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7th September- Flu Vaccine Appointments

Appointments are now available for Flu vaccination. If you are eligible for a Flu jab you will be receiving a message from the surgery inviting to book online, alternatively you can call the surgery to arrange an appointment.

16th August

Covid vaccination clinics continue to be run from the Charmandean, please see the schedule in the attachment below for dates and times. All clinics can give 1st and 2nd doses. 

Worthing Covid Vaccination Clinic Schedule

From 19th July

For the time being there will be no changes here at the practice. Patients coming to the surgery will still need to wear a mask, use the hand sanitiser and socially distance. Our staff will continue to wear appropriate PPE. 

Often patients coming to the surgery are sick, vulnerable and maybe unvaccinated due to medical reasons, so we feel that these precautions will help protect everyone. We also need to minimise the number of our staff catching Covid so we can keep a functioning service, so for this reason alone these measures are vital.

Our consultations will continue to be offered as face to face, by phone or by video. It is worth noting that we are consulting with higher numbers of patients than we ever did before the pandemic, whilst also playing a big part in the vaccination programme too.

We hope you will understand why we need to continue with these measures and keep the surgery as safe for everyone as we can. We have all come so far in trying to minimise the impact of Covid, let’s continue to stay safe together.

Thank you for your understanding and support as always.

Surgery Closed on Thursday 8th July from 12.30pm

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SURGERY WILL BE CLOSED FROM 12:30PM ON THURSDAY 8TH JULY 2021 AND WILL REOPEN ON FRIDAY 9TH JULY 2021. THERE WILL BE AN URGENT MEDICAL CARE OPTION ON OUR TELEPHONE LINE SHOULD YOU REQUIRE URGENT CARE ON THE DAY. THIS WILL BE OPERATED BY AN EXTERNAL SERVICE THEREFORE WILL BE UNABLE TO ASSIST WITH ROUTINE ENQUIRIES SUCH AS TEST RESULTS, PRESCRIPTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS. FOR ESSENTIAL TRAINING. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.

NHS Data Sharing Information

There has recently been lots of information on social media regarding data being shared with the NHS. Please view the link below with relevant information and an overview of the NHS data sharing information

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research#further-information-for-gp-practices

 

Covid Vaccination Update

Worthing-wide weekend walk-ins

Are you yet to have your first COVID-19 vaccination?

Are you at eight weeks from your first and are due your second?

This Saturday, 10 July, we are holding three walk in sessions for any adult who is yet to have their first vaccine, and any adult who is due their second.

Where:

  •      Strand Medical – The Causeway, Durrington
  •      Durrington Health Centre – Durrington Lane
  •      The Charmandean Centre – Forrest Road

 

You can go to any of the three sites, regardless of which GP practice you are registered with.

When:

Saturday 10th July

12 noon to 4pm

Which vaccine:

There will be both Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccines at these clinics so you can have the recommended vaccine for you.

Help us help you

Please don’t come early. We are seeing people with booked appointments in the morning and people without an appointment will be asked to come back for the walk in session.

You may have to queue – these walk in sessions are being run alongside booked appointments. We are making sure there are additional staff and extra vaccination stations and will do everything we can to keep your waiting time to a minimum.

The sessions will be open until we run out of vaccines or 4pm. If we do run out, we will be able to give you details of our next available vaccination session.

Make sure you drink plenty of water beforehand and have eaten something before you come for your vaccine.

If you have your NHS number, please try and bring it with you. It isn’t essential but it can speed up the process for you.

Please don’t come for your second dose if it the gap since your first vaccine is less than eight weeks. We will not be able to provide the vaccination and we don’t want anyone to be disappointed. If you have a genuine reason why you need to have your second dose quicker please contact the Vaccine Enquiries Team by email on sxccg.vaccineenquiries@nhs.net or phone on 0800 433 4545 (open 9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday).

Covid Vaccination Update

All adults aged 18 and over or patients 16-17 with an ongoing health condition are now eligible for a Covid vaccination. If you would like to book an appointment for the Covid vaccine please contact ipc.covidvaccination@nhs.net or telephone 0333 3704111 to arrange an appointment. All local Covid appointments are being held at the Charmandean Centre in Worthing. 

All 2nd doses of the Covid vaccination are to be held at 8 weeks. If you have yet to be contacted for a 2nd Vaccination appointment and you are at 7-8 weeks since your first please contact ipc.covidvaccination@nhs.net or telephone 0333 3704111 to arrange an appointment.

If you are a Housebound patient and still require the Covid Vaccination please contact the Surgery directly on 01903 826926

How to access your COVID-19 vaccination status

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from: 

  •      the NHS App which you can download from app stores 
  •      the NHS website
  •     119 - by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.


 

Vaccine for Health and Care workers

All Health and care workers are now able to book a vaccination at one of the hospital based vaccination sites across Sussex. For details on how to do this please follow the link below

https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/workforcevax/

Please be aware that there are scams going around pretending to be offering appointments for a covid vaccine. 

https://www.westsussexccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination-scam-alert/

Message to patients


Face Coverings

It is now mandatory to wear face coverings in many public places and ask that patients wear them when entering our building.  

Some people can't wear face mask or covering because of a disability or severe distress. The link below provides the Learning Disability Exemption Cards, Autism Exemption Cards and Parent and Child Exemption Cards. Download the PDF below to print your card. There is no requirement for evidence of exemption, it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this and there is no requirements for General Practitioners to provide such letters. 

Please visit the Government website, as below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own#exemptions-to-wearing-a-face-covering-where-they-are-mandated

Face Covering Exemption Cards

We may have our front doors closed BUT we are very much open!

What we have done since April 2020

Vitamin D 

There have been articles today in the media about free Vit D suppliments. Please do not ring the surgery as we have not been informed of this developement. We will update you via our website once we know more. Our reception team are trying to answer as many calls as they can so please ring NHS 0300 3112233 or email england.contactus@nhs.net if you require further information regarding Vit D and the article in the press this week. Thank you.

Covid vaccine programme update:

Please keep an eye on our website for current plans for our patients. We hope to start vaccinating our 80year olds and over from the beginning of January. We are still waiting confirmation of our delivery times. All clinics will be run from designated sites in Worthing with all Practices working together to vaccinated as quickly as we can. Please bear with us while we try and organise everything with changing goals posts and advice. We will contact you when we have appointments available to book. Please be aware there are scams out there pretending to be offer appointments.

Message to patients

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