The NHS has started inviting people aged 45 and over for a coronavirus vaccination. If you receive an invite from the National Booking Service, you can book directly with them, or we will be in touch shortly when we have appointments available
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA’s) scientific review of UK reports of extremely rare and unlikely to occur specific blood clots with lowered platelets has concluded that the evidence of a link with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is stronger but more work is still needed.
The data suggest there is a slightly higher incidence reported in the younger adult age groups and the MHRA advises that this evolving evidence should be taken into account when considering the use of the vaccine.
The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) has said: “Safety remains our number one priority. Based on the available data and evidence, JCVI has advised that it is preferable for adults aged under 30 with no underlying conditions to be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine where available. This weighs up the risks of being seriously ill or dying from COVID-19 against the extremely small risk of a serious adverse event.”
The availability of an alternative vaccine for our area is yet to be confirmed
We know it can be difficult to know what to do and how to get the best help and treatment when you or a loved one are feeling unwell or suffered and injury. But if it is not a life-threatening emergency please do call 111 or got www.111.nhs.uk first where you can get quick expert advice.
The Practice is working as part of The Coastal Network (Primary Care Network) to deliver the COVID Vaccination Programme to the population of Teignmouth & Dawlish, at Dawlish Community Hospital.
WE ARE TRIALLING AN ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM FOR FIRST DOSES ONLY. PATIENTS WILL RECEIVE A TEXT MESSAGE WITH A LINK THAT TAKES THEM TO A PAGE CALLED SYSTMONLINE. THE TEXT WILL STATE GP SURGERY: GLENDEVON MEDICAL CENTRE ON BEHALF OF BARTON SURGERY. THIS IS BECAUSE GLENDEVON MEDICAL PRACTICE ARE SENDING OUT TEXTS ON BEHALF OF BARTON SURGERY AND CHANNEL VIEW MEDICAL GROUP.
ON THIS PAGE YOU WILL BE ASKED TO CONFIRM YOUR DATE OF BIRTH. YOU WILL THEN BE PROMPTED TO SELECT A DAY, TIME AND BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT. THESE INVITATION TEXTS WILL COME FROM “GP-SURGERY GLENDEVON MEDICAL CENTRE ON BEHALF OF BARTON SURGERY ” AND ARE LEGITIMATE.
We have delivered thousands of vaccinations to the population of Teignmouth, Dawlish and surrounding villages and are now working through COHORTS 7-9 in the below poster. Cohort 9 is anyone aged 50 and over.
Cohorts 1-6 are still eligible, so if you have not booked, please contact us. Cohort 6 is anyone under 65 years old, in an at risk group. Please note that this is NOT everyone who is eligible for the flu vaccination, there is a very strict criteria set by Public Health & NHS England which we cannot deviate from. We ask that patients respect this and do not become abusive to our Reception team who are simply applying the rules given to us.
Patients in cohort 6 are being contacted in age order, from oldest to youngest.
COHORT 5 (anyone aged 65-70) should have received a letter from NHS England asking them to book online or by calling 119 at the Mass Vaccination Site (Westpoint). This is to allow the practices to focus on the much larger cohort 6.
COHORTS 1 – 4 – We have completed the first dose vaccination of cohorts 1-4 in line with the Prime Minister’s ambition. There are however a small number of patients in these cohorts that may not have been vaccinated due to being unwell, away or in hospital at the time. If you are in cohorts 1-4, and have not yet had your FIRST DOSE of the vaccination, please contact the practice as a priority to arrange an appointment for this. We will also be contacting these patients to follow up booking their first doses.
SECOND DOSES – We are working our way through contacting patients that have received a first dose of the C19 vaccination to book their second dose appointment. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT US REGARDING THIS, we have a list of patients that we are working through in order of when they had their first dose. Second dose appointments shall be 77 to 84 days following their first dose. Going forward, anyone that has a first dose will be given their second dose appointment
WE ASK THAT PATIENTS WAIT TO BE CONTACTED BY THE PRACTICE FOR THEIR COVID VACCINE, PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT US UNLESS WE HAVE TRIED TO CONTACT YOU TO BOOK IN FOR THE VACCINE. You can help us by ensuring that we have a mobile number for yourself or a nominated representative (i.e. family member) so that we can contact you via text message.
