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***COVID-19 VISITNG YOUR GP SURGERY*** FROM 19TH JULY 2021

PLEASE WEAR FACE COVERINGS

COVID-19 PROTECTIONS ARE STILL IN PLACE AT STOCK HILL MEDICAL CENTRE

IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE PATIENTS ARE REQUIRED TO CONTINUE TO WEAR FACE COVERING IN ALL HEALTHCARE SETTINGS.

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https://www.england.nhs.uk/2021/07/nhs-patients-staff-and-visitors-must-continue-to-wear-face-coverings-in-healthcare-settings/

 

***Covid Restriction Update*** 19th July 2021

Throughout the Pandemic we have strived to make sure the Surgery is as safe as possible for all our patients and staff. We will continue to do so going forward after July 19th. The number of positive cases is still increasing and is likely to rise further as restrictions ease.

We will, therefore, continue to ask patients to wear a face mask, socially distance and use hand sanitiser in the surgery and staff will continue to wear PPE. We do understand that some may find this frustrating but please remember that patients attending the surgery may be unwell and/or vulnerable (and some cannot receive the covid vaccinations due to medical reasons) so we feel it is important to protect ALL our patients as much as possible.

In terms of “opening up”, contrary to some press and internet stories, Stock Hill Medical Centre has never stopped seeing patients. From Day 1 of the pandemic we continued to see patients in the surgery or in their home for assessment, review or treatment where a face-to-face appointment was needed. In fact, we consulted with much higher numbers of patients that we did pre-covid (face to face, by phone, eConsults and by video), as well as being actively involved in the Covid vaccination programme.

Stock Hill Medical Centre has come so far in taking every precaution to ensure risks are minimal and we hope you understand our need and wish to keep the surgery as safe for ALL patients and staff members as we possibly can.

For further guidance or support please contact 119 or visit

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Stock Hill Medical Centre

Access to eConsults

Please note as from Friday 9th July 2021, weekend access to eConsults will no longer be able at Stock Hill Medical Centre.

eConsults will continue to be available during the week from Mondays – 8.00am till Fridays – 6.30pm

If you have a urgent medical problem then please call NHS 111

Biggin Hill residents – eligible but not fully vaccinated – offered extra chances to get a first or second Covid-19 jab

A small, but potentially concerning, uptick in Covid-19 cases has been observed in the Biggin Hill area. Additional facilities have been made available and residents in the area are strongly recommended to get vaccinated. The vaccine offers protection against Covid-19 to those who are eligible, their families and the wider community. Vaccination will help to prevent the spread of the virus. Second doses are particularly important as a defence against serious illness from Covid-19.

Vaccination clinics have been arranged for residents in the Biggin Hill area from 1.30pm to 8pm at the Biggin Hill Children & Family Centre, Sunningvale Avenue, Biggin Hill, TN16 3TN as follows:

• Pfizer vaccination clinics on Thursday 10 June and Saturday 12 June – for 39 to 25 year olds only. Please call 0208 175 8582 to book your appointment.

You can get your first dose or your second dose at these clinics. We would encourage anyone who had their first dose 28 days ago or longer, to come forward now for their second dose.
Please bring proof of age and address.

If these dates are not suitable and you are due a vaccination, please book one as soon as possible through the national booking system at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination or by calling 119 free of charge.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SURGERY.

Opting out of NHS Digital collecting your data (Type 1 Opt-out) IMPORTANT PATIENT INFORMATION – action required before 1st July 2021

Your health records contain a type of data called confidential patient information. This data can be used to help with research and planning. You can choose to stop your confidential patient information being used for research and planning. You can also make a choice for someone else like your children under the age of 13. NHS Digital will never sell your data. There are strict rules about how NHS can use your data. It’s only shared securely and safety. Shared data helps the NHS.

If you’re happy with your confidential patient information being used for research and planning you do not need to do anything.

Any choice you make will not impact on your individual care. Please click on the link below to find out more and opt out if you wish to do so.

