COVID-19 Vaccine – Important Information for Patients
Although there is not an approved vaccine for COVID-19 yet, a lot of work is taking place to make sure the NHS is ready to offer these to people as soon as a vaccine passes all the strict safety checks and is approved.
When will a vaccine be available?
At the moment, we do not have any information about when a vaccine will be ready. The NHS will not offer COVID-19 vaccinations until it is safe to do so and a vaccine is proved to be both safe and effective.
Where can I get a vaccine?
Vaccines will be offered from a number of different locations to make sure everyone who needs a vaccine is able to get one. These locations are still being decided and we will share these details with patients as soon as we know.
Who will get a vaccine?
The vaccine will be offered to those most at risk from COVID-19 first, starting with older people living in care homes and those over 80 years old. This is based on the guidance from the Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations which is available here.
Currently, it advises that it should then be offered to people with high or medium risk clinical conditions and those aged between 50 and 80, and then to the rest of the population over the age of 18. This will be done in a phased approach and full details of when and where will be shared once a vaccine is confirmed.
We will contact patients to invite them to book their vaccination when the vaccine becomes available and they become eligible. In the meantime, please could we kindly ask you not to contact the practice for information about the vaccine as it may stop someone who needs urgent medical help getting through to us. Thank-you for your continued support.
Drs Kamal, Herrero Tarilonte & Johnston
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The practice is committed to delivering a service of the highest standard to all of our patients. We place a great deal of emphasis on good communication, effective treatments and continuous professional development to enable us to meet the needs of our patients.
The practice has been in existence for over 100 years and was carried out from three surgeries in Hemsworth. The practice buildings were wooden huts until 1967 when a purpose-built surgery was built in Highfield Road, Hemsworth. We soon outgrew this building and moved to our current site in 1979. The surgery was extended in 1993 to provide additional patient care facilities, a larger waiting room and increased office space. In March 1996, our therapy unit was opened; a new two-storey building which accommodates the community nursing team as well as providing facilities for staff training and seminars. The therapy unit also houses a fully functioