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FLU VACCINATIONS

Due to a disruption at the suppliers we are having to change some of our scheduled vaccine clinics, you will be contacted if you are affected by this disruption.

This disruption is due to a lack of delivery drivers at the suppliers, we have tried to arrange to collect the vaccine ourselves to avoid inconveniencing patients but due to strict licencing regulations around transportation of vaccines we are not able to do this.

We hope this disruption to be minimal and clinics should be delayed by no more than a week.

COVID BOOSTERS

We have now been given to go ahead to commence the booster programme and expect to start in the coming weeks. You will be contacted to book your booster vaccination by the surgery once you become eligible. 

We cannot administer your booster until AT LEAST six months after your second vaccination. The service will be run at St Michaels clinic.

IF YOU USE A MOBILE PHONE PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR NUMBER IS UP TO DATE. THIS WILL ENABLE US TO TEXT YOU WITH A LINK TO BOOK YOUR VACCINATION. THIS WILL AVOID UNECESSARY CALLS TO OR FROM THE PRACTICE.

WE ARE DOING ALL WE CAN TO REDUCE THE IMPACT ON THE PHONES AND THIS SERVICES GREATLY REDUCES THE AMOUNT OF CALLS PATIENTS OR STAFF NEED TO MAKE.

You may have seen the recent campaign to stop abuse towards NHS staff, the video above has been widely shared across social media recently. I am afraid to say these examples are not rare, unfortunately we hear these kind of comments everyday. This video highlights just a small example of the language and aggression our staff experience every time they come to work. 

FACE MASKS- 12TH JULY 2021

Following the government announcement that we should all continue to wear masks in enclosed spaces or when coming into contact with people we would not normally, we ask that all patients continue to wear masks when in the practice.

Many staff are currently isolating due to the rise in COVID cases and to ensure we are still able to offer a safe and consistent service to patients we must protect you and the team from risk of infection.

Your support is greatly appreciated

COVID VACCINATION- Please do not contact Blandford Medical Centre. Please use the link below for further information.

COVID Vaccination information

We are receiving unprecedented levels of call at the moment and the vast majority are related to the COVID vaccination. DO NOT CALL THE SURGERY REGARDING YOUR VACCINATION. You will be invited for your vaccination based on government guidance which can be found using the link above.

Anyone eligible for the vaccination will likely receive a letter from NHS England offering the opportunity to attend one of the mass vaccination centres. Please use this service if it is made available to you. This will enable us to work through our eligible patients far quicker and ensure that those that cannot travel far will be able to use the service at St Michaels. The vaccinations centres are able to offer far more appointments. We are only able to offer the appointments based on the delivery that is assigned to us. We are not able to order more vaccinations.

However we have provided an exceptional number of vaccinations thus far. As of 8th March 65% of our eligible patients have received their first vaccination.

COVID FAQS

Why can I not have my vaccination at home?

A single vaccinator can offer   an average of 150 vaccinations at the clinic. In a day of home visits they can do 20. We simply cannot offer this service. If you are genuinely housebound you will be able to have the vaccination at home. If you are able to leave you house with family support we urge you to attend St Michaels when offered. We thank those housebound patients that have willingly attended the clinic. This has been a huge help to us.

I am a high risk patient, why can't my family be vaccinated too?

We have to vaccinate based on the patients risk not the household. If each high risk patient then had two family members to vaccinate that's 2 high risk patients that would not receive their vaccination. Please be patient, when they are eligible, they will receive their vaccination.

My friend/relative has been vaccinated and they are younger than me?

All of the practices in Braintree are working together to offer the vaccination to the same eligible groups. However smaller, more rural areas may have many less patients to vaccinate and may have worked through their patients quicker. There are 60,000 patients in Braintree. Approximately half of these patients are eligible for the vaccination. This is why we ask you to attend the vaccination centre if you are offered it. We can then work through our lists far quicker. As stated previously, we cannot order more vaccines, we are told with one weeks notice what our delivery will be.

We are still receiving high levels of aggression and anger from patients. This is via email and on the phone. Whilst we understand that there are high levels of anxiety and worry at this time for all of us, medically, emotionally and financially. This does not mean that it is acceptable to bully or abuse staff. 

 

OUR PATIENT LIST IS CLOSED FOR NEW REGISTRATIONS

Are you concerned about domestic abuse during this time? Call 0330 3337 444 or access help here when it is safe to do so www.essexcompass.org.uk

We are changing GP appointments to telephone consultations, the GP will then book face to face appointments only if clinically necessary and safe to do so.

We are also able to offer a video consultation if needed.

Please do not come to the surgery if you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath.

Please follow the CORONOVIRUS isolation guidance on the NHS website.

The appointments system will likely be reassessed regularly with the changing need and demands of the practice.

Please be patient with staff and understand this is being done for your safety and ours to ensure we can continue to run an effective service for you.

We have awarded a GOLD Pride in Practice award by the LGBT foundation in recognition of the changes we have made to policies and practice within the surgery.

Please check out our LGBT+ section using the link on the right to view some of our policies and support that is available. If you feel you have not been supported by the surgery then please get in touch so we can assist you.

 

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