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NHSScotland Recovery Plan 2021-2026
Following the launch of the NHSScotland Recovery Plan 2021-2026 (www.gov.scot/publications/nhs-recovery-plan/documents), Dr Denise Macfarlane, Clinical Director of Primary Care for NHS Grampian, has issued the following statement:-
General Practice are independent practitioners and have, throughout the pandemic, assessed the health needs of their patients and addressed them within the confines of the pandemic regulation. Face to face appointments have been offered when clinically indicated, either via Near Me consultation or after a telephone consultation to obtain the initial information and therefore protect both the patient, other patients, and the staff, from a prolonged encounter in a surgery and increasing the possible transmission time for COVID-19.
Outpatient clinics and hospital consultants have worked, and continue to work, in a similar way, only seeing those patients that cannot be managed via telephone or Near Me consultations.
With COVID-19 numbers increasing it is vital that we protect the most vulnerable in our society and this requires ongoing social distancing, face masks and reduced personnel within our small General Practices.
Many practices were working with a phone triage and phone appointment service, some also had eConsult and Near Me prior to the pandemic - the benefit for all of this has been realised and it is hoped for many reasons that only those that there is a clinical indication will require to attend not only GP surgeries but also hospital outpatient clinics.
**CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - 15 July 2021**
Throughout the pandemic, Alford Medical Practice has strived to make the surgery as safe as possible for all our patients and staff. We will continue to do so going forward.
From the 19th July, Scotland moves into Level 0 but nothing will change at the surgery - patients will still need to wear a mask, socially distance and use hand sanitiser in the surgery and staff will continue to wear PPE. We do understand that it can be frustrating but we know that when people come to us they are sick and vulnerable (and some cannot receive the covid vaccinations due to medical reasons) so we feel it would be wrong to not take these small precautions that can protect people.
In terms of opening up, as many of you know, we have never been shut and in fact have consulted with much higher numbers of patients than we did pre-covid (face to face, by phone, by e consult and by video).
The Alford Community has come so far in trying to minimise the impact of Covid and we are sure you understand that we need to keep the surgery as safe for ALL patients as we can.
CORONAVIRUS VACCINATION PROGRAM
We understand there is a keen interest in finding out when the Covid vaccination will start to be rolled out by the practice.
Although vaccination of care home residents and front line workers is underway, we are currently awaiting confirmation of a date when we will receive the first vaccines that will enable us to start vaccinating the over 80s.
Be reassured that our staff are ready and very keen to get underway, so we'll update you when we know more.
Over 80s requiring vaccination will be contacted directly at the time regarding their vaccine appointment so we would kindly ask that you do not call the practice to enquire about vaccine availability or try to book an appointment.
The practice will be following the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidelines (below) throughout the Covid vaccine roll out, with the over 80s being the next cohort of patients to be offered vaccination.
It is unclear at this stage how much of the vaccine programme will be undertaken directly by the surgery. There are plans for larger clinics to be run throughout Grampian serving multiple practices, but final details on this are still to be confirmed. Our staff will also be volunteering to assist in these too.
We will update you when more information is available
JCVI advises the order of priority for the coronavirus vaccination is:
- Residents and workers in care homes for older people
- All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- All those 65 years of age and over
- All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality, and unpaid carers
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over
**CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - 17 July 2020**
GP Practices have remained open throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. Urgent medical problems are still dealt with by GPs, nurses and other staff.
As we move into a phased recovery, most medical services will start to come back on stream, but this does not, and cannot mean a return to normal.
Just as the supermarket, the coffee shop and the office is a very different place, so too is the GP surgery. Much of what you may need to contact the surgery about can be dealt with without attending there, so people across the country are being asked to phone or e mail first, with telephone or video calls arranged, and only those who need face to face contact are asked to attend to keep you and others safe with as few people as possible in the buildings.
Because it's likely that those attending will have health problems, it's even more important to ensure safety than it is in the supermarket or office so staff will wear PPE, and you will be asked to wear a face covering/ mask.
Contact time will be kept to a minimum for everyone’s safety but despite this each appointment needs to be longer, and flow through the buildings will be controlled, and waiting rooms will seem very different.
The way they are delivered will stay changed for a very long time to come. We all need to feel safe when we use the NHS and need our NHS staff to be safe.
FLU CLINICS 2020/21 🤧
This year’s seasonal influenza vaccination programme is going to be delivered by the Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP).
Eligible patients will be sent letters from the HSCP from the beginning of October and this will have an appointment date, time and location for your vaccine.
The first cohort of Alford Medical Practice patients (patients aged 65 and over, anyone with underlying medical conditions and children aged 2-5) will be invited to attend Alford Academy Community Campus during the October holidays (Monday 12th to Friday 23rd). An invitation will be sent to your home address in the next couple of weeks.
The remaining cohorts will be offered vaccination as follows:-
* Pregnant women will be advised by their community midwife
* School children in Primary 1-7; parents will be sent information and a consent form, and children will be vaccinated at school
* Health & social care staff will be advised by their employers
* If you are aged 55 – 64, you will receive an appointment letter in December (clinic location to be determined at a later date).
If you are an unpaid carer, or you live with someone who was advised to shield as a result of COVID-19 and you wouldn’t normally get the flu jab, you can contact the NHS Grampian flu helpline (0345 337 9899) to arrange an appointment.
If you're aged 16 years or older, and not in one of the eligible groups, you can get the vaccine in many high street pharmacies for a small fee.
The first point of contact for any flu enquiries, including finding out if you are eligible or how to get your flu vaccine, should be www.NHSinform.scot. If your question cannot be answered there, you should call the NHS Grampian Flu Call Centre (0345 337 9899).
If you are unable to attend the appointment offered, please call the NHS Grampian Flu Call Centre on 0345 337 9899. The practice will NOT have access to make or reschedule your flu appointment this year.
It is equally important to call the NHS Grampian Flu Call Centre and inform them if you do not wish to take up the invitation or you have already had the jab elsewhere this year.
WE WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERYONE WHO HAS RECEIVED AN INVITATION TO GET YOUR FLU VACCINE AS THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT YEAR TO HAVE ONE AND WE MUST TRY TO PREVENT HIGH LEVELS OF INFLUENZA INFECTIONS ADDING MORE PRESSURE TO THE HEALTH SERVICE OVER THE TYPICALLY CHALLENGING WINTER MONTHS WHILE IT CONTINUES TO BATTLE THE IMPACT OF COVID-19.
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