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Please click on Covid Vaccination tab on the right hand side of this page for more information - latest update 2nd February 2021

Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

As the advice on Coronavirus is changing daily, please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 for the latest guidance.  Please refer to self isolation advice on www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

In order to promote patient and staff safety we will be increasing our telephone triage service. All appointments will be triaged by a GP before a patient is seen face to face. The reception team will ask the nature of the problem (ask about Coronavirus symptoms) and book a telephone call with the duty doctor who will call you back. The online appointment booking process for appointments is temporarily suspended.

 

All medication reviews will be cancelled or maybe discussed by a GP on the telephone.

 

All chronic care reviews e.g. annual diabetes check, asthma reviews, NHS Health Checks will be cancelled for the foreseeable future.

There will be no appointments at our branch surgeries until further notice.

 

All pregnant women who are well should attend for their care as normal. If you are pregnant and have symptoms of possible Covid-19 infection, you should call to defer routine visits until after the isolation period is over. 

 

These are unprecedented times and we are following national guidance to keep you, our patients and staff as safe and well as possible.

COVID VACCINATIONS

Update  - 2nd February 2021

To date Stort Valley and Villages Primary Care Network (PCN) have vaccinated over 9,000 patients, with another 1170 booked into clinics running next week.  We are currently working hard to meet the government’s deadline of offering a vaccine to all those in cohorts 1 - 4 by 15th February (everyone over 70, care home residents and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable). 

This week we have:

Run clinics for over 3000 patients at the football club.

Started contacting all our housebound patients and they are being given a time slot and a date for their vaccine, we have teams going out twice a day and they are working incredibly hard to get round everyone as quickly as possible.

Become aware that some patients will be getting two invites one from their own GP surgery (for a clinic run by the PCN at the Bishops Stortford football club) and another via the national booking service (where you can choose from options including Harlow, Stevenage and the newly opened clinic at the Avanti Meadows School in Bishops Stortford which we are not involved in delivering).  Unfortunately, we have no control over this so bear with us if you have already been called.

It is entirely up to the individual which clinic they would rather attend but to be clear the PCN clinic (at Bishops Stortford Football Club) invites people as follows:

1) Via Text (identifying your GP surgery) asking you to book via a system called Accurbook.

2) Via a phone call from one of our surgery team (who will identify them as such).

3) Via letter with full instructions about the date / time of the clinic.

As a PCN we request that if you do not want an appointment at the football club vaccination site you let us know ASAP, this allows us to judge the numbers and open appointments for others to be vaccinated.  

NB: Please can we request that patients book at one or the other site not both as we will not be able to judge how best to distribute the vaccine if people double book.

22.12.20 - GPs in the Stort Valley and Villages PCN begin administering Covid-19 vaccinations

A centre has been set up at Bishop’s Stortford Football Club to start vaccinating our patients. The vaccinations will be arranged in strict order of eligibility, and we will begin with patients over 80 year’s old. 

If you have not yet been invited to attend, please don’t worry, but do not call your GP Practice. We will contact you as soon as we have a vaccine and an appointment slot available.

There is plenty of information about the vaccine available:

Adult leaflet https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/943117/PHE_11843_Covid-19_guide_for_adults.pdf

For enquiring patients (who are not yet being vaccinated): https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-why-you-are-being-asked-to-wait/why-you-have-to-wait-for-your-covid-19-vaccine

Dr Sian Stanley, Clinical Director of the Stort Valley and Villages PCN says:  “General Practices across Sawbridgeworth, Bishops Stortford and The Hadhams have come together to work collaboratively to offer a community-focussed Covid vaccination service. It has taken a huge team effort to prepare the programme and get it up and running at the football club – the site used for our flu vaccination programme earlier this year. It’s a very emotional moment for us.

GP practices will be inviting patients to receive their vaccine, following a strict eligibility list, starting with our oldest patients first. Together, our teams bring years of experience and knowledge of delivering vaccination programmes. Please be patient and wait until you are contacted with further details on how to book in with us.”

Shan Toms, General Manager of Bishop’s Stortford Football Club said: “We are proud to be part of this vaccination programme to help the community get back to normal, and to be part of history. I am hoping this is the light at the end of the tunnel that will get us all back to a near normal life.”

Use this link for the latest Patient Information Leaflet

https://www.enhertsccg.nhs.uk/information-adults-about-covid-19-vaccination-programme

COVID-19 Information

Covid-19 Vaccination programme for Stort Valley and Villages PCN – updated 7.12.20

We’ve had a terrific response to our appeal for clinicians to help deliver the Covid-19 vaccine to patients. Not only have our own staff volunteered to work overtime, but retired nurses/doctors are volunteering to help out too.

Our target is to vaccinate all our eligible patients over a 3-4 month period, and to give first dose of vaccinations to 15,000 patients within the first weeks of rollout in January.

It is a big undertaking, as between us we care for 63,000 patients across the 5 practices in Stort Valley and Villages Primary Care Network (PCN).

We will deliver the programme from Bishop’s Stortford Football Club, which was a great success with flu vaccinations this year. It will be tough, but we are keen to get started and it’s great to know that we can count on your understanding and support in the months to come.

It is not our intention to start a debate about vaccinations. Whether or not to have the vaccination is a personal choice which everyone is free to make for themselves.

