Coronavirus Vaccine Programme update
Coronavirus Vaccine Programme update
A massive thank you to all the Westhoughton patients, staff and volunteers.
Please see below for the current information as of 11/05/2021.
We are now contacting our original cohorts to confirm second dose vaccination dates.
These dates have been slightly amended due to vaccine delivery schedules.
We now have 2nd vaccine delivery dates for those patients who were vaccinated on 26th February and 4th/ 11th March. We will be in touch either via message or phone- possibly a private number call. You must confirm your second dose appointment to secure your vaccine. If you turn up without a confirmed appointment time we will not have an allocated vaccine for you.
These are being released in batches. Please be patient.
Please remember for full protection you need 2 doses of vaccine.
Please note the Pfizer vaccine CANNOT be given as a home visit so as per your first dose (unless there is a significant clinical change) then you will need to attend Peter House.
Original vaccination date
Confirmed 2nd dose
26/2/21 12/5/21 Pfizer vaccine
4/3/21 and 11/3/21 20/5/21 AZ vaccine
If you have a mobile and don’t have access to the internet on your phone- then you can TEXT your INITIALS and DOB to our hotline number and we will get back to you (may be a private number)
If you were vaccinated on 26/2/21 and HAVE NOT confirmed your appointment then please contact the vaccine hotline ASAP.
Please be assured we have a list of everyone on the original clinics and are doing our upmost to ensure you are booked in for your second!
We are aware regarding the publicity surrounding some potential concerns surrounding the Astra Zeneca vaccine- below is a really useful link. AZ clinics are continuing to go ahead as we know this vaccine saves lives! Please- if you had your first dose and were fine then you can have your second dose- even if you are under 30. Please just don’t turn up- contact us if you aren’t sure.
FIRST DOSES for over 40’s
Nationally there are two ways in which patients are being contacted for their first vaccine. If you are 40 years old or older, and well, you will have received a letter or text from NHS England inviting you to be vaccinated at a site alternative to Peter House (a ‘mass vaccination site’). You can also arrange your own vaccine at a mass vaccination site via the link below providing you have received your letter.
The second way you can get vaccinated is via your GP surgery- these invites are being run in parallel to the mass vaccination sites.
If you prefer to be vaccinated at Peter House then we have invited you via text message if we have a mobile number for you. Otherwise we are contacting you on the phone.
If you are over 40 or 16-64 with certain underlying health conditions or main carer for an elderly or disabled person (cohorts 1-9) and have not had or arranged 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 (this may be a call from a ‘private number’). If you are unable to text, please contact the surgery directly. If you are truly housebound and in these groups then let us know and we can arrange to see you at home.
If you are pregnant and wish to be vaccinated please contact us via our vaccine hotline or via online consult as we need to book you on to a specific Pfizer clinic as per national guidance.
If you live with a severely immunosuppressed individual then we will have sent them a letter advising that household contacts can now be vaccinated regardless of age (16+). Please contact us on the vaccine hotline via text to make an appointment.
If you have questions regarding your suitability for a particular vaccine, please read the information on the link above. If you are still unclear, then you can contact us via online consult with your question and we will get back to you.
Vaccinations for the under 40s
We will contact you via text as stated above when you are eligible for your first dose.
As per national guidance, first doses for <40s will be either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
Should you wish to be vaccinated at your GP practice rather than a mass vaccination site then please be patient and await your invite.
Our next big first dose Pfizer clinic will be 18/5/21
GP practices and alternative sites are both getting the same 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 where possible.
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
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
The Partners at Unsworth Group Practice
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.