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Don't worry if you haven't heard from us yet, we will be in touch directly to arrange your vaccination appointment when the time is right.
Our health and care colleagues have achieved an important milestone in Somerset, by offering a COVID-19 vaccination to people in the first four priority groups as identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)
We are now expanding our vaccination programme to include priority groups 5 and 6. This includes people aged 65 and over (Group 5) and people who are aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions, which may put them at higher risk of serious disease from COVID-19 (group 6)
People who fall in to the next priority groups will be contacted in a variety of ways which may include letters from the NHS if you are aged 65 and over - or you will receive a phone call, letter or text message from our GP primary care network team.
We are now inviting people who are 65 and over to book an appointment through the national booking service; online http://www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by ringing 119. As soon as you receive your letter, you can book a vaccination appointment at either of our large vaccination centres at the Bath & West Showground, Taunton Racecourse or a pharmacy-led site in Taunton, Yeovil or Bruton.
Your GP practice has been asked by the government to concentrate on patients under 65 years with underlying health problems so please if at all possible attend one of the large vaccination centres if you are between the ages of 65 and 70.
As part of our primary care network, we will be contacting people in group 6 who have underlying health issues as specified by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). We will contact you directly to arrange a vaccination appointment – there is no need to contact the practice.
We understand that everyone is anxious to know when they might get their vaccination and want to be vaccinated as quickly as possible. You can help us to run the vaccination programme as efficiently as possible by following the guidance above and please don’t contact the surgery to ask about your vaccination.
We are working through our patient lists as quickly as we can to identify patients who fit into priority group 6 and to ensure that they are offered an appointment as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your continuing support and patience.
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In response to the announcement that public health England will be supplying many extremely vulnerable people with Vitamin D tablets to reduce the risk of deficiency over the winter, the Prescribers at surgeries in West Mendip Primary Care Network would like to share the following advice:
If you are currently prescribed Calcium and Vitamin D tablets, or vitamin D tablets, continue to take these. You do not need to take any additional supplements supplied by Public health England, as long as your tablets contain at least 400units (10mcg Vitamin D)- all prescribed ones should contain these levels.
If you buy vitamin D over the counter, you can continue to take these, or take the nationally supplied ones, as long as the ones you have are at least 400units (10mcg).
You are safe to take vitamin D tablets with most prescribed medication- however if you are taking Digoxin you may need extra monitoring- please contact your GP.
If you develop any unusual symptoms after starting Vitamin D and are taking other medication, please contact your prescriber, though we expect this to be very rare.
If you accidentally take both prescribed vitamin D and public health England supplied vitamin D, there are likely to be no ill effects, however you can discuss this with your community pharmacy and they can check the amounts you have taken.
We were sorry to hear that your hospital appointment has been delayed. Covid restrictions mean that most people are having to wait longer for their outpatient appointments, tests and operations. All our referrals are graded by the relevant consultant team. We have no say about when the consultants allocate their appointments which is based on their judgement of the urgency of the clinical need.
Many patients are contacting us asking for letters to be sent to help speed up their appointment. You will see that this is something we are unable to do for the reasons explained above.
However, if you think your symptoms have changed and your need is now urgent, do please write a letter or email detailing why you think so which we can forward to the relevant specialist team. The more detail you include the better.
If you are very concerned then do please get in touch with us for an appointment which, under current NHS regulations, will be a phone call or other remote consultation in the first instance but which can be face-to-face if needs be.
The community of Wells has come together to support those who are facing difficulties due to the current emergency. If you need help with the following:
It's safe to visit your GP Practice, but please call us first or go online.
We still have vaccinations available for all eligible patients.
We are now able to offer these appointments to the following patients:
If you fall into any of the above categories then please telephone reception for an appointment on 01749 601333.
Please note that you should not arrive early for your appointment and wherever possible you should come alone. You may need to queue, possibly outside and there will be limited seating available. You should not attend if you are showing any symptoms of Covid, or if you are isolating due to contact with a potential or actual Covid case. You will need to wear a face covering when you attend unless there is a confirmed reason why you can’t, in which case you will be provided with a face shield.
We have a new vaccine available for those patients aged between 18 and 64. If you would like more information about this before you come for your vaccination please follow this link.
We are delighted to announce that as of September 7th 2020, we have 2 new, additional GPs joining the team at Wells City Practice.
Dr Michaela Murray will be joining us as a GP Partner and will be doing 6 clinical sessions at the practice (this equates to 3 whole days). Michaela has been a Salaried GP for several years, most recently at Chew Medical Practice. She will bring many skills to the practice, in particular, expertise in fitting Long Acting Reversible Contraception devices such as the coil and implant. Michaela is looking forward to joining our Partnership and we are thrilled to have her as a new GP Partner.
Dr Helen Bowers is currently a Salaried GP at a practice in Weston and will be joining us as a 5 session Salaried doctor (this equates to 2 1/2 days). Helen is also a very experienced GP and will be an excellent addition to our team. She too is looking forward to joining us and will have much to add to the skill mix here at Wells City Practice.
With an ever increasing patient list size and the numerous, on going challenges that we all face in the NHS, we feel this exciting development is happening at the right time and will allow us to continue to further improve and develop our services to our patients.
The Surgeries of Glastonbury, Street and Wells will be jointly providing improved access to our combined list of 52,000 patients.
Each Surgery will be providing:
The appointments available will be a mixture of GP, Nurse Practitioner and Practice Nurse. Some routine procedures, currently undertaken during the week, will also be moved to Saturday mornings.Improved Access
Health Connections Mendip is a new health and wellbeing service available to patients. Patients can talk to a health connector at the surgery to find out about local activities, support and services Health Connections Mendip available, and can also arrange one-to-one appointments to speak to a Connector. During these appointments a Health Connector will listen to your health story and assist you with setting health-related goals which are meaningful to you. Health Connectors also support you to make positive changes that last. You can also access the service by telephone on 01373 468 368, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at: www.healthconnectionsmendip.org.
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