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:
Your GP surgery is unable to offer a certification of Covid vaccination, a vaccination passport or a letter to prove you have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
You can, however find details of all your vaccinations on the NHS App:https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/nhs-app/
Proof of vaccination documents have not yet been developed and, as such, cannot be provided by your GP.
As soon as we have further information we will share it with you.
Transcript from Covid Vaccine Update Video 02.04.21
Hello, I’m Dr Lindsey Crockett senior partner for The Peninsula Practice. This is the tenth video update to keep you informed regarding the coronavirus vaccinations and any changes to our services.
We are very pleased that we have been able to now use our waiting room for patients to come and sit socially distanced whilst they wait to be seen for their appointment.
I am also delighted to report that all our eligible residents in our two care homes and nursing home have had their second vaccine and this includes some of the carers who were unable to get their first vaccine from the Suffolk GP Federation in the early days.
We have also fully vaccinated with their second vaccine 50% of all housebound patients and by the end of next week we are expecting to have completed 100% of all our housebound patients having their second vaccine where eligible.
The Suffolk GP Federation, to whom we outsource the vaccination programme, have completed the first vaccinations of all patients in the risk groups known as cohorts 1 to 9 and now people are being invited for their second vaccine and soon people who are 18 to 50 will also receive invitations if they haven't already.
Thank you very much for your patience and tolerance with this horrible situation.
You will have heard concerns that the vaccine might be in short supply in the coming months. We are yet to have any confirmation about this but until they do, the Suffolk GP Federation will continue to plan according to the supplies currently expected. This is of course subject to change and is according to the National Plan by NHS England which we nor the Suffolk GP Federation have any control over.
If you have concerns or questions about the vaccine itself, please visit the sneevaccine website which is a great resource of vaccine related information. There is a link to this and other useful resources on our practice website.
Covid Vaccine Update Video 02.04.21
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.
5 WORKING DAYS FOR PROCESSING REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS
PLEASE ALLOW 5 WORKING DAYS FOR YOUR REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS TO BE PROCESSED. THIS MEANS FOR EXAMPLE THAT IF YOU ORDER YOU REPEAT PRESCRIPTION ON MONDAY IT SHOULD BE READY FOR COLLECTION ON THE FOLLOWING MONDAY.
Due to the current crisis we are experiencing disruption and delay in supply of medications to the surgery. We are asking for your patience and understanding as our staff are working under extreme pressure.
We urge all patients to request their repeat medication online which reduces infection risk as well as minimising delays in getting them processed. If you are not already online please ask our Care Navigators for a password. You do not need to present ID for online prescription services.
Please do not ask for more than one months supply of your routine repeat prescriptions. We cannot issue more than 1 months supply as this will adversely impact on our stock.
Repeat prescriptions slips will be picked up from Hollesley on Monday & Thursday.
To avoid unnesscary trips you can drop off your repeat prescription slips earlier BUT your prescription will not be processed before its due date.
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.