We are just finding out information about the covid booster campaign at the same time as the public are, and do not yet have all the details. We are anticipating deliveries of covid booster vaccines to Shrewsbury in early October and will soon start inviting patients over 50 and in the at risk groups for a combined flu and covid booster appointment – this is in line with recommendations for patients to have the two vaccines together where possible. Appointments will be at the vaccination centre at Severnfields. Patients will be invited to these clinics in order of priority according to the JCVI cohorts as with the initial doses, and due to the volume of patients we are vaccinating the clinics will be running right through to December. In the meantime, please make sure we have your up to date mobile telephone number, as this is the easiest way for us to invite you.
FLU VACCINATION UPDATE
We have just received news that our Flu vaccination* delivery has been delayed by 1 - 2 weeks, we now expect a delivery date late September/early October. The practice will be in touch with all eligible patients in a staged way as soon as we can confirm dates for our Flu vaccination clinics. Thank you as always for your patience and understanding.
*This does not include Children's Nasal Flu which is due to be delivered next week. If your child is eligible please get in touch with the practice to book an appointment.
Urgent News about Blood Tests
A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.
Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems will still get one, but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.
Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.
Further information will be posted on Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) and Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) websites as it becomes available.
Results are in from the GP Patient Survey!
The GP Patient Survey is an independent survey run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England. The survey is sent out to over two million people across the UK. The results show how people feel about their GP practice.
For the full report please go to the GP Patient Experience website
Dr Mary Eardley will be leaving us on 13th August 2021, after 16 years at Claremont Bank Surgery. She is moving to work as a salaried GP in South Shropshire and will also help to deliver the Covid vaccination programme. Dr Eardley would like to thank you for all the support and good wishes that she has received, and will miss Claremont Bank patients very much. Any patients who were registered under Dr Eardley will now be registered under Dr Kallarackel. This does not stop you from requesting a particular GP and there is no need to contact the surgery.
For more information please see our Data Choices page located below in 'Further Information'.
For help on demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad and how to access your Covid-19 Passport please go to the following government web page: