Letter to patients regarding the General Practice Data for Planning and Research Direction

For more information please see our Data Choices page located below in 'Further Information'.


As a practice we are aware of the communication from NHSE and media this morning regarding the opening up of GP receptions and appointments as of Monday 17th May. As a practice we are reviewing how we can maximise patient access, whilst maintaining safety for patients and staff safely as guidance changes.

 

At Claremont Bank Surgery we have continued to work and support patients throughout the whole of the pandemic and continue to respond to unprecedented levels of demand. In the months of March and April 2021 alone we have dealt with more calls than in any other period on record, and as a practice will continue to meet the needs of our patients as best we can, whilst continuing to support the COVID Vaccination programme.

 

In the short term we will continue to monitor access to the premises, and offer a triage first service in order to ensure patients are treated in the most appropriate way and will continue to offer remote consultations and appropriate face to face appointments until a safety review is completed.

 

We can confirm that face to face appointments HAVE continued throughout the whole of the pandemic, however we reinforce that this is following a triage first service in order to maintain the best interests of both patients and staff.


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:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad


NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme update

Our GP-led local vaccination service is providing vaccinations to people in cohorts 1-9 and this will continue. We will not be providing a vaccination service for people aged 18 to 49 when they become eligible. If you are in this cohort, you will be able to get your vaccination at other local vaccination services including hospital hubs, community pharmacies and larger vaccination centres.

What this means for you?

Cohorts 1-9

Includes those aged 50 and over, health and care workers, unpaid carers and those with a health condition that puts them at greater risk.

We are continuing to book in people in cohorts 1-9 who have not yet been vaccinated for their first dose and we will carry on doing this to make sure that no-one is left behind.

If you are eligible and haven’t had your first dose yet, please contact the practice now to make your appointment. We will be able to give the second dose to everyone who has had their first dose of the vaccine with us. We will invite you for your second dose when this is due.

Cohorts 10-12

People aged 18 to 49

Vaccinations have been delivered according to priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

If you are aged 18 to 49, you will be contacted by the NHS when it is your turn and you will be able to choose from a range of local vaccination services. When your age group becomes eligible, you will be able to book your vaccine and choose a local service through the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.

Please do not contact us to get an appointment. Information on the vaccine is available on the NHS.UK website. 

 

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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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