COVID vaccination – update as of 16/5/2021
Wednesday 19 May-Friday 21 May - we are finishing our 2nd dose Pfizer clinics at our Primary Care Network clinics in Cullompton.
We received guidance on the 15/5/21 asking us to bring forward any 2nd dose AstraZeneca clinics for those 50 years of age and over and/or those in clinical at risk groups* where the patient is booked into an appointment after the 25/5/2021. We are currently confirming when we are able to get the vaccines delivered to enable us to do this and will be contacting patients as soon as possible.
Please be aware that this requirement to bring the 2nd doses forwards may mean that we need to have some sites open for vaccination clinics and prescription collections only for a couple of weeks. Urgent clinical matters may need to be dealt with from one site only.
We had intended to offer our patients aged 38 or over (before 1 July 2021) appointments at our Primary Care Network clinics in Cullompton for their first dose as soon as deliveries were confirmed. However, the change in vaccination choice in different age groups under 50 and the need to bring the 2nd doses forwards for a significant number of patients, means it is now advised that patients aged 38 or over before 1 July 2021 book an appointment at one of the mass vaccination centres; this is either at Taunton Racecourse or Greendale Business Park in Exeter. You can do this by going on line https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or telephoning 119.
*Please note if you are under 50 years of age, not in a clinical at risk group and have had your first dose of vaccine, the advice at the moment is still to have your second dose at 12 weeks. If this changes you will be notified.
Car Parking at our Surgeries
In the interests of the environment and in consideration of the people who live around our surgeries, please can we ask that if you are waiting in your vehicle you turn off your engine and keep your music volume turned down.
Many thanks for your cooperation.
Update from The Blackdown Practice
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have needed to change quite dramatically how we deliver healthcare across the Blackdowns… and we have had to do it very quickly.
Different types of appointments/consultations
It can be hard to know what to do if you're unwell when the advice is not to go into the surgery in person. However, it's still important to get medical help from us if you need it and we can now offer, in addition to a telephone consultation, on-line or video consultations. We are also still seeing patients for face to face appointments when it is needed and safe to do so.
Some routine clinics have continued, for example patients who require regular blood tests because of the medicines they are taking, cancer screening, and children who still need their vaccinations. As national restrictions are changed, other more routine appointments will be reintroduced. For those people who usually access our services at Churchinford, we are constantly reviewing when to reopen the Churchinford site.
Please continue to keep safe.
COVID-19 Children's Booklet
A booklet has been developed for children about Coronavirus Coronavirus - a booklet for children
On-line Consultations - Available Now
Find out more about eConsult here -> eConsult Information Video with Sub-titles
You are now able to pay by Debit card
You can now use your debit card (not credit cards) to pay for your prescriptions, travel vaccinations, private medicals (e.g. HGV), and other services that are not provided on the NHS.
You will still be able to pay by cash or cheque if you prefer.
Watch the latest Video on Cervical Screening
Cervical Screening is one of the best ways to protect yourself from cervical cancer. You can watch the latest video from Cancer Research UK on cervical screening by clicking here.
CQC Inspection - The Practice was rated as Outstanding
The practice was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in June 2016. It was rated as Outstanding.
You can read the report here -> CQC Inspection report
The CQC also issued a press release which can be read here -> CQC Press Release