Covid Vaccination Passports

Covid Vaccination passports can be obtained via the NHS/ MyGP app, however if you are having problems, it can also be done online at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/get-your-covid-pass-letter/ You fill in some simple details (and will still work if you don’t know your NHS number) then it is posted to you within a few days.

If you know someone who needs one and doesn’t have access to the internet, they can contact 119 and arrange via the phone.

Please try and refrain from contacting the surgery re Covid passports.

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FLU VACCINATIONS 2021:

UPDATE: We can now start booking flu vaccine appointments again but please bear in mind that we do not have unlimited supply and will have to keep an eye on numbers, therefore not all the clinics are ‘open’ to book yet and we will be doing this gradually. We do not receive all our allocated flu vaccines in one delivery and there are still due to be delays with future deliveries.

Our aim is to target the over 65 patients first when sending out invitations.

Again please await further updates on the clinics for under 18’s, these are not yet bookable.

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See poster for clinic details. ALL are by appointment only but PLEASE book online/ via the app if you can, to try and reduce pressure on our phone lines.

Also see poster for details on eligibility. Invitations will be sent out from today- these will go out gradually but if you know you are eligible, you don’t necessarily need to wait until you have received this to book an appointment.

Under 18 vaccine clinics are not up yet but keep an eye out on here/ our website for updates.

We haven’t yet received advice from the government re doing any Covid boosters so these clinics are for flu only.

National shortage of blood bottles

Due to the current national shortage of blood bottles, please do not contact the surgery to make an appointment for bloods unless a GP has specifically requested that you do so. Appointments for blood tests may need to be cancelled if it is felt that they can wait, to ensure we have sufficient supply for urgent tests. However please do not contact the surgery about this as, if required, we will be in touch with you. We apologise for an inconvenience this may cause, but thank you for your understanding.

A New Way to Book Physiotherapy at the Surgery

You can now see a musculoskeletal physiotherapist practitioner for your joint, muscle or soft tissue pain as the first point of contact instead of the GP.

This gives you faster access to expert diagnosis, advice and exercises you need to start tackling the problem. The physiotherapist can also refer you on to hospital services and arrange tests where necessary.

Please book a telephone triage appointment in the first instance currently available on Wednesday & Friday mornings, by using the MYGP app, Patient Access or ask reception.

Patient Survey for Morecambe Bay

Increasing continuity of care in General Practice

Your General Practice has been working with The Health Foundation to test different ways to increase continuity of care for patients. Mott MacDonald has been brought in to gather feedback on your views about this.

Continuity of care is when you see the same GP and form a therapeutic relationship with them. it means that you know each other well.

The survery will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. The information that you give us will remain completely anonymous.

https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=xNC-oldZc0-wwqgRQHWQ-1fO8D1yjc9LpxSMU5jscgpUOVA2TUo0QTEzMFlTTFlYN1Y5S0c2Mk5JWS4u

Beware of scammers!

During the Covid-19 pandemic make sure you are on your guard against scams. Scammers are taking advantage of the current coronavirus situation, whether it is to extort money, or to gain access to your home. If in doubt, apply the scam test:

S- seems to good to be true

C- contacted out of the blue

A- asked for personal detail

M- money is requested

Your Covid vaccination invitation could come to you via a text on your mobile phone, however police have warned that fraudsters are sending out fake texts offering a Covid vaccine in an attempt to steal personal and financial information. See the image below for an example of the fake message.

The legitimate message to invite you will read: ‘Dear ____, you have been invited to book you Covid vaccination, to book an appointment, please follow the link’. On clicking the link, you will be directed to the booking page where you can select a time slot. You will not be asked to enter personal details.

If you are still unsure, contact us at the surgery to confirm whether a text invite has been sent out.