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Covid Vaccinations Update 17th February
NHS England have announced to us today that they would prefer all group 5 patients ie patients between 65 and 70 to be vaccinated in the mass vaccination sites. Everyone in this group will be receiving a letter in the coming days inviting them to book their appointment at one of these sites. We appreciate that for our patients this is inconvenient as some of the centres are some distance away in Eastbourne and Brighton, however, there are some slots nearer to us like the pharmacy in Ticehurst. However if you feel you are unable to travel to one of these sites you are still elligible to have your vaccine at Etchingham but there may be some delay before we can book you in. We would ask you to notify us by email that you would like to have your vaccination done at Etchingham and we will contact you in due course to book your appointment. We would also ask everyone that if you do make an appointment to have the vaccine elsewhere it would be helpful if you could email us to inform us as we can amend your records accordingly. Thank you all for your help with this
We will also be starting to contact the patients in group 6 to arrange their appointments at Etchingham
We have made excellent progress in our vaccination clinics and home visits:
- patients over 85 - 96% vaccinated
- patients 80-85 yrs - 96% vaccinated
- patients 75-80 yrs - 92% vaccinated
- patients 70-75 yrs - 91% vaccinated
If you are over 70, have not yet had a covid vaccination and would like one, you can book an appointment at the larger vaccination centres via the NHS website, or by calling 119 if you are unable to get online.
Covid Scams - Please Be Aware
There have been a number of Covid Scams reported with contact either by text, email or letter.
The surgery will contact you via telephone to book appointments at Etchingham Village Hall.
- We will only use text messages for appointment confirmation.
- We will NEVER use email
- We will NEVER ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text asking you to confirm you want the vaccine.
- We will NEVER ask for payment for the vaccine or for your bank details
You may receive a letter from NHS England asking you to call or go online for an appointment (see below).
Remember, the COVID vaccination can only be given by the NHS and the vaccination is free.
If you have any further concerns about something you have received please contact the Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Wheelchairs - do you need one?
The surgery has a limited number of wheelchairs and we are happy to loan those to patients who have problems with mobility. Please only ask to use these if it is absolutely necessary and obvioulsy can you return them as soon as you have been for your appointment so they can be used for other people. Please ask the surgery when you have your appointment to enquire about using a wheelchair.
Why did we use Etchingham?
Larger NHS Sussex Vaccination Centres
More informatin is given in this leaflet - click here
Group 1: residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- Group 2: all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- Group 3: all those 75 years of age and over
- Group 4: all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- Group 5: all those 65 years of age and over
- Group 6:all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- Group 7:all those 60 years of age and over
- Group 8: all those 55 years of age and over
- Group 9: all those 50 years of age and over
For more information on the Covid Vaccination please click here
Good News – Vaccines Arriving - Do you need transport?
As you may have already seen, some of us will be contacted soon with an offer of an appointment to go to Etchingham for our first dose of the vaccine. This will come as a wonderful escape from the anxiety that many of us will have been experiencing. However, some of us might be worried as to how we are going to undertake the journey to Etchingham.
We understand that there is an offer from the Rye and District Community Transport service that can be available to take a limited number of people. If you would like to explore that, the number to call is 01797 227722 – and be prepared to leave a message with your contact details, address and phone number, and the date/time of your appointment.
If that is not available or suitable for you, and you would like to explore alternatives, please do give us a call (again with your phone number) and we will do our best to help you. Phone 07522 473173
Covid Testing - If you have one of these symptoms book a test
With the easing of lockdown it is very important that any new cases are picked up early so that the individual can self isolate and their contacts contacted by the NHS Track & Trace service.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms. Therefore if you develop any of these symptoms please arrange a test as soon as possible. Click here BOOK COVID TEST
More information is available on the NHS website.
Medication Reviews - A red sticker on your prescription
Surgery Appointments - Continuing initial telephone triage
Medication - still a 5 day turnaround
Due to the need for social distancing our capacity in the dispensary is still reduced so we will continue to operate a five working day turnaround for repeat prescriptions. We are trying to increase our capacity and aim to return to a three day turnaround in the future.
Community Help and Support - do you need help?
We are aware that some people are having trouble collecting their medicines or going to the shops. There are a number of voluntary organisations that are helping people collect medicines, run errands or contacting people on their own.
If you need help with collecting your medicines in Northiam Northiam Together operate 'Helping Hands' service staffed by volunteer. Please call 07522 473173 to request assistance.
Northiam Talking: This is a service for people who are feeling isolated at the moment while stuck at home. It can put people in touch with others in a similar situation by phone, email, Facetime or Skype. For more details email email@example.com
For the villages of Beckley, Peasmarsh, Udimore, Broad Oak and Brede please contact Rye Mutual Staplecross & Ewhurst Green Chatburn8@icloud.com
If you have any questions about your prescriptions or medication then please still contact the surgery.
Broad Oak Surgery
Northiam Surgery Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday 8.30 - 6.30
Friday 8.30 - 5.00
Saturday 9 - 10.00
Broad Oak Opening Times
Monday 8.30 - 1.00
Tuesday 8.30 - 1.00
Wednesday 8.30 - 12 & 1.30 - 6.30
Thursday 8.30 - 1.00
Friday 8.30 - 11.00