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29.01.21 - My Diabetes My Way in Somerset

My Diabetes My Way Somerset is a website for people with diabetes and their carers. It contains information resources that can help you understand more about your diabetes and explains how you can more effectively manage the condition. In addition to this information, you can also access your diabetes records. Data are collected from your GP notes, hospital diabetes clinic records, eye screening service and laboratory blood tests.

People who use the service say that it improves their knowledge to help them meet goals, improves motivation to make improvements and acts as a reminder for discussions during appointments. The service is not a replacement for your normal care, but helps you to monitor your results before, during and after contacts with your healthcare team.

Please click here to go to the My Diabetes My Way website (opens new window)

If you wish to find out more about the service before you register please email the My Diabetes My Way team for more information:  somerset@mwdh.co.uk

 

Coronavirus vaccine roll out

Wells Health Centre, Wells City Practice Glastonbury Surgery, Glastonbury Health Centre and Vine Partnership form the West Mendip Primary Care Network ( PCN) , who are working together as a group of GP practices to roll out the local NHS vaccination programme in Somerset. West Mendip PCN is a patient population of over 50,000 people.

Currently all vaccines are being delivered from Local Vaccination Centres, for the West Mendip PCN this is at West Mendip Community Hospital, in Glastonbury. Somerset CCG has been very generous in allowing us to use this purpose build facility which is well-suited to deliver this vaccination programme.

To date no GP practices have been able to vaccinate within their own practice unless they have been designated as the ‘local vaccination centre’ for their PCN. We are currently working through guidance that we hope will make this possible in the near future.

To ensure equity amongst the five practice populations, each practice is allocated a number of vaccine appointments based on the number of patients they have in each vaccine priority group (as specified by the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations who are centrally co-ordinating the national vaccination programme). We are working through these groups as a PCN to ensure no patient practice area has a greater or lesser access to this very important vaccine and that the most vulnerable receive it as soon as possible.

People in the highest priority groups are being contacted by their local GP practice to attend a vaccination appointment in line with scheduled vaccine deliveries.  These vaccines are being given as quickly as we are receiving them, however, we do not yet have regular or reliable deliveries.

Once we have a stable and predictable supply, we can plan further ahead and book patients as we do for any other planned vaccination. People who are aged over 80 that have not yet had the vaccine will also receive a letter from the NHS to invite them to their nearest mass vaccination site, but if people are unable to travel or would rather wait for an appointment closer to home, they can wait to be contacted by their local GP-led service over the next few weeks.

We are not able to be any more precise about time scales at the moment. We ask that people do not contact their GP surgery regarding the timing or date of their vaccination appointment as we are working through this, and we need to ensure staff are available to both support the vaccination programme and people’s day to day health and care needs.

We can assure you, everyone will be called.

If you have any further queries please can I suggest that you contact the Somerset CCG Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).   

NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group,
Freepost RRKL-XKSC-ACSG,
Yeovil, Somerset,
BA22 8HR

Telephone us: 08000 851067

Email us: somccg.pals@nhs.net

 

04.01.21 - Covid-19 Vaccinations - 2nd injection

You may be aware that recently there has been much discussion concerning the length of time necessary between the first Covid-19 vaccination and the second. Initially it was planned that the 1st and 2nd appointments for the vaccine were scheduled to be 3 weeks apart. The recent discussion has suggested that the break between the 1st and 2nd vaccine could be extended up to 12 weeks.

Wells Health Centre will be continuing with the original plans for all those patients who had their 1st vaccination at the West Mendip Hospital in Glastonbury. Therefore, if you have had your 1st vaccination please attend for your 2nd vaccination AS ORIGINALLY BOOKED/PLANNED.

 

Wells Coronavirus Network

The community of Wells has come together to support those who are facing difficulties due to the current emergency.   If you need help with the following:

  • Shopping for Food or Supplies
  • Collecting Medicines or Prescriptions
  • Companionship Call

Our website is at helpwells.co.uk and you can email at hello@helpwells.co.uk

 

04.09.20 - Flu vaccinations at the Wells Health Centre

Before you attend for your vaccination please read and note the following:

  • Attend the surgery at your appointment time; this is different due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we are not running these clinics as 'drop-in' clinics as we have done before.
  • Please wear loose fitting sleeves and have your coat removed ready for your vaccination.
  • There will be no toilet facilities.
  • Please wear a mask if possible.
  • Carers need only to attend if necessary.

Please do not attend the surgery if you have developed any signs of Covid-19 symptoms - a new persistent cough, or a high temperature,  or a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste. Please contact the surgery if you develop any of these symptoms and do not attend the surgery.

 

We will be offering the Seasonal Flu vaccination to the following cohorts of patients:

  • People aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2021)
  • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
  • chronic liver disease
  • chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease,
  • learning disability
  • diabetes
  • splenic dysfunction
  • a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
  • morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
  • Patients who have received a COVID shielding letter and household contacts. Specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded person on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable.
  • health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.
  • all children aged two to eleven (but not twelve years or older) on 31 August 2020 Children 2 and 3 years old will be vaccinated by GP practices , children 4 – 11 years will receive a vaccination at school.
  • all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
  • People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This doesn't include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence, or boarding schools (except where children are of primary school age or secondary school Year 7).
  • health and social care workers employed through Direct Payments (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users.
  • those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

We are awaiting advice on patients aged 50-64 who do not fall into one of the above criteria might be offered a flu vaccination. These will clinics will be in November at the earliest.

 

22.07.20 - Engage Consult and Patient Access

We have two online service options for our patients: Engage Consult and Patient Access.

Engage Consult - allows you to send in queries, request medications, and request advice and guidance from the team here at the surgery. Click on the 'Consult' option just above if you wish to use this option.

Patient Access - allows you to book appointments (although we are not currently using this option during the pandemic), request your medication as well as being able to view your medical record online.   

click here to Sign In to Patient Access or to Register to use patients Access (opens new window)

 

Other News and Information

Improved Access at Glastonbury, Street and Wells

The Surgeries of Glastonbury, Street and Wells will be jointly providing improved access to our combined list of 52,000 patients.

Each Surgery will be providing:

  • Extended hours from 6.30pm to 8pm on selected week-nights
  • Saturday mornings opening from 8am to 10am in rotation

The appointments available will be a mixture of GP, Nurse Practitioner and Practice Nurse.   Some routine procedures, currently undertaken during the week, will also be moved to Saturday mornings.

Five practices offering improved accessImproved Access

 

Health Connections Mendip

Health Connections Mendip is a new health and wellbeing service available to patients. Patients can talk to a health connector at the surgery to find out about local activities, support and services available, and can also arrange one-to-one appointments to speak to a Connector.  
Health Connections Mendip page
Mendip Directory of Services

 

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