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Covid vaccine delivery programme

Click here for information about who is eligible for a covid vaccine now, and how to book

Page updated: 2nd March , 7.30am

We are now booking for clinics in March 2021. We are now booking three groups for their Covid vaccine

1. Everyone age 60 or over  

2. People whose condition makes them Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (formerly known as shielding), according to our records  

3. People age 18*-64 with certain underlying health conditions which make them Clinically Vulnerable –  this is the cohort which the Joint Committee on Vaccinations & Immunisations have called cohort 6 see further information below. 

This applies only to patients registered at practices within Chapeltown Primary care Network (Allerton and Westfield Medical Centres, Chapeltown Family Surgery, St Martins Practice and Westfield Medical Practice). If you are registered elsewhere then please look at the website of your own GP practice for information about who they are boking.

If you have a mobile number on our record, then we have sent you a texted with a link to book. If you have received this message, then please to use it to book: it is straightforward, and no login is required. If you received your text a few weeks ago then the link will still work to book into the future dates.

If you are in the groups mentioned above, and do not have a mobile number on your record or the link does not work then please contact us to book on 0113 22 11 888.

If you do NOT fall into the  groups mentioned, then we will contact you when we are able to book your and please check our website for more information about when you will be called. And we would ask for your support to pass this message to any friends or family who fall into the groups mentioned. A higher vaccine uptake keeps our community safer for everyone.

What is Cohort 6 (Clinically Vulnerable)? 

If you fall into this group, then we have contacted you.  The criteria are varied and open to some interpretation and we apologise if you have not received the invitation you expect or if you have been called and you are unsure why. Please see the further information below. 

 

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) states that the Clinically Vulnerable (Cohort 6) includes ‘all individuals aged 16 years to 65 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality’. 
This includes: 

  • Chronic respiratory disease. In the case of asthma this means you need to be taking regular oral steroids (Prednisolone) 
  • Chronic heart disease and vascular disease 
  • Chronic kidney disease 
  • Chronic liver disease 
  • Chronic neurological disease, including severe or profound learning disability 
  • Diabetes mellitus 
  • Immunosuppression 
  • Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen 
  • Morbid obesity (a BMI of over 40) 
  • Severe mental illness. 

Cohort 6 also includes: 

  • Those who are eligible for a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. If this applies to you we will aim to invite you too, but only if we know about your carer status already. The local authority will also invite you, if they know you to be a carer, to attend a Mass Vaccination Centre such as Sheffield Arena, Don Valley. 

Cohort 6, people age 16 and 17 

Currently we have only been sent Astro-Zeneca vaccine. If you are age under 18 then you must have the Pfizer vaccine. We will contact yuo as soon as we have news of when the Pfizer vaccine is available. 

Thank you for your support

Our staff have been redeployed to support the vaccine effort from the clinical, support and management teams. This is leaving us shorter staffed than usual on the front line and so some things may take longer than usual, and longer than we would like. Thank you for your understanding.

We have received so much positive and grateful feedback from patients and the community about what we are doing. Thank-you, it is very heartening for our staff.

  

Second doses including for health & care staff

The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses. You will be contacted with more information when your second dose is due and we are able to book an appointment for you.

People who attended at Woodhouse for their first dose between 4th and 7th January 2021, were given a second dose date in late January. These dates were subsequently changed to late March (see table below). We will be in touch to confirm this once we have been told the delivery dates.

People who attended for their 1st dose on later dates than the 4th and 7th January, have not been given a 2nd dose date yet.

This has been a national policy change so that more people receive their 1st dose, and immunity, more quickly. The 1st dose of vaccine gives 12 weeks immunity. There is more information on the nhs.uk website here. 

Health & care staff who attended Woodhouse for their 1st dose vaccine in January 2021: information re 2nd dose dates will be cascaded out via your managers as soon as we receive it. We have no control over the delivery dates, and only get short notice. We would be grateful if you could avoid calling the practice. Thank you.

 

Old date – 2nd dose appointment 

New date – 2nd dose appointment 

Tue 26th Jan 2021 

Sat 27th Mar 2021 

Wed 27th Jan 2021 

Sun 28th Mar 2021 

Thur 28th Jan 2021 

Mon 29th Mar 2021 

All appointment times stay the same, unless you are contacted directly by phone. It is only

 

Covid vaccine national booking system letters

Some people are now receiving letters from the NHS National Booking System to make an appointment at a large-scale vaccine centre or community pharmacy. These are being sent to people who live within 45 minutes of one of the centres, which might be in a different area to where you would normally receive your healthcare.

You do not have to book an appointment at one of these centres if it is not convenient for you to get there. You can choose to wait for an invitation from us or choose to wait until a closer centre in West Yorkshire open over the next few weeks.

Please do not contact us about appointments or arrangements at the large-scale centres or community pharmacies as we do not have any information. Please call the number on the letter or see the national booking system website.

Four large scale vaccination centres will be opening in West Yorkshire between now and mid- February: at Leeds Elland Road, plus ones Wakefield, Huddersfield and Bradford

Covid19

We are open

In view of coronavirus, we have changed our appointment system significantly and are working mostly on the phone / by video. We remain open and would ask you please contact us by phone. Prescriptions should be ordered online. Do not visit the practice unless you have been asked to do so by one of our team.

 

We are maintaining strict social distancing to keep everyone safer, so please so contact us by phone. If you are unable to use the phone for any reason then please contact to us to make other arrangements, using the Contact Us form on this website.

