Category: Practice News

#GetOutsideinSomerset

We are excited to announce the #GetOutsideinSomerset project is now live!
Being outside brings huge benefits for our physical and mental health, but for a large majority of people, the Covid-19 pandemic has created many barriers to getting outside. That’s why we’re working with organisations from across the county to offer the people of #Somerset the advice and tools they need to build their confidence and get outside.

**Covid-19 Vaccine Booster Doses**

Dear Patients,

We are pleased to inform you that The Rural Practice Network (Bruton Surgery, Millbrook Surgery, Queen Camel Medical Centre, Milborne Port Surgery and Wincanton Health Centre) will be providing Covid-19 Booster Vaccinations for all our eligible patients* from the 25th September 2021 at Haynes International Motor Museum. Please read the information below which summarises the process by which patients will be invited for their booster vaccinations and be able to book an appointment.

All patients in Cohort 1 – 9 will be invited to attend for a booster vaccination when they are approaching a period of six-months since their second vaccination. Patients that have a mobile number on their clinical record will receive a text message to book an appointment 1 – 2 weeks before they are due.  Please note that these text messages will come from Millbrook Surgery regardless of which surgery you are registered with.    If you can please follow the directions in the text message this is really helpful as it allows us more time to telephone patients that cannot book in this way.   If we do not have a mobile number for you or you find it difficult responding to text messages our booking hub team will telephone you directly.   All our patients will receive the Pfizer vaccine regardless of which vaccine they had for their first and second dose.   If you have a query about your eligibility please contact:  somccg.rpncovidvacs@nhs.net.

The practices are currently identifying extremely frail and housebound patients so that we can make alternative arrangements to get them vaccinated.

*Cohorts 1-9 – patients who will be eligible for a booster dose 6 months after second dose

1              Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults

2              All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers

3              All those 75 years of age and over

4              All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)

5              All those 65 years of age and over

6              Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group

7              All those 60 years of age and over

8              All those 55 years of age and over

9              All those 50 years of age and over

Carers Group

Please note the first session is at a different time – 20th September 12-2pm

Flu Vaccinations 2021/2022

Flu Clinics

Our Flu Vaccination clinics will be held through September and October for patients eligible for a free NHS vaccination.

Invitations will initially be sent by text, and appointments can be booked online through AskmyGP in which an appointment will be allocated for you  https://my.askmygp.uk/?c=L85027 alternatively you can call the surgery on 01963 435700 and Press Option 1 for Flu jab appointments.

Attending an appointment

So our clinics run smoothly, please help us by:

  • attending as close to your appointment time as possible
  • wearing a face covering and maintaining social distance
  • wearing a short sleeved shirt/top and be ready to remove your coat
  • being prepared for inclement weather if there is a queue

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 10 days prior to your appointment, please DO NOT attend the practice but DO re-book your appointment.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Eligibility

Patients eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination are:

  • all patients aged 50 and over
  • patients aged 6 months to 50 years in the clinical risk groups (see below)
  • pregnant women
  • patients in long stay residential care homes
  • carers
  • close contacts of immuno-compromised individuals
  • health and social care staff employed by:
    • registered residential care/nursing home
    • registered domiciliary care provider
    • voluntary managed hospice provider
    • directed payment (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as personal assistants
  • universal vaccination of health and care workers

Clinical Risk Groups

  • Chronic respiratory disease (eg asthma, COPD, bronchitis)
  • Chronic heart disease
  • Chronic kidney disease – stage 3, 4 or 5
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic neurological disease (eg Parkinsons or Motor Neurone Disease)
  • Learning Disability
  • Diabetes
  • Splenic dysfunction or asplenia
  • a weakened immune system due to disease (AIDS/HIV) or treatment (eg cancer)
  • morbidly obese (BMI 40+)