First Dose of Vaccinations
To update you all on how the vaccination programme is going, 3498 of our patients have now had their first covid-19 vaccination.
If you fall into groups 1-4 (see below) but have not yet been given an appointment please contact the surgery so we can get you booked in.
We are currently working our way through group 5 and 6. We have a large number of patients in these groups so it may be that we haven't contacted you yet as we are calling when we have an appointment to give you.
Please also be aware that for group 6 there is a large age range and so it may be that people younger than you have already had a vaccination. This is to be expected as this group is based on the risk factors a patient has rather than just their age.
We are also aware that the Government has added a number of individuals to group 6 and you may have had a letter about this. This has occurred as data gathered nationally has identified a number of risk factors for both hospitalisatoin and death from COVID-19. This data has been used to identify patients that should be vaccinated as a priority and as such the government has sent out letters to inform patients about this.
So long as the supply of vaccinations are maintained we will be continuing to work our way down the vaccination groupings.
This priority list is as follows:
- residents in a care home for older adults and care home workers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over-
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- all those 65 years of age and over
- all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality (please see condition list below)
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
We are commited to ensuring that all patients who want to be vaccinated will be but would ask for your patience during this incredibly challenging time.
Please find links below to Information Leaflets on the vaccination and we would ask that you read these in preparation for coming for your vaccination.
Clinical conditions list:
- a blood cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
- a heart problem
- a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
- a kidney disease
- a liver disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as HIV infection, steroid medication, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
- rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or psoriasis (who may require long term immunosuppressive treatments)
- have had an organ transplant
- had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- a neurological or muscle wasting condition
- a severe or profound learning disability
- a problem with your spleen, example sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
- are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
- are severely mentally ill
Second Dose of Vaccination
As we progress through the vaccination programme the inevitable question of when we will be providing second doses of the coronavirus vaccine have begun to surface.
At present we have not been given the go ahead to start any second doses. We are regularly asking this question on your behalf so we can plan how we can organise this.
We still expect to be providing second doses within the 3 month window set out by the government but until we get confirmation of when we can start and when we will receive the vaccine we are unable to give any firm dates.
This is of course frustrating and we share this frustration with you as we are as keen as you to keep the vaccination process moving along as quickly as possible.
We will look to update you further here when we hear more.
We understand that it is important that when you have an issue that you can contact us quickly to get this sorted. We also know that trying to call us is often difficult and frustrating. Unfortunately we have a limited number of phone lines, receptionists, clinical staff, and appointments and so we have had to look to new ways to improve your access to us. We are therefore delighted to have started using Engage Consult. Using this system you can set up a secure account and send messages to the surgery. This may be related to a medical problem, a request for a prescription, or for any question you may have. You can be assured that all the information you provide will be kept confidential. By filling out as much information about your problem as possible it will allow staff at the surgery to be able to determine who is best placed to help you out and how quickly this needs to occur. We appreciate that patients will want to have their problems sorted out straight away but we have a limited capacity and so can't guarantee that we will be able to sort your request on the same day. We will endeavour, however, to make sure that we triage all the requests to make sure urgent matters are dealt with quickly and that more routine issues are not waiting unnecessarily long for their issue to be sorted.
Welcome to Churchfields Surgery
The doctors and staff at Churchfields Surgery in Bromsgrove are proud to offer the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare.
Our reputation as a friendly and accessible practice for patients both young and old has been earned over many years.
Within our partnership we have excellent general practitioners whom also have specialist interests that include: cardiology, diabetes, dermatology, ear, nose and throat medicine, minor surgery, occupational medicine, orthopaedics including injections, palliative care, respiratory problems and women’s health.
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