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Tithe Farm Volunteers’ Award

Dr Bundock and the clinical team submitted a report on the work of the Volunteers to deliver the Vaccination Programme to an award-bearing body.

It has now been recognized and posted on a website for the public to vote for their favourite. You can read her submission here:

https://www.judgify.me/public-voting/peopleschoiceaward2021/submissions/481032?lan=en

You may need to copy-paste into a browser to access the article. The words and sentiments are hers without any input from any Volunteer. In order to vote you can click on one of the links and vote through social media or anonymously by clicking on the thumbs up.

At the very least, all the Volunteers should know about how valuable and valued has been the work of the Volunteers and to read of her and others’ heartfelt thanks to you all.

Covid-19 Booster FAQ

Dear Patient

Further to previous messages regards your COVID 19 Booster vaccines, please be assured you are on our list to be called in . However please see the FAQs to help understand the process further .

FAQ

Who will get a Covid-19 booster vaccine?

Everyone over 50 or who has a health condition that puts them at higher risk from Covid-19 will be offered a booster.  

When will I get a booster vaccine?

If you are eligible, you’ll be invited to get a booster vaccine when it is your turn via your mobile phone or your practice , this must be at least six months after your second dose. The booster programme has now started and will continue till the end of November.

Boosters will be given in the same order of priority as for the initial vaccine, as follows:

  1. Care home residents and staff
  2. People aged 80 and over, and frontline health and social care workers
  3. People aged 75 and over
  4. People aged 70 and over, and adults who are clinically extremely vulnerable
  5. People aged 65 and over
  6. Adults who are at higher risk from Covid-19, including people with heart and circulatory conditions
  7. People aged 60 and over
  8. People aged 55 and over
  9. People aged 50 and over

Why might I need a booster vaccine?

The booster vaccines are being recommended in order to give longer-lasting protection. There is some evidence, particularly in the case of the Pfizer vaccine, that it protection declines over time and has started to decline within six months from the second dose. Because the vaccine has not yet been available for long enough, there are no large studies of effectiveness beyond six months from the second dose.

A booster dose will help to ensure those at higher risk from coronavirus, who were prioritised at the start of the vaccine programme, have enough protection going into winter.

We know that as coronavirus spreads and mutates, it can start to resist vaccines. A booster programme could offer extra protection against variants that have resistance to existing vaccines.

What about people who have a weakened immune response?

The JCVI and UK government have recommended that everyone over 12 with a severely weakened immune system is offered a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, which is separate from the booster programme.

A THIRD dose is being offered to people whose immune systems do not work properly or who are taking immune suppressant medication – including people who have had a heart transplant or are on certain types of steroid medication. The NHS is contacting people who are eligible for a third dose of the vaccine to arrange an appointment as soon as possible if they haven’t already had their third dose.

The JCVI have said that this recommendation is an update to the standard dosing schedule for people in this at-risk group, and that they will also be offered a booster vaccine at a later date. Please read the official government advice for people who are eligible for a third dose

Which vaccine will be used for the boosters?

The Pfizer vaccine or the Moderna vaccine are the currently the vaccines offered for booster and Third doses doses, as evidence shows that this type of vaccine will work well as a booster.

The Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines have all been approved for use as booster jabs by the UK medicines regulator, the MHRA. The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has only been approved as a booster in exceptional cases for use in people who had it as their first and second vaccine.

More research is currently under way to look at other options for use as Covid-19 booster vaccines.

Where can I get a booster vaccine?

The booster vaccine will be given under Healthsense PCN at Byron Hall in Harrow and invitation to book the vaccines are being sent to eligible patients via their mobile telephone numbers or by a Healthsense Practice if you do not have a mobile phone. If you have received an invitation  on your mobile phone and can’t book your appointment on line please contact your Healthsense GP surgery and ask their help to book an appointment. Please wait for your invitation before contacting the surgery however as appointments cannot be made before.

What is happening for 12-15 year olds, will they be getting a vaccine?

