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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 about the Covid vaccination roll out please 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

 

04.12.20 - Flu vaccine information for patients aged 50 to 64 yrs old

Please click on this link for information about the Flu vaccine being used for patients in the age range 50 to 64.

 

23.10.20 - Autumn 2020 Newsletter

Please click on this link to read our Autumn 2020 Newsletter.

 

29.07.20 - Health Connections Mendip newsletter

Please click on this link to view the latest newsletter from Health Connections (opens new window)

 

14.07.20 - Health and Care videos now available

Health and Care video logo

You can now access hundreds of self-help videos by clicking on the link below. Areas range from Allergies to Heart Problems to Vaccinations. There is also an app available on that website.

click on this link to view the Health and Care videos on our Self Help and Advice page (opens new window)

 

26.06.20 - Young Somerset virtual hub

Young Somerset has launched virtual hubs for young people and their parents/guardians to talk about wellbeing and mental health support available in Somerset.

Please click on the link for further information about Somerset Young Person virtual hub (opens new window)

 

19.06.20 - Online Consultations for Carers

Engage Consult (our online consultation process) can be set-up so that Carers can send in queries/scripts on behalf of those they care for. So far we have received queries on medical matters, referrals and medications  It is not a service for use in an emergency but it is quick and easy to set-up and allows the user to send queries at a time that is convenient to them. The Practice aims to respond to all queries on the day we receive them. We would encourage all our Carers to take up this opportunity. Please click on the link below to see the Guide for Carers. 

click here to read about the benefits of Engage Consult online consultations (opens a new window)

 

19.05.20 - Online consultations coming soon

We are introducing online consultations on Monday 1st June; please revisit these pages in June to find out more. 'Engage Consult' allows patients to communicate securely and safely online with the surgery about non-emergency medical conditions or admin questions. It also offers 24/7 access to symptom-specific self-help information and easy access to other local NHS and self-care services.

 

03.02.20 – Latest advice and guidance on the Coronavirus

Please see our Home Page for all the very latest advice and guidance on the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

28.01.20 – ‘Dadpads’ launched in Somerset – useful resources for new dads and dads-to-be

The DadPad is an easy-to-use resource for new dads and dads-to-be, packed with relevant information. Its aim is to provide new fathers with guidance on how to develop the mindset, confidence and practical skills needed to meet their babies’ physical and emotional needs.

Building a strong attachment will not only enable dads to better enjoy their new role but also contribute towards positive long-term social, health and educational outcomes for their babies. Crucially, the DadPad also provides dads with guidance on how to support, and seek help for, their partners and themselves as they adjust to their new roles, and cope with the physical and emotional strains that this can place on individuals and relationships.

The DadPad covers topics such as:

  • Feeding, holding, changing and cleaning your baby
  • Surviving without sleep and coping with crying
  • Getting to know your baby
  • First aid
  • Looking after yourself and supporting your partner

The Somerset DadPad app is available for free download on both Apple and Android devices. For more information about the DadPad click here

 

20.01.20 – Latest Patient Transport Service details

click here for Patient Transport information

 

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