COVID-19 UPDATES

SUSPECTED COVID? - Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital in person.
Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

 

COVID VACCINATION UPDATE: 25th January 2021

After another successful weekend clinic where a further 980 patients received vaccination, a total of 4921 patients have now received vaccination.
Thank you to all patients aged 75 and over who have booked appointments. There has been an overwhelming response and all appointments for this coming weekend are now booked. 
We ask that any patients aged 75 and over who still require an appointment please wait until next Monday before contacting the surgery. By this point we hope to have delivery confirmation and appointments to offer. We will continue to personally contact eligible patients as soon as we are able.
We are vaccinating as many patients as quickly as we possibly can but are hampered by limited supply of vaccine.
For those attending appointments please:
1. Wherever possible have someone chauffeur you to your appointment. This will ensure there are no delays in getting your vaccine and also prevents congestion. There are an array of fantastic taxi companies locally who have brought hundreds of patients though. Some including Allports Cars are even offering this for free subject to capacity! 
2.  Please wear a face mask at all times
3. Please ensure the top of your arm nearest the window is undressed BEFORE you reach your lane

COVID VACCINATION UPDATE: 20th January 2021

We have received confirmation of additional vaccine delivery for next week and will consequently be running a further drive thru clinic on Saturday 30th January. This means that we are now able to accept bookings for all patients aged 75 and over only.  
We will be in contact personally to invite eligible patients via the telephone in the coming days. Patients may contact reception rather than wait for a call if this is their preference. We are working as quickly as we can to vaccinate eligible patients but are entirely restricted by the supply of vaccine at present. If you are attending our drive thru clinic please may we insist that someone drives you to your appointment. This prevents our drive thru from becoming congested and helps to reduce patient wait times.

COVID VACCINATION UPDATE: 18th January 2021

We are expecting a delivery of 800 AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines this Wednesday 20th January and will consequently be running another drive thru clinic this Saturday 23rd January. This clinic is available exclusively for patients aged 78 and over only.  
We will be in contact personally to invite eligible patients via the telephone in the coming days. Patients may contact reception rather than wait for a call if this is their preference. We are working as quickly as we can to vaccinate eligible patients but are entirely restricted by the supply of vaccine at present. If you are attending our drive thru clinic please may we insist that someone drives you to your appointment. This prevents our drive thru from becoming congested and also means patients will not have to wait for 15 minutes after their vaccination. Thank you for your continued patience and support.

COVID VACCINATION UPDATE: 12th January 2021

With sincerest apologies for leaving things to the last moment, our delivery this morning arrived at the wrong surgery but we are delighted to announce it is now on the way back to us from Chatham.
ALL PATIENTS BOOKED TO ATTEND TODAY, TUESDAY 12TH JANUARY OR WEDNESDAY 13TH JANUARY MUST PLEASE ATTEND THEIR APPOINTMENT AS PREVIOUSLY ARRANGED
We will be texting and calling as many patients as we can but please spread the word to any affected friends and family.
Thank you once again to all patients for their support and kindness.

COVID VACCINATION UPDATE: 6th January 2021

As you might already be aware, a recent change in government advice has unfortunately created some uncertainty where the recommended timescales for second dose of covid vaccination are concerned. Nationally, all vaccination deliveries have been rescheduled and we are presently unsure whether our delivery for those expecting the second dose of vaccine for next week will arrive. We will not know until Monday whether we have sufficient vaccine to honour appointments for those patients booked on 12th and 13th January however our message to all concerned is please turn up for your appointment unless we tell you otherwise. Please understand that the current supply and delivery situation is entirely out of the control of Whitstable Medical Practice and is being co-ordinated at national level. We sincerely apologise therefore for any short notice changes or cancellations that we have to inflict on patients, this is not how we would ever choose to operate! We hope in the coming weeks to have much more certainty and control over the supply of vaccination. In the meantime, please be assured that we are doing all we can to provide the vaccine to those who need it most as quickly as we are able to. We are presently offering appointments to all patients aged 80 and over ONLY but will be in touch directly with all patients as soon as we can offer an appointment. We thank all patients for their support and understanding at these increasingly challenging times.

COVID VACCINATION UPDATE: 11th December 2020

COVID Vaccination - Patient Information

For the latest Goverment Vaccination Guidance please click the following: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-guide-for-older-adults/covid-19-vaccination-guide-for-older-adults

For Latest Government Advice Click Below

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults​ 

https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/ 

 

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