Local Community Good Neighbour Groups - Transport
There are a number of community support groups that have offered to transport patients to vaccination sites.
Plus details about Coastal Accessible Transport Service (CATS)
Please click on this link for information and contact details:
Coronavirus/Covid19 Support Page
We have a dedicated Coronavirus/Covid19 Support Page on the website with information regarding Covid and support from services and charities.
Please click on this link to find out more:
Transcript of Covid Vaccination & Practice Update Video 18.06.2021
Hello. I’m Dr Lindsey Crockett senior partner for The Peninsula Practice. This is the 16th video update to keep you informed regarding the coronavirus vaccinations and any changes to our services.
This is an urgent message for all patients over 18 yrs of age to book your appointment for your vaccine as soon as you are invited.
Our programme with Suffolk GP Federation have sent invitations out to all eligible patients over 18 years of age to book on for next week for the Pfizer vaccine.
It is vital that if you want a vaccine you take that offer up because this then insures that we can deliver the second vaccine to you by the government target at the latest end of September. After September we are not certain what stocks or sites there will be.
Locally we are not seeing a big uptake in this younger age group, please remember that the more people vaccinated means that more people are protected; and this in turn means that we can have more freedom with lighter lockdown rules more quickly.
Alternative means to getting a vaccine if you are over 18yrs of age is via the mass vaccination sites which can be accessed on the COVID government website.
As the lockdown rules lighten we have for many weeks now been welcoming patients into the waiting rooms at all sites.
But with new strains of virus and increasing infection rates again please be reassured that we will continue to take careful infection control measure to keep you all safe.
Take care and very best wishes,
Covid Vaccine and Practice Update Video 18.06.2021
Government Roadmap Explained June 2021
Covid-19 Vaccination Certification
From 17th May 2021, patients in England who have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine can demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status for international travel and check their Covid-19 vaccination record within the NHS App.
Alternatively, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.
Transcript of Covid Vaccine General Information Video
Hello, I'm Dr Lindsey Crockett, senior partner for The Peninsula Practice. This is general information about the COVID19 vaccination programme, for the most up to date changes please refer to the separate weekly updates on our website.
Due to the strict regulations on transporting and storing the vaccine, and unpredictable supplies, of uncertain vaccine type, and because The Peninsula Practice is a rural 4 branch surgery rather than a large single site practice, we were unable to provide the vaccine programme ourselves. Therefore we outsourced the vaccinations of our patients to the Suffolk GP Federation who have local vaccination sites, such as Woodbridge and Debenham but also Trinity Park and Stowmarket amongst others.
As long as supplies come from NHS England as requested, the Suffolk GP Federation will continue to work quickly through the cohort groups and are starting to plan for 2nd vaccine invites which will be offered close to week 12 since your first one, and will be at the same site where you were initially vaccinated.
We as a practice will visit those housebound patients for their 2nd vaccine who we have already visited for their first, and the same for our care home residents again close to week 12 since the initial vaccine.
If you have received an invitation please take up the opportunity straight away to have your vaccine. But if you have made a clear and informed decision not to have the vaccine please decline online so that the programme can move forward with inviting the rest of the population.
There are two main ways in which you might be invited for your vaccination - from the Suffolk GP Federation, or from the NHS England Mass Vaccine Programme
Invitations from the Suffolk GP Federation are sent by text or letter, these invitations all use the booking system called ‘MyHealthBook’ and the sites you can go to include Woodbridge, Trinity Park in Ipswich, Debenham, Stowmarket and others.
NHS ENGLAND is also sending invitations separately and these are invitations to have your vaccination at the Mass Vaccination Sites - our nearest one is Gainsborough in Ipswich. This is not through the MyHealthBook booking system.
You have a choice whether you wish to go to a Mass Vaccination Site or wait for your invitation from the Suffolk GP Federation at a more local site.
If you have received an invite and tried unsuccessfully to book an appointment for your vaccine, please contact the Suffolk GP Federation. The phone number is 01473 921821. Lines are open 8.15am -8pm 7 days a week. Lines are busy in the morning and lighter in the afternoons.
