COVID VACCINATION IMPORTANT UPDATE

Covid vaccination update – those vaccinated in the week of 21 Dec 2020

Our local GP surgeries started working together to deliver covid vaccinations from the week before Christmas and this work is continuing to run from Wigton Hospital. By the end of this week we will have given 2,200 people at-risk and over 80, care home and healthcare staff their first vaccination.

Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, we were informed on  6th January 2021 that the scheduled delivery of our second dose vaccination , week commencing 11th January 2021, had been postponed.   It is with much regret that we now have to cancel all planned appointments that patients have to attend the Wigton covid Vaccination Site next week.

The new medical advice from the UK Chief Medical Officers is that the second dose of the vaccine remains effective when given up to 12 weeks after the first dose, and should be given towards the end of this 12 week period.

While you will need two doses of the vaccine to get the best long-term protection from the virus, you will still have a significant level of protection at 22 days after you received the first dose. The new guidance will also help ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the first dose of the vaccine as soon as possible, Please be reassured that there are no safety concerns in the new guidance, and it will not impact on how effective the vaccination is in protecting you from Covid-19 once the course is complete.

Patients do not need to call their GP practices. They have already rescheduled your second vaccine appointment and this will be the week commencing  8th March 2021 on the same day of the week and at the same time of day as you original appointment was for the week commencing 11th January.

We can only apologise on behalf of NHSE and the Government for any inconvenience or distress that may cause those patients affected, and if you have any concerns or questions regarding this matter please do no contact the practices as we need to keep our telephone lines available for patients seeking medical attention and to make vaccination appointment for others. For questions and answers on these changes please visit : http://www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

    Keswick & Solway Primary Care Network

On Behalf of

Aspatria Medical Group

Caldbeck Surgery

Castlehead Medical Centre

Dalston Medical Group

Wigton Medical  Practice                           

New lockdown information

Once again, we find ourselves living through difficult times, Caldbeck Surgery would like to reassure everyone that We are open for patients of all ages, please don’t hesitate in contacting us if  you need to see a doctor or a nurse.

We understand that with the announcement of a new lockdown there are a number of patients concerned about the situation, especially those in very vulnerable risk groups and also those with children attending educational settings. The current government advice about high risk groups is available here

And  the current information for shielding patients  is here

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

New National Restrictions from 19th December

Information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closure, why they are being introduced and the financial support available is here

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november?fbclid=IwAR0HA36RQN_PDZWcd9aDsmBu9oMUWaabjxxyp4obo3Hbytj801HS9auQD8E#protecting-people-more-at-risk-from-coronavirus

Be safe !!

OVER 50s FLU CLINIC

Caldbeck Surgery will be giving Flu Vaccines for over 50 year olds

Saturday 12th December

9am-5pm

Caldbeck Parish Hall CA7 8EU

It will be an open day, please wear a face covering and use the hand sanitiser stations so you and our staff are safe during the Vaccination programme.

If you are over 50 or will be 50 years old before 1st April2021 please come along and get your flu vaccine if you wish.

For the over 65 year olds that have change their mind or have  missed their Flu Vaccine and would like to have it please come along and ask for one.

Flu Clinic UPDATE!!!

We are still running the flu clinics on

the 10th, 11th and 12th of November

at Caldbeck Parish Hall

between  9am -12 noon and 2pm-5pm.

If any of you that is Shielding,  At Risk or Over 65 and have missed  your day allocated or have changed your mind please feel free to come in and have the flu vaccine given  on any of those days.

We are still waiting for government advise about the flu vaccine for the Over 50s.

Caldbeck Surgery

FLU CLINIC AT CALBECK

 Due to the current situation with Covid-19, for the safety of all our patients and our staff,  Caldbeck Surgery has decided to run a FLU CLINIC this year. It will be based at Caldbeck Parish Hall, CA7 8EU

Flu is a highly infectious disease. The symptoms, that come on very quickly, include fever, chills, headaches, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. For most healthy people, a bad bout of flu is worse than a heavy cold usually requiring someone to spend a few days in bed. However, serious infections, especially in those with underlying health conditions, although less common, can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability and even death.

