Yelverton Surgery remains open and are able to help and advise you on your health needs during the national lockdown
Please do not come to the surgery if you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms.
Covid Vaccine update 20/1/2021
In line with Government guidance we are now starting to vaccinate those patients in cohorts 3 and 4 (please see below). Supply of vaccine is not regular at the moment, however, we are moving as quickly as we can once we have a confirmed delivery. Please be advised that you may be called at short notice to an appointment as this will help us avoid any wastage of vaccine. Please DO NOT call us; you can be assured that we will call you.
We are experiencing a high volume of calls and emails requesting priority for the Covid vaccine.
We appreciate this is a very worrying time for all our patients and thought it would be helpful to explain our position.
At the moment we have been instructed by the Department of Health and Social Care to concentrate our efforts on the over 80 year old patients, nursing homes, care staff and frontline healthcare professionals. We have already vaccinated hundreds of patients’ within the West Devon area by joining with Abbey and Tavyside surgeries and are waiting to hear when our next supply will be delivered.
Once all of those described above are vaccinated we will be instructed to move on through the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) groups which are outlined below:
1 Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2 All those 80 years of age and over Frontline health and social care workers
3 All those 75 years of age and over
4 All those 70 years of age and over Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5 All those 65 years of age and over
6 All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7 All those 60 years of age and over
8 All those 55 years of age and over
9 All those 50 years of age and over
The Government have an ambitious target to vaccinate all those in groups 1-4 by mid-February and at the present time we are well on track to achieve this BUT supply of vaccine is the key to delivering this target.
We have an enthusiastic team and stand ready to vaccinate patients alongside running our normal day to day work, examples of which are; telephone calls to patients, processing prescriptions’, seeing patients’ face to face, home visits, referrals to specialists, taking blood samples and nurse appointments’ for baby immunisations and smears.
We hope that we will have a plentiful supply of vaccine soon and can move quickly through the cohorts but we cannot influence delivery schedules at this time.
We are afraid that, given these constraints we cannot prioritise anyone and would be grateful if you would wait for us to contact you when we have the vaccine available for your group.
In line with Government guidance we are now starting to vaccinate those patients in cohorts 3 and 4 .
Please be advised that you may be called at short notice to an appointment as this will help us avoid any wastage of vaccine.
Flu vaccine Update 20/1/2021
We are aware that the Government are sending patients reminder letter about the flu vaccine.
If you are eligible and have not yet received your flu vaccine and would like one please contact us.
Covid-19 vaccinations – Update 30/12/2020
The Yelverton surgery team has joined with our neighbouring practices, Abbey Surgery and Tavyside Health Centre to commence vaccination of our patients with the Covid-19 vaccine.
We were lucky to be chosen to vaccinate some patients earlier in December and they will receive their second dose of the vaccine in the week commencing 4th January 2021.
We do not have:
· a choice of vaccine
· a choice of delivery date
· a choice of who we can vaccinate – we have to follow the criteria set out by the Department of Health and Social Care
We can only receive the vaccines allocated for the 3 practices in West Devon; collectively known as West Devon PCN.
We will call you when we are able to vaccinate you.
When we do contact you please attend your appointment and note the venue (it may be at any of the 3 surgeries in West Devon), wait until you are called to enter the surgery, wear a face covering and be prepared to wait for 15 minutes after your vaccination.
Please continue to wear a face covering in public, maintain space from others and wash your hands regularly.
Thank you for your co-operation.
COVID VACCINATION – SCAM ALERT
Please be aware that we have had a disturbing report this morning of a patient in a neighbouring practice being called to advise that we were inviting them in to receive their COVID vaccination , they were then asked for their bank details. Please be aware that you will NEVER be asked to provide bank details by your doctors surgery for a Covid vaccination.
Flu Vaccination Update - 30/11/2020
We have managed to secure some flu vaccination for our 50-64 year olds from the government stock. If you wish to book in to have a flu jab, please can you call us on 01822 852202 on Monday to Friday after 2pm. Please call after 2pm as this will ensure that we are able to run our morning triage service efficiently. We will put a message on the website again when our appointments are full and we will continue to try to get more vaccine to ensure we can meet the demand. The government have supplied a vaccine called Flublok - this does not have a UK marketing authorisation but has been authorised for temporary supply in the UK by the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) and has been licensed and used in the US since 2013 and it is being offered in accordance with national guidance.
Flu Vaccination Update - 26/11/2020
We are happy to announce that we have managed to secure a limited amount of flu vaccinations for patients aged UNDER 65 with a long-term health condition from the government stock. If you are aged UNDER 65 and wish to book in to have a flu jab, please can you call us on 01822 852202 on Monday to Friday after 2pm. Please call after 2pm as this will ensure that we are able to run our morning triage service efficiently. We will put a message on the website again when our appointments are full and we will continue to try to get more vaccine to ensure we can meet the demand.
