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Urgent Care Pressure in Bromley

Please note that Urgent Treatment Centres and Emergency Departments in Bromley are currently experiencing significant demand. If you have an urgent but non life-threatening medical need, please use the NHS 111 website first https://111.nhs.uk/  rather than going straight to A&E. If you require it, NHS 111 can book you in to be seen safely in A&E, Urgent Treatment Centres, GP surgeries, pharmacies, emergency dental services and walk-in clinics. Contacting NHS 111 first will also help the NHS to keep you safe, by maintaining social distancing. They will ensure that you receive the right care in the right place, in a more timely and safe way. You should  dial 999 if you have a life-threatening illness or injury. 

 

For further advice on when to visit urgent care centres or emergency departments please click the links below:

 

When to visit an urgent treatment centre

 

When to visit an emergency department

 

 

Thank you for your help in this matter.

 

Shortage of blood specimen bottles

A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.

 

Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.

 

Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.

 

If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.

We have been asked to delay non-urgent blood tests until at least 17.9.21.

National Data Opt Out

https://digital.nhs.uk/about-nhs-digital/our-work/keeping-patient-data-safe/how-we-look-after-your-health-and-care-information/your-information-choices/opting-out-of-sharing-your-confidential-patient-information

 

General Practice Data for Planning and Research – South East London CCG (selondonccg.nhs.uk)

 

If you wish to opt out please complete the form and return to the surgery via email or post.  Please note the deadline for this has been moved to 1st September 2021.

 

Opt-out-Form

Covid Vaccines for the over 70s

  • Having a vaccine is the best way to protect you from coronavirus and will save thousands of lives.
  • If you are over 70 and haven’t yet been invited for your first COVID vaccine, you can now book by visiting www.nhs.uk/book-a-coronavirus-vaccination/enter-your-name or by calling 119 or contact your GP practice directly.  You no longer need a letter.
  • The national service allows you to book an appointment at a vaccination centre or community pharmacy but not at a GP practice.
  • If going to a GP practice is your preference, please contact your GP directly who can refer you to a local primary care vaccination site.
  • We are continuing to follow the official advice and vaccinating those most at risk first.
  • There are now more than 200 sites across London providing the lifesaving vaccination, and more are going live all the time.

When can I have my Covid Vaccination?

COVID-19 Vaccine: The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated – please do not contact the Surgery before then

The vaccine may not be given at your GP Practice but at another local vaccination service

The first phase of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has begun. However, initially the vaccination will be prioritised for those over 80, care home workers and residents, and frontline health and care staff. These vaccinations will be delivered through a limited number of Hospital and GP Hubs. See this leaflet explaining who was chosen for the first group and why.

If you are in a priority group, when it is the right time, you will receive an invitation to come forward for your vaccination.  For most people this will be a letter (some might receive a call or a text), either from the practice or the national NHS. This letter will include all the information you will need to book appointments, including your NHS number.

This is going to be a long-term programme and it will likely take until at least Spring before all high-risk groups have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine.

Please help us and do not contact the practice or other NHS services to get an appointment for a COVID vaccination until you get this letter.   Please also continue to follow the national guidance to control the virus and save lives.

Information on the vaccine is available on www.selondonccg.nhs.uk/what-we-do/covid-19/

 Priority Cohort Sequence 

  1. Older people’s care homes residents and staff
  2. People 80 years of age and over, and healthcare and social care workers
  3. People 75 years of age and over
  4. People 70 years of age and over
  5. People 65 years of age and over
  6. Adults under 65 years of age at high risk due to medical conditions
  7. Adults under 65 years of age at moderate risk due to medical conditions
  8. People 60 years of age and over
  9. People 55 years of age and over
  10. People 50 years of age and over
  11. Key workers, and the rest of the population

NHS services are using text messages as one of the ways to invite people in for their Covid vaccination. A genuine message will never ask for your bank details or request a payment. It may ask you to confirm your date of birth to make sure the message has reached the intended person. Text messages for our local GP-led site may include a weblink from ‘accurx.thirdparty.nhs.uk’.

If you receive a text message which looks suspicious, you can forward this free of charge to the 7726 SMS reporting service.
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Why do I have to wait for my Covid-19 Vaccine

Please see the attached leaflet regarding the Covid Vaccination.PHE_11843_Covid-19_why_do_I_have_to_wait_leaflet

 COVID-19 Vaccine: The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated – please do not contact the Surgery before then

 The first phase of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has begun. However, initially the vaccination will be prioritised for those aged 80 and over, care home workers and residents, and frontline health and care staff. These vaccinations will be delivered through a limited number of Hospital and GP Hubs. See this leaflet explaining who was chosen for the first group and why.

 If you are in a priority group, when it is the right time, you will receive an invitation to come forward for your vaccination.  For most people this will be a letter, (some might receive a text from their GP practice), the practice or the national NHS.  This letter will include all the information you will need to book appointments, including your NHS number. 

 This is going to be a long-term programme and it will likely take until at least Spring before all high-risk groups have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine.

 Please help us and do not contact the practice or other NHS services to get an appointment for a COVID vaccination until you get this letter.   Please also continue to follow the national guidance to control the virus and save lives. 

 Information on the vaccine is available on www.selondonccg.nhs.uk/what-we-do/covid-19/

 

 

Covid-19 Vaccine Research

Volunteer to help find the vaccine for COVID-19

Join the national effort and sign up for the NHS COVID-19 vaccine research registry.  Be part of the fightback against the virus by volunteering to be contacted by researchers to take part in COVID-19 vaccine research.

There are a number of vaccines being identified and safety-tested at the moment, but only large scale studies can give researchers the information needed about how effective they are.

The NIHR is working with the NHS and aims to recruit half a million people onto the registry by October, which will allow people to be put in touch with the vaccine studies in the coming months.

Researchers are looking for people from all backgrounds, ages and parts of the UK -including both people with or without existing health conditions – to take part in vaccine studies, to make sure that any vaccines developed will work for everyone.

The service is available to anyone aged 18 or over, living in the UK. There is no obligation to join in any study, if you are contacted. But by taking part, you could help researchers find vaccines to protect us all more quickly – which in turn could help the NHS and save lives.

Sign up today!

https://www.nhs.uk/sign-up-to-be-contacted-for-research

https://bepartofresearch.nihr.ac.uk