By contacting the national booking service you will gain access to flexible appointments at other local vaccination services seven days per week from 9am – 11pm.

Further details about local vaccination services are available at www.cheshireccg.nhs.uk

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Covid-19 Vaccination – Information for Patients (updated 22/2/21)

You can download the Covid-19 Vaccination – First phrase priority groups poster which shows the first phase priority order for patients to receive their 1st Covid-19 vaccination.

Our phone lines cannot cope with the demand for Covid information so please do not phone us for information regarding when you will receive your Covid vaccination, keep checking on here and we will keep this up to date.

19/2/2021 – At present Millcroft Medical Centre are sending out text messages or letters to patients eligible for the next Phase of Covid vaccinations.

If you receive a text message from us you will be asked to reply to either ‘decline’, or ‘yes’ you would like the vaccination.  If you reply ‘yes’ then you will be sent an appointment via text message in due course.  You may receive a reply from the system stating ‘you may not get a response’, please ignore this message, it is an automated message and we will reply. Please wait until you receive an appointment, do not contact us, we may have booked all the available appointments and will have to wait until we can start booking the next clinic after we receive the delivery date of the vaccine, which may be the following week.  So if you have replied ‘yes’ our response may not be until the next week or so.

If you receive a letter asking you to contact us to make an appointment for your Covid vaccination, then you WILL need to phone us.  If you receive a letter it is because we do not hold a mobile telephone number on your record, so if you do have a mobile phone number, please update this with us as we can contact you by text message in the future if you wish.

We will not forget you have replied or miss you out.  Please bear with us, our receptionists cannot keep up with the volume of calls made to the practice and we really appreciate your patience which will help us to cope with this very demanding time.

Invitation Only – We are not notified when our delivery of the vaccination will be until nearer to the date, so we cannot book any clinics until we have had confirmation of the delivery date and these will be on a weekly basis.  Therefore, please wait until you receive an invitation to have your Covid vaccination as unless you have received an invitation, you cannot book a Covid vaccination appointment.

Over 65 Years Old?

GP practices are currently focusing on the vaccination of people aged 16-64 who are clinically vulnerable. As a result, if you are over 65 you may experience a long wait to be vaccinated at your local GP vaccination clinic.

If you are over 65 and haven’t yet had your coronavirus vaccine you can do this now by contacting the national booking service via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or by calling 119.

By contacting the national booking service you will gain access to flexible appointments at other local vaccination services seven days per week from 9am – 11pm.

 

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Covid-19 SMS / Text Message Scams

Sadly, there are a number of SMS/Text message scams currently taking place, preying on the fears of Covid-19 and sending ‘phishing’ messages to try and trick users into using a bad link.

The latest scam e-mail says it is:  ‘A public health message from NHS’ (screenshot above).  Do not reply to this e-mail, it is a scam.

For more information about this and how to avoid these scams, please download Scams to be aware of regarding Covid-19

Millcroft Medical Centre will send out text messages to our patients who are due a Covid-19 vaccination, we DO NOT send out e-mails.  Our text messages will have our practice name at the bottom of the text.  

 

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GP Leaving – GPs Joining – We are sad to announce that Dr David Shackleton has now retired from the practice. We have a new full-time Partner who will take his place – we are pleased to welcome Dr George Costin to our practice.

We are sad to announce that Dr David Shackleton left the practice after many years. His last day of work was 30th November 2020. We all wish him well, and know that he will be missed.

Dr Shackleton’s place is being taken by Dr George Costin, who will be a full-time partner in the practice. He started at the beginning of December 2020.

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Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

The roll-out of a Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine across local communities by groups of GP practices starts in December 2020.

This expands the local roll-out beyond the hospital hubs which started vaccinating on December 8th.

Please help us to deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programme safely and effectively by following this simple guidance:

1. We will contact you when is the right time for you to come forward. Please do not contact the NHS to seek a vaccine before then.

2. When you are invited for a vaccine, please act on your invite and make sure you attend appointments when you arrange them.

3. Please continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing and hand hygiene guidance as, until a vaccine has been fully rolled out, this is the most effective way to reduce transmission of the virus and help save lives.

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Supporting your recovery after COVID-19

As you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind.

These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.

Your COVID Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery. Find out more information at www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk 

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Flu Vaccinations for 50-64 year olds

Please note, if you are in the 50-64-year old age group you will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine. No appointments will be offered for this age group until then.

This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.  If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

Thank you 

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Sign up if you are interested in taking part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial

If you would be interested in the NHS contacting you about taking part in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine studies in the UK, then go to: https://www.nhs.uk/sign-up-to-be-contacted-for-research

This does not automatically sign you up to take part in a specific study but just lets researchers know you’re happy to be contacted if they think you might be suitable to take part in their studies.