Flu vaccination provides the best protection against an unpredictable virus which infects many people and can cause serious illness and death each year. the vaccination is Free and recommended yearly for those most at risk from flu.

This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:

  • Adults 65 and over
  • people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
  • pregnant women
  • people living with someone who’s at high risk for coronavirus ( on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
  • children in primary school
  • children in year 7 ( secondary school)
  • frontline health or social care workers

Later in the year, the flu vaccine may be given to people aged 50 to 64. More information will be available later in the autumn.

However, if you’re aged 50 to 64 and in an at-risk group, you should not delay having your flu vaccine.

For more information visit:

http://www.nhs.uk/flujab   or     https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

We normally vaccinate the over 65s and those who have a condition that puts them more at-risk from flu; this year we also have those who have been officially advised to shield due to Covid-19, and the prospect (not yet confirmed by the NHS ) of adding the 50-64 years olds to those eligible.

Our plan is to run flu-specific clinics at Caldbeck village hall, spread over 6 weeks ( since our vaccine is delivered in tranches over this period). We will prioritise as follows:

You will receive either an SMS text or a letter inviting you to a specific date and either and AM or a PM clinic, please attend at this time and date if at all possible. The dates that the clinics will be running are shown below. if you are unable to attend at your designated time please ring us to arrange an alternative date *after the date you were invited*. Please be aware you may need to wait longer. ( if you attend earlier we may not have enough vaccine and will have to turn you away)

In particular, if you have not been officially advised to shield, *do not attend on the shielding days*. Keeping this group of patients separate from others is of vital importance to their safety.

Please do not attend if you have not received a letter or SMS text invite.

Dates for  flu clinics are as follows:

  • Weds  07 – Oct  Shielding only
  • Thurs  08 – Oct  Shielding only 
  • Tues   13 – Oct  Over 65s/ at-risk
  • Weds  14 – Oct  Over 65s/ at-risk
  • Thurs  15 – Oct  Over 65s/ at-risk
  • Tues   27 – Oct  Over 65s/ at-risk
  • Weds  28 – Oct  Over 65s/ at-risk
  • Thurs  29 – Oct  Over 65s/ at-risk
  • Tues   10 – Nov  Over 65s/ at-risk
  • Weds  11 – Nov  Over 65s/ at-risk
  • Thurs  12 – Nov  Over 65s/ at-risk

Clinics will run from 09:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 17:00 on each day. Hall access will be closed outside these times.

Please note that we will be using the hall side doors for entry and exit only, as the front steps aren’t suitable for limited-mobility access. To preserve safe queueing and social distance, all entry will be via the right hand side door, and all exit via the left-hand side door.

When arriving for flu vaccination:

– wear a facial covering,

– be on time 

– wear clothes that allow access to the top of your shoulder

This  will shorten time spent at the hall and it will help maintain social distancing reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection. Please use the hand sanitiser

Dates for 50-64 year-olds will be provided in due course once we have NHS confirmation of eligibility and additional vaccine stock has been provided.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

More information at http://www.nhs.uk/flujab

Caldbeck Surgery

#Be part of Research

Join the national effort and sign up for the NHS COVID-19 vaccine research registry. Be part of the fight back against the virus by volunteering to be contacted by researchers to take part in COVID-19 vaccine research.

There are a number of vaccines being identified and safety-tasted at the moment, but only large scale studies can give researchers the information needed about how effective they are.

The NIHR ios working with the NHS and aims to recruit half a million people onto the registry by October, which will allow people to be put in touch with the vaccine studies in the coming months.

Researchers are looking for people from all backgrounds, ages and parts of the UK- including both people with or without existing health conditions- to take part in vaccine studies, to make sure that any vaccines developed will work for everyone.

The service is available to anyone aged 18 or over, living in the UK. There is no obligation to join  in any study, if you are contacted. But by taking part, you could help researchers find vaccines to protect us all more quickly- which in turn could help the NHS and save lives.

Sing up today !!   

Northern Head & Neck Cancer Charity

Caldbeck Surgery: THE NEW US

On behalf of Caldbeck Surgery we would like to thank you for all your support during all this new changes.

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