Practice Update 13th October

 

BARN SURGERY

We are very pleased to confirm that the Barn Surgery is due to reopen on Monday 25th October, following the extensive works to repair subsidence damage and underpin the building.

We will be holding clinics at the Barn from that week onwards, with most long-term condition nurse appointments there. The Doctors and Nursing Team will work across both sites.

We will continue to work in COVID-secure ways, and will continue to operate our Total Triage system.

Thank you very much for your patience and understanding during this exceptionally challenging time. We are excited about taking this big step back towards normality.

FLU CLINICS

We have had one hugely successful flu clinic, with another scheduled for this weekend. So far, we have vaccinated over 1500 patients, with a further 1500 booked for this Saturday. Huge thank you to our wonderful staff and volunteers, who are giving up their weekends to help with this vital operation.

We do have some slots for this week for patients aged over 65, so please book using the link if you have received an SMS, online if you have access through the NHS App or online services, or with our Patient Services team over the telephone or in person. If contacting the Practice, please try to avoid the busiest times, namely Mondays, early mornings, or early afternoons.

We have also arranged further clinics, but these have unfortunately been delayed due to the issues that our supplier is experiencing. This is beyond our control, but we are pleased to have been able to make appointments available so that you and we can plan ahead.

We will have an under-65s clinic at the Barn on 4th November, and a clinic for all eligible patients at Peacemarsh on 4th December. The different clinics are because there are different vaccines for patients aged over 65 and patients aged under 65.

We will be sending out further text messages and letters, but these appointments are available to book online.

COVID BOOSTER AND THIRD PRIMARY DOSE CLINICS

We are in the process of scheduling further COVID vaccine clinics with our colleagues at the Blackmore Vale Partnership. As before, these will build on the huge success thus far and be held at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton.

We will continue to use the SMS booking system wherever possible, as it seems to work well for the vast majority of patients. If we do not have your mobile phone number, please use the Change Contact Details form on our website, or let us have it via gillingham.admin@nhs.net. We are contacting patients via letter and telephone, but this is much slower, and we are finding that many patients are unable to answer their phones.

Change of Contact Details

We will be looking at how we provide COVID and flu vaccines to our housebound patients, but this is hugely complex due to the restrictions around the vaccine. If there is any way of these patients getting to the Practice, it would be very helpful and would very likely mean that they get their jab earlier. We will be doing very small pop-up COVID clinics in Gillingham, but these will be primarily for housebound patients.

SUMMARY

There is still a huge amount going on, and we are still constrained somewhat by COVID and its resulting complexity, but hopefully we are making some really positive progress.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Katie Pearce (Practice Manager), Dr Geoff Lewis & Partners

Published: Oct 13, 2021