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Weekly Covid-19 Bulletin 05.03.21

Covid vaccinations are continuing up to at Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC) /Showground. There is a fantastic atmosphere and we're all enjoying seeing the smiles from staff, volunteers, and patients alike! 

Contact details

We are continuing to send vaccination invitations out by SMS/text message where possible. We are noticing that some of our records are incorrect/out of date. Patients with access to SystmOnline, please log on to check/amend your contact details, especially your mobile number and email address. 

For those without a mobile number on record, we will continue to contact you by email, letter or telephone. Please do not contact us to make an appointment. 

Cohort 7 (60-64 year olds)

These invitations have now started to go out. Please do not contact us, we will contact you. 

2nd doses

We are aiming to start giving 2nd doses next week (w/c 8th March). This will start with those patients who received their first dose at YEC in December 2020. Please wait for your invitation, do not contact your surgery. 

Also, a polite reminder that you should have your 2nd vaccine at the same centre that administered your first dose. If you attended a mass vaccination site (Leeds, York) for your first dose, you should keep your appointment there for your 2nd dose. The number of 2nd dose vaccines delivered to YEC is based on the number of 1st doses given, we are not able to order additional vaccines, so YEC does not have the capacity to provide 2nd doses to those who received their first vaccine elsewhere. 

Cohort 6 (underlying health conditions)

We are receiving many queries from patients who have an underlying health condition and are eligible for the annual Influenza vaccine but have not received an invitation for Covid vaccine in Cohort 6. 

Please be aware that the criteria for Covid vaccination and Influenza vaccination are not the same. Covid and 'Flu are different viruses, and the risks are different. 

More information about the health conditions that are included in JCVI Cohort 6 for Covid vaccination can be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/961287/Greenbook_chapter_14a_v7_12Feb2021.pdf

Queries about eligibility

If after reading the above, you still have queries about your eligibility, please contact your surgery using a digital format (eConsult or SystmOnline message). Please do not telephone the surgery, our phone lines remain extremely busy and we would like to protect them for patients telephoning with urgent clinical queries. 

Weekly Covid-19 Bulletin 26.02.2021

 "New" shielding cohort

  • Over the past couple of weeks, the NHSE (NHS England) have remotely identified patients who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable due to a combination of factors. This is using the QCovid tool.
  • These patients will receive a shielding letter from the NHSE. 
  • We are continuing to identify these patients as we are notified by the NHS and will send out invitations for vaccination. 
  • For more information on how this group have been identified, please follow this link
  • The algorithm is complex and as GPs we cannot nominate patients into this group. If you have queries, please direct them to the email address on the website above.   

Groups 1-5 - Age 65+ and Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (those who previously received a shielding letter) 

  • If you have not yet had your vaccine, we would encourage you to make your appointment. 
  • If you received a text message, please use the link to attend Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC) at the Showground
  • Or book at one of the NHS mass vaccination centres by visiting following this link to book online or calling 119.   

Group 6 - Those with certain underlying health conditions age 16-64 and Adult Carers

  • GP Practices in the Harrogate region are now inviting this group. 
  • The health conditions/severity of conditions is subtly different to the groups are invited for Influenza vaccination each year. 
  • One main difference is the criteria for asthma - those taking regular tablet steroids are eligible, rather than inhaled steroids. 
  • More information about the eligible health conditions can be found here by clicking here
  • Please wait for your invitation. Your Practice will be in contact by text message or letter (for those without a mobile number).  

Adult carers 

  • Adult carers also fall into Group 6, so are eligible for vaccination. 
  • Those who are eligible for a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable. 
  • You can book at one of the mass vaccination sites - 
  • Or book at one of the NHS mass vaccination centres by following this link to book online or calling 119.
  • You may want to attend YEC with the person you care for (if they also fall into Group 6), if you fall into this group and want to ensure you receive an invite for YEC, please send an online message to your surgery to put forward your request.   

2nd vaccinations

  • Planning of 2nd doses of vaccine is dependent on vaccine delivery dates. We are working on trying to give 2nd doses 10-11 weeks after the first dose. 
  • We will contact you to make arrangements. 
  • You should have your 2nd dose where you had your 1st dose.

Covid-19 Vaccination Update 15.02.2021

Group 6

Further to our previous bulletins, practices have now been asked to prioritise JCVI Group 6 (those with underlying health conditions) for Covid vaccinations. This group has overlap but is subtly different to those eligible for an Influenza vaccine each year. Please do not contact us, we will contact you. More information about Group 6 will be published when it is available. 

 Groups 1-5 

We will therefore NOT be routinely contacting anyone in any of the following groups who has not had their first vaccination:

  • Age 65 or over
  • Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (has had a shielding letter)
  • Front line health and social care workers/allied health professionals. 

If you fall into one of these groups you can self refer (without a letter) to one of the mass vaccination sites using this website:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or call 119.

Weekly Covid-19 Bulletin 12.02.2021

Over 70s and Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (those who received a shielding letter)

  • All invitations have now been sent by text message or telephone call.

  • Uptake within this group has been >95% which is fantastic.

  • If you have not yet had your vaccine, we would encourage you to make your appointment. 

  • Please either use the link on your original text message to attend Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC) at the Showground or book at one of the NHS mass vaccination centres by visiting: 

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/ or calling 119. 

Group 5 - Age 65-69

  • Invitations started going out this week. We will contact you, please do not contact us.  Please see previous bulletins for information on how to arrange your appointment. The quickest and easiest way is by using the link sent to you in your invitation text.   

 Group 6 - Those with certain underlying health conditions

  • We are aiming to start sending invites within the next few weeks. Invitations will be sent by text message with a link to book your vaccination at YEC. Please wait for your invitation, please do not contact the surgery.  

 2nd vaccinations

  • Planning of 2nd doses of vaccine is dependent on vaccine delivery dates. We are working on trying to give 2nd doses 10-11 weeks after the first dose. 
  • We will contact you to make arrangements. 
  • You should have your 2nd dose where you had your 1st dose.  

 Beware of scams!!!

  • Sadly there are a number of scams regarding Covid vaccinations in circulation
  • The NHS will NEVER ask you for your bank details, PIN or passwords, or personal identity documents.
  • Covid vaccinations are FREE on the NHS - you will never be asked to pay.
  • Scammers can target online or by telephone. 
  • Please remain vigilant. 
  • You can contact Action Fraud on 0300 1232040 if you think you are a victim of a scam.  

Covid Vaccination and Fertility

Weekly Covid-19 Bulletin 03.02.2021

Vaccination Invitations

  • Invites to have your Covid vaccination at the Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC) are being sent out by text message wherever we have your mobile phone number. Those without a mobile phone are being telephoned directly to make a booking. We will contact you. Invites have been going out to those in the 70-74 group.

  • The quickest and easiest way to book your appointment at (YEC) is using the link in your AccuRx invitation text. Please call your surgery only as a last resort. 

  • If you have already booked an appointment at one of the NHS mass vaccination centres in Leeds or York and then receive an invite to YEC you can either

    • Keep your appointment in Leeds or York. There is no need to notify your GP surgery. 

    • Book instead at the YEC. Please book using the AccuRx link in your text message. You must cancel your existing appointment in Leeds or York yourself. Your GP surgery cannot access the NHS mass vaccination booking system, so cannot cancel appointments in Leeds/York on your behalf. 

2nd vaccinations 

  • We are working on a plan to administer 2nd vaccines. As per national guidance these can be up to 12 weeks after the first.

  • Please do not contact your surgery to enquire about your second vaccine. We will contact you. 

  • Vaccine supplies for 2nd vaccines are being determined by where you had your first dose. You must attend the same location for your 2nd vaccine. Please be aware of this when booking your first vaccination. 

Housebound patients

  • Where possible, you should try to have your vaccine at YEC. If this is possible with the support of family/friends, please book your appointment at YEC using the methods above. 

  • For patients who are unable to leave their homes, even with support,  we are planning home visits for vaccination during the week commencing 8th February. We will contact you to make arrangements. Please do not contact us. 

Stay Well

Weekly Covid-19 Bulletin 27.01.2020

  • Vaccination rollout continues in the Harrogate and Rural region. Sessions are running over 5 days this week at the the Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC) with the aim of administering over 8000 vaccinations. 

