- Wear a face mask, unless you're exempt
- Maintain social distancing
- Use hand gel or wash your hands
Appointment System Change from 5th July 2021
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People urged to book their COVID vaccination when offered
With new variants of coronavirus circulating in some parts of the country, it is more important than ever to have your COVID vaccination as soon as you are offered it, and to make sure you get your 2nd dose as soon as you are able, to ensure full protection.
Currently everyone aged 30 and over is now eligible to have their Covid-19 vaccine. Please go online by visiting Book a coronavirus vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk) or ring 119 to book.
If you have previously been offered a jab and decided at the time not to have it, it is not too late to change your mind. The following groups of people are more at risk of coronavirus and are encouraged to take up their vaccination offer:
- People aged 50 and above
- People over 16 who are at risk because of a health condition
- Health and social care workers
- People who share a home with a clinically extremely vulnerable person
In line with government guidance, the NHS is also bringing forward when people in the highest priority groups above receive their second dose of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccination to as near as possible to 8 weeks after their first dose, if they haven’t already had it.
There will be more alternative appointments for 2nd doses available over the bank holiday weekend across various sites within NEL. The people affected by this will receive a letter over the next few days and will be advised to access the national booking system to select an alternative suitable date and time: Book a coronavirus vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk) or ring 119 to book. It’s important you take up this offer, to ensure as many people as possible are fully protected.
If you live in North East Lincolnshire and are having problems finding an appointment or need some support please ring us on 0300 3000 500 and we can help.
Dr Ekta Elston, a local GP and the medical director at NHS North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), explained that the best way to prevent outbreaks of COVID was for everyone to have their vaccination.
“We have all spent the last few months living under tight restrictions to keep COVID under control while we started vaccinating the people in our communities most likely to become very poorly from the virus,” explained Dr Elston.
“The new variant is a threat to the progress that has been made. No one wants to see the numbers of people fighting for their lives in hospital start to increase, or a return to the tough measures needed to prevent people passing the virus on to their friends, family and workmates if it starts to gain a hold again.
“Having as many people in our communities fully vaccinated will give us the best chance of keeping the virus at bay to prevent people becoming ill in large numbers.
“It’s so important people get the jab as soon as it’s offered to them. Also, if you had doubts when you were first offered it or you just didn’t get around to having it, please think again.”
Let's Keep Going!
The team at Scartho Scartho Medical Centre explain why it is so important to keep going with the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Covid 19 Vaccination Status
From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from:
the NHS App which you can download from app stores
It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use this service.
If you cannot access this online service, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel abroad in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.
This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.
When you're planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get proof of your vaccination status before you leave.
Important Information regarding COVID vaccination eligibility
The primary care centres giving COVID vaccinations in North East Lincolnshire are working to the national (JCVI) recommendations and are currently concentrating on vaccinating people with underlying health conditions, carers and people with learning disabilities, as well as administering 2nd doses of the vaccine to those due it. Locally there are still a number of patients for us to get through in this group and the practices are extremely busy. We would ask people not to contact GP practices about vaccination unless they have received an invitation or they are aged over 70 and have not yet had their first vaccination.
People will be invited by the NHS when it is their turn.
Domestic Abuse - Help during the COVID19 Pandemic
Local domestic abuse services are still offering supporting during the pandemic.
At a time of immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you can't speak, press 55 on your telephone keypad when the operator is on the line to still get help.
How to get your COVID-19 vaccination
Currently those people at risk of serious illness from coronavirus in the priority groups 1 – 4 are being contacted by the NHS in a range of ways to book an appointment.
You may already have been contacted by your own practice or somebody working on their behalf to offer you an appointment at one of the local designated primary care centres. They are currently working through the eligible cohorts and you will be contacted when it is your turn.
However, local people may also receive a letter from the National NHS Vaccination Booking Service offering them to book their vaccine with the national system at a nearby vaccination centre or community pharmacy. If you have not already got an appointment, you can book in this way if you wish to.
