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COVID-19 Vaccinations

We will shortly be moving to a new booking system for COVID vaccinations.  If you have a mobile number registered with the surgery you may receive a text message inviting you to book your vaccination slot yourself.  if you do not have a mobile do not worry you will still be invited manually over the phone.  If you have your mobile number registered for your parents please take care to book for the correct person. 

DID YOU KNOW:

  • You can request your repeat prescriptions online and even get it straight from your nominated pharmacy. No paper, no visit to surgery! It will be faster for you to get your medication, no paper included so save some trees, and might release a bit of our staff time. 
  • You can book appointments online!

Appointments:
These can be made ONLINE (NEW), at the desk or by telephone. We offer appointments 48 hours and 1 week ahead of the appointment date. The appointments are released at 8.30am each day for morning appointments and at 2.00pm each day for afternoon appointments.

For Out of Hours click on link below:

Out of Hours - Contact 111 NHS Direct

You can request your repeat prescription online and get it from your nominated pharmacy.

 

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COVID 19 VACCINE 
Please do not contact the surgery about the covid-19 vaccine. We continue to book people in for COVID vaccines as we get supplies.
  If you have a mobile number registered with the surgery you may receive a text message inviting you to book your vaccination slot yourself.  If you do not have a mobile do not worry you will still be invited manually over the phone. If you have your mobile registered for your parents please take care to book for the correct person. 
  We are currently using a single site to deliver the vaccinations that is Bridgewater House, by appointment only. Please wait to be invited either by telephone or sms text. 
I had my first vaccination in January at my GP-led vaccination centre but don’t have my second date yet. Who should I call?

Please don’t call anyone. You will be invited back to the same place you went to receive your first dose, about 12 weeks after you had the first jab. About three quarters of people vaccinated so far had their first jab at a GP-run clinic, and those sites have recently received dates for when they will receive their second dose supplies. They will be arranging dates for the second dose clinics, and will be in touch nearer the time.

Remember that you aren’t fully vaccinated until after the second dose. Getting the second jab is as important as getting the first.

Are you or a family member in one of these groups?  Take control. Book your first COVID vaccination now.

If you:

  • are aged 64 or over
  • are a frontline health and social care worker

please, book today to have your potentially life-saving vaccination. You can book through the national booking system here:                                                         www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination                                                                            

The national booking service allows you to arrange an appointment at a vaccination centre or community pharmacy-led service.  Call 119 if you don’t have the internet. You can choose a time slot and location that suits you. 

 If it isn’t possible for you to attend any of the vaccination centres offered through the national booking service, then get in touch with the practice and we will offer you an appointment at our GP-led vaccination centre instead.

Vaccinations for people aged 16-65 with specified underlying health conditions

Vaccinations are now being offered to people aged 16-65 with specified underlying health conditions, sometimes called ‘clinically at risk’. If you have one of the identified health conditions you will be contacted through your GP practice soon to book your first vaccination.

The list of conditions included in this list has been decided nationally by the joint committee on vaccinations and immunisations (JCVI). This is based on your risk of suffering serious illness if you get coronavirus – it is not about how unwell you are, or how your condition or illness affects your daily life.

The list of conditions and treatments is set nationally and tightly defined and it is:

  • chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma
  • chronic heart disease (and vascular disease)
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease
  • chronic neurological disease including epilepsy
  • Down’s syndrome
  • severe and profound learning disability
  • diabetes
  • solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients
  • specific cancers
  • immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
  • asplenia and splenic dysfunction
  • morbid obesity
  • severe mental illness

 We have to follow this JCVI guidance when we vaccinate our patients and cannot move you onto the list of people with underlying health conditions unless there has been a mistake in your medical records.  

Vaccinations for eligible 16 and 17 year olds

 Note that if you are aged 16 or 17 and qualify for a vaccine because you have a learning disability, are a front-line health or social care worker, or have a specified underlying health condition, you will be offered the Pfizer vaccine, because this is the only vaccine that is currently licenced for people of your age.  We will contact you to make these arrangements.

 Vaccinations for Carers

 If you are aged 16 and over and support an adult who is at high risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 and with whom you have close personal or face to face contact, you should now get your vaccination. Carers of children are not included in this phase, apart from Carers of children who have serious neuro-disabilities and other complications.

 You don’t need to wait to be contacted if you are registered to receive a Carer’s Allowance. You can book an appointment now via the national booking service www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.

                                                                                 

The national booking service allows you to arrange an appointment at a vaccination centre or community pharmacy-led service.  Call 119 if you don’t have the internet. You can choose a time slot and location that suits you. 

 If it isn’t possible for you to attend any of the vaccination centres offered through the national booking service, then wait for us to contact you, and we will offer you an appointment at our GP-led vaccination centre instead.

If you do not receive Carer’s Allowance, but you are registered with us at your GP practice as an unpaid Carer, we will contact you to arrange your vaccination at our GP-led vaccination centre.

