COVID Vaccinations Update
Social distancing & access to the surgery
Our practice has been using telephone and online consultations for a number of years. This meant we were in a good position to respond when the pandemic started and we were able to safely implement a remote service for our patients and limit exposure to the virus.
As we move in to the next phase of our response, we await national guidance about any changes we may need to implement going forward, however, anyone who needs to be seen face to face has always been able to be seen and this will continue.
Housebound & Care Home requests for COVID-19 Vaccinations
For ALL Housebound & Care Home requests for vaccinations please refer to the CCG roving team using the vaccination support email address below, giving them patient details and explaining that they are housebound or in a care home:
** Final COVID vaccine clinic Tuesday 25th May **
We are running our final COVD vaccination clinic on Tuesday 25th May – If you had your first vaccine at Bideford Medical Centre please get in touch ASAP to book your second vaccine.
18th May - Covid vaccination programme final clinics
We are now coming towards the end of our Covid Vaccination Programme and are busy contacting patients to book for their second vaccine.
All patients that had their first Covid vaccine at Bideford Medical Centre are invited to call us to book their second vaccine in one of our 2 remaining clinics.
If you had your first vaccination elsewhere, unfortunately we will not be able to administer your second dose here at Bideford Medical Centre. Please visit the NHS website www.nhs.uk or ring 119 to book.
Please call the surgery on 01237 476363 and a receptionist will be happy to book you in.
Your COVID-19 Vaccination Status
Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
From this week Bideford Medical Practice, along with 14 other GP Practices in North Devon, will no longer be involved in delivering Pfizer vaccinations to our Cohort 1 to 9 patients. If, for whatever reason, patients have not received a Pfizer 2nd dose you will need to contact the CCG vaccine support team to see where they can book a Pfizer vaccination:
Enquiry Line: 01752 398836
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE PRACTICE AS WE ARE UNABLE TO ORGANISE ANY FURTHER PFIZER VACCINATIONS AND CAN ONLY DIRECT YOU TO THE CCG VACCINE SUPPORT TEAM.
For our housebound patients if you are unable to get to another site further away for a 2nd dose Pfizer vaccination then we can administer the AZ vaccine, as advised by the JCVI guidance - a 2nd rather than no 2nd dose is better.
For patients in Cohorts 10 – 12 (under 50 year Olds):
Northern Devon Healthcare Trust have released their first clinic dates for cohorts 10-12 on the National Booking System for 10th May and are currently booking from aged 40. NDHT will hold up to 3 clinics a week so if you are in cohort 10-12 please book via the National Booking System and if no slots are showing please keep trying.
IF YOU ARE IN COHORT 10 – 12 PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE PRACTICE AS WE ARE UNABLE TO ORGANISE A VACCINATION FOR YOU.
Arnolds in Westward Ho! are continuing to vaccinate all ages and a Lynton pharmacy will also go live this week too.
Vaccination queries from members of the public
The following Clinical Commissioning Group channels have been set up to assist the general public with questions regarding COVID vaccinations:
1) Raise a query via the online Devon Covid Vaccination Enquiry Form
2) Call 01752 398836 and leave a voicemail – the telephone number is monitored between 8.30am-4pm Monday to Friday
09 April - from Public Health England
COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting
Information about your vaccination
The following two page leaflet details concern, benefits & risks of the vaccination and what to do next. Please click the link below to view the document:
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Healthier Together - a community initiative. In addition to the above topic, this website provides a range of advice for parents, young people and pregnant women, and clinical resources to support healthcare professionals.
HANDi Paediatric App
The HANDi Paediatric app gives up-to-date advice about common childhood illnesses and how to treat them.
It’s now available to download for free onto any Apple or Android smartphone or tablet.
The app has been designed as a way to reduce the number of children and young people who visit A&E, but need no treatment. It has been developed by paediatric consultants and will give you access to home care plans, as well as GP and hospital clinical guidelines, for the most common childhood health care concerns.