If you receive a letter from the NHS to book with the national system and you have already had your vaccination, or you already have an appointment booked at a local primary care centre, then please ignore the letter. Please ensure that you keep any appointments that you have already booked.
Please do not contact your GP to ask about this. You will be contacted when it’s your turn.
Thank you to everyone who has fed-back their positive experiences after attending Scartho Medical Centre for their COVID-19 vaccination.
Watch out for COVID-19 Vaccination Scams
Please remember, the COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge and only available thorugh the NHS!
Important Information to keep you safe while isolating at home
This NHS leaflet is for patients with suspected coronavirus who have not been admitted to hospital, and will be isolating at home:
IMPORTANT: COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
The UK vaccination programme is being rolled out in phases and over the next few weeks and months many more clinics will be established to provide vaccinations.
The national Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has determined the priority order for people receiving vaccinations and in this initial phase we are focusing on the over 80s, care home residents and care home staff. Vaccinations of the over 80s and care home staff are underway and the vaccination of care home residents will also begin soon. Everyone in the UK will be offered a vaccination, however the whole programme of work will take months to complete due to its scale and complexity.
We appreciate that many people are enthusiastic about having a vaccination and in the Humber Coast and vale region we are working hard to vaccinate people as quickly as we can in line with the JCVI prioritisation.
Most people will be aware of the news about the approval of one of the COVID Vaccines (the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine) announced nationally yesterday. This is very welcome news and we will be working with our NHS and council colleagues to get the vaccine to those eligible as soon as it is available. Patients will be contacted when the vaccine is available to them. Please do not contact your GP practice regarding the COVID vaccine.
Important Patient Information
Over the last few months you are likely to have noticed a difference in the way things are being done in general practice as we manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
We want to start off by saying thank you. Thank you for adapting so quickly to these new ways of working – it has been a drastic, yet fundamental, change needed to ensure the safety of you and our staff.
Currently, the pandemic is having a profound effect on our workforce as staff are having to self-isolate. This means that we are having to prioritise patients in terms of their clinical need. It means that we may take longer to answer the telephone, and that we are not able to see you as quickly for routine check-ups.
We would like to reassure you that if you are overdue any routine checks, we will be in touch to arrange these when we are able.
We hope for your continued understanding and support during these unprecedented times.
Urgent Patient Communication – Disruption to Blood Test Processing
We have been notified that there is currently a problem with the national supply of the reagent which is used to carry out the processing of blood testing in our local laboratories.
This is a national problem, and as yet, we don’t not know when it will resolve.
As a result of this, we have been informed by the Medical Director at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital to cancel and postpone any non-urgent blood tests. We appreciate that this will be an inconvenience to many patients, and for this we can only apologise for the situation of which we have no control.
Thank you for your understanding.
Under 65 Influenza Vaccinations
We are now taking bookings for the influenza vaccination for those patients who are in an at risk group who are aged under 65. Please contact the reception team to make your appoinment.
Electronic Prescription Service - Phase 4
The Electronic Prescription Service enables prescriptions to be sent electronically direct to a pharmacy of your choice. Patients can set up a nomination of choice with any pharmacy or you can ask reception to set this up at the practice.
Patients who do not currently have a pharmacy nomination set up are encouraged to do so. This helps the practice to limit the footfall at the surgery in light of the Covid-19 outbreak, it also limits unnecessary trips to the practice by the patient. Electronic prescriptions also help save the NHS money.
EPS Phase 4 will enable a prescription with no pharmacy nomination set to be sent electronically. Patients will be able to go to any pharmacy and ask for their electronic prescription to be dispensed. To do this the patient can give the pharmacy a token prescription which can still be collected from the surgery or by giving their NHS number or prescription UUID. Patients can find their NHS number by accessing their online health record. To limit administration burden on the practice we would again encourage all patients to set up a pharmacy nomination.
