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*** IMPORTANT - COVID-19 VACCINATION INFORMATION*** 2021

POP UP CLINIC @ OASIS CHRISTIAN CENTRE SOUTH ELMSALL

We are holding a walk in clinic on Friday 26th November 10am-2pm for 1st doses, 2nd doses (after 8 wks) and eligible Boosters for Cohorts 1-9.

The centre is located on the entrance to the White Rose Surgery/Aldi carpark, opposite Home Bargains.

Please Note that if you are aged 18 yrs or over you can now book your Covid Vaccination online or ring 119. Please follow this link to the National Booking Service and use this service to book 1st & 2nd vaccinations or manage your appointments as soon as possible.

The Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations has updated its guidance for the use of Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. It has recommended that people under 40 are offered an alternative vaccination where available and where this will not cause delays to people having the vaccine.

This follows ongoing reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Both the JCVI and MHRA have emphasised that the risk is extremely small - just over 10 people in every million have developed this condition - and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks to the vast majority of people.

However, given current vaccine supplies and that infection rates are increasingly coming under control in the UK, the JCVI has recommended taking this precautionary measure for younger people. This takes into account that this rare condition is seen more often in younger people and that the risk from COVID-19 decreases with age.

The latest guidance is as follows:

  • Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they suffered any serious side effects after their first vaccination. Having the second dose is very important as it will give you higher and longer lasting protection.
  • People aged 18-39 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of servere COVID-19 disease will be offered an alternative COVID-19 vaccine where available. It is important that you have the vaccination as soon as possible to protect you and to reduce the chance of passing on the virus.

The NHS is now offering vaccinatioins to people who are most at risk from Covid-19. This follows the approval of both the Pfizer BioNTech and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines as safe and effective, after extensive trials.

The first vaccinations are being offered to people in the PRIORITY GROUPS identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), starting with people in care homes and those aged 80 and over. Groups of GP Practices are working together to provide local vaccination services and will contact eligible patients when it is their turn.

When is it your turn, you will receive an invitation via the phone or through a letter either from your GP or the national booking system.

We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but please could we kindly ask you NOT TO CONTACT THE PRACTICE for information about the vaccine or to ask for an appointment, as you will not be able to get one until you receive an invitation. If you are invited for a vaccine, please act on your invite straight away and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them.

Please note that VACCINATIONS ARE FREE OF CHARGE AND ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THE NHS. Anyone who claims to be able to provide you with a vaccine for a fee is likely to be committing a crime and should be reported to the Police online or by calling 112. The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text asking you to confirm you want the vaccine.

In the meantime, please continue to abide by all social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will save lives.

For more information about the vaccine, please visit www.nhs.uk.

** NATIONAL DATA OPT-OUT **

The national data opt-out enables patients to opt-out from the use of their personal confidential data for research or planning purposes. To find out more or to register to opt-out, please visit nhs.uk - Your Data Matters

Patients can also make or change a choice relating to their personal data by phoning the NHS Digitial Contact Centre. The phone number is 0300 303 5678 - Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays.)

Email: enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk

Further information and to register for National Data Opt Out

PRESCRIPTION INFORMATION

Paper requests for repeat prescriptions are being discouraged, again to avoid the spread of the virus.

If you are not registered for Electronic Prescribing Service (EPS) please contact the surgery to nominate your chosen pharmacy to collect from.

In the first instance you must order your prescription via the NHS App.  If you haven't already done so please download the App and follow the instructions to register.  This will enable you to request your medication, view medical history, book an appointment and seek out advice.

If you're unable to download the NHS App you can email requests to: 

prescriptions.rycroftsurgery@nhs.net  FOR RYCROFT PATIENTS

prescriptions.southhiendleysurgery@nhs.net FOR SOUTH HIENDLEY PATIENTS

 

***NEW LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE FROM 6TH JANUARY 2021***

If you need medical attention, we are OPEN and still here to help. Things are working a bit differently at the moment, but that is to keep everyone safe. Under the new lock down period we will remain open to treat patients offering care which is safe, necessary and clinically prioritised.

We now have a telephone triage system in place and this will allow you to be triaged by our clinical staff to assess your needs. Please ONLY ATTEND surgery when asked to do so by a clinician. Alternative options maybe offered such as a telephone appointment or video consultation. Please ensure your telephone numbers are up to date.

