We are aware that the NHS England have started to send letters out to the next cohort of eligible patients (those aged 75-79). Practices across Derby are working hard to get all their over 80’s booked in. This is nearly completed and any spare appointments will then be opened up for the next group to book. We will update on here and the surgery Facebook page when appointments are bookable. If you have a mobile number recorded on your medical record you will also receive a text message to advise you. Please DO NOT contact the surgery at this time.
The Practice has been given more allocation of appointments for the Derby Arena for patients aged 80+ to have their COVID vaccine. The surgery will be contacting patients from today (Sunday) to make appointments. If you know someone who is our patient and aged 80+ you can book an appointment for them using this link: https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/pre_timescreen.php?id=$2y$10$KZ4xtNLivI6gPSSelojblORg7LXDWcZBfwsrWiwoCYuHoQPes8Mre
We are aware that the government have sent letters to shielded patients stating they could register online to get a free 4 month supply of Vitamin D per day delivered to their home from January. This is NOT done via the GP Practices but via a central supply. If you have received one of these letters, the link to order your supply is here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/get-vitamin-d-supplements/
We are pleased to inform that all of our patients at the Bluebell Park Care Home have now received their COVID vaccine. The other 2 care homes that we look after, Pool Cottage and Chestnut View, will be done shortly. The team, operated by DHU, will then move on to seeing the patients who are unable to leave their homes to attend Derby Arena. If you know of a patient who is not able to leave their home, and have not as yet been contacted by the surgery, then please contact us to ensure their name is added to the list. We encourage as many as possible to attend an appointment at the Derby Arena when more appointments are available. However we totally understand that this is not possible for all. We have no further information as to when the housebound patients will be able to be seen but will update here when we know any more.
The surgery will be closed from 13:30 on Wednesday 13th January. If you require medical assistance then please dial 111 and you will be directed accordingly. The surgery will re-open as normal at 08:00 on Thursday 14th January. We apologise for any inconvenience.
We are aware that NHS England have issued letters to patients aged 80+ who are eligible for the COVID vaccine and inviting them to book an appointment. The contact details on the letter only have access to the newly opened mass vaccination centres, the closest of which is Birmingham. Derby Arena are continuing to provide appointments and the surgery are working hard to contact as many of our eligible patients as possible to offer them an appointment. More mass vaccination centres will be opening and this may include one closer to our practice area.
We have another Flu Clinic operating on Saturday 16th January for patients aged 50+ who wish to have the flu vaccine. Appointments are available to book online via SystemOnline accessible from this website. We encourage patients to book via this method to relieve pressure on our phone lines. Thankyou.
Further to recent announcements in the media, the above vaccine is being distributed to the Vaccination Centres at the Derby Arena and Royal Derby Hospital and these are then being utilised for the patients and staff in the care home setting. Please DO NOT contact the surgery to request an appointment. There is a system in place for patients to be contacted when there is an appointment available for them. We are currently contacting patients as per the priority list which is the aged 80+ ones first. We are working thru in age order and still contacting patients aged 90+. We appreciate your co-operation and understanding in this.
Below is an important update from the Clinical Commisioning Group (CCG) regarding the COVID vaccine rollout:
“We will shortly be sharing more detailed information with regard to the vaccination rollout but in the meantime we want to assure everyone that GP’s in Derbyshire are working hard to finalise the arrangements for COVID-19 vaccinations. This has been the subject of very stringent rules and regulations and you can be assured that the NHS is working around the clock to finalise the details. We are very confident that most vaccination hubs will be in place by early to mid-January.
The vaccines storage requirements have severely limited the locations from the which the vaccines can be stored and given. We now have the approval of the Astra Zeneca/Oxford vaccine and this will enable us to plan for many more vaccination centres, because this vaccine is easier to transport and store. Patients aged 80 or over, care home staff and healthcare staff are the first priority groups for vaccinations, and these will be broadened once more vaccine becomes available.
Patients will be contacted when their vaccine is available and we are asking everyone to avoid contacting their surgery in the meantime. It is possible that people are hearing of neighbours or friends receiving their vaccination, but this will only be because they are registered with a GP practice that is in the first round for the vaccination programme rollout, or are a member of NHS or adult care staff.
Everyone has an important part to play and we’re asking people to remember the following:
– Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you
– When we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments.
– Please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.
The Practice has signed up to be part of the vaccine programme. However, the initial rollout will not be at the surgery premises and we have no dates or timeframe as to if it will be carried out at the surgery premises.
The 1st phase of the programme is being given via the hosptials due to the fact that the vaccine from Pfizer is not able to be moved once defrosted, and needs to be stored at extremely low temperatures (-70c), something that GP Practices are not able to do. The hospitals are vaccinating any patient over the age of 80 that is due to be discharged, or coming for any outpatient appointments. Also any care home staff and any of the hospital staff who are vulnerable.
For the 2nd phase we will be joining with the other 5 Primary Care Networks across Derby City to run a vaccine hub from the Derby Arena, adjacent to the Derby County Football Club at Pride Park. The process of organising this is already under way and we expect this to be ready for the new year, and when more vaccines become available.
We will keep updating this website with any further information. We kindly ask that you don’t contact the surgery about the COVID vaccine.