IMPORTANT COVID VACCINE ROLLOUT – UPDATE – 04.01.2021
We are pleased to be able to inform you that the Covid vaccination programme has now commenced in our area. We will be receiving our first batch of vaccines on 6th January at our local designated site Matthews Practice, and vaccination will commence the same afternoon . In line with national guidance, we will be vaccinating the over 80s and frontline health and care workers initially. If you are in this group and we have a mobile number for you on file, you will receive an invitation via text message in the next 48 hours. The remaining patients will be contacted via a telephone call on their landline or a letter to offer an appointment in the next couple of days. If you are a frontline health or social care worker, at this present time we are asking you to contact your employer or the organisation that you work for to be vaccinated, as we will not have enough vaccines for everyone in the first batch although this may change soon. All other patient groups will be contacted in due course when it is their turn. Please do not contact us to make enquiries at this busy time as we will be communicating regularly via our website and text messages as the information filters through to us. Given our limited workforce, rules of self-isolation and Covid related absences, this is likely to cause some disruption to our core work. With this in mind, it has been agreed nationally to prioritise vaccination rollout and you may find that your routine queries may take longer than usual and appointment waiting times may also be longer than anticipated.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Abbey Lane Surgery and Totley Rise Medical Centre Clinical and Admin Team
COVID VACCINATION NATIONAL PROGRAMME UPDATE 14.12.2020
This is just to let our patients know that we will be participating in the Covid vaccination national programme as it is rolled out gradually over the coming weeks and months. The first cohort consists mainly of patients over 80 who will be vaccinated at Matthews practice (formerly Belgrave Medical Centre, S2 4UJ) most likely before the new year. To facilitate this, it has been agreed nationally to reduce core activity within the practice on the days of vaccine administration. You may therefore find that a wait for a routine appointment with a GP or associated nursing staff is longer than usual. Please bear with us while we are trying to prioritise this vital work at this challenging time. We will still deal with urgent and acute matters as they arise.
Thank you for your support.
Abbey Lane Surgery and Totley Rise Medical Centre