COVID-19 VACCINTAION PROGRAMME UPDATE - 15/02/2021
A massive thank you to all the Westhoughton patients, staff and volunteers. As a network we are delighted to have vaccinated over 5000 of our patients so far. Please see below for the current information as of 15/02/2021.
If you are over 70 and have not had your vaccine yet, please text “COVID” plus YOUR INITIALS and DATE OF BIRTH to the vaccine hotline number 07730 765245 and we will contact you with an appointment. If you are unable to text, please contact the surgery directly.
If you are 65-69 then you will be receiving a letter this week from NHS England inviting you to be vaccinated at a site alternative to Peter House. You can also arrange your own vaccine at an alternative site via this link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
If you are 65-69 and you wish to be vaccinated by us rather than an alternative site, and you have not already been invited via text, then please text “COVID” plus YOUR INITIALS and DATE OF BIRTH to the hotline number 07730 765245
GP practices and alternative sites are both getting the same 2 vaccines so rest assured it doesn’t matter WHERE you get your vaccination. But be mindful that your second dose will need to be at the same site.
If you are 16-64 with underlying health problems or a main carer for an elderly or disabled person then we will contact you via text (or phone-call if we don’t have a mobile as your preferred contact) over the next few weeks for an appointment. If you are truly housebound and in this group then let us know when we contact you and we can arrange to see you at home. For an example of what this text looks like then please see our Westhoughton PCN Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WesthoughtonPCN
NHS England has given us guidance regarding as to which health conditions will entitle you to a vaccination in this group, which you can access using the following link…
Essentially these people are the same cohort that would be offered an annual flu vaccination other than some differences for asthmatic patients.
Information for asthmatics; In order to qualify for a covid vaccination in this group with ONLY a history of asthma then you need to have had an emergency admission to hospital with asthma or have had 3 lots of oral steroids (prednisolone) over a 3 month period. Taking a preventer and or reliever inhalers is not an indication for vaccination at this time (as it would be for flu vaccination).
We will be reviewing the clinical system and identifying patients based on these recommendations.
As I’m sure you are aware this is a HUGE group of patients; as such we will be inviting you in batches. Please be aware that this will take a number of weeks and the speed at which we can do so is also based on our vaccine supply.
Where possible, please do not contact the surgery with vaccine queries as it stops poorly patients getting through on the phone.
Please follow our social media for the most up to date information regarding our vaccination programme.
Once again, a huge thank you to everyone involved in this, the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history.
SURGERY OPENING UPDATE
We are pleased to be able to inform you that GP services have been re-directed back to our Blackrod surgery.
Please use our online consult facility for any non-urgent issues.
Please call 01204 697229 for any urgent enquiries.
If you require urgent medical assistance, that cannot wait until the surgery re-opens, please call 0161 763 8940.
If you have a life-threatening medical emergency, please dial 999
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ONLINE CONSULT 24/7 ACCESS TO YOUR GP SURGERY
Our Online Consult service gives you access to round the clock medical guidance – allowing you to check symptoms, receive medical advice and contact the surgery 24-7 through our online portal.
You will gain access to a wealth of medical information including articles and videos.
By filling in a simple health enquiry form you will be able to read information on how to treat your symptoms and what to do next.
The form will then come through to the surgery where we will review the information provided and we aim to respond to you within two working days.