  • Invites started going out to 75-79 year olds and those in the "Clinically Extremely Vulnerable" cohort last week. 

  • Invites are being sent out by text message wherever we have your mobile phone number. Those without a mobile phone are being telephoned directly to make a booking. Please do not contact us, we will contact you. 

  • The quickest and easiest way to book your appointment at YEC is using the link in your AccuRx invitation text. Please call your surgery only as a last resort. 

  • If you have already booked an appointment at one of the NHS mass vaccination centres in Leeds or York and then receive an invite to YEC you can either

    • Keep your appointment in Leeds or York. There is no need to notify your GP surgery. 

    • Book instead at the YEC. Please book using the AccuRx link in your text message. You must cancel your existing appointment in Leeds or York yourself. Your GP surgery cannot access the NHS mass vaccination booking system, so cannot cancel appointments in Leeds/York on your behalf. 

  • Beware of Covid vaccine scams. We will never ask for bank details to confirm your identity. If you are aware of any scams, please report them using the following website:

       https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/coronavirus-vaccine-scams-warning

  • The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has provided guidance regarding Covid vaccination in pregnancy. Please see this information sheet if you are pregnant and eligible for a vaccination. Please talk to your midwife or specialist if you have any queries. 

Free Bus to Vaccination Site 25.01.2020

From Tuesday 26th January, The Harrogate Bus Company are offering a free shuttle service from the bus station to the vaccination site at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

The timetable can be found here.

Weekly Covid-19 Bulletin 21.01.2020

  • GP surgeries in the area are working together to provide Covid vaccinations at the Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC). 
  • Our surgery telephone lines are extremely busy with usual clinical queries from our patients. Please do not contact your surgery to find out when you will get your vaccine, we will contact you. 
  • When we get notification of vaccine supply numbers and dates, patients are being invited (by text message, telephone call or letter) in order of priority according to the Government published list of priority groups as below - more information about how this list was drawn up can be accessed here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020

  • Since the first vaccinations were given on 22nd December, excellent progress has been made in the region with groups 1 and 2. 
  • Invitations will be sent out to everyone in one priority group before moving to the next. We are not able to amend an individual patient's priority group allocation. 
  • GP Practices in the area are providing a mass vaccination effort for residents and staff of care homes for older adults over this coming weekend (22nd/23rd January 2021). 
  • You may be aware of other areas who have started inviting lower aged groups, but with a proportionately high number residents aged over 80 in the Harrogate region, it has taken a little longer to invite all aged over 80 than in other areas. 
  • We are hoping that invitations will start to go out to group 3 (aged 75 and over) next week. 
  • You may have received a letter inviting you to book an appointment at one of the new mass vaccination centres (locally these are Leeds, York and Newcastle). This is a different service to the local GP-run vaccination centre at YEC. Please do not contact your GP surgery regarding this letter. 
  • If you already have an appointment to attend the YEC, you should keep your appointment at the YEC. 
  • If you receive a letter about the mass vaccination centres, you can choose to book your vaccine there, or wait for your invitation for a vaccination at the YEC. Please do not contact your surgery, we will contact you to invite you to the YEC. 
  • New guidance has been released this week by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for women who are pregnant or planning pregnancy:

https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/news/RCOG-and-RCM-respond-to-misinformation-around-Covid-19-vaccine-and-fertility/

 

COVID 19 - Question & Answers

Please click on the link below to access the Q&A document produced by the 3 practices at Mowbray Square Medical Centre

Common COVID 19 Queries

COVID 19 - Update regarding Second vaccinations (As at 07/01/2021)

Due to new national guidance, second Covid-19 vaccine appointments are going to be rescheduled to 11 -12 weeks following your first dose. Please do not contact the surgery regarding your second vaccination. We will contact you to book your appointment at a later date. www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

 

Your Accountable/Named GP May Have Changed

The practice is required by the Government under the terms of the latest GP contract to allocate all patients a named accountable GP (identified as your usual GP on your medical records).

Due to changes in our GP Team over the last 12 months, your named GP may have changed. Please note there is no need to telephone the practice, it is for information only. You can find details of your named GP on the home page of your Systmonline account alternatively, please feel free to ask the reception staff when you next visit the Surgery who your named doctor is.

