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COVID 19 Vaccination Programme

 

 

“COVID-19 vaccination programme update – 11.01.2021

Our patients at NORHEADS Lane Surgery are part of Five Elms PCN.  As a PCN, we have asked the Bromley GP Alliance to run the Covid vaccination programme on our behalf. The Alliance is also rolling out the vaccinations for most of the other PCNs within Bromley.

Before Christmas, sites were allocated vaccination deliveries in “waves”, agreed by the CCG. Locally, only Orpington and one PCN in Beckenham have so far begun their vaccinations, as they were able to use NHS buildings that were already set up and being used for patient care.

Our patients will be vaccinated to begin with at Community House – this is a
non-NHS building in central Bromley that has required a lot of setting up in order to make it safe to be used as a vaccination centre. Patients from two other PCNs within the borough will also be asked to attend this site.

It was initially thought that Bromley GP Alliance could use St Marks Church Hall, but it is not feasible to try and set up so many non-NHS buildings at the same time. The Alliance decided that it would be quicker to get one site fully operational before opening others. The Alliance have not been assigned any additional staff to use for this vaccination programme; they are dependant on GP surgery staff working extra hours to cover the clinics as well as working in their own surgeries.

As of this week, therefore, our patients will begin to be called by Bromley GP Alliance and asked to make an appointment at Community House.

This week, the Government have also opened up several mass vaccination centres across the country in order to try and speed up the vaccination process and, we understand, has sent out letters to patients already. Each patient can decide whether they would rather wait until they are contacted by the Alliance, or whether they prefer to attend one of these mass vaccination centres some distance away, in order to have their vaccination sooner. If patients choose not to go to a mass vaccination site, they can wait to be called for the local clinic. Across the country patients have been contacting their MPs about this issue as it was not clear on letters from the NHS that if they didn’t go to the large sites they would not get another chance.

Please be assured that all patients WILL be contacted in due course. At the Alliance, staff are working as hard as they can to get this vaccination rolled out to as many patients as possible and as soon as is feasible”

Our PPG and patients of Biggin Hill have concerns regarding elderly patientstravelling and being able to park near Community House in Bromley, to receive the covid vaccination.

Please could you provide me with feedback/comments on behalf of the CCG regarding the below comments and concerns from our PPG and patients.

Information on the vaccine is available on www.selondonccg.nhs.uk/what-we-do/covid-19/

Facial Masks/Coverings

In accordance with the new guidance issued by the government this week, we are now asking all our patients to wear a face covering if you come to the surgery for an appointment or for any other reason.

This will protect other patients in the waiting area and our staff. All our staff with continue to wear PPE including surgical masks for all patient face to face appointments.

The new advice on the use of face coverings by the Government is as follows:

People should aim to wear face coverings on public transport and in some shops

Also in other “enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet”

“Social distancing” means staying more than two metres away from someone

We feel that the practice cannot always ensure social distancing of 2 metres so therefore we must ask all our patients to wear a face covering as they come in through the door. Face coverings should be worn and not surgical masks or respirators which should be left for healthcare staff and other workers who need them

The government advises washing your hands or using hand sanitiser before putting on and after taking off face coverings

Homemade masks are not necessarily intended to help the wearer, the government says, but they could help stop you inadvertently passing on the disease to others if you have it but are not showing symptoms.

If you do have coronavirus symptoms – such as a high temperature or continuous cough, you should stay indoors and isolate at home.

Whichever face covering you use, they are not a substitute for other lockdown rules. Hand hygiene especially is just as important as before – so washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds when you get home.

People do not need to wear face coverings where they are:

Children under two or primary aged children who cannot use them without assistance

People who have problems breathing while wearing a face covering.

For information on how to make your own facemask please follow the link below

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52609777

Regards

NORHEADS Lane Surgery