Frequently asked Q & As

Why is this programme different to the annual seasonal flu campaign?

Whilst we don’t have all the detail about the requirements of these new vaccines, we do know that they won’t initially be delivered to us in single, pre-filled doses, as is the case with flu vaccines. Each vaccine has to be reconstituted and individually drawn up – which slows the process down. Every patient will have 2 doses, 21 to 28 days apart.

Clinics will be held on a socially distanced basis, and patients who drive themselves to their appointment will need to wait 15 minutes post vaccination before they can leave the site. So logistically – a bit of a challenge!

Why work as a PCN; why not as individual surgeries?

The reason for this, is that the first vaccine to be delivered requires ultra-low temperatures, and once defrosted, needs to be administered within 5 days. Furthermore, it comes in vials that contain 5 doses, and once diluted, the vaccine must be used within 6 hours.

So, if we get a big batch delivered, it is unlikely a single practice would have sufficient numbers or clinical capacity to deliver this within the required timeframe. In addition, the vials cannot be divided at practice level and shared with other practices due to the regulations related to the distribution of medications.

At this stage, we do not know if we will have any control or choice over our delivery schedule.

The vaccine will be in short supply and we must try and keep wastage to a minimum.

As the programme progresses and more vaccine becomes available, we may be able to adjust how we deliver the programme.

Which patients will be prioritised for vaccination?

This has not been confirmed, but will depend on the characteristics of the vaccines being administered. It is unlikely that surgeries will have any control over this part of the programme

We will do our best to keep you informed; this programme is bound to be subject to many changes.

Central Surgery

Church St Surgery

Much Hadham Surgery

Parsonage Surgery

South St Surgery

 

For further information about Coronavirus from the Government website, please see the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer to help at the vaccination clinics, please email svv.ea@nhs.net

We would appreciate volunteers from the local community with supporting our on site clinic, such as assisting with car parking and giving directions to patients attending.

Staffing

If you are a clinician and would be interested in working at the COVID-19 vaccination clinics, please emai svv.ea@nhs.net with your contact details. We will contact you with further information.

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Statement from the Stort Valley and Villages Primary Care Network
23rd November 2020

Covid-19 Vaccination programme

I am sure you have all heard the news that some Covid-19 vaccinations will soon be available.

We are not circulating this information to start a debate about vaccinations, having a vaccination is a personal choice which everyone is free to make for themselves.

We do not yet have a lot of specific information. All we know is that we have to be ready to potentially start vaccinating from December 1st.

We have to work as a Primary Care Network (PCN) to deliver this programme. Central Surgery, Church Street Partnership, Much Hadham Health Centre, Parsonage Surgery and South Street Surgery, will all be working together to achieve this. Between our 5 surgeries we look after 63,000 patients, so it’s a big undertaking.

Our PCN is working hard on coming up with the best solution for delivering this service to our patients. We hope to deliver the bulk of the programme from Bishop’s Stortford Football Club, as this was used successfully to deliver the flu vaccination to our population. However, we are also looking at other locations to complement our work and give us the ability to deliver the service more widely. Our PCN have an excellent working relationship and I am sure we will be successful in delivering this programme.

We have access to some limited, additional funding to hopefully recruit extra, short term clinical and support staff to help us with this huge undertaking. However, we will still have to divert our own GPs, nurses, healthcare assistants, pharmacists, paramedics and physician associates to support delivery.

It will be tough, but we are keen to get started, and know that we can count on your understanding and support in the months to come.

Why is this programme different to the annual seasonal flu campaign?

While we still have no specifics about the characteristics of these new vaccinations, we do know that they won’t initially be delivered to us in single, pre-filled doses, as they do for flu vaccinations. Each vaccination has to be reconstituted and individually drawn up – which slows the process down. Each patient will have to have 2 doses, 21 to 28 days apart.

Clinics will still have to be held on a socially distanced basis, and patients who are driving themselves to their appointment will have to wait 15 minutes post vaccination before they can leave the vaccination site. So logistically – a bit of a nightmare!

Why work as a PCN – why not as individual surgeries?

The reasoning behind this is that the first vaccine (Pfizer) comes frozen and needs to be administered within 5 days. Furthermore it comes in vials that each containing 5 doses. This will come with a diluent and the required needles and syringes. Once diluted the vaccine must be used within 6 hours.

So, if we get a big batch delivered (they are suggesting 975 vaccines per week) it is unlikely a single practice would have sufficient numbers or clinical capacity to deliver this individually. In addition, the vials cannot be divided at practice level and shared with other practices due to the regulations related to the distribution of medications.

At this stage, we do not know if we will have any control or choice over our delivery schedule.

The vaccine will be in short supply and we must try and keep wastage to a minimum.

As the programme progresses, and more vaccine becomes available, we may be able to adjust how we deliver the programme.

Which patients will be prioritised for vaccination?

This is still not fully clear and has not been confirmed yet. This will depend on the characteristics of the vaccines being administered. It is unlikely that surgeries will have any control over this part of the programme

We will do our best to keep you informed – this programme is bound to be subject to many changes…

In order to keep you up to date – all further details and relevant information will be found on our Website. You can also visit your surgery website for further details.

 



 
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