Read more about EPS on the NHS website by clicking here
Important Patient Information: Coronavirus and Patient Access
Due to the COVID pandemic, how you contact us will be different at the moment. This includes making use of phone, video and online consultations where possible to reduce any unnecessary face to face contact. This approach has been taken locally and nationally, and is aimed at minimising the risk of infection to you, other patients and your GP staff where possible.
We remain, and have been open throughout the pandemic, and if you need to see your GP, please ring us on 01472 279500.
Appointments are being delivered over the telephone, via video call and face-to-face. If you are asked to come into the surgery for a face-to-face appointment by a member of our team, please remember to wear a face covering. Measures are in place to keep you safe from infection during your visit to the surgery. Please do not come to the surgery unless you have an appointment - this is to help us monitor the footfall in the surgery, and also to identify who is present on the premises should we be contacted by NHS Track & Trace.
If you are waiting for a check-up, please be assured we will be in touch.
If you have any health concerns, please don’t ignore them. You can seek medical advice in different ways including the use of NHS 111 (online and phone), your GP practice or your pharmacist.
Patient Information - Flu Clinics 2020
We are in the process of organising our 2020 flu vaccine clinics (which will commence from September 2020), which will be delivered quite differently this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We would ask you to check back periodically to review the updated information in due course.
In the meantime, please see below the eligibility criteria for a free flu vaccination:
Aged 65 years and over
In clinical at risk group
Children aged 2 and 3 year old
All primary school aged children
Subsequent groups eligible in 2020/21:
Patients who permanently reside with those on the NHS patient list
School year 7 in secondary school
Individuals between 50-64 years, following prioritisation of other eligible groups and subject to vaccine supply
Due to our vaccine delivery schedule this year, the clinics for September will only be available for those patients aged 65 years and over.
To make an appointment for the over 65’s flu clinic, please call us any day w/c 10th August 2020 after 13.00hrs.
We will publish the details for the other eligible groups in due course.
Help Your Local Pharmacy
Pharmacies are very busy at present. We would ask that you support your local pharmacy in these unprecedented times.
We would like to hear your views
If you have accessed the practice since the 23rd March 2020 to present date, Scartho Medical Centre and NHS North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are working together to gather your views regarding the changes made to practices and practice services as part of the COVID-19 response. This is to help us understand your experiences in order to support plans for future services.
You can complete a survey online by following this link. The survey will work on desktop computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones.
If you would prefer a paper survey please request one by following this link
The closing date for the survey is 17th August 2020.
Thank you for your time; your views are important to us.
Face Mask Exemption Letters
We are seeing increases in requests from patients for letters of exemption to wearing face masks in various public settings.
The Government guidance suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption. It should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption direct with the person questioning them (eg bus driver).
Therefore, we are unable provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions, or to those who do not fall under the list of exemptions.
How to Wear Your Face Covering
Please see this useful infographic, on how to ensure you are wearing your face covering correctly.
Hull York Medical School Teaching Excellence Awards
For the third consecutive year, we have been norminated for one of Hull York Medical School’s annual Teaching Excellence Awards. Nominations for the awards are submitted by Medicine and Physician Associate students in recognition of the exceptional education and support they have received over the last twelve months. Well done team SMC!
Important Information About Attending Your Appointment
Face coverings MUST be worn when entering Scartho Medical Centre premises.
Please note that a face covering does not need to be a medical mask, homemade masks and even scarves/tea-towels are permitted as a face covering.We are asking our patients to support this to ensure the safety of our patients and staff, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In addition to the requirement to wear a face covering, we kindly ask patients who are attending the practice for an appointment to follow the below guidelines:
- Please do not attend earlier than your appointment time
- Please attend alone for your appointment unless you need assistance
- Please do not touch any surfaces unnecessarily
- Please use the hand sanitiser available as you walk in
- Please go straight to the designated waiting area that you will be advised on upon arrival
Thank you for your understanding and continued support.