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If there is any further news/information relating specifically to coronavirus, we will add it below.
Please keep an eye on our website news section - and also on our Facebook page - for other news and information.
For information about coronavirus tests & to order one, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ or call 119.
If you (or a member of your household) has a positive test, the whole household must isolate.
Wednesday 20th January
The invitations for the Covid-19 vaccinations are being sent out according to our priority lists.
Please be assured that nobody will be missed!
There are vaccines for everyone and we will invite you at the earliest opportunity when it is your turn.
Tuesday 19th January
We would like to reassure you that the vaccine IS coming and we guarantee you WILL get it!
All the GP surgeries in the South Shropshire Primary Care Network have the staff, the venues, and all the logistics in place... we are all ready to deliver it as soon as it is received. You will be contacted by your surgery when it is time for you to book your appointment. The message is, "Please do not phone us… we will contact you!"
To avoid long queues, appointment dates and times will be allocated to each patient. Due to the complexities of supply and delivery of the vaccines, which is out of our control, we may need to rearrange your appointment at short notice. But please be assured that we WILL vaccinate you as soon as we are able.
Thursday 14th January
Fantastic news - We are able to start giving the Covid-19 vaccinations at the surgery and will be starting from Monday 25th January! We will be vaccinating at Ludlow Hospital and also here at the surgery, and will be rolling out the vaccines as quickly as we can. We have already vaccinated the staff & residents at many of our care homes, and are very keen to start on the next eligible cohort groups. We would politely ask you not ring the surgery to ask about the vaccinations. WE WILL CONTACT YOU. The staff are incredibly busy at the surgery organising the vaccination clinics alongside all our usual services, and we also need to keep the phone lines available for our medical queries. Please be reassured that we will roll out the vaccines as safely and speedily as we can.
If you work in a care home, nursing home or a domiciliary carer then please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know. Please include details of where you work so that this can be recorded in your medical record. This is so that we can offer you a covid vaccine as part of cohort 2.
Monday 11th January / Tuesday 12th January
- A press release has been issued from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Service. Read it by clicking here.
- Questions about the virus, the vaccines and vaccine delivery have been answered by Dr Caron Morton (Station Drive Surgery), Dr Catherine Beanland (Portcullis Surgery), and Rachel Robinson (Director of Public Health for Shropshire). The article is based on information available on 8th January 2021. Information on Covid-19 and the rollout of the vaccination programme is changing daily and we will try to keep you up to date as information changes. Please click here to read the full information: Covid Question & Answer Session
- We are having enquiries from a growing number of people keen to volunteer and help with the vaccination programme in the area - thank you all. Shropshire RCC and Shropshire Youth Association (SYA) are working with the county's health and care organisations to lead a volunteer recruitment campaign to support local rapid testing and vaccination services. For information and to sign up, visit https://www.shropshire-rcc.org.uk/supp.../covid-19-volunteer
Thursday 7th January
The NHS vaccination programme is underway in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin as part of the national rollout. NHS England will be contacting the people in the priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine. People are being called forward who meet the criteria based on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s recommendations.
Angie Wallace, the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Director for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, has said: “We are working hard to ensure that that everyone who needs a vaccine is able to get one. We are now working through plans to deliver the vaccine by the middle of February to the four top priority groups. These include all residents in a care home for older adults and their carers, everyone over the age of 70, all frontline health and social care workers, and everyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable. We expect vaccine supply to increase, particularly now a further vaccine has been approved for use. This is good news, and will help enable us to increase the number of people we can vaccinate over the coming weeks, however, it will take time to roll the programme out across the county but be assured we are working hard to do this as quickly as is safely possible. I would urge the public to come forward when they are called up for the vaccine and to make sure they attend their appointments. Please do not contact your practice or the NHS for a vaccine; you will be contacted by the NHS when it is your turn.”
FOR THE FULL INFORMATION, PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK: https://www.shropshireccg.nhs.uk/.../shropshire-telford.../
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/.../coronavirus.../coronavirus-vaccine/
Tuesday 5th January
We would just like to update you following the Prime Minister's announcement of a further National Lockdown from 6th January for a minimum of 6 weeks.
The Practice remains open, Monday to Friday as usual. We will continue to see patients face-to-face as normal for routine and emergency appointments, as we always have done throughout the pandemic. We will continue to use the telephone triage system, meaning you will have a callback from a clinician first.
All screening appointments will continue:
- cervical screening
- postnatal appointments
- child immunisations
- review of long term conditions
We will continue to provide home visits for housebound patients who require medical treatment.
We would also like to remind patients that having the seasonal flu vaccination is more important than ever. Please contact the surgery as soon as possible if you have not yet had your flu vaccination and think you are eligible.
We were very proud to administer the first Covid-19 vaccinations to the residents of Hagley Place at the weekend. Hopefully these vaccinations will be rolled out to other cohorts of patients as quickly as possible by NHS England, and we will keep you updated.
Dr Graham Cook, Dr Caron Morton & Dr David Mitchell
Thursday 31st December
On behalf of the Partners, we would like to wish you all the best for the New Year.
As your doctors, we are aware of how hard the year has been for many of you. The impact of isolation, loss of jobs and sadly losing loved ones to coronavirus has left many of us with a great sadness as we move into the next year.
Nothing can undo what has happened in the past 12 months but we are hopeful that the news of the coronavirus vaccination programme starting in town on Saturday, with our first Care Home residents receiving their vaccines, may give a glimmer of hope for a return to normality in 2021.
Our plan will be to roll out the vaccine programme working with our neighbouring practices across the South West Shropshire Area over the coming weeks.
Alongside this, the surgery will continue to function as normal, with routine and emergency appointments available, chronic disease clinics, childhood immunisations and screening programmes, as well as counselling and other support services remaining available to you as usual.
We would like to thank our team of staff who have worked tirelessly in 2020 and supported us as doctors and you as patients.
Finally we would like to thank you for your ongoing support to the surgery and to wish you, your families and friends a much better year ahead.
Dr Graham Cook, Dr Caron Morton & Dr David Mitchell
Tuesday 22nd December
"Important information to keep you safe while isolating at home" - we have added the leaflet to our our Useful Links at the top of this page. Please have a read.
Thursday 17th December
We have been receiving lots of calls enquiring about the Covid vaccination programme. As of yet we do not have exact details of dates for the vaccinations to begin (this is unfortunately out of our control) but we sincerely hope it will be within the next few weeks. We will update you as soon as we have any further clarification.
Published: Dec 22, 2020