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Information regarding the local COVID vaccinations programme

Berkshire Primary Care Ltd working in partnership with Bracknell & District PCN GP Practices – Update 21/01/2021

The following Bracknell GP practice patients are eligible to attend the NHS vaccination hub in the Waitrose Sports Hall in Bracknell on the Southern Industrial Estate.

  • Binfield Surgery
  • The Sandhurst Group Practice
  • The Waterfield Surgery
  • The Gainsborough Practice
  • Great Hollands Surgery
  • Easthampstead Surgery
  • The Forest Health Group
  • as well as for four Ascot surgeries.

We are asking for everyone’s patience and help with this massive programme. Please do not contact the surgeries or service providers regarding this programme unless you have been asked to do so and you are in the currently being booked groups.

The centre has been provided by Waitrose and Berkshire Primary Care Ltd are providing this service in collaboration with your local GP practices, CCG and NHS teams. All appointments must pre booked.

To date we have vaccinated over 4,500 eligible local people since opening in late December 2020.

You may have received a letter informing you about the Slough vaccination centre, this is an option open for you but you can use the local Bracknell service when your cohort is eligible. You do not have to go to the Slough site. The Bracknell service is using many staff from your local surgeries and other partnerships teams.

The speed of the programme is affected by vaccine delivery and safe working numbers to protect patients and staff and we also have strict priority group rules which need to be followed. Currently those aged 70 or older, people who are on the national Clinically Vulnerable / Shielding lists who have received an NHS letter and healthcare professionals are currently allowed to be booked.

We are actively contacting people in these permitted categories to schedule vaccinations. Currently we are contacting registered patients by phone but we are moving towards online booking as systems come online. Anyone unable to book online will still be bookable by phone.

We have already vaccinated those in the local care homes and are beginning the plans and rollout to patients who are housebound from the practices mentioned above.

We understand everyone’s desire to get vaccinated as soon as possible! We cannot however do everyone at once even if we had unlimited staff and space, as we also need the stock which is distribute nationally and we cannot control. This is why we are asking you to please not contact the surgeries or service providers regarding this programme unless requested to do so and you are in the currently being booked groups. We request this to help us reach those we need to now, in the groups currently being vaccinated.

Your help with this will enable us to process bookings more effectively aiding the programme and to contact those eligible as we have stock and appointments available. We are running clinics 8am to 8pm in line with stock deliveries.

We will be able to help vaccinate all eligible patients but it will take us some time to get to everyone!

Thank you in advance for your help with supporting your local NHS services! and of course we must thank Waitrose, all our NHS staff and the amazing team of Volunteers at the site supporting the programme from The Ark – from Berkshire Primary Care Ltd

Vaccinating Health and Social Care Staff

NHS England and NHS Improvement have now published a Standard Operating Procedure for the vaccination of frontline health and social care staff. This identifies the people who can currently access NHS Health and Social Care vaccination hubs. This guidance will help organisations plan the rollout, including providing information on prioritisation and delivery methods.

All frontline health and social care workers will be eligible for the covid vaccination regardless of whether they work in hospitals, people’s homes or another setting, or who employs them.

  • If you are a frontline health or social care worker and want to enquire about your first covid vaccine dose, please do not contact your GP surgery.
  • If you are working for an organisation please contact them as they will likely have a roll out plan.
  • If you are self-employed or run a small organisation and have not had contact from NHS vaccination services please contact: bookingqueries.ebpc@nhs.net (Within your email, please state the number of staff members that need to be vaccinated).
  • Once your email is received, you will be contacted with details about how to book your appointment.

Please note, you may not get an immediate response as we are booking more than 30,000 health and social care workers in this area so please bear with us.

Getting vaccinated only protects you from the virus, so you will still need to follow IPC and testing measures in your workplace, and follow general advice at work, at home and when you are out and about:

The NHS is here for you

General practice is a critical part of the wider NHS and together, we care for the most vulnerable members of our community. Covid-19 infection rates are extremely high and continuing to rise in Bracknell. Our numbers of staff in general practice are also reduced by the infection rate, and so to keep our patients and staff safe we need to make changes to the way we provide services locally. This will ensure that those most at risk from the impact of Covid and those with the greatest health needs are prioritised at this time including ensuring the Covid-19 vaccination is rolled out as quickly as possible to priority groups.

Minor illness and conditions that can be dealt with by community pharmacies will not be seen in general practice. Please follow our “Know Where to Go When Feeling Unwell” guidance and contact your local pharmacy in the first instance. If you need advice over and above what your pharmacy can provide, use NHS 111 online or call NHS 111 if you do not have access to the internet.

General practice remains OPEN if you need us for an urgent and on-going health need:

  • Practices have been asked to prioritise the needs of those people we know are at increased risk from Covid-19, including people with long term conditions, frailty, learning disabilities and severe mental illness.
  • Serious, ongoing and urgent conditions will be prioritised including routine care for those at higher risk
  • You may notice that you have less contact with your GP than previously if your condition is stable at the moment.
  • Suspected cancer will be prioritised
  • Covid-19 infections will be prioritised

Many other services will also continue, but please consider how urgent your request is and whether this could wait.

Our staff have the right to be treated with dignity and respect at all times, so if you need to contact the practice please remember that any abuse of our staff will not be tolerated.

Please do not contact your practice by phone or online for minor illness.

Please do not contact your practice by phone or online about Covid vaccinations.

Thank you for supporting your general practice surgery at this time.

We have been asked to stop any non-essential work immediately

Due to the recent surge in Covid-19 and the pressures on the NHS, we have been asked to stop any NON-ESSENTIAL work immediately. We will keep this under review.

We are asking that you ONLY call us or do an online consultation if you have an URGENT request. If it is a ROUTINE request, we will ask you to contact us when the pressures have reduced. We are still taking all prescription requests as normal. Please do continue to contact us for acute illnesses or urgent matters.

If you already have an appointment booked and it is classed as non-urgent work the practice will contact you and advise that your appointment is postponed until we are able to restart these services again.

Thank you for your support