12-15 year olds without significant health conditions (and therefore who have not yet been invited) will be vaccinated within the school setting. Your child’s school will be in contact with parents and carers in the near future to let you know when this will be offered.

When will I get my Flu Vaccine?

All eligible patients will be offered the flu vaccine at the same time as their Booster or Third Dose Covid vaccine at Byron Hall. If we do not have sufficient Flu vaccines at the time, patients maybe asked to get their Flu injections at their surgeries. The flu vaccine can be taken at any time before or after their COVID 19 vaccine.

Flu Clinics 2021

We have started to make contact with patients to start booking in for their annual flu vaccine appointment.

We are currently making appointments for Saturday 9th October (under and over 65s). Provisionally these will be at The Ridgeway Surgery.

The next available Nasal Flu clinic will be Monday 4th October

You can book online via your patient access account or by calling surgery number. We will confirm nearer the time, in line with NHS guidance, if the COVID-19 booster can be given at the same time.

We will be making more dates available as we have confirmed dates for delivery of vaccines.

Help for parents with children under 5

We know things have been very hard for people who have had babies and small children during lockdown. You will have seen on the news that lots of children, who have been kept away from catching things from people for over a year, are getting lots of coughs, colds, diarrhoea and other illnesses.

There is no evidence that children are getting any more serious illnesses than usual. It is very important that if you are at all worried that your child is seriously ill, that you contact us at the Ridgeway or 111 for help. Because of trying to keep people safe from Covid please try to use eConsult or phone us, rather than just turning up at the surgery with your child.

This leaflet gives lots of ideas about how you can help decide if you need to ask for help, simple treatments that are safe to try, and a reminder that you can also ask people like your community pharmacist for advice. How to help your unwell child May 2020

Booking Appointments Online

Can I book a telephone call with a GP online?

To access GPs online, please complete an eConsult:

The reasons for this are:

  • eConsult will ask specific questions about your condition / symptom. This make it quicker for the clinician to assess and safer because the clinician has more information about your medical problem.
  • eConsult is also safer than booking a telephone appointment online because it will advise if  it thinks the condition you need help with may be an emergency and cannot wait
  • Currently we acknowledge all eConsults by the end of the next working day and in the majority of cases, clinicians make contact with the patient within 24 hours of the eConsult being submitted. If it will be longer than this, you should receive a text message advising when a clinician will contact you
  • In some cases where patients have booked a telephone call back online and manually entered what they need help with, this has delayed urgent matters. Therefore it is no longer safe to continue with this pathway and eConsult should be used as a safer system.

Can I book a blood test / chronic disease review appointment online?

Yes – but you must ensure that unless you have been invited / requested by us to book this that these are not booked for any other purpose.

Using the appointments incorrectly may put you at risk and prevents other patients from accessing them.

Unfortunately, if specific patients repeatedly use the system inappropriately, we may review their access.

How can I give feedback?

Feedback is really valuable in making sure our systems and processes are as safe, effective and user-friendly as possible.

You can provide feedback here:

https://ridgeway-surgery.co.uk/contact-us/feedback-and-complaints/

Covid 19 Vaccine Update

Due to high demand we have made more doses of the Pfizer vaccination available at our vaccination centres.  All over 18s now eligible. Please book your appointment at https://www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.  You should also use this link to book your second dose if it has been more than 8 weeks since your first.

In Harrow, there are a number of places you can get a vaccination, all of which are available to book through the national booking system:

Byron Hall Mass Vaccination Centre, Christchurch Avenue, Harrow, HA3 5BD (Please note Astra Zeneca second doses available at weekends only)

·       Health Pharmacy, 392-394 Rayners Lane, London, Pinner, HA5 5DY

·       Healthways Pharmacy, 382 Rayners Lane, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 5DY

·       Grimsdyke Golf Course, Oxhey Lane, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 4AL

Some people may also be prefer to attend the Wembley Mass Vaccination Centre at 8 Fulton Road, Wembley, HA9 0NU.