Remember that being vaccinated does not give you protection for at least a few weeks afterwards. The vaccine does not stop you getting Covid; it works by reducing your risk of getting it badly. So please continue to exercise the same cautions under the government guidance of the current lockdown rules
Covid Vaccine General Information
SUFFOLK GP FEDERATION COVID VACCINATION PROGRAMME
For the latest updated information please visit the Suffolk GP Federation website:
Please DO NOT visit your surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have a high temperature or a new continous cough or loss or taste or smell.
Please access the NHS 111 ONLINE SERVICE. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.
Please click on this link to access NHS 111 Online.
Covid-19 Rapid Testing
Suspected Covid-19 Important Information To Keep You Safe While Isolating At Home
The attached leaflet is for patients with suspected Covid who have not been admitted to hospital and will be isolating at home.
Guidance for the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued updated guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people to reduce their risk from Covid-19, tailored to where they live. You can view the updated guidance on the DHSC website.
Please click on this link for more information
Coronavirus Keep Safe
We request that all patients attending appointments at the surgery wear a face covering. We are unable to provide face coverings for patients.
There will be exceptions for young children and people with respiratory/breathing problems that prevent them from covering their mouth and nose.
The Peninsula Practice is taking part in the national PRINCIPLE clinical trial, which aims to find low-risk treatments for older people with COVID-19 that can be taken at home.
To be eligible to join the trial you will need to have experienced symptoms that are likely to be caused by COVID-19 for fewer than 15 days.
The trial is open to people aged 65 or over, or aged 50–64 with an underlying health condition.
If you are registered at The Peninsula Practice and would like more information, please contact us on 01394 411641. You can also join the trial online, even if you are not currently registered with our practice. For full details, visit:
Blood Pressure Monitoring for Patients with Hypertension and Diabetes
We urge patients with Hypertension and Diabetes to have their own Blood Pressure monitoring machines, you can purchase one from the surgery for £15. This will minimise patients having to attend the surgery and is safer way to check your Blood Pressure in your own home (often a patient will register a false high level reading in the surgery leading to over treating).
If you’re thinking of calling your GP surgery please remember this:
- Prescriptions cannot be put in for early collection, we are trying hard to provide a 5 day turnaround (with some supply issues) for those that are due each month. Your future medication will not be available until it is due.
- Inhalers are being issued to the patients who have them prescribed as a regular repeat. If you are concerned please go to Asthma UK for advice.
- Paracetamol is not available on prescription unless you are already being prescribed this for an existing chronic condition.
- The surgery can’t advise you whether you should or shouldn’t self isolate if you are at risk, we have a considerable number of patients - please follow the guidance on NHS 111 online service.
- If you are due to have a routine appointment and it’s cancelled, please try and understand the unprecedented strain we are having at the present time.
- Please don’t shout at your GP staff when they cannot do these things because we will still make sure you get the medication you NEED and we will still provide the best possible care - over the phone or Face to face if absolutely necessary.
And remember all NHS staff are doing this to help keep you safe.
Branch Site Closures
We may at short notice close and/or reopen certain sites to maintain as safe a service to our patients at different times for a variety of reasons including low staff capacity as well as to protect our staff who may have certain conditions. Please bear with us whilst we do our very best to manage a service under these extreme circumstances. If you have any concerns about this please write to Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS).
Please click on this link to find out more about the Patient Advice & Liaison Service.
Get a Self Isolation Note
To reduce the burden on GP practices a new online system, created by the NHS and the Department for Work and Pensions, is now live for patients to be emailed a digital isolation note. Isolation notes provide patients with evidence for their employers that they have been advised to self-isolate due to coronavirus, either because they have symptoms or they live with someone who has symptoms, and so cannot work.
Please click on this link to find out more information.
Please be aware that we may use new providers or suppliers to help us quickly adapt during the outbreak and continue your care effectively. For example, we may use a new provider for video consultations. We may not be able to add these to our transparency materials right away, we apologise for this but please be assured all our processors are bound by contract to protect to your data.