COVID UPDATE - DECEMBER 2021

Urgent work is ongoing to fully understand how the Omicron variant may change the behaviour of the virus with regards to vaccines and transmissability.  We will update you when we have more information. 

Vaccines continue to remain the best line of defence.  The Government has good reason to remain confident that our current vaccines will provide protection against the new varient, but the extent of this continues to be investigated.

All adults who have not yet received their first or second dose of the vaccine, or those who are eligible for their booster, are encouraged to come forward to help protect themselves and others.  This can be done through the National Booking Service by calling 119 or booking through their website.  The practice is also taking part in the booster programme and will invite patients in turn as and when we have available vaccine.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) now advises:

  • All adults aged 18 to 39 years should be offered a booster dose, in order of descending age groups, to increase their levels of protection.

  • Booster doses should be given no sooner than three months after the primary course.

  • All severely immunosuppressed individuals should be offered their booster dose no sooner than three months after completing their primary course of 3 doses.

  • Young people aged 12 to 15 years should receive a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, no sooner than 12 weeks after their first dose. 

  • The booster will be offered in order of descending age groups, with priority given to the vaccination of older adults and those in a COVID-19 at-risk group.  This will accelerate the deployment of vaccines and raise levels of protection across the population.

The NHS is working on the plans to offer the booster to the new groups above, but please note that this is not available yet.  There will be more updates as the service develops but please remember the NHS will contact you when it is your turn.  Please do not ring the GP practice regarding covid vaccinations unless we have been trying to contact you.

ARE YOU SELF ISOLATING AT HOME WITH CONFIRMED OR SUSPECTED COVID?

If you have covid or suspected covid and are self isolating at home you may find the leaflet below helpful:

Covid - staying safe at home

 

Certificates or evidence of Covid Vaccination Status

We are unable to issue this certificate at the practice.

Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for further information.

Proof of your vaccination status will be available in the NHS app from 17th May 2021 and in some of the other apps that provide you with Patient online services. 

The NHSapp can be downloaded from:
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-app/id1388411277 for iPhone/iOS
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.online.nhsonline for Android.

If you have not used it before, there is a self-registration process within the app to create an "NHS login" as per https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/nhs-log-in/

If you already have access/ login details for patient online services, for example "Patient Access", you may use this.

Alternatively, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine.  The letter may to take another 5 days to reach you, or more if postal services are affected.  Please take account of this when making your plans. 

Please note that this information is only available to anyone who has been vaccinated in England.

 

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Consult online

With effect from 1st July 2019 The Key Medical Practice will be working as part of a Primary Care Network with three local practices, Gosford Medical Centre, Islip and Woodstock Surgery.  Please click on the link below to read an information sheet which has been written by the Patient Participation Group Forum about what this means for our patients.

 

Primary Care Networks - Information for Patients

Welcome to The Key Medical Practice

Our aim is to provide high quality, effective health care delivered by compassionate and efficient staff.

We hope you find all the information you need in our website. If not, please do let us know. Our practice leaflet contains much about our staff and services and can be found here.

We have been looking at ways to improve access for our patients. Did you know you can book GP and blood test appointments and order medications online? These services are very easy to use and are proving popular with many patients. Please download an application form and bring to reception with photo ID so we can provide you with your pin.

Nominating a pharmacy is another great time saver. Simply tell reception which pharmacy is most convenient for you and we can send your prescription there directly. Two working days after you have requested your medication it will be ready for collection at your nominated pharmacy. If you choose to change your nominated pharmacy at any time, just let reception know. 

The practice has an active Patient Participation Group. More information about their work can be found under the 'Have Your Say' tab above. The page now includes a link to the minutes from their latest meeting.

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