If you consider that you are a Carer for someone who is at high risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 and with whom you have close personal or face to face contact, but you do not receive Carers Allowance and are not known to your GP as a Carer, please  call us on 01923 774732 so that we can talk this through with you.

 The NHS is working closely with social care services colleagues and organisations that represent Carers to put in place arrangements to offer the vaccine as soon as possible to  other Carers who will be eligible to receive a vaccine but don’t meet the current criteria in terms of the two categories mentioned above. .

   For example, if you are known to be a Carer by social services or Carers in Herts, you will be contacted directly by the NHS in the coming weeks. For other Carers who are not known by social services or other organisations, we will provide information for you and share this as widely as possible – do look out for more information.  

FLU UPDATE

Following the government announcement that 50 to 64 year olds will be able receive a free flu vaccination from 1 December the practice is working to make this available to newly eligible patients as early in December as we can.

 As soon as we have supplies of the vaccine available we will contact patients aged 50 to 64 to offer you an appointment.  If you fall within this age group and are not in one of the eligible ‘at risk groups’ please do not contact the practice to book an appointment as we are not yet able offer you a definite date or time.

We are continuing to provide flu vaccinations to over 65s, under 65s with certain long-term medical conditions, pregnant women and young children. If you are in one of these eligible groups and have not yet had your flu vaccine please contact the practice as soon as possible to book an appointment.

Non NHS Fees

We are please to announce that we have a new member of our team!

Jaffer Rashid

Jaffer is a very experienced clinical pharmacist and is supporting  the GP's with medication/clinical reviews and follow ups. 

UPDATED STATEMENT OF PURPOSE SOP

FLU VACCINATION CAMPAIGN

We are entering flu season and Covid-19 makes delivering the flu vaccinations more of a challenge. Our priority is rolling out the campaign in the safest and quickest way possible.

We have started our flu vaccination campaign. If you are eligible for a flu vaccination, the practice will contact you to book an appointment over the next few weeks.

We are prioritising those patients who are most at risk.

Please do not contact the surgery for an appointment, we will contact you.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/

 

Thank you for your ongoing support.

The Baldwins Lane Surgery Team

Please find the link below regarding an update to our privacy notice.
Patient Information
 
We are following the guidance and trying to reduce patient contact, so as of today we will be locking our doors to the surgery temporarily.
I understand that this will cause some concern but want to ensure you that we will still be providing our services to you but in a different way.
THIS IS TO PROTECT OUR STAFF AND PATIENTS
We need to provide a safe place for those patients that need to be seen face to face. We aim to do this by reducing footfall and triaging all our patients.
All GP consultations will be conducted via telephone or video call. Please call reception to book an appointment in the normal way or book online. If the GP feels that the consultation needs to be face to face they they will triage and book you into an appointment slot.
All prescriptions will be processed in the normal way. Please either request them online (https://www.patientaccess.com/) or put them through the letter box.
Phlebotomy service will be reserved for those that are clinically urgent
Nurse appointments will be assessed to see if they are clinically urgent and if so you will be seen. All non urgent requests will either be conducted remotely (if appropriate) or postponed to a more appropriate time
Please ensure your contact details (phone number/email address) are up to date
Please ensure you have nominated a chemist to have your prescription sent to
Please sign up for patient access, either via the NHSApp or Patient Access https://www.patientaccess.com/
 
Please rest assured that the Baldwins Lane Team are here for you during this challenging time and although our doors are closed our service to you will still continue throughout the coming weeks
 
We thank you for your understanding and patience at this difficult time
 
Denise Wait Practice Manager

Welcome to Baldwins Lane Surgery

At Baldwins Lane Surgery we try to maintain a very personal, relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Wheelchair users can gain access to the surgery, there are no steps to the consulting rooms.

If you would like information in a different format, for example large print, or easy read; or if you need help with communicating with us, for example because you use British Sign Language, please let us know.

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Patient Access - Click to book or cancel appointmentsPatient Access - Click to order a repeat prescription

For online access please register at the surgery with a photo ID. You will be issued username and a password. 

To see a video of what online access is please click here.

Baldwins Lane Surgery is a training practice. From time to time we have medical students at the surgery. We also have a GP registrars who are fully qualified doctors, undertaking higher training in General practice.

We hope to use this site as a way of presenting to our patients and up to date resource for all information relating to our practice. We will keep it current with any news, developments & details that are relevant to the practice & our patients.

As well as a source of information about our practice, the staff & the services we provide, we hope you will use the website as a useful resource with links to other reliable websites for health related information. If there is topical health issue we will also add this to the website.

Have a look around our website and please do send us some feedback, so that  we can use your thoughts to improve our online services & further develop the website to make it more useful for our patients.

Please see our latest CQC report here

(Site updated 02/03/2021)
For appointments and prescriptions please use the Online Services link above. Alternatively, just click here.
 
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