Latest Update on Astra Zeneca Vaccine for Under 30's

Astra Zeneca Covid Vaccine – Rare Side Effects - Summary
• The risk of a blood clot after Covid vaccination is about the same as on a long-haul flight, Matt Hancock, Health Secretary says
• Under-30s in the UK are to be offered an alternative Covid jab to the AstraZeneca vaccine
• There are more than enough Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for under-30s, the health secretary says
• The European regulator says unusual blood clots should be listed as very rare side effects of the AZ vaccine

Please be advised that we will be contacting any of our patients under 30 who are currently booked in to have the Astra Zeneca vaccine so that they can have an informed conversation with a GP to decide whether to have this vaccine or not. If not an alternative will be offered (Pfizer or Moderna) although we may not be able to offer an appointment date straight away due to supply levels.

If I’ve had a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, what should I do?
If you have already had your first Astra Zeneca vaccine you should continue with your second dose appointment. You will not be able to switch vaccines at this stage. If you are under 30 and have had a jab, it means you’re at higher risk because of a health condition, or perhaps because you work in health or social care. That means the risk/benefit balance for you is probably still in favour of taking the vaccine.

Am I at risk from a clot after the second shot?
There have been no reports of the type of blood clots in question after a second dose. All 79 of the thrombocytopenia cases have been after first doses, and the JCVI advice is to ensure you continue have your second dose to ensure maximum protection.

If you are over 30 and have a vaccine appointment for your first or second dose please do not cancel your appointment. You will not get a choice of which vaccine to have unless there is a medical reason for you to have an alternative. If you have had your first dose already you will not be able to switch vaccines. It is your choice if you want to decline a first or second vaccine however you should balance and weigh the risks for you as a an individual and please be advised you may not be offered an alternative appointment.

Public Health England Astra Zeneca Information Guide


Easter and May Bank holidays

Friday 2nd April – CLOSED

Monday 5th April – CLOSED

Monday 3rd May – CLOSED

Monday 31st May – CLOSED

 

Please be advised that the surgery is closed on bank holidays. If you need medical attention please dial 999 in an emergency, or 111 for medical treatment that cannot wait until the surgery is open again.

 

We do have Darwin Health Ltd Extended Access appointments running every weekend, Saturday and Sunday 8:30AM to 12:30PM, at Marden Medical Practice, with the exception of Sunday 4th April when all surgeries are closed. You can book into these appointments by ringing us here at the surgery.

 

Whilst we have the eConsult facility on our website please be advised that the response time is 48 working hours , so for example if you submit an eConsult on Friday 2nd April (bank holiday) the practice will likely not be able to respond until Wednesday 7th April. We would encourage you to only use eConsult during working practice hours e.g. not evenings or weekends. If you need medical attention “out of hours” then please call 111. Thank you.


 

Dr Ziko

We are sad to announce that Dr Ziko will be leaving us at the end of the month for pastures new. He has been with the surgery for the past 5 years and has contributed to ensuring we deliver the best possible care for our patients. He will be greatly missed by the Team here at Claremont Bank Surgery but we wish him and his family well in their new venture.

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Share your Experiences of Using NHS Blood Taking Services in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

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NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) want to improve blood taking (phlebotomy) services for all patients and would like to gather the views of local people in the area.

A new patient experience survey has been launched to gather patients’ views on the current blood taking service in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, to find out what is working well and how the service may be improved.

If you have either used the service during the COVID-19 pandemic or before then please take the time to fill in the survey. By taking part, you will be contributing towards making the service work the way it should for people that are using it. All information shared will be confidential.

Feedback will be welcome from adults, carers and the parents of children that have accessed any blood taking services or would simply like to express their views.

Please click on the following link to access the blood patient survey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8JPTBNQ. You can also call 07870 973241 for assistance in completing the survey or request a paper copy and freepost return envelope from the CCGs.

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Important message sent on behalf of the local health and care system.

The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford are both dealing with high numbers of patients right now - anyone in need of urgent medical care in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin should contact NHS 111 first online or by phone.

Health advisors can help find the best place for treatment and give a time to come in if a face-to-face assessment is needed.

The service, staffed by trained health advisers, will book the caller a time slot for the most appropriate service, such as our urgent treatment centres or minor injuries units, or, if needed, A&E (Emergency Department) at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) or the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford.

By calling NHS 111 first, it will help the NHS manage the flow of patients when capacity in waiting rooms is much smaller than before, to maintain safe distancing and reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection.

If the situation is serious or life-threatening please call 999 immediately. Likewise, if the condition is not serious, seek advice from a pharmacy or make an appointment with a GP.

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