If you are registered with Dr Alborough please be reassured. Dr Sarah Bentley who has been with the Practice since 2014 as a Salaried GP will be taking up the Partnership vacancy created by Dr Alborough’s retirement. Dr Bentley will altering to working four days a week; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.
We are also welcoming a new Doctor on board, Dr Helen Rogers will be joining us in April 21 as our new Salaried GP. She will be working Tuesday and Thursdays.
With regard to patient registrations; where necessary there will be an internal transfer completed from Dr Alborough’s list to Dr Bentley and Rogers. You will not be individually notified but patients can still see any GP they choose.
Also Dr Elizabeth Cowan is expecting her first baby. Dr Cowan will commence her maternity leave mid June 2021 for one year and will be working remotely from 1st April 21. Her patients will be looked after by regular locum(s) to offer continuity over this period.
I’m sure you will join us in wishing all our Doctors your best wishes
The NHS is urging people who have received a letter from the National Booking System not to contact their GP practice about a vaccination.
Anyone who has received a letter from the National Booking System inviting them to book an appointment should use the website or 119 (free, 7am-11pm, seven days a week) to book an appointment.
Please don’t contact your GP practice about a vaccination.
Practices are reporting a significant number of calls which are preventing people who need medical help getting through to the practice.
It also slows down the vaccination programme as it makes it harder to book appointments for people in priority groups.
There are several locations for vaccination – appointments are regularly added so if there are not any available, keep checking the website for availability in coming weeks.
GP practices are currently vaccinating people aged 60 and over.
When practices move to vaccinate people in different cohorts, they will contact them.
We have recently sent out a text message with a link to Germ Defence, this is not a scam, however we can see that this may look concern
MINIMISING THE RISK OF CORONAVIRUS WHILST VISITING THE SURGERY
We are trying to keep the flow of patients through the surgery as safe as we can, so could you please:
• Arrive literally at your appointment time, i.e. if you are early please stay in your car or outside until your appointment time and not in the surgery.
• Please wear a face covering when in surgery.
• Do not wear multiple layers of clothing that will need to be removed for the procedure/examination to be performed as this will also help to minimise any risk.
Thank you for your co-operation
The practice is working in partnership with Public Health England and the University of Oxford to deliver a new research study to patients with symptoms of COVID-19. ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE TESTED FOR COVID-19 AS PART OF THE STUDY PROTOCOL.
If you have developed a temperature (hot to touch) or a new cough in the last 14 days, the Research Team at Oxford University would like you to consider taking part in their research trial which is investigating potential treatments for coronavirus. Please note that the time frame has been extended to 14 days.
More information about the study can be found in the PRINCIPLE Participation Information Leaflet.
Alternatively, if you have developed EITHER of the above symptoms in the LAST 14 DAYS, and would like to take part, you can ENROLL YOURSELF INTO THE STUDY HERE.
Eligible patients will be randomised to usual care or to start a drug called Hydroxychloroquine.
If you have any questions relating to the study, please visit the study website here, or alternatively email the Principle Study Team on email@example.com
The main symptoms of coronavirus are either:
•a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
•a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
•loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Use the 111 online coronavirus service. It will ask about your symptoms and tell you what to do. The website address is www.111.nhs.uk
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. The telephone number is 111
If your symptoms are mild, you’ll usually be advised to not leave your home for at least 10 days.
Anyone you live with should not leave your home for 14 days.
For further information go to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
From Friday 20 March onwards, those who have COVID-19 or are advised to self-isolate will be able to obtain an “isolation note” by visiting NHS 111 online and completing an online form, rather than visiting a doctor. For COVID-19 cases this replaces the usual need see a GP to provide a “fit note” after seven days of sickness absence. Isolation notes will also be accepted by Jobcentre Plus as evidence of a patients inability to attend.
The Barton Surgery is the only GP practice in Dawlish and is situated in the upper part of the main car park in the town, adjacent to Dawlish Community Hospital.
The Warren Surgery is a small branch surgery situated in the centre of Dawlish Warren and is open for part of every day, Monday to Friday.