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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine - Update 12th January 2021

Following extensive trials, 2 safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 have been approved by regulators and are now being made available to us and are being supplied to us in small batches and the amounts of each vaccine being delivered varies.  The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has said that both the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine ‘give very high protection against severe disease’ and both have good safety records. Both vaccines are being used across the country and the county.

The vaccines currently must be delivered to a central designated site for all Stennack Surgery, Bodriggy Surgery and Marazion Surgery patients and currently patients must be vaccinated from this designated site or a care home. The vaccines cannot be moved from the designated site and this will mean patients will need to travel if possible to the designated site (unless they are in a care home) to receive this vaccine. This is a government instruction and beyond the control of the surgeries. We are awaiting further information from NHS England for our housebound patients.

The NHS continues to prioritise those that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and the government has decided who will benefit the most and they are specifically the over-80s, care home residents and all frontline health and care staff.

We are inviting people for vaccination in order of the priorities set out by the JCVI, starting with over 80s and inviting our very oldest patients first in age order, alongside our care home residents.

Please do not contact us about the COVID-19 vaccination unless we have already contacted you. When we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments with us.

Everyone at the practice is working extremely hard to make sure people receive their COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible. Please be patient with us during this time - we are working hard to vaccinate as quickly as possible using the supplies that we receive.

On days where GPs, nurses and other staff are supporting the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, some routine appointments may have to be rescheduled to an alternative day.

Urgent GP appointments will still be available, and patients will be seen if it is deemed clinically appropriate.

Mental health support can also be provided by Outlook SW and CPFT - please click here for more information

More COVID-19 vaccination clinics are being made available all the time – everyone who is eligible according to national guidance will receive the vaccine in due course.

Hands, Face, Space remains key – even once people have been vaccinated.

You can get more information about the COVID-19 Vaccination online via the NHS website by clicking this link: NHS COVID-19 Vaccine


Stennack Pharmacists 

We are pleased to let all our patients know that we have two experienced Pharmacists joining the team here at the Stennack Surgery. If you contact the Surgery with queries in relation to medication and prescription queries we will initially ask one of the Pharmacists to contact you and assist with your query.

Are you waiting for an Outpatient Appointment or Procedure at Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske? 

If you are waiting for an outpatient appointment or procedure at Royal Cornwall Hospital you can now use the link below to check the current waiting time-

I’m waiting for an outpatient appointment or procedure | - Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust


Covid-19 Germ Defence 

We are letting you know about a very useful website called Germ Defence which was created by a team of doctors and scientists to give you advice that has been proven to reduce the spread of viruses in the home. It can help you plan how to protect yourself and members of your family from infection by COVID-19 and ‘flu.  

It’s easy to use and only takes 10 minutes - just click on this link: 

www.germdefence.org/index.html?src=Y01922

(If this link does not open when you click on it, please copy and paste it into your web browser.)

Please pass details of the Germ Defence website to your friends and family.


Flu 2021

Please see the link to check if you are eligible for a FREE NHS vaccine, if you are please contact the surgery to book your appointment

www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/  

Follow the link below for the leaflet and flyer for patients with learning disabilities-

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flu-leaflet-for-people-with-learning-disability

Follow the link below for further information leaflets for adults and children

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/easy-read-childhood-nasal-flu-leaflet  


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Coronoavirus

If you have a new continuous cough, high temperature or experincing loss of taste or smell please follow instructions at  www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19 to self isolate. We need to help prevent Coronavirus. If you need to consult with us urgently you will be offered a telephone call with a Stennack Clinician first. Please avoid coming into the practice where possible and call 01736 793333 instead. Thank-you for your help - Stennack Team

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