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11.01.21 - NHS Covid-19 Vaccination letter

We know that some people in Somerset aged 80+ have started to receive an NHS letter asking them to book a Covid-19 vaccination in Bristol. Some patients have been offered appointments further afield such as in Birmingham. You do not have to attend at these locations.

Anyone who would prefer an appointment closer to home should wait to be contacted by the surgery who will arrange one at their local hub. At the time of publishing, these are being carried-out at the West Mendip Hospital in Glastonbury.

The Covid-19 vaccination programme is currently rolling out across Somerset and more vaccination clinics and sites will be announced over the next few weeks.

Please share this information with friends and family who are over 80.

 

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.

 

08.12.20 - National Covid-19 vaccination programme and Wells Health Centre

We know that people are very keen to find out about our developing Covid-19 vaccination programme in Somerset. We are currently working together with our local health and care providers to develop a detailed Somerset-wide plan to deliver vaccinations in a safe and effective way.  Please do not contact the surgery directly – we will share more updates as soon as we are able to.  Thank you for your patience.

 

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)

 

Coronavirus News

Please click on the 'COVID-19 Information' link to the right of this window to get all the latest information and guidance during the pandemic. This includes the latest information on how we are managing patient appointments.

All the news does seem to be Coronavirus related these days, and for good reason. But please remember that we are still here to see you if need help with any other medical condition or concern that you might have.  We are still seeing patients in the surgery and please be assured that we are managing our appointments in the safest possible way for both you and our team at the surgery.

 

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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