Covid Vaccination update 18th Jan - NHS England invitations !
Cervical Cancer Awareness Week
This week is Cervical Cancer awareness week, which aims to educate and spread awareness of the importance of smear tests. So here’s some more information you need to know………..
Cervical screening (a smear test) checks the health of your cervix, by taking a small sample of cells. It detects the presence of certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) which can cause changes to cells of the cervix, which, if left untreated, could develop into cancer.
Women aged between 25-49 years are invited every 3years for a smear, and women aged 50-64 years every 5 years.
Cervical screening continues in spite of lockdown and our practice nurses continue to offer these from each surgery, where our clinical staff are equipped with PPE. It is extremely important that women continue to have their scheduled smears in the context of the current Coronavirus pandemic. It is the best way to protect against cervical cancer.
So if you are eligible and either due or perhaps overdue your smear please do phone your surgery and book your appointment now. Or if you know a family member or a friend who is due their smear, then please do encourage them to also book their smear.
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Covid Vaccination Programme
We are pleased to announce that we will be starting our Covid Vaccination Programme this week!
We will be working as Poole North Primary Care Network in collaboration with The Hadleigh Practice, Canford Health Practice and The Harvey Practice.
Our Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Centre will be The Hamworthy Club in Wimborne to allow us to carry out this programme in a Covid safe and secure environment.
Patients are being prioritised using a central system; those over 80 are in this first cohort, these patients will be prioritised based on long term conditions, ethnicity and other factors. We will be telephoning this particular group of patients from tomorrow morning!
As more vaccines are delivered, we will work our way down the prioritised list and contact you all over the coming weeks, months.
To see further information on how the Government have prioritised the order of vaccination cohorts, please click on the link below:
The surgery continues to be incredibly busy, so please do not call us, we will be in contact with all patients once you become eligible to receive the vaccine.
We look forward to embarking on this positive journey with you all and hope for a safe 2021.
*This page is for information only and unfortunately we are unable to answer every question due to workloads. However, on this occasion we would like to explain that the covid vaccine at this time cannot be delivered to individual surgeries due to the complexity of this mass programme and is out of our control. All GP surgeries have to work from large safe spacious environments to keep patients safe and allow us to vaccinate on mass. We are therefore conforming to Government advice and guidance. We may be in lockdown but you are legally allowed to travel for medical appointments.
COVID-19 vaccination fraud warning issued
We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.
To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points:
- The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.
- The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.
- At the moment we are also not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine. Anyone offering this now is committing a crime.
The health and care system is working together to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to local people. We’re doing it in a way which means those who are most at risk will be invited to get their jab first.
Please be reassured that the NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.
Dr Karen Kirkham, local GP and Clinical lead for the Dorset COVID-19 vaccination programme, and Assistant Clinical Director of NHS Dorset CCG, said: “It’s really important that people are aware of how to protect themselves and their family members from fraud and follow the advice on how to do this.
“At the same time, we’d like to provide reassure to local people in Dorset that the NHS will be in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated. Please don’t contact us to seek a vaccine. We will contact you. We hope this is helpful. We’d like to thank people in Dorset for their continued support.”
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.
Red Hub Sites
During the current Covid-19 outbreak, patients experiencing certain symptoms (breathing issues and / or fever) and who have been telephone assessed by a GP to need a face to face examination will be called to one of our local 'Red Hubs'.
Your local Primary Care Assessment Service is Fernside Surgery, 2A Hennings Road, Poole BH15 3QU
If you need to be seen, please ring your own practice who will add you to a list for triage, then they will give you a time to attend the hot site if needed.
Process if you attend the hot site:
Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your appointment time as parking may be limited.
When you arrive WAIT IN THE CAR and call 01202-673520 to inform reception:
- If you are in your car you will be asked for your car registration, make and colour.
- Please have this information available.
When it is your turn.
- A member of staff - who will be wearing full protective equipment - will come to the car park to invite you in.
- You will be given a mask to wear into the Red Hub. You must always wear this during the assessment.
GP Telephone Consultations
Please be advised during the pandemic, if you wish to see a doctor face to face, you will need to recieve a telephone call first to triage your medical needs. If the doctor requires to see you face to face, they will book you to come in to the surgery as soon as possible.
It is mandatory for adults to wear face masks when visiting or attending our surgery, both on Oakdale and Creekmoor. This is to protect patients and staff from the spread of the Coronovirus.
Please see a New Video from Our Social Prescirber providing information on our Services Page