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Weekly Covid-19 Bulletin 27.01.2020

  • Vaccination rollout continues in the Harrogate and Rural region. Sessions are running over 5 days this week at the the Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC) with the aim of administering over 8000 vaccinations. 

  • Invites started going out to 75-79 year olds and those in the "Clinically Extremely Vulnerable" cohort last week. 

  • Invites are being sent out by text message wherever we have your mobile phone number. Those without a mobile phone are being telephoned directly to make a booking. Please do not contact us, we will contact you. 

  • The quickest and easiest way to book your appointment at YEC is using the link in your AccuRx invitation text. Please call your surgery only as a last resort. 

  • If you have already booked an appointment at one of the NHS mass vaccination centres in Leeds or York and then receive an invite to YEC you can either

    • Keep your appointment in Leeds or York. There is no need to notify your GP surgery. 

    • Book instead at the YEC. Please book using the AccuRx link in your text message. You must cancel your existing appointment in Leeds or York yourself. Your GP surgery cannot access the NHS mass vaccination booking system, so cannot cancel appointments in Leeds/York on your behalf. 

  • Beware of Covid vaccine scams. We will never ask for bank details to confirm your identity. If you are aware of any scams, please report them using the following website:

       https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/coronavirus-vaccine-scams-warning

  • The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has provided guidance regarding Covid vaccination in pregnancy. Please see this information sheet if you are pregnant and eligible for a vaccination. Please talk to your midwife or specialist if you have any queries. 

Free Bus to Vaccination Site 25.01.2020

From Tuesday 26th January, The Harrogate Bus Company are offering a free shuttle service from the bus station to the vaccination site at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

The timetable can be found here.

Weekly Covid-19 Bulletin 21.01.2020

  • GP surgeries in the area are working together to provide Covid vaccinations at the Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC). 
  • Our surgery telephone lines are extremely busy with usual clinical queries from our patients. Please do not contact your surgery to find out when you will get your vaccine, we will contact you. 
  • When we get notification of vaccine supply numbers and dates, patients are being invited (by text message, telephone call or letter) in order of priority according to the Government published list of priority groups as below - more information about how this list was drawn up can be accessed here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020

  • Since the first vaccinations were given on 22nd December, excellent progress has been made in the region with groups 1 and 2. 
  • Invitations will be sent out to everyone in one priority group before moving to the next. We are not able to amend an individual patient's priority group allocation. 
  • GP Practices in the area are providing a mass vaccination effort for residents and staff of care homes for older adults over this coming weekend (22nd/23rd January 2021). 
  • You may be aware of other areas who have started inviting lower aged groups, but with a proportionately high number residents aged over 80 in the Harrogate region, it has taken a little longer to invite all aged over 80 than in other areas. 
  • We are hoping that invitations will start to go out to group 3 (aged 75 and over) next week. 
  • You may have received a letter inviting you to book an appointment at one of the new mass vaccination centres (locally these are Leeds, York and Newcastle). This is a different service to the local GP-run vaccination centre at YEC. Please do not contact your GP surgery regarding this letter. 
  • If you already have an appointment to attend the YEC, you should keep your appointment at the YEC. 
  • If you receive a letter about the mass vaccination centres, you can choose to book your vaccine there, or wait for your invitation for a vaccination at the YEC. Please do not contact your surgery, we will contact you to invite you to the YEC. 
  • New guidance has been released this week by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for women who are pregnant or planning pregnancy:

https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/news/RCOG-and-RCM-respond-to-misinformation-around-Covid-19-vaccine-and-fertility/

 

COVID 19 - Question & Answers

Please click on the link below to access the Q&A document produced by the 3 practices at Mowbray Square Medical Centre

Common COVID 19 Queries

COVID 19 - Update regarding Second vaccinations (As at 07/01/2021)

Due to new national guidance, second Covid-19 vaccine appointments are going to be rescheduled to 11 -12 weeks following your first dose. Please do not contact the surgery regarding your second vaccination. We will contact you to book your appointment at a later date. www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

 

Your Accountable/Named GP May Have Changed

The practice is required by the Government under the terms of the latest GP contract to allocate all patients a named accountable GP (identified as your usual GP on your medical records).

