We have added a new section to our website to act as a reference for COVID 19 vaccination programme.
Please see the area through the Self Help area on our website.
10.1.21 MESSAGE REGARDING LETTERS TO PATIENTS REGARDING COVID VACCINE
We understand that some people (over 80) may have received an invitation for a COVID vaccine by post telling them to book online or via the 119 telephone number. This is for vaccinating at Stevenage, the mass vaccination hub. We did not know that these letters were being sent out and although they say they come from us, they have been sent centrally by the NHS. If you receive a letter then it is your choice whether you book in to Stevenage, or wait until you are called for a local vaccine at Batchwood. We just want people to be vaccinated as soon as possible. Please do not book online unless you have received a letter and remember that wherever you choose, you will, in time, need to return to that site for your second dose of the vaccine.
Due to new advice from the UK Chief Medical Officers, your second coronavirus vaccination appointment will be rescheduled, if you received your first dose in St Albans, before 31st December 2020. The new medical advice is that the second dose of the vaccine remains effective when given up to 12 weeks after the first dose, and should be given towards the end of this 12 week period.
Carers bulletin and coffee catch ups - see self help area
Flu vaccinations for 50-64 year olds
We have received our delivery of the flu vaccine for the 50 to 64 year olds registered with us. We have a Saturday flu session identified at our Jersey Farm site which is bookable online. Please use this facility if possible to save calls to our reception team. However, if you are unable to make a Saturday, please call our reception for other opportunities during the week. PLEASE READ THE PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET for this vaccine BEFORE BOOKING/ATTENDING your appointment. FluBlock PiL Dec 2020
Launch of Mother and Baby App
Hertfordshire and West Essex Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS) are launching a new ‘Mum and Baby’ App on Monday 2 November 2020; this is free for mums-to-be in Hertfordshire and West Essex. The App provides all the information women need for their pregnancy, birth and beyond in a single source. The aim of the App is to improve women’s experiences of maternity care and ensure this is consistent no matter where they choose to give birth in the local area. Just search ‘mum and baby’ in your App store and download for free.
Need a flu vaccination?
This year because of the COVID-19 pandemic we will be running the clinics slightly differently to ensure that patient and staff safety is our priority and that social distancing guidelines can be adhered to.
We are inviting our eligible flu vaccine groups by text campaigns and letters. If you fit into the categories below and have not heard from us already, please do contact us to book in for your vaccination before our stocks are low.
Please note the following when you attend your appointment:
- All flu clinics are by appointment only
- You must wear a face mask.
- Please come on time not early or late (there will be strict adherence to timings this year because of social distancing).
- Please come prepared to wait outside, rain or shine.
- This is a public flu clinic.
- Please wear a short sleeved t-shirt or blouse revealing your arms.
- If it is possible please walk to the flu clinic.
- You will be directed by signs where to go on arrival.
- If you are unwell (or COVID-19 symptoms) do not attend your appointment, contact the surgery to reschedule. If you are unwell on the day of your appointment please do not attend.
Patient eligible for the flu vaccine are those:
- Over 65 years of age
- Aged 18 to 64 years in clinical at risk groups (chronic disease)
- Pregnant women
- Who have close contact with immunocompromised individuals
- Health & social care staff
Children/young adults (under 18 years) eligible for the flu vaccine
- 6-23 months in clinical at risk groups will be vaccinated in the GP Practice. We will contact patients when vaccines delivery dates are confirmed.
- 2-3 years of age will be vaccinated in the GP practice. We will contact patients when vaccines delivery dates are confirmed.
- Primary aged children 4 to 10 years will be vaccinated at school
- Children in year 7 (secondary school) will be vaccinated at school
- 2-17 years in at risk group will be vaccinated in the GP Practice.
We are aware of patients who have prolonged symptoms post suffering from COVID-19. We have been recommended to advise these patients to consider using this link for support and guidance. https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk please let us know if you find this useful so that we can support others in this area.
We understand our patients might be confused about the track and trace system.
one of our GP colleagues has written a very useful guide which we hope might help. NHS Track/trace info
As a Purple Star Strategy Practice we use a number of easy read leaflets - this is our latest one Purple Star Easy Read COVID-19
Want to help? Consider supporting https://www.goodsamapp.org/
In light of COVID-19, we have updated our privacy notice - see here for this in full Supplementary Privacy Notice April 20
No Deal Brexit – Updated patient information
The information for patients on nhs.uk around continuity of medicines supply if there is a no-deal EU exit has been updated.
Primary Care Networks
We are delighted to advise that we are now working collaboratively with two other local GP Practices. The NHS never stands still – and this year has heralded a new idea in General Practice across England – something called Primary Care Networks (PCNs). Practices are required to collaborate in PCNs which cover between 30,000 and 50,000 patients. This is to allow sharing of ideas and resources.
St Albans Patient Group
their latest newsletter has now been uploaded to our website. Please see their subsection of New Patients tab.
As part of the Herts Valley's CCG we are raising awareness of the MY CARE RECORD programme with our patients see http://www.mycarerecord.org.uk/ for full information
What is My Care Record?
The people caring for you need access to your health and care record in order to make the best decisions about your diagnosis and treatment. This could include GPs, hospital-based clinicians, nurses, health visitors and social workers.
For this to happen more quickly and to improve the care you receive, a process has been put in place using existing computer systems.
This allows your information to be accessed by health and care clinicians and professionals within local health and care organisations that are providing you with care.
This does not share your record, but provides health and care clinicians and professionals access to view information relevant to your care and treatment.
MCR fair data processing agreement