Our named Accountable GP's at the practice are:- Dr T Chiddick, Dr D Ganesh, Dr E Goldstein, Dr M D Hammatt, Dr A K Handley, Dr S K I Hay,  Dr K Hunter,  Dr E L Maw, Dr S Peachey, Dr J K Shacklock & Dr C J Wright

Where a patient expresses a preference as to which GP they have been assigned, the practice will make reasonable effort to accommodate this request.

Having a Named Accountable GP does not prevent you seeing any other doctor in the practice.

Letter from a Patient

Please find below a heartfelt letter from the dad of one of our patients. He wanted us to share his experience when his baby daughter became very ill so that parents can be aware of the symptoms to watch for and how important it is to follow advice from healthcare professionals.

Having an ill child can be a very scary experience. If you understand more about the illness it can help you to feel more in control... you can download a very helpful booklet from the following website www.whenshouldiworry.com which gives information about common infections in normally healthy children. You can also find a link to the booklet on our website on the ‘family health’ page.

Letter from Parent

Online Services have changed

Access to Online Services have changed, please read or print our patient information leaflet to find out more;

Online Services Information Leaflet

If you do not already have access to online services but would like to register, please print and compete the appropriate application form and return it to the surgery with the necessary photographic ID

Over 16s Online Services Registration Form

Parental Proxy Application for children aged 0 - 10 years

Please note: Online services and Proxy online services are not available for children aged 11 - 16 years.

 

New Vaccinations for Children

This year there have been changes to the vaccination schedule with the introduction of the Men B and Men ACWY vaccines.

Private Vaccines:  Unfortunately, it has been widely reported, there is a national shortage of the vaccination Bexsero (against Men B) and as such we are unable to obtain a private supply.  We would, therefore, recommend that parents wishing to vaccinate privately keep in touch with the larger private clinics who will most likely be the first to obtain stock when it becomes available.

This supply issue does not affect our younger patients currently being or due to be vaccinated against Men B as part of the NHS Vaccination Programme.

To find out more about the vaccines and read the eligibility criteria please click on the link below:

Vaccination schedule age checklist

 

Local Bus Service to Mowbray Square Medical Centre

Connexions buses run the X4 service from Harrogate Bus Station to Harrogate Hospital & Wedderburn via Westmoreland Street every hour from 9:45 - 3:45. Click on the link below to view the X4 Timetable

X4 Bus timetable 

 

CANCER FACT

 
Did you know that Harrogate and District has one of the worst rates of alcohol misuse in the UK - often hidden or secret drinking in our middle-class population. Here are some interesting facts about alcohol and its associated cancer risks:

• Not everyone who drinks alcohol will develop cancer, but

• Some cancers are more common in people who drink more alcohol , and

• Every year alcohol causes 4% of cancers in the UK, around 12,800 cases(1)

• The highest proportion of cases linked to alcohol were in mouth and upper throat cancers (around 30%)(1)

• But bowel cancers accounted for the greatest overall number of cases linked to alcohol (around 4,800 cases a year)(1)

• In fact, alcohol is associated with 7 types of cancer

• Whether it’s in wine, beer or spirits it’s the alcohol itself that leads to the damage

• Drinking and smoking together are even worse for you

• If the current trends in alcohol consumption continue over the next 20 years it is estimated it will cause


 o  135,000 cancer deaths(2)
 o  £2Bn in cancer costs to the NHS(2)
 o  1.2m hospital admissions(2)

 So, the less alcohol you drink, the lower the risk of cancer

• UK Government guidelines for low risk (not safe) drinking recommend that men and women who drink regularly do not exceed  14 units of alcohol per week(3)

WANT TO KNOW MORE? Following this link:

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/alcohol-and-cancer

1. Parkin, DM et al., Cancers attributable to the consumption of alcohol in the UK in 2010. Br J Cancer. 2011. 106(S2):S14- S18

2. Angus C, Holmes J, Pryce R, Meier P & Brennan A (2016) Alcohol and cancer trends: Intervention studies University of  Sheffield & CRUK
 
Department of Health. Alcohol Guidelines Review – Report from the guidelines development group to the UK Chief Medical Officers. 2016 (January)

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