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Please click on Covid Vaccination tab on the right hand side of this page for more information - latest update 19th March 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.

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DOWN AT THE DOCTORS

MARCH 2021

 

The Covid vaccination clinics at Bishops Stortford FC are a great success and we have made a significant contribution; Dr Oates having attended every session, on a voluntary basis, which happened to fall on her days off (she does only live around the corner!)

At the time of writing (15th Feb) 1,671 of our patients have received their first dose of vaccine, representing 25% of our practice population. This includes all our over 70’s, all our housebound patients (including St Elizabeths and Ashview nursing home) plus our clinically extremely vulnerable patients. We are moving through the priority groups quickly and have now arrived at the over 65’s (group 5).

However, we MUST NOT become complacent. Latest figures show that we have had 260 patients (4%) testing positive for C-19 since testing began in earnest and, sadly, we have had a few deaths. We peaked at 40 new positive cases weekly early in the new year but I’m pleased to say that recently that figure has dropped to just 5 per week; no doubt due to the effect of the post-Christmas lockdown and continued social distancing.

In early March (week beginning 8th) we commence the second dose programme and have had notification/confirmation of vaccine delivery. Please wait for us to contact you either by telephone or text in order to arrange your second appointment.

On a personal note, my wife and I became grandparents for the first time on 8th February; a bonnie wee lad of 7lb 1oz who will no doubt be beating me on the golf course before too long!!

Stay safe

Dr Paul Haimes

 

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