 

  • If you have symptoms of Covid19 then you must stay at home and also get tested straight away. Read more here.
  • If you have recently travelled here from certain countries abroad then you must quarantine which means you cannot leave your home: more information here.
  • If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace then you must stay at home. Read more here.

 

Our appointment system now

In these challenging times we need your help.

At St Martins we offer a variety of appts with a variety of health professionals.

At present there is high demand for GP appointments. Please consider booking with another health professional if appropriate for example our physiotherapist, pharmacist or Healthy Minds team. All the services are listed on the “Services” tab.

If you feel you need to see a GP/ACP we offer:

  • Same day service if you are acutely unwell (this means that the issue has come on in the last few days – or got much worse - in the last few days or may quickly get more serious). Please only ask for same day service if you are acutely unwell. The same day service is not a shortcut to a quicker routine appointment because at present we are having up to 60 “same day service” calls per day which means the doctor will only have time to deal with the most pressing aspects of your care on that same day.

OR

  • Routine prebookable appointments for issues which do not meet the above criteria. In routine appointments there is more time to go into your issue in depth

If you ask for a same day appt our PST will be asking if you are acutely unwell / if your issue has come on or got much worse in the past few days. If the doctor feels you do not meet these criteria for the same day service then they will ask you to book a routine appt.

We are aware the wait for a routine appointment is longer then we or you would like. We are sorry that this is the case. The whole team is working hard and under sustained pressure. Incoming demand is higher than average even for the autumn (which is a busy time in any year) plus there is a backlog of demand from the summer. So, in the context of the pandemic we feel we have to work differently: we feel we need to accept that there is a longer wait for routine appointments at the moment.

Speaking to a GP today

Some patients with routine issues are now asking to be seen in our same day service instead. However, our same day service is for unwell patients with acute matters only.

Please call before 11am for our same day service, which is for unwell patients with acute matters only. “Acute” means that you are unwell and that your issue has got significantly worse in the last few days, or may get significantly worse in the next few days. Our same day service is not a quicker alternative to a routine appointment. The GP doing the same day service routinely now has over 50 patients to speak to each morning so is only able to deal with their acute issue.

After 11am our same day service is for people who are so unwell that the GP may need to admit them for hospital treatement.

Routine appointments – on the phone

If the reason for your appointment is a routine one, please book a routine appointment and in this way you will get the necessary time to deal with it fully.

NEW! We have introduced eConsult – see above– please complete the online form then it will be seen by a GP and we will respond by the end of the following working day. We may respond by phone call or text or by booking you an appropriate appointment.

We have routine appointments available to book, they are all telephone appointments. We may ask you to send in photos, or to take part in a video consultation. The other services we can signpost you to, such as physiotherapy, Linking Leeds, Healthy Minds – are all open and are operating by phone (see Services tab). 

 

Face to face appointments

We are booking a few face to face appointments – see below. Please be assured that the practice is a low-risk environment. We maintain stringent cleanliness and 2 metre social distancing. With only a few people coming in to the building, there is plenty of space to spread out. PPE is worn for all face to face appointments. All pre-bookable face to face appointments are being seen on the 2nd floor.

We encourage you to support the Government advice to wear a face covering in public places. There is more information, including how to make your own cheaply, here.

 

We are booking face to face appointments only for childhood immunisations, smear tests, blood tests (as requested by a GP or for medication monitoring), certain injections such as B12 when authorised by the GP, ear syringing, annual review of long-term conditions (Birthday Month reviews), and others who have already spoken to a GP by phone.

 

If you have symptoms of Covid19 then you must stay at home and not attend your appointment. Read more here.

 

Do I need to wear a face covering at the practice?

The public is advised to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as shops and doctor surgeries. Read about it here. We encourage people to wear a face covering. 

 

Click here for Government guidance about how to make & wear a face covering

 

Testing for Covid

If you have covid symptoms then you must get tested. Covid symptoms are a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. There is no need to get a test if you have other symptoms. You can also get a free test if you have been asked to do so by local councils or by a healthcare provider.

Click here to go through to gov.uk website to arrange a test. If you do not have internet access then call 119. If there are no tests currently available then try again a few hours later. The same tests are available online as by phone: if no tests are available online then none will be available via 119 either.

If you want a test in order to travel to another country, then you should pay for one privately.

Sorry, but we cannot advise on any aspect of testing, we cannot help you get a test more quickly or more locally. The system works completely separately from general practice. The results are sent to you directly.

You Tube video on how to do home test.

Looking after yourself

Covid19 - your mental health & wellbeing

The coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak is having an impact on everyone’s daily lives.

During this time, you may be bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also feel low, worried, anxious, or be concerned about your health or that of those close to you. Everyone reacts differently to events and changes in the way that we think, feel and behave vary between different people and over time. It’s important that you take care of your mind as well as your body and to get further support if you need it.

The Government has published advice for us all about how to look after ourselves at this very difficult time. Read it here.

We find Mindwell useful: it is an information hub with the latest information and resources to help people in Leeds take care of their mental health at this time.

MindMate is a trusted Leeds-based website specifically for to support children and young people with their mental health, their families and the professionals who support them.

ActiveLeeds - To help support everyone at home, Leeds Council has online resources for all ages, including home workout tutorials, guidance and information, and fun challenges to try at home.

 Carers

If you care for someone, then this time can be particularly difficult. The Government has made some guidance for carers which is here.

Carers UK has also got lots of useful help and resources here.

In Leeds, if you need practical help such as shopping or medicines, then please call Doing Good Leeds on 0113  378 1877.

Page last updated: 2.3.20

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