Flu Vaccination Update - 28/10/2020
We are happy to announce that we have managed to obtain some more flu vaccinations for patients aged OVER 65 from the government stock. If you are aged OVER 65 and wish to book in to have your flu jab please can you call us on 01822 852202, Monday to Friday after 2pm. Please call after 2pm as this will ensure that we are able to run our morning triage service efficiently. We will put a message on the website again when our appointments are full and we will continue to try to get more vaccine to ensure we can meet the demand.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
The practice are taking part in some research related to Covid-19 and Influenza this year.
If you would like to take part please follow the link below:
(If this link does not open when you click on it, please copy and paste it into your web browser.)
Germ Defence is an evidence-based behaviour change website that provides advice on infection control at home. A clinical trial of 20,000 people during the time of the H1N1 pandemic and seasonal ‘flu (published in The Lancet) showed that using Germ Defence successfully reduced the number and severity of infections in the home, as well as the need for primary care consultations and antibiotics.
Researchers are examining whether the updated COVID-19 version of Germ Defence will be effective at reducing infections and GP consultations this Autumn/Winter.
The COVID-19 version of Germ Defence was developed by clinicians and scientists at the Universities of Bristol, Southampton and Bath in collaboration with Public Health England. It was co-designed with members of the public to be simple and quick to use, including by people with limited reading or computer skills. The website has already had over 100,000 users, who gave it a median rating of 8/10 for usefulness, and it can be accessed in 20+ languages.
The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your support.
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY UNLESS IT IS ESSENTIAL
MOST MATTERS CAN BE DEALT WITH OVER THE PHONE, INCLUDING PRESCRIPTION REQUESTS
All visitors to the Surgery are required to wear a FACE COVERING and WAIT OUTSIDE or in your car, your Doctor or nurse will tell you when it is time to come into the surgery.
In order to reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus, we are now changing all booked face-to-face DOCTOR appointments to telephone calls. This will be in place for the foreseeable future.
The doctor will call you in the morning, on the day of your booked appointment and if they feel you need to be seen, you will be given a time to come to the surgery.
Thank you for your continued support at this difficult time.
If you require a note for your employer as you have had to stay at home because of Coronavirus, please visit https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
The government have launched a new website for patients to use in finding out what help they can get if affected by coronavirus. This service is available to all patients who are seeking advice and guidance on the topics such as:
· feeling unsafe
· going in to work
· paying bills or being unemployed
· getting food
· having somewhere to live
· mental health and wellbeing
Flu Vaccine Update 6th October 2020– An explanation of the current situation
As many of you know our flu vaccine clinics’ are now well underway. This year, as you can imagine, is very different for us as we have to administer hundreds of vaccines in a Covid safe environment and we have worked very hard to provide this for our patients.
We know that many of you have been asked to make an appointment and when contacting us been told that we have no vaccine left. We apologise for this and felt it might be helpful to give you some background to the situation; it is as frustrating for us as it is for you. GP practices have to order their flu vaccines almost a year before the next flu vaccination season meaning that our final order was placed in January 2020, before Covid was within the community. In a usual flu season we also have to return about 100 vaccines due to patients not wishing to be vaccinated.
This year we have already vaccinated over 350 over 65 years and over 350 patients aged 2-64 with pre-existing medical conditions and we prioritised those who were shielding. We have also vaccinated 2 and 3 year olds, some of our nursing and residential homes and housebound patients.
During the spring and summer every GP practice was informed by the Department of Health that they could NOT order any more flu vaccines; the Government have subsequently bought flu vaccines from the manufacturers and we cannot order any more directly.
We have been informed that further stock will be available to order directly from the Department of Health sometime in November and guidelines will be issued as to who we can vaccinate at that stage.
We would advise that you contact pharmacies within your community as they are also able to vaccinate eligible patients; we do know however, that they are experiencing similar problems with vaccine supply.
In the meantime please follow Government advice; Hands, Face, Space
We will update the website as more vaccine becomes available.
Message from Dr Hanson
Welcome to Yelverton Surgery
Yelverton Surgery covers a large rural area extending from the north of Plymouth across to Dartmeet and Hexworthy in the east and Grenofen to the west.
We have a branch surgery at Princetown which is held Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays between 8.30am and 9.40 am. The surgery at Princetown is only available to patients who live in Princetown. We dispense prescriptions for patients living in the Princetown area.
We are a training practice and have doctors training to become General Practitioners working in the Surgery. They work with us for up to a year at a time.
Please be aware that Yelverton Surgery NEVER shares any patient information with third parties, without your consent. We will never ask for any of your bank details over the telephone. If you are ever concerned about the validity of a call made by us please ring us back on our telephone number and report any suspicious calls to the police on 101.
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