Covid vaccine update - 29-03-2022
Hello, I'm Dr Lindsey Crockett, partner of the Peninsula Practice.
This is an update regarding the COVID vaccination programme that we are offering here across all sites.
We're starting to receive supplies of the vaccines for all patients who are over 75 and we're inviting those patients, and others who are eligible, for their spring boosters or additional doses as per the government guidelines.
For parents wishing their 5 to 11 year olds to be vaccinated, we are also offering vaccinations - these children do not need to be registered with our surgery. Invitations will be sent by text, by email or by letter if we have no digital contacts on your records. If you do not receive an invitation and are eligible, please call the surgery after 11am during the week to make your appointment.
Did you know…?
We are participating in a new approach to improve access for patients to GP appointments. The aim is to direct patients to the most appropriate healthcare professional, which may be a GP or a pharmacist.
From 11/02/2022 if your symptoms could be resolved by a booked consultation with the pharmacist instead of the GP, you will be given a same-day referral to a pharmacy of your choice.
We think this is a good thing. Once you see how great your local pharmacist is – they are highly trained and skilled clinicians experienced in treating minor illnesses – we don’t think you’ll look back.
This will also help us to free up GP appointments for people with more complex health needs and ensure that everyone gets treated at the right time, by the right healthcare professional.
We are keen to hear what you think and will be listening to your comments and feedback about your experience of using this service.
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:
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
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 £18. 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.
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.
An Appeal for Kindness
We are delighted that our Chirodody Clinics will recommence from the beginning of January. Jo Plant will be holding clinics at Alderton, Orford and Aldeburgh. This is not an NHS service and a fee will be charged. For more information and to book an appointment please call the surgery on 01394 411641.
We Are Here To Help You
We want all our patients to know that they can approach any member of staff with their queries, problems or compliments. In most instance your first point of contact will be able to assist you. If in the event they are unable to Sarah Fiddes, our Patient Navigation Liaison Lead will be able to help you.
Please contact Sarah either by phone on 01394 411641 or via email at: email@example.com
Text Messages From The Peninsula Practice
If you receive a SMS text message from us please do not reply, as we are unable to respond.
New Service First Contact Physiotherapy
On the 1st September 2020 the new First Contact Physiotherapy Service will launch.
This service is aimed at people suffering from musculosketal and joint problems. It has been recognised, where clinically appropriate, that patients should be triaged and have a consultation with a Physiotherapist, who is better qualified to treat musculoskeletal and joint problems, rather than see a GP or Nurse Practitioner and then be referred and wait longer for appropriate help.
The service has been set up in partnership with Allied Health Professionals (Suffolk). Initially appointments will take place over the phone during a 20 minute slot between 9.30am until 5.30pm Monday – Friday, with face to face consultations happening only where clinically necessary at Framfield House Surgery in Woodbridge.
We recommend you contact the surgery in the normal way to use this service and our Care Navigators will book an appointment for you.
Bethany Scott, MCSP, BSc (Hons), MSc and Kyle Tanner MCSP, BSc (Hons), MSc are experienced physiotherapists who will initially phone triage patients (due to COVID) and arrange face to face appointments where clinically necessary. They will be able to request further investigations, following an initial triage assessment and in consultation with your own GP.