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research/transparency-notice?fbclid=IwAR2h07o26rVYlJLrCCuoA65NSwYJhDVMzWyyLSa_nevV2VTdtzpSvCL6DmE#top

Data sharing with NHS Digital will start on 1st July 2021

PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE PRACTICE FOR A FORM.

COVID-19 VACCINE STATUS

COVID-19 VACCINE STATUS

You can access your Covid-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from May 17th 2021.

The app can be downloaded now from the Apple and Google app stores and it can then be accessed through mobile devices such as smartphone or tablet.

Your Covid vaccine status will be viewable automatically after two doses.

We recommend you register with the app before booking international travel.

If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires Covid-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119, from May 17th 2021, and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after completing your course of the vaccine. The letter may take 5 days to reach you.

THERE IS NO NEED TO REQUEST YOUR FULL HEALTH RECORD OR CONTACT THE SURGERY ABOUT YOUR VACCINATION STATUS.

The GP will not provide a letter showing your Covid-19 vaccine status.

Quick Guide to register on the NHS app:

Changes to the local Covid vaccination provision for Bromley

As part of the ongoing development of the local vaccination provision for Bromley, there have been changes to the configuration of sites covering the borough.

The Community House site has been succeeded by alternative provision for several reasons:

  1. In March, the Mass Vaccination Centre opened in central Bromley, just a few minutes’ walk away from Community House. Geographical access was duplicated because of this and the site therefore was not attracting as many patients as it needed to remain as a large vaccination site.
  2. The licence for Community House was due to conclude at the end of March and the anticipated relaxation in restrictions were expected to affect renewal of use of all the requisite space in the venue.
  3. Whilst the site has been a valuable central location, there have been concerns about congestion in the immediate vicinity, which was expected to worsen when retail reopens, and about sufficient nearby parking, again expected to be affected by the return of retail.
  4. Some patients have found it difficult to access the site due to distance or lack of access to transport.

These various factors were considered extensively and a submission made to the national programme to consider a request to replace the site with two new sites at London Lane Clinic in central Bromley and St Edward’s Church Hall in Mottingham. The decision to proceed was confirmed to the Clinical Commissioning Group on 25th February with an expectation that the new sites would commence clinics two weeks later. The rapid turnaround time required to mobilise the new sites required considerable efforts from the teams involved. Prior to the decision the local NHS teams were not permitted to share this information publicly. NHS South East London CCG provided an update about these changes at the virtual public meeting on the vaccination programme on 10th March, and practices have texted patients expecting their second doses at Community House.

The local provision now available in Bromley is as follows:

  • Six local vaccination sites in Penge, Beckenham, central Bromley, Mottingham, West Wickham and Orpington
  • One mass vaccination site in central Bromley, and access to other sites in neighbouring areas via the National Booking System
  • Satellite clinics across the borough, including at Stock Hill Medical Centre and Keston Mosque
  • We also have pharmacies in the borough which have expressed interest in offering vaccination services and we are expecting approval from the national programme for several of these to commence services shortly

Local practices monitor feedback and uptake figures to ensure that where patients are less able to travel, that clinical satellite clinics can be set up in a timely manner to provide more local access.

We are delighted to report that there is excellent take-up of the vaccine in the Biggin Hill area, averaging over 75% across all currently eligible cohorts (over 50s, shielding, clinically vulnerable, care home residents, carers, and health and care workers).

Thank you to everyone for attending their appointments when invited and supporting the Covid vaccination programme in Bromley.

Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group

Community House Vaccination Site in now closed

The GP- led COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Community House has now closed.   It has been replaced by two new vaccination sites at The London Lane Clinic and St Edwards Church (Mottingham). We would like to thank Community House for hosting a vaccination site for 12 weeks during the first phase of the vaccination programme.

If you received your first vaccination at Community House, you will be contacted when you are due for your second dose.  An appointment will be offered at one of the new sites or at another GP led site if it is nearer to your GP practice. For more information check our patient leaflet