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Flu vaccines 2021

Flu Programme 2021

We are holding Flu Clinics for all 65 and overs on following days:

Tuesday 14th Sep 9:30 till 1pm

Wednesday 15th Sep 10:100 till 1:00pm

Thursday 16th Sep 4:00 till 6pm

Friday 17th September 10:00 am till 12pm

Flu vaccines are in stock for all age groups – please contact the surgery to book your appointment on 0208 997 4747.

Resources for patients who are shielding from Covid 19

We have 2 Imperial Medical School students with us and they have focused their resources on contacting our patients who are shielding due to Covid 19. One of the themes coming out of their work has been the lack of knowledge of resources and organizations  available that our patients can reach out to.

They have produced a handout for the shielding patients that we wanted to share with all our patient population as these resources can be accessed by all.

 

Please click on the link below

 

covid poster Feb 2021

New Practice Manager and Assistant Practice Manager

 

Our Practice Manager of 12 years, Anne Cooper, is leaving on the 11th February 2021 to take up a new position in the NHS, we have recruited a new Practice Manager, Mina Shah, who started with us in January.

Carol Walters, who many of you will know as our current administrator and receptionist  is also stepping into the role of Assistant Practice Manager – she will still be on reception Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.

They can both be contacted via admin.pitshanger@nhs.net

 

 

Covid-19 vaccination: revised guidance on timing of second dose

Re: Covid-19 vaccination: revised guidance on timing of second dose
Patients may have heard that there has been a change to national guidance on the timing of the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. I am writing to clarify the position that has been recommended nationally and agreed across the NHS in North West London.
As has been widely reported, there has been a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases over the last few months, with many more patients having to be treated in our hospitals. As the new variant of the virus appears even more contagious, we need to increase the speed at which patients and frontline health and care workers are vaccinated.
Updated guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization and the Chief Medical Officers sets out the need to increase the space between the first and second dose for both Oxford and Pfizer vaccines.
The first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is calculated as providing around 90% protection; the figure is around 70% for the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, with high protection against severe disease. Given the high level of protection afforded by the first dose in both cases, the revised guidance is that vaccinating more people with a single dose will prevent more deaths and hospitalizations than vaccinating a smaller number of people with two doses. By prioritising first dose vaccinations, we can vaccinate twice as many people in the next two to three months.
Given the need to vaccinate as many people as possible, including all frontline health and care staff, appointments for the second dose of both vaccines are being rearranged to take place close to 12 weeks after the first dose. This will apply across all vaccination sites in North West London.
We are sorry for any confusion or disappointment caused by rescheduled appointments, but we believe that the new approach will save more lives and prevent more people ending up in hospital.
I hope that this is helpful in explaining the position

Weekend Access to GP’s during January 2021

During December, Covid infections have risen sharply in London and this has led to increased demand for hospital care.

  • Please be aware the 111 service is currently under extreme pressure in our area. GP surgeries are open from 08:00 to 18:30 (core hours), except on weekends and bank holidays.
  • If you need non-covid medical help during the weekend between 8am and 8pm, please call the extended hours GP service on 020 8280 2785. If you are calling outside these times, please visit www.111.nhs.uk or call 111.
  • If you have a medical emergency, please dial 999 as usual.

New Year 2021 bank holiday arrangements

Information regarding where to access medical help between the 1st January and the 3rd January 2021

  • During December, Covid infections have risen sharply in London and this has led to increased demand for hospital care.
  • Please be aware the 111 service is currently under extreme pressure in our area. GP surgeries are open, except on weekends and bank holidays.
  • If you need non-covid medical help this bank holiday weekend between 8am and 8pm, please call the extended hours GP service on 020 8280 2785. If you are calling outside these times, please go to 111.nhs.uk  or call 111.
  • If you have COVID symptoms, please go to 111.nhs.uk  or call 111. In a medical emergency, you should dial 999 as usual. Thank you for supporting the NHS
  • If you have a medical emergency please call 999 as usual

NHS England North West London Public messaging – Pausing planned procedures – due to rise in Covid-19 numbers

Public messaging – Pausing planned procedures – due to rise in Covid-19 numbers

Like the rest of the capital, hospitals across North West London are now very busy. At a sector and trust level, we’ve launched plans to care safely for this increase in patients and actions include standing up additional critical care capacity with some staff redeployed and on standby for redeployment to support patients.

With admission rates still rising due to Covid-19, we have made a decision to reduce our levels of non-urgent, planned care and some outpatient appointments. This will allow us to continue to provide all urgent and emergency care, including cancer care.

Patients who are affected by this decision will be contacted directly as soon as possible. If they do not hear from us, patients should visit their hospital or attend their phone/video appointment as planned.

We are already taking every precaution to ensure our patients, visitors and staff are safe in our hospitals and encourage patients that require urgent or emergency care to access the support they need.

We know this will be disappointing news for those waiting for planned treatment, and we are sorry for this. We will monitor this position on an on-going basis so that we can stand back up non urgent care as soon as possible.

Visiting

To keep patients on our wards safe, visitors will not be able to attend any of our sites, however, compassionate visits to vulnerable individuals can still be arranged with ward teams.

Accessing NHS services

If you need medical attention, the NHS is open, contact your GP, use the 111 online service or call 111. In a medical emergency, as always, you should dial 999.

 

Tier 4 guidance

 

We advise residents to follow the tier 4 national guidance over the Christmas period to stay at home, with their household and minimise contact with others.

 

The full tier 4 guidance can be found here  – Tier 4: Stay at Home – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) – with a summary below:

 

  • It is vital to follow the “Hands, Face, Space” guidance – and that get a test locally if you develop any Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Stay home unless making essential journeys
  • All non-essential shops and close contact businesses, including hairdressers, nail salons and gyms in the borough will close
  • People should work from home if they can
  • No mixing of households allowed indoors
  • No overnight stays outside your household or support bubble in Tier 4
  • We should not travel outside of your local Tier 4 area
  • We are allowed to meet one other person outdoors

 

We wish you well during this very difficult time.

Covid – 19 vaccination programme

Covid-19 vaccination programme

This week, the NHS in NW London started to deliver the Covid-19 vaccine, in line with the government’s priority list of which people will get it first.

This is a very exciting development and we want to be clear about how it will work for local people.

The NHS will get in touch with you directly when it is your turn to be vaccinated.

  • Please don’t contact your doctor or the NHS asking about vaccination; this is not a service that you are able to book in advance.
  • The NHS will contact you when your turn comes in the months ahead. If you are contacted, please do attend the appointment.
  • We would encourage those over 80 and in the government’s priority list to be ready to accept their invite when called by their GP, reading the covid19 vaccination guide for adults leaflet is a god way to prepare – you can find this leaflet here.
  • You can also hear local GP Genevieve Small talk about her experience of having the vaccine.
  • In the meantime, it is vitally important that we all continue to follow the national public health guidance: wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and maintain safe social distancing. Covid-19 is still very prevalent and highly infectious: the risk of catching it is the same as ever for people who have not been vaccinated.

 

Timings

 

It will take time to vaccinate everyone in this first group. The phased vaccine supply means the bulk of vaccinations for high risk groups will inevitably take place between January and April – so please be aware you may not be called until then.

 

FAQs – https://www.nwlondonccgs.nhs.uk/coronavirus/nhs-covid-19-vaccination-programme