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5th Mar

Information about local Covid-19 vaccination centres

We have started vaccinating 'at risk group' of patients (Group 6). Patients in this group are prioratised according to their age based on the number of vaccines delivered each week.Currently we are vaccinating Age 50 to 64 yrs who are in 'At risk group' only(Group 6).

You also can book appointments by ringing 119 or online Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk) Please note this booking is not managed by Garston Medical Centre

We have already invited Clinicaly Vulnerable group (Shileding)- Group 4 including the patients who were added to the list recently. Please get in touch with us as soon as possible to book the appointment if you are in this group and did not receive an invite yet.

We will invite group 7 (60-64yrs -not in at risk group') Group 8 (55-59yrs) and Group 9( 50-54Yrs) in this order after completing the Group 6

2nd Dose

Patients who had the 1st Dose on 29th 30th and 31st December are likely to be scheduled to have the 2nd dose around 15th March. We will get in touch with you whe the delivery of vaccines are confirmed.

Please update your mobile number using our online form. This will help us to contact you easily for booking the appointment online for the vaccinations

The NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme is now underway and is starting to be rolled out in GP-led vaccination centres. The information below answers some of patients’ key questions about getting the vaccine.

  1. When will I be getting the vaccine? 

To protect those who are the most as risk first, the vaccine is initially being offered to patients aged 80 and over. More information about how the vaccine will be rolled out to people in order of priority, starting with those who most need protecting from the virus, is in the Why do I have to wait? leaflet.

 

Vaccinations are underway in the Watford and Three Rivers areas for the first eligible groups.  Patients need two doses of the vaccine 12 weeks apart.

Please update your mobile telephone numbers using the form on the website

 

  1. How will I be invited for an appointment? 

GP practices are working through our lists of eligible patients and we will contact you to invite you to book your appointment when it is your turn. You will need to book an appointment for both your first and second dose.  

 

Please DO NOT contact surgery to try to make an appointment before you hear from us. This will allow our staff to focus on helping patients needing medical help as well as starting to contact patients about vaccine appointments when we’re able to do so.  Practice staff are not currently able to give you any more information than we have provided here.

 

  1. Where will I be getting the vaccine?

General Practices are working collaboratively to run local vaccination centres. Together, our teams bring years of experience and knowledge delivering vaccination programmes. The vaccination centre for this practice is Bridgewater House and this is where you will go for your vaccine.

The Pfizer vaccine is safe and highly effective, but it is complex to move, store and prepare and so can only be given in vaccination centres that meet particular requirements.  

 

  1. Will housebound and care home patients be able to have the vaccine at home in the same way as for the flu vaccine.

We will be making arrangements to offer the Covid-19 vaccine in people's homes and in care homes for people who are unable to get to a vaccination centre.

 

We can’t confirm when that might be as this may have to wait for supply of the right type of vaccine. This is because only some vaccines can be transported between people’s homes.

 

You can also find more information about the vaccine on the NHS.UK website

15th Jan

Appointments update

Throughout the Covid pandemic, our goal has been to keep our patients and staff safe while still seeing and treating as many people as possible. To achieve this, we have had to change the way we do things, and this has also meant changes for you. Since we have to keep people socially distant apart on our premises, we have to limit the number of people coming to the practice buildings each day. This means that we are doing initial consultations by phone as far as possible, so that face-to-face consultations are available for those that really need them. We know it might feel a little odd to see the doctor this way, but it’s the only way we can offer the same level of care.

Our buildings were not built with Covid in mind, and we’re sorry that some of these changes have made things a little inconvenient. Some people may be asked to wait outside ahead of appointments if there isn’t enough space inside, and we ask people to come alone to appointments unless they must be accompanied. We want everyone to call to book an appointment. We very sorry that we unable allow anyone into the building without an appointment.

We remain dedicated to offering you the best possible service, support and care. We are doing things differently, but we are doing them to help you stay well, and to protect the health of our staff. Tell us if you are feeling unwell or are worried about your health.

Remember that there are many services you can access via this website that remove the need to visit the surgery. This includes registering new patients, change of address, wellbeing services and more.

  • Face-to-face appointments remain available to all patients, but will only be booked in a timed slot, if necessary, and after discussion with one of the GPs.If you are asked to come into the surgery for a face-to-face appointment, please remember to wear a face covering. Measures are in place to keep you safe from infection during your visit to the surgery.
  • Routine vaccinations (child and adult) & cancer screening tests (smears etc) are continuing as a priority
  • Phone and video appointments are available to all patients, via secure NHS software, and might be the safest most convenient option.

Please call to speak to a doctor between 0830Hrs to 1050Hrs and 1430Hrs to 1630Hrs for advice on the same day. There are pre bookable telephone appointments available too. as the telephone lines can be busy during these times,please ring between 1100Hrs to 1430Hrs and 1700Hrs to 18Hrs to book telephone appointments in advance,to book tests ,immunisations and obtain the doctors message for the test results from the reception team. 

Information on Video consultation, sending photographs and receiving documents via text message

HELP US TO HELP YOU

Thank you for working with us as we have implemented infection control measures to make you and the staff at the surgery safe when you are invited for a Face-to-Face appointment.

  • On arrival, please bring a mask and a mobile phone.
  • A number is displayed on the front door.
  • Please ring the number for a COVID Screen.
  • The Clinician expecting you will than know you are waiting.
  • We can let 5 people wait in the waiting room.
  • If more than 5 are waiting please be patient with us whilst waiting outside.
  • If you are unable to wait outside please let the receptionist know and if possible, wait in your car. The clinician expecting you will call you when they are ready.
24th Dec 2020

Flu jabs for patients aged between 50 - 64

Walk in Clinic 9th January between 9AM to 1000AM

 

If you are unable to attend on this dayu Please ring the surgery between 11am to 2pm to book your appointment for your flu jab.

Update 03/12/2020 - We haven't received a date for delivery. We have been regular contacts with the suppliers. We will organise a 'walk in clinic' on a saturday. More details will be published when we received the vaccines.

24th Dec 2020

Website Upgrade

We have upgraded our website. You can now submit online forms.These include Prescription requests ,Sick note requests, Contraceptive review, Change of personal details,submitting BP readings and asthma review. Please find them in the Forms section. We kindly request you NOT to request advice for Medical Matters on these forms.