Practice & Coronavirus/Covid-19 Updates
COVID BOOSTER UPDATE
We are delighted to share with our patients, as of today we have been approved as a PCN vaccination site for the next stage of the Covid Vaccination Program: Phase 3.
We are now organising clinics and will update you with these details as soon as we have them available.
Please keep checking our website and facebook page for more details.
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 14.08.2021
Hello, I’m Dr Crockett, senior parter for The Peninsula Practice.
This is the 18th video update and a very exciting one with some positive information.
Its been lovely to have patients back in the waiting rooms (carefully distanced) as the lockdown rules lift; and please be reassured we are being cautious as ever with infection control measures. All staff continue to wear masks as do patients unless exempt. We do have active covid cases in our area and as a holiday destination we have to be even more mindful of the balance of lighter lockdown and infection prevention.
And on that note I’d like to appeal to all our pregnant women who are undecided whether to have the Covid vaccine. There is relatively poor uptake amongst this group and we are seeing increased numbers of critically ill unvaccinated pregnant women with COVID.
If you are pregnant and have not had a Covid vaccine; please call and speak to a clinician if you would like specific information to help you make an informed decision.
We have applied to be a covid vaccine site for the booster vaccine planned for this Autumn. As many of you know we were not previously allowed to do the vaccine ourselves due to our multi site surgery. But rules have changed and we’re expecting to be able to deliver the booster ourselves; as soon as we know more we’ll update you.
Meanwhile we are planning our flu clinics.
Flu vaccines will be available to everyone over the age of 50 and those younger patients who are in at risk groups.
From now, if you are 50 or over, you can book your flu vaccine online which is the quickest and easiest way if you have online access.
Anyone in an at risk group under 50yrs will be contacted by us by letter or text.
For any patients without online access our care navigators will be able to help arrange an appointment by phone.
We will keep our website and FB page updated with the dates & locations of the flu clinics.
We have done a lot of listening over this past difficult year and as a result, and with lockdown lifting, we are changing our appointment system.
You will now be able to choose whether you would like a telephone consultation with a clinician, or book directly with the care navigator for a face to face consultation. There will also be prebookable appointments and online bookable appointments. We also encourage econsult as an online appointment for those non urgent medical concerns.
Please check our website for more detail on this.
At the last update I introduced 2 new permanent doctors to our team - Dr Shahabi and Dr Jubayer. We now have a total of 5 permanent GPs and 2 nurse practitioners. We also have 3 fully qualified doctors training with us.
Between us we bring a highly skilled and experienced team to care for you as well as working closely with our fabulous nurses and Healthcare practitioners.
Our care navigators have regular updates to support you in seeing the right person at the right time.
In house Physiotherapy
In house ultrasound
Face to face or telephone consultations with mental health Linkworker
Midwives and health visitors
Compassionate companions to help people with information about resuscitation and other end of life decisions
And many more community services available to help.
All these services are available by calling the surgery and speaking to a reception navigator who can make the appropriate appointment for you.
Thankyou so much for your support and patience throughout this time, on behalf of all the staff we wish you the very best.
Covid Vaccine and Practice Update Video 14.08.2021
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.
You can call the NHS helpline on 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you or alternatively go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/get-your-covid-pass-letter/ and fill in the online form. 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
(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 3 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.