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COVID VACCINATION UPDATE!!

We have around 50 Pfizer first dose appointments available on the afternoon of Friday 30th April for any patient of Buxted, East Hoathly or Manor Oak surgery in Group 4 or 6 and under the age of 30, or any patient between the ages of 16-29 and a household contact of one of our immunosuppressed patients. Appointments that are not filled will then be offered on a first come first serve basis to any patients in priority groups 1-10 who have not yet received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Appointments can only be booked by emailing the surgery at hwccg.buxted@nhs.net and if possible, providing a mobile number for the appointment details to be sent to. Appointments cannot be booked over the phone.

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Protected Learning Time

To allow doctors and practice staff to take part in a Protected Learning Time training session, Buxted and East Hoathly Medical Centres will be closed for half a day from 12.30pm on Tuesday 27th April.
 
The NHS East Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group actively supports developing general practice, to improve the care of our patients. The Protected Learning Time Programme provides an opportunity for all staff at our practices to participate in education and training events. All participating surgeries in the area will be closed on this afternoon.
 
If you require emergency medical treatment while the surgery is closed, please call 0300 020 0550.
 
While the Pharmacy and Dispensary will remain open, we would be very grateful if all non-urgent requests after 12.30pm could wait until Wednesday 28th April, when the surgeries will re-open as usual at 8am.
 
Thank you for your support.

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Phase 2 of the COVID Vaccination Programme

The Greater Wealden Primary Care Network comprising Bird in Eye Surgery, Buxted Medical Centre, Heathfield Medical Centre, Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre, Meads Medical Centre and Mid Downs Partnership are delighted to announce that we will be offering COVID vaccinations as part of Phase 2 of the vaccination programme.  This means that as our patients who are aged under 50 become eligible, we will be offering local vaccination appointments with the majority taking place at each surgery’s own premises. 

Currently anyone aged 45 to 49 is eligible, as well as those from the initial priority groups – those aged 50 and above, those clinically extremely vulnerable, those with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers.

We are really excited to be taking part in the further roll out of the vaccination programme for our patients and will post further news once we are able to announce details of our first ‘phase 2’ clinics.  In the meantime patients are able to book their first appointments at any of the large vaccination centres online using the following link or they can telephone 119.

If there is anyone in the initial priority groups who has not yet had their first dose, please contact your surgery as soon as possible so that this can be arranged quickly.

We are also all currently working to invite patients for their second vaccination. You will be contacted around 11 weeks from your first vaccination. Please do not contact us before this point – we will be in touch with you as soon as your second appointment is available.

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COVID Vaccination Programme Update

The Greater Wealden Primary Care Network are currently in discussions with NHS England regarding Phase 2 (vaccination of the under 50’s) of the COVID Vaccination Programme. We hope to be able to provide some clarity on this towards the end of next week.  We presently don’t have vaccines at the surgery assigned for under 50’s first doses. If you are aged 45-49 and wish to get your vaccine then you are able to book it at one of the larger vaccination centres using the following link.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Unfortunately, the overflow car park at TR Fastenings will be unavailable to Buxted, East Hoathly or Horam patients visiting the Meads Medical Centre tomorrow, Monday 29th March, for their 2nd Pfizer jab. If you are unable to attend by foot and need to park on one of the neighbouring housing estates (Rocks Park or West Park), please park responsibly, so we respect the Meads neighbours. Thank you in advance.

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COVID Information Line

We now have a dedicated COVID Information Line and are inviting patients over the age of 50, who have not yet received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, to phone us on 01825 732333 between 9.00am – 12.00pm and select option 1.

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Vaccination Programme Progress

Thanks to the continued support of our dedicated team of staff and volunteers, the COVID Vaccination Team has had another successful weekend, with over 600 patients vaccinated across the three sites.
COVID Vaccination Progress
Our next 2nd dose Pfizer clinic is on Monday 29th March at the Meads Medical Centre and we’ll be phoning patients this week with the time of their appointment. As always, please don’t phone us, we know who you are. If you don’t hear from us this week you will be booked into our 2nd dose clinic on Saturday 17th April and we’ll be in touch with your appointment details nearer the time.

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Vaccination Programme UPDATE!!

We are pleased to announce we received confirmation yesterday that we are now able to start vaccinating priority groups 7 (60-64 years), 8 (55-59 years) and 9 (50-54 years). We have been asked to focus on group 9, with groups 7 and 8 having been offered vaccination at one of the larger hubs. However, if you're in group 7 or 8, and would prefer to be vaccinated locally, we are more than happy to vaccinate you ourselves.
 
Before moving on to groups 7-9, we first need to finish vaccinating patients in group 6. We will be doing this on Saturday 20th March and will be contacting these patients during the next week with an appointment time.
 
As always, we are asking patients not to phone Buxted, Manor Oak or East Hoathly Medical Centres. We will be in contact with patients in groups 6-9 once we have received confirmation of vaccine deliver, and have appointments to offer.
 
Patients are very welcome to email us at hwccg.buxted@nhs.net if they have any questions or concerns. If it takes us a couple of days to respond, please be patient with us.
 
We have been told that vaccine delivery is going to be ramped up moving forward, so we are hoping to vaccinate the remaining priority groups as quickly as possible.

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Vaccination Programme Progress

The Buxted Vaccination Team has completed another successful week of COVID-19 vaccinations. Having already met the government target to vaccinate the top four priority groups by mid-Febraury, we are now vaccinating Priority Group 6, alongside running second dose clinics and vaccinating those patients in earlier groups who for whatever reason were unable to attend when initially invited.

On Tuesday 2nd March, the vaccination team completed a second dose Pfizer clinic at the Meads Medical Centre and on the morning of Sunday 7th March patients came to Buxted Medical Centre to receive their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

We have another second dose Pfizer clinic at the Meads Medical Centre on Wednesday 10th March for patients who received their first dose on 20th December 2020 and 10th January 2021. These patients are receiving their second dose over a number of dates in March, as were are reliant on vaccine deliveries.  If you have not heard from us yet, please do not worry.  We have not forgotten about you and will be in touch very shortly.  As always, please do not phone the surgery, we will phone you.

As a reminder, the nine priority groups identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) are:

  1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. All those 75 years of age and over
  4. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. All those 65 years of age and over
  6. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  7. All those 60 years of age and over
  8. All those 55 years of age and over
  9. All those 50 years of age and over

For more information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020/joint-committee-on-vaccination-and-immunisation-advice-on-priority-groups-for-covid-19-vaccination-30-december-2020

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Suspected coronavirus (COVID-19)

NHS England have produced the following leaflet for patients with suspected coronavirus who have not been admitted to hospital and will be isolating at home. 

Suspected coronavirus (COVID-19): Important information to keep you safe while isolating at home

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COVID-19

There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:

  • Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly

  • Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces

  • Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart (or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions)

If you are feeling unwell or are concerned about contracting the coronavirus, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest government advice and guidance.

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