Group 5 patients (those aged 65 to 69)
As from Monday February 15th patients in Priority Group 5 (64 – 69) will start to receive invitations from mass vaccination centres via the National Booking Service.
This decision has been made centrally to enable Practice led clinics to concentrate on patients in priority Group 6. This group includes patients at higher clinical risk with underlying health conditions that will benefit from being vaccinated locally.
If patients in Group 5 have difficulty travelling to a mass vaccination centre they will be able to attend their local Practice led clinic. Arrangements will need to be made with each surgery directly once the National Booking Service invitation has been received. See our newsletter for more information.
Covid-19 Update 8/2/21 - 10,000th patient vaccinated
Firstly our apologies for the numerous text messages that went out over the weekend. We have stopped all messaging until we can work out what went wrong.
We do have some very good news to share with you, which is that the 10,000th patient received their covid vaccination at Colden Common today. On top of this number, all care home patients and staff have now been vaccinated, we are around 2/3 through the housebound patients, all clinically extremely vulnerable have either been, or are about to be contacted and lots of front line healthcare workers have also received the vaccination, protecting them and the people they work with.
We are going back through all group 1 to 4 patients to catch up with any we couldn’t get the first few times around or those unable to have the jab due to a positive covid test or being unwell at the time, so don’t worry when I now tell you all that we are moving onto group 5 in the near future (and possibly group 6) these are patients aged 65 and over and then aged 60 and over. Unless you actually decline the vaccination we will keep coming back to patients until everyone eligible who wants a jab, has had it. This is not like the flu vaccination programme where after 3 invites you wont be asked again or where you have to chase up the invite if you have not received it.
For more info, see our website www.stokewood.co.uk and better still, sign up for our monthly newsletter, February’s coming soon. This gives updates on covid but also on our staffing, new innovations and outside pandemic restrictions useful information on local voluntary groups and self referral options.
Patients awaiting their 2nd vaccination will be contacted as soon as we know when the stock for these will arrive. You do not need to contact us about this.
Update on Covid-19 Vaccinations for Stokewood Patients
Information on the Covid-19 Vaccination - Public Health England
Please note that all patients attending the Surgery for an appointment are requested to wear a face mask in order to protect our staff and other patients. Washable or single use masks are widely available to purchase online or from pharmacies.
Stokewood Surgery - restricted access
The surgery remains open and telephone lines are open during our normal working hours. Please do not attend unless you are free of covid-19 symptoms. You will be asked to confirm this at reception and may have your temperature checked.
To minimise the risk of contamination, and decrease visitors to the surgery, we are no longer giving out repeat prescriptions in paper. You should nominate a pharmacy to receive the repeat and go directly to them to collect your medication. If you have internet or email access, please register for our online service or email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you decide to have your medication from a different pharmacy than your nominated one, please let us know and this can be amended but please do not change this without good reason to avoid confusion and extra workload for our staff.
Patients with appointments should attend alone unless they are under 16 or require a carer. Anyone accompanying a patient will be asked to remain outside the surgery to help us provide a safe environment for our patients and staff.
Fraud calls - scamming
If you are contacted by a test and trace caller, be aware that there is no charge for a test kit - if required to have a test, this is free on the NHS. There are reports of scammers calling patients and asking for bank details for a £50 fee - do NOT give them your bank details or make any payment by card.
Please remember your tissues, catch it, kill it, bin it. Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
Holiday Cancellation Letters
We regret that in these exceptional circumstances the practice is currently unable to write any letters for patients who are making a holiday refund insurance claim.
This service is non contractual and as such we are under no obligation to offer this. We hope you will understand that the GPs need to focus upon the clinical needs of their patients at this difficult time.
The Government announced on 17th March that: -
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. This advice takes effect immediately and applies initially for a period of 30 days.
As such, insurance claims can be requested on this basis. Full details can be read at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Updates now available to view by going to Privacy Notices - including a version of children.
Hub Locations - for extended access to GP, practice nurse and healthcare assistant appointments at weekends and evenings
Hub locations available to patients at Stokewood are:
Botley Surgery, Mortimer Road, Botley, Southampton
Badger Farm Surgery, Winchester (in the Sainsbury car park)
Abbeywell Surgery, Great Wall Road, Romsey
Andover War Memorial Hospital, Andover
To book an appointment, please contact our reception team at Stokewood on 023 80692000
Training Practice Status
Stokewood Surgery is a training practice. We will be offering appointments with fully qualified doctors who are doing further training to become experienced GPs. These doctors are called Registrars. We currently at two working at Stokewood, Dr Alex Cook and Dr Matt Rose. Our surgery trainers are Dr Lloyd and Dr Jacobs.
Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
For patients who require to take home blood pressure readings, we have a new calculator tool has been set up using an excel spreadsheet. This will enable patients to record their readings onto the spreadsheet which will then calculate their average BP. Unfortunately we have not be able to make this available via our website at the present time, but we can email it out to you and you will be able to return it via email to our generic email box WHCCG.email@example.com. Please email or ask at reception if you would like a copy of the excel spreadsheet sent to you. Blood pressure monitors are also available to purchase from the Surgery at reception.
Dementia Friendly Accreditation
we are delighted to report that Stokewood (and Old Anchor) Surgery has been accredited by our CCG as a Dementia Friendly Practice. To achieve this all staff have received training in Dementia Awareness and the practice has been engaging with our PPG to get feedback on how we may improve communication with patients suffering from dementia. The practice is also in the process of getting accreditation from the Dementia Action Alliance. We always more feedback and input from all patients, have your say by joining our PPG or passing your comments onto us using our feedback form.
Infection Control Annual Statement 2019Response from Dr Shelly & Partners on the Draft Local Development Plan 2011-2036