MEDWAY SOUTH PRIMARY CARE NETWORK (PCN)
Here at Medway South PCN, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in providing better care for everyone within our network. Our decision making process is informed by evidence based research and high quality data evaluation. We strive to build productive relationships with our patients and the systems that support them. In doing so we hope to make a positive impact in everything we do.
COVID-19 BOOSTER VACCINATIONS
Dear Patients of Medway South PCN (Reach Healthcare, King George Road, Churchill Medical Group, Maidstone Road, Stone Cross & West Drive, Matrix Medical Practice and Princes Park Medical Centre).
We are offering Covid booster vaccinations from some of the practices over the next few weeks in addition to the clinics at the Healthy Living Centres; to enable our patient so access clinics more readily.
We will be inviting you to these clinics which start on Sunday, please book your appointments. The invite will be either via text message or a phone call from your practice.
Please note that during this time your practice may be offering a limited service in keeping with NHS England. However urgent conditions, baby checks, immunisation and cervical smears will be prioritised. Your request may be triaged (reviewed by a clinician before an appointment is offered) to ensure that patients with concerning symptoms are reviewed.
We do not expect this to last for a long period of time.
Thank you all for your continued patience with all of our staff during this challenging time.
If you are unsure about having the vaccine please make your appointment anyway, you can discuss your concerns with a clinician and there will be no obligation to have this after your conversation.
Let's get vaccinated, let's keep our vulnerable safe, let's keep our NHS safe and let's get back to 'normal'.
Dr S K Lall
Clinical Director Medway South PCN
The booster vaccination programme is opening up to all adults aged 18 and over. Eligibility will be opened up based on age. For the latest detail on who is eligible, please check https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
Please wait until you are contacted by the NHS or you see national publicity that your age range is now eligible. The time between your second dose and a booster must be at least three months.
Please do not call the practice with general queries about Covid-19 vaccination.
Local teams are vaccinating as many people as quickly as possible, working through general practice, community pharmacies and other NHS teams.
You can book using the national booking service by calling 119 or at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
The national booking service will only show clinics that have appointments available when you visit the site/call 119; but clinics regularly add more dates. For a full list of all vaccination sites in Kent and Medway, visit https://www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/your-health/coronavirus/covid19vaccine
While the Government is lifting restrictions on Monday (19 July), it has asked that everyone continues to act carefully and remain cautious in their approach to everyday life.
That is especially true for healthcare services; where some patients don’t have as much immunity to the virus as others.
NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group’s Chief Nurse Paula Wilkins said: “The virus has not gone away and we must do all we can to protect patients and staff from it and keep it under control.’’
All healthcare settings in Kent and Medway will keep the current infection prevention and control (IP&C) measures that are already in place.
masks will still need to be worn by patients, visitors, staff and anyone else entering a healthcare setting (unless you are medically exempt) – this includes hospitals, clinics and GP practices
masks will also continue to be worn by healthcare staff entering a patient’s home
social distancing will remain – both in waiting rooms and in wards beyond 19 July
a flow of fresh air will be encouraged in all healthcare buildings
some restrictions managing visitor numbers may still apply – this may vary depending on space available and other service specific issues, hospitals will provide clear information on any visiting restrictions
you may need to have your temperature taken when you go into a healthcare setting.
Each healthcare provider may have further local approaches to keep people safe, so please check on site for these.
We understand this may be frustrating for some people who do not wish to wear a mask or socially distance, but this is for the benefit of everyone; please don’t abuse NHS staff who are here to protect and care for patients and their loved ones.
Paula said: “Please remember that having both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine offers the best protection against the virus; it is, however, still possible to contract Coronavirus, so anything we can do to protect each other and ourselves remains vitally important. We know that having two doses also decreases household transmission by up to half.’’
Please continue to regularly wash your hands or use hand sanitiser, avoid touching your face if you can and remember not to get too close to people – hands, face, space.
Continue to regularly self-test; free kits are available from www.nhs.uk.
Make sure you self-isolate if you show symptoms, test positive or are contacted by Test and Trace. From 16 August, this changes for people who are fully vaccinated – visit Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
If anyone hasn’t yet been vaccinated, it is really quick and easy to grab a jab.
Use the national booking service at Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk) or phone 119.
If you don’t want to book, there are dozens of walk-in centres across Kent and Medway offering vaccinations at a time and place to suit you. Find out more here: Vaccination walk-in clinics :: Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk)
Find out more about the NHS position on face coverings here.
“One is not always happy when one is good; but one is always good when one is happy”
CONTACT MEDWAY SOUTH PCN
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For any clinical enquiries or problems relating to your care, please continue to contact your GP surgery directly.