The following post has been written by Dr Andy Marshall on behalf of all Swadlincote surgeries. Dr Marshall is the Primary Care Network Lead (PCN – comprising of all Swadlincote surgeries) and we thank him for supporting local practice teams:
Forgive the long post but I’d like to update everyone on the vaccination situation locally to help any confusion.
Your local surgeries are inviting Cohort 6 (patients aged 16-64 with underlying conditions, into Oakland’s. These patients are identified through reporting on certain criteria of health conditions, coded on their records. Unpaid Carer’s could also qualify if evidence is provided. There’s over 6000 local patients in this cohort and we are over half way through these. Typically, they are being prioritised by eldest age and health condition.
Patients in Cohort 5 (aged 65-69) will have received a letter from NHS England – this is completely unrelated to local practices. The Government guidelines is that this cohort ‘should attend a mass vaccination centre where possible’. Local ones are at Tamworth, Hatton, Alrewas or Derby. Patients unable to attend the mass centres will be reviewed and followed up by their GP Surgery.
The reason behind this government change is to allow local GPS to lead on those patients with complex health needs and try to speed up the vaccination roll out.
If you have opportunity for an appointment through the central NHS letter/website link or 119, then please do so if possible. For clarity, a small percentage of this cohort did attend Oakland’s, as they were on the invite list before Government guidelines changed.
Cohorts 1-4 have all been contacted by phone or letter if an incorrect phone number is recorded. Anyone aged 70+ should contact 119 or their GP if they haven’t yet been vaccinated.
Swadlincote vaccination programme is surpassing targets, both the clinical and admin teams are working night and day to achieve this. Derbyshire currently sits second in the country on percentage of patients vaccinated.
Unfortunately there is no control over delivery dates and surgeries often have to respond at very short notice. This may lead to some difficulties in getting through on the surgery phone lines but please bear with us, we are trying really hard.
Some days it’s the AZ Oxford, others it will be Pfizer – they do the same job!
Patients have been truly fantastic and it’s heartwarming and a morale boost for staff to see positive feedback please (thank you).
A reminder that Oakland’s is appointment only. Please attend just on time – alone if possible.
You will be phoned by your surgery admin team to book your 1st and 2nd appointment at the same time. Several surgeries are exploring the use of text messages to speed up the process so don’t be alarmed if you receive a text message from your surgery.
Thank you Dr Marshall – the Gresleydale Team