Due to changes in our GP Team over the last 12 months, your named GP may have changed. Please note there is no need to telephone the practice, it is for information only. You can find details of your named GP on the home page of your Systmonline account alternatively, please feel free to ask the reception staff when you next visit the Surgery who your named doctor is.

Our named Accountable GP's at the practice are:- Dr T Chiddick, Dr D Ganesh, Dr E Goldstein, Dr M D Hammatt, Dr A K Handley, Dr S K I Hay,  Dr K Hunter,  Dr E L Maw, Dr S Peachey, Dr J K Shacklock & Dr C J Wright

Where a patient expresses a preference as to which GP they have been assigned, the practice will make reasonable effort to accommodate this request.

Having a Named Accountable GP does not prevent you seeing any other doctor in the practice.

Letter from a Patient

Please find below a heartfelt letter from the dad of one of our patients. He wanted us to share his experience when his baby daughter became very ill so that parents can be aware of the symptoms to watch for and how important it is to follow advice from healthcare professionals.

Having an ill child can be a very scary experience. If you understand more about the illness it can help you to feel more in control... you can download a very helpful booklet from the following website www.whenshouldiworry.com which gives information about common infections in normally healthy children. You can also find a link to the booklet on our website on the ‘family health’ page.

Letter from Parent

Online Services have changed

Access to Online Services have changed, please read or print our patient information leaflet to find out more;

Online Services Information Leaflet

If you do not already have access to online services but would like to register, please print and compete the appropriate application form and return it to the surgery with the necessary photographic ID

Over 16s Online Services Registration Form

Parental Proxy Application for children aged 0 - 10 years

Please note: Online services and Proxy online services are not available for children aged 11 - 16 years.

 

New Vaccinations for Children

This year there have been changes to the vaccination schedule with the introduction of the Men B and Men ACWY vaccines.

Private Vaccines:  Unfortunately, it has been widely reported, there is a national shortage of the vaccination Bexsero (against Men B) and as such we are unable to obtain a private supply.  We would, therefore, recommend that parents wishing to vaccinate privately keep in touch with the larger private clinics who will most likely be the first to obtain stock when it becomes available.

This supply issue does not affect our younger patients currently being or due to be vaccinated against Men B as part of the NHS Vaccination Programme.

To find out more about the vaccines and read the eligibility criteria please click on the link below:

Vaccination schedule age checklist

 

Local Bus Service to Mowbray Square Medical Centre

Connexions buses run the X4 service from Harrogate Bus Station to Harrogate Hospital & Wedderburn via Westmoreland Street every hour from 9:45 - 3:45. Click on the link below to view the X4 Timetable

X4 Bus timetable 

 

CANCER FACT

 
Did you know that Harrogate and District has one of the worst rates of alcohol misuse in the UK - often hidden or secret drinking in our middle-class population. Here are some interesting facts about alcohol and its associated cancer risks:

• Not everyone who drinks alcohol will develop cancer, but

• Some cancers are more common in people who drink more alcohol , and

• Every year alcohol causes 4% of cancers in the UK, around 12,800 cases(1)

• The highest proportion of cases linked to alcohol were in mouth and upper throat cancers (around 30%)(1)

• But bowel cancers accounted for the greatest overall number of cases linked to alcohol (around 4,800 cases a year)(1)

• In fact, alcohol is associated with 7 types of cancer

• Whether it’s in wine, beer or spirits it’s the alcohol itself that leads to the damage

• Drinking and smoking together are even worse for you

• If the current trends in alcohol consumption continue over the next 20 years it is estimated it will cause


 o  135,000 cancer deaths(2)
 o  £2Bn in cancer costs to the NHS(2)
 o  1.2m hospital admissions(2)

 So, the less alcohol you drink, the lower the risk of cancer

• UK Government guidelines for low risk (not safe) drinking recommend that men and women who drink regularly do not exceed  14 units of alcohol per week(3)

WANT TO KNOW MORE? Following this link:

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/alcohol-and-cancer

1. Parkin, DM et al., Cancers attributable to the consumption of alcohol in the UK in 2010. Br J Cancer. 2011. 106(S2):S14- S18

2. Angus C, Holmes J, Pryce R, Meier P & Brennan A (2016) Alcohol and cancer trends: Intervention studies University of  Sheffield & CRUK
 
Department of Health. Alcohol Guidelines Review – Report from the guidelines development group to the UK Chief Medical Officers. 2016 (January)

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