In light of the increased demand on hospitals due to a surge in coronavirus infections, GP surgeries are being asked to support our hospital colleagues by prioritising care for urgent matters and to step-down certain routine activities for at least the next two weeks.
We will continue to offer appropriate appointments with clinicians for acute illnesses and worsening of chronic diseases, as well as clinically necessary blood tests, essential wound care dressings, antenatal clinics, mother & baby checks, childhood immunisations, adult vaccinations and cervical cytology for patients at increased risk.
The NHS is actively rolling out the Covid-19 vaccine to patients based on an agreed priority list, the focus until now has been on those aged 80 and over & care home residents. Yesterday’s announcement that the UK medical regulator has approved the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University/AstraZeneca, is likely to pave the way for an expansion of the vaccination programme. Please do not contact the practice to enquire about the vaccine, we will invite patients when local stock becomes available and when your priority group becomes eligible.
As cases of coronavirus continue to rise it is vitally important that we all continue to follow public health guidance: wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and maintain safe social distancing to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation at this challenging time. We wish you a very safe, healthy and happy New Year.
Bacon Lane Surgery