Message from our Patient groups
In liaison with the Practice staff of the 4 surgeries of Hanscombe House, New River Health [Castlegate and Church Street branches], Wallace House and Watton Place Clinic.
Covid-19 vaccination progress update
We will have finished inviting 16-64 year olds who are clinically at risk for their vaccination by the end of this week. Next Friday,19th and Saturday 20th, 1200 over-60s will receive their first vaccination. Additionally, some care home residents will have their second Pfizer vaccination next week.
Some of you will have received a letter or NHS text to attend one of the local mass vaccination centres for your vaccination. You are welcome to do this, but you will have to have your second vaccination at this centre.
Please do not ring your surgery to enquire about, or to book, a vaccine appointment.
Your surgery will contact you.
Your vaccination appointment at Hertford Theatre
Arrive on time – you do not need to come early! To keep infection risk to a minimum, we will only allow the person who is having the vaccination into the Theatre [unless they need a primary carer].
Parking: St Andrew’s Street car park. Disabled badge holders: St Andrews or on the yellow lines outside the Theatre. If you need any help when arriving at the Theatre, please don’t hesitate to ask our friendly team of Meet and Greet volunteers.
Please do not attend if you feel unwell on the day. Contact the surgery to say you are unwell and check if you can still attend.
Do not come for your vaccination if you are displaying Covid-like symptoms – a high temperature; a new continuous cough and/or a loss of smell. Ring 111 or go to 111.nhs.uk. Please also cancel your appointment.
You must, of course, wear a face mask and keep 2 metres apart.
No appointment, no vaccination
We use every single dose of vaccine each day. In the unlikely event we have any surplus vaccine, we have a reserve list of patients, from the current group being vaccinated, whom we contact late in the afternoon to come for their vaccine.
For more information about coronavirus: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Look out for an NHS leaflet booklet popping through your letterbox this week titled ‘Help Us Help You’ which gives a lot of useful local information and advice about health and wellbeing for you and your family.
Local service updates:
Hertfordshire Local resilience forum:
Would you like to take part in this survey?
Healthwatch Hertfordshire is conducting a survey about your experiences of the vaccination programme. There are two surveys: one for those who have had their vaccination and one for those who have not yet had it. Please feel free to take part.
Are you experiencing some long-term effects of Covid-19?
Hertfordshire Community Trust has some useful information:
Hertford County is now back open for Blood Tests, but please ensure you have a paper blood test form to hand in at the desk.
Please spread the information in this newsletter through your social media contacts.