Covid Vaccination Programme Update 10-05-21
The next available first dose clinics will be on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th May (times from 09:30-17:30).
We will text patients in the appropriate groups, for whom we have a mobile phone number. The text message has a link to book your appointment via ‘AccuBook,’ a simple three step process. Please help us by using this service if at all possible. Please contact the practice direct if you have no mobile phone, and/or we will call you.
The clinic will be at Unit 1, RAC Trading Estate, Faringdon, SN7 7BP (behind Esso fuel station, Park Road, Faringdon). Look for Marshals and signs on the day.
Our next clinic will be held on Monday 17th May (09:30-16:30)
For those with an appointment for a second dose of the AZ vaccine booked on Wednesday 19th May, please note that we are moving this clinic to the 17th May due to vaccine delivery date changes.
You can rebook your vaccination appointment via the SMS we have sent, call us on 01367 242388 or we will call you if you have already booked. Your first vaccination must have been at least 11 weeks ago.
Tuesday 18th May is fully booked, and all bookings remain in place.
Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week (10-16 May 2021)
We’re taking part in Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week – and you can too!
Download your digital toolkit now and help prevent Type 2 diabetes this May www.diabetes.org.uk
Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May 2021)
It's Mental Health Awareness Week and a great time to think about how we're feeling. The national lockdown has been difficult for many of us and now that restrictions are easing there may be new challenges to consider. So for Mental Health Awareness Week there is a new article on the Covid-19 hub that gives you tips on how to cope with anxiety about coming out of lockdown.
The Every Mind Matters website has recently been refreshed to help people access content more easily.
Your Mind Plan
There are things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing and the Every Mind Matters Mind Plan can provide NHS approved personalised advice on positive steps people can take to help manage anxiety, sleep better and boost your mood.
DVLA Medicals During Covid Pandemic
We’ve had several enquiries regarding DVLA medicals recently. In the interests of equality and consistency, we are currently not able to provide these as they are a private service and therefore have to take a lower priority until we are able to fully resume our NHS service provision. As these do not have to be done by a GP practice, there are several other options to have these medicals completed, some of which are cheaper than us:
Steroid Injection Waiting Times
Although we will continue to offer steroid injections to our patients, there is likely to be a very significant (several months) waiting time for an appointment date due to the unprecedented increase in our core essential work, including but not limited to tackling the large backlog of long-term conditions monitoring and screening, the planning and delivery of the COVID vaccination programme and the extension of the influenza vaccination service. Please discuss other options with your clinician and consider the option of a referral to secondary care, where you may be seen more quickly.
Attending the Practice
Please can all patients attending the practice ensure that, wherever possible, they come alone. Whilst we appreciate that there will be occasions where this will not be possible for some patients, we have had an increased number of patients arriving exceptionally early and unnecessarily accompanied.
You must wear a mask at all times whilst at the practice and maintain social distancing.
All visitors and patients are encouraged to park opposite the practice front door as this is no longer parking for the doctors.