***Mental Health Contacts***

We have created a list of services that will offer confidential advice from trained volunteers. You can talk about anything that's troubling you, no matter how difficult.

 

***WORLD ANTIMICROBIAL AWARENESS WEEK 18.11.2021-24.11.2021***

Active Practice Status

Did you know that our Practice has been awarded a certificate of achievement for achieving 'Active Practice' status by reducing sendentry behaviour in staff and patients, increasing phyiscal activity in staff and patients and being part of an active community.

 

Medication changes that may affect you

Mandanol 500mg tabs/caps - Paracetamol 500mg tabs, Eroset 500mg/10mg tabs - Co-dydramol 10mg/500mg tabs & Emcozin 30mg/500mg tabs to Zapain 30/500mg tabs or generic Co-Codamol 30mg/500mg tabs.

 

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The new data protection regulation requires the practice to raise awareness of what personal data we hold, how we collect this data and who this data is shared with. We have a new patient privacy notice which you may wish to read Patient Privacy Notice (Word document).   We also have available a young person friendly version of the patient privacy notice.

Young Person's Privacy Notice (Word document)

 

NHS App

The new, simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.  What the NHS App does

Use the NHS App to:

  • check your symptoms
  • find out what to do when you need help urgently
  • book and manage appointments at your GP surgery
  • order repeat prescriptions
  • view your GP medical record securely
  • register to be an organ donor
  • choose how the NHS uses your data

Please ask at reception if you would like more information and help to use the NHS App.

 

Carers

If you would like more information regarding Carers Wakefield & District please see the following websites:

Carers Wakefield website

WF Youth website

Please note that we also have a 'Carers Champion' (Publisher docuemnt) based in the surgery to help.

 

Research Ready

We would like to thank all of our patients who took part in the Early Arthritis, Health & Wellbeing, GP Radicalisation and the ABACUS studies.  We are currently the highest recruiting practice in NHS research in Wakefield and would like to continue working with our patients via research activity, to improve health outcomes for all.

 

Patient Access Policy

The Practice has a new Patient Access Policy which gives you our most up to date information on how to access our services.

Patient Access Policy (Word document)

 

TARGET dates

Please note the Surgery will be closed on these dates from 12pm onwards, If you require non urgent medical attention please call out of hours 111, if you require urgent medical attention please call 999

  • November 10th 2021
  • December - No Target
  • January 12th 2022
  • February 23rd 2022
  • March 16th 2022

Rycroft Gym

The GYM is now back OPEN!

Gavin Dawson - Health and Wellbeing Coach is now a member of the practice team. See below the new Gym opening times.

The gym is now open at the following times:

  • Mon - 9-5PM              
  • Tues - 9-5PM
  • Wed - 9-5PM
  • Thurs - 9-5PM
  • Fri  - 9-5PM

Any changes to the above times will be well communicated to users of the service. We now have Gavin Dawson who is a Gym instructor/Health and Wellbeing Coach. Please contact Gavin on Tel: 07724559524 to arrange an appointment. At the moment due to Covid-19 please contact the surgery or Gavin directly if you would like to attend the Gym.

 

Accessible Information Standard (AIS)

All organisations that provide NHS services, or publicly funded adult social care have implemented and conformed to the Accessible Information Standard (1605). This means we would like to record your preferred method of contact so that you can receive your health information in a format you can understand.

For most of us our preferred method of contact is our home number or mobile number but for example, if you suffer from hard of hearing or blindness that may not be suitable for you. If you or someone you are caring for wishes us to contact you in another way, please do let us know by informing our reception staff at the practice.   We will then record your needs by highlighting it on your medical records. 

 

General News

Our current news stories include:

 

Other News and Information

Patient Participation Group (PPG)

Did you know we have a Rycroft Primary Care Centre and South Hiendley Surgery Patient Participation Group?  Our next meeting date at Rycroft is yet to be confirmed, please let us know if you would like to be involved.

For any patients who are unable to attend the meetings, we are also starting a 'virtual' group, where we send out information by e-mail to our PPG members, asking for your feedback regarding our service and input into any new projects or services which we may be considering, please let us know if you would be happy to be part of this 'virtual' group.

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