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Cottenham Surgery 188 High Street Cottenham CB24 8SE

 01954 250079

capccg.cottenhamsurgery@nhs.net

Covid Vaccine

So what’s different about a new Covid vaccine compared with the flu jab?

These new vaccines are not yet ready, and we don’t know when they will be. They are completely different. They need to be stored frozen in special dry ice, colder than a home freezer (about -70°C). Surgeries don’t have those freezers. So they will be delivered whilst they are defrosting for use. However they can inky be stored in a vaccine fridge for a few days before expiring.  They don’t come in their own little syringes. We will have to carefully draw them up from a main vial, dilute and mix them for each individual which will probably take from start to finish about 20 minutes, needing two members of staff (one to draw up, one to check - this is established safe practise with these preparations to minimise error). Once the patient has received their Covid-jab they must wait for 15 minutes to ensure no serious reaction -these vaccines are brand new, and whilst there is a huge regulatory framework to ensure their safety, we will have to take extra care.  This in itself will be difficult as we have to maintain social distancing and we don’t know how quickly these clinics will take place. It will be nowhere near as quick as a flu clinic.

Will this be at my local GP surgery?

To begin with, NHS England thinks that areas will have one central Covid-jab centre. This might be in a local practice. It might be yours, it might not. You may have to travel. How the chosen centre will continue to look after its patients ongoing and urgent health needs, we don’t yet know. No details of those plans have been shared yet.

Is it just one jab?

No. You will need two. They will be 3-4 weeks apart but you must not have had any other vaccinations in the previous week. 

How many patients will get it the vaccine when it’s ready?

Government says it wants 40 million people vaccinated (that’s 80 million appointments). Putting that into context, every year there are 40 million A&E attendances and 360 million GP appointments. This is going to take a long time. There are no spare GPs or practice nurses. We don’t yet know how we are going to plan for this on top of what we are doing now - managing hundreds of acute and chronic patients every day: on the phone, over video and being brought into the surgery by invitation.

Will it be available by Christmas?

No one knows. But if it is, there will be a very small number of doses and we think the Government might suggest protecting Care Home residents first. 

Whatever you read in the paper or online, don’t forget - this is going to be very difficult. We need to make sure there is a safe system and a safe vaccine first.

Even when it comes, it won’t prevent Covid, it will only make its effects milder. So please bear with us - we are in the dark too. 

And there is still every reason to think ‘Hands, Space, Safe’ for a long time to come.

Keep safe.

Flu Vaccinations

Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

Repeat Prescriptions during Covid-19

As advised by the CCG during the Covid crisis all prescriptions will be a 28 day supply of medication at a time to reduce shortage of medciation.

 

Some patients have been allocated repeat dispensing for their medication this allows prescribing on a 3 monthly repeated cycle.

Covid 19 Sick Notes

If you have been self isolating and your employer needs a sick note please go to the Covid-19 tab down the side. You will need to fill out the form to give to your employer.

Please do not contact the surgery for a sick note.

 

Thank you

Coronavirus (COVID 19)  Update

 

 

We are trying to reduce the risk of exposure in the surgery.

 

If you have any of the following symptoms please do not come to the surgery:

 

Sore throat

Cough 

Fever

Shortness of breath

 

 

Please call the surgery to book a telephone appointment & the doctor will advise you.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – 

If you are concerned about coronavirus please use NHS 111 online see link below. As NHS 111 is experiencing very high call volumes.


https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19

Thank you

Coronavirus

 


If you have flown from China in the last 2 weeks (or have been in close contact with someone who has) and you feel unwell PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY you should self-isolate at home immediately and call NHS 111 & NOT  to the hospital Emergency department unless they are seriously ill.

 

 

PHE has produced guidance to help you with messages to the public


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-guidance-to-assist-professionals-in-advising-the-general-public

Travel Vaccinations

 

Please note we will be unable to offer travel vaccination appoinments at the moment.

 

Travel Vaccinations are available from the following:

MASTA Travel health 0330 100 4127

Superdrug Travel Clinic  03330 607 265

Citydoc Cambridge 020 3794 6697

Extend Access - Evening & Weekend Appointments

Evening and weekend appointments now available

 

We are now offering evening and weekend appointments with a GP or nurse as part of Extended GP Opening hours. These are for routine, non-urgent issues.

 

You can book your appointment through our receptionist who will give you a time, date and venue for your appointment.  

 

Our receptionist will also at be able to answer any questions you have about the service and how to cancel or change your booking.

Dynamic Health Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

 

If you are living with pain due to your joints, muscles or nerves then you can access NHS Physiotherapy advice and treatment directly from DynamicHealth provided by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust. 


To find out more, simply visit http://www.eoemskservice.nhs.uk/home.

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