Further to the Government’s announcement to have every eligible adult booked to have a jab by the end of January we want to reassure you that we are continuing to offer Covid vaccinations and boosters to eligible patients and currently have clinics fully booked up until the 18th December.
We are still awaiting official government guidance on the rollout of the additional vaccination programme and how this will be made operational to meet there required target, this includes additional stock provisions.
As soon as official guidance and further stock of vaccines is received we will be able to update our patients. Eligible patients will then be contacted by the practice to book an appointment either via text or telephone call.
If you haven’t already consented to be contacted via text message may we suggest that you contact the practice to organise this as it is the simplest, most effective way of the practice sending mass communications.
If you would prefer to attend a local mass vaccination clinic please follow the attached link:-
We are proud to say that, as well as offering core medical services throughout the pandemic, we have also vaccinated the following cohorts (figures as at 23rd November):-
Age Group: 80y+ 96.8 %
Age Group: 75-79y 97.8 %
Age Group: 70-74y 96.9 %
Age Group: 65-69y 95.0 %
Age Group: 16-64y with underlying health conditions 86.5 %
Age Group: 80y+ 96.4 %
Age Group: 75-79y 97.6 %
Age Group: 70-74y 96.5 %
Age Group: 65-69y 94.9 %
Age Group: 16-64y with underlying health conditions 84.3 %
Age Group: 80y+ 73.9 %
Age Group: 75-79y 75.9 %
Age Group: 70-74y 61.0 %
We are very proud of this achievement which is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of all of our staff who have strived to provide a vaccination service whilst continuing to provide the best of care for our patients in core medical services.
If you are attending the surgery:
Wear a mask - Socially distance - Do not arrive early for appointments.
Do not attend the surgery if you have:
- A temperature
- A new cough
- A loss of sense of smell or taste
- Been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19
Only attend the surgery if you have been requested to by a member of staff.
NHS guidance is that all individuals who fall into the following cohorts should receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine:
- Those living in residential care homes for older adults
- All adults aged 50 years or over
- Frontline health and social care workers
- All those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions and adult carers
- Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
The booster vaccine dose should be offered no earlier than six months after your 2nd vaccine. All boosters will be the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine irrespective of which vaccine was given previously.
When you become eligible to receive your booster you will receive an invitation to make an appointment. Most people will receive either a text message or a letter, either from their GP Surgery or the national NHS vaccination programme. Vaccinations will be held at local vaccination sites e.g. GP surgeries, vaccination centres and hospitals.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Supporting patients following events in Afghanistan
We are conscious that some patients registered at Abbey House Medical Practice may be affected by current events in Afghanistan. Abbey House Medical Practice is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners as one which specialises in the care of military veterans and their families. All the team have been trained in the care of military veterans and their families. If recent events have affected you and you wish to seek help, please come forward.
Update on COVID-19 safety measures
Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors after 19th July.
That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.
Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.
Covid vaccinations given outside of the UK
The practice can record your covid vaccinations in your medical records if documented proof is supplied.
However, this data will not be captured in the NHS app/travel passport and will not be visible and therefore cannot be used as proof of covid vaccination status for travel/events.
This is due to the current design of the NHS app and cannot be resolved by the practice
Patients are advised to keep all of their original vaccination documents as proof until NHS Digital are able to update the NHS app/travel passport to capture this particular type of data.
Update from NGH
If you are a patient at Northampton General Hospital and have any questions or queries about an outpatient appointment, when your planned operation is expected to take place, or if you want to cancel or rearrange an appointment with the hospital, please contact their Outpatient Contact Centre on 01604 545555. We do not have access to the hospital booking system and will not be able to provide you with the information you need. Thank you.
Your health records contain a type of data called confidential patient information. Currently this data can be used to help with research and planning. If you don’t want your identifiable patient data to be shared for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out or a National Data Opt-out, or both. Your individual care will not be affected if you opt-out using either option. See Opt-out options.
More information about Type 1 Opt-outs is in the GP Data for Planning and Research Transparency Notice, including a form that you can complete and send to your GP practice.If you register a Type 1 Opt-out after this collection has started, no more of your data will be shared with NHS Digital. They will however still hold the patient data which was shared with them before you registered the Type 1 Opt-out.
Practice Update- Covid
Your practice is delighted to be undertaking the largest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS. They are balancing this programme whilst continuing to be open and managing your other clinical needs. Please do be reassured that if you need medical attention, your practice is here for you and will determine the best way to support you based on your symptoms. We are experiencing delays in answering phone calls due to the significant increase of calls.
Here are a few ideas to decrease the number of phone calls being made to the surgery:
- Sign up to our online service so you can book an appointment online.
- Use self-care for minor ailments/injuries.
- Avoid calling first thing on Monday morning.
- For minor health concerns visit a local pharmacy.
- Ensure you have checked our website before contacting the practice.
Abbey House Surgery would like to invite you to join DoctorLink
We have been looking at how we can improve access to Practice Services; DoctorLink is our new online service where you can access advice and appointments online.
Registration is simple and you can register here:
For all urgent appointments, we ask that you undertake a symptom assessment through DoctorLink.
The symptom checker will ask you a number of questions to help identify your problem.
The outcome of your assessment will direct you to the right treatment, whether emergency care, your GP, nurse or self care.
If your outcome indicates that an appointment is required, you simply click on request appointment link.
Once the request has been submitted, you will then be contacted by the Practice Team, to arrange an appointment within the identified time frame (as outlined in the outcome of your symptom checker).
The information you provide will be shared with our clinical team (where appropriate) and will assist in providing robust information of your problem to the required clinical team member prior to your appointment.
Patient Participation Group
Did you know we have a Patient Participation Group?
The purpose of the Patient Participation Group is to help us access and use your ideas for new projects, and gaining your views as to how the practice can improve and develop.Patient Group Page
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