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COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE - February 2021 

We continue to face the Covid 19 challenge, with higher-than-average rates of infection in the local area. Now more than ever it is vital to follow government advice and stay at home unless absolutely essential, follow all social distancing and face covering rules. If you have a new cough, high temperature or loss of sense of smell or taste you must isolate and call 119 to arrange a test. 

We are now several weeks into the vaccine program, and with additional vaccines approved our vaccine program will be ramped up very soon. Please allow us to get the most vulnerable protected first. We are currently booking patients that are age 70 – 74 years or coded as a Covid high risk. You will be called to book your vaccine by the surgery or sent a text message to book your appointment via a link, this may be at short notice.  

We have so far vaccinated 1176 patients and still continue to book appointments.

Sadly there have been incidents of scammers charging people for a vaccine – and told it was for Covid 19.. The NHS will never ask for any payment for this, if unsure please call the surgery back to check.  

At the surgery we remain open with every patient needing a telephone consultation first, any appropriate follow up can be arranged once the assessment has been completed.  

Please also continue to use the eConsult function on our website.  

Thank you and stay safe  

Datchet Health Centre   

Vaccinating Health and social care staff

NHS England and NHS Improvement have now published a Standard Operating Procedure for the vaccination of frontline health and social care staff.  This identifies the people who can currently access NHS Health and Social Care vaccination hubs. This guidance will help organisations plan the rollout, including providing information on prioritisation and delivery methods,

All frontline health and social care workers will be eligible for the covid vaccination regardless of whether they work in hospitals, people’s homes or another setting, or who employs them.

If you are a frontline health or social care worker and want to enquire about your first covid vaccine dose, please do not contact your GP surgery.

If you are working for an organisation please contact them as they will likely have a roll out plan.

If you are self-employed or run a small organisation within the Frimley Health and Social Care ICS footprint, and have not had contact from NHS vaccination services please contact: bookingqueries.ebpc@nhs.net Within your email, please state the number of staff members that need to be vaccinated.

Once your email is received, you will be contacted with details about how to book your appointment.

Please note, you may not get an immediate response as we are booking more than 30,000 health and social care workers in this area so please bear with us.

Getting vaccinated only protects you from the virus, so you will still need to follow IPC and testing measures in your workplace, and follow general advice at work, at home and when you are out and about:

Practice social distancing

Wear a face mask

Wash your hands carefully and frequently

Follow the current guidance: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

https://www.frimleyhealthandcare.org.uk/our-work/covid-19-vaccination/vaccinating-health-and-social-care-staff/

 

Message from Hilary Hall -  Director of Adults, Health and Commissioning

Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead:

Government have identified an increase in COVID-19 cases in Slough and they have subsequently been named as an ‘area of concern’ by Public Health England and the Department for Health and Social Care. As part of the Berkshire-wide Public Health team, we are monitoring the situation and have offered our support to colleagues in Slough Borough Council.

 

“We understand that the cases in Slough are localised and decreasing and this is not a reason for undue concern, but serves as a reminder to everyone that the virus is still circulating in our communities and guidelines on social distancing, face coverings and handwashing still need to be followed. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate for at least ten days from when your symptoms started and arrange to have a test.”

 

“While this is not the case at this time, we have an outbreak management plan in place for the Royal Borough should we need to take action.

 

Thanks

Hilary

 

Hilary Hall

 Datchet Health Centre want to reiterate that guidelines on social distancing, face coverings and handwashing still need to be followed.  Please help protect us all.   Mick Watts GP

 

REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS

Prescriptions are taking longer to process due to the volume and staff shortages. Please allow 4 days for prescriptions to be processed and sent to your designated pharmacy. 

Can all patients only request repeat prescriptions they may need within the next week, we will not issue repeats for 4-6 weeks ahead as you should have adequate supply and claiming these too early will cause unnecessary demand on pharmacies.

Local support, for those in need

There are now two volunteer groups set up to assist vulnerable and elderly patients, if you are concerned about a neighbour or friend please pass on these details to them to seek support during this difficult time.

Datchet Corona Volunteers 01753 905247 datchetcoronavolunteers@gmail.com

Facebook group: @datchetcoronavolunteers

Wraysbury Voluntary Care 01784482515 wraysburymatters@outlook.com

Local pharmacy contact details,

 

Datchet Village Pharmacy

 

Address: The Green, Datchet, Slough SL3 9JH

Hours:

 Monday 9am–1pm, 2–6pm

Tuesday 9am–1pm, 2–6pm

Wednesday 9am–1pm, 2–6pm

Thursday

9am–1pm, 2–6pm

Friday

9am–1pm, 2–6pm

Saturday

9am–1pm

Sunday

Closed

Phone: 01753 541786

Wraysbury Village Pharmacy

Address: 58 High St, Wraysbury, Staines TW19 5DB

Hours:

Open

Monday

9am–6pm

Tuesday

9am–6pm

Wednesday

9am–6pm

Thursday

9am–6pm

Friday

9am–6pm

Saturday

9am–1pm

Sunday

Closed

 

Phone: 01784 482430

 

Phone: 01784 482430

RESCUE PACKS

Inaccurate information circulating regarding special ‘rescue packs’ for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions

⚠️We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating regarding special ‘rescue packs’ for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 before doing anything else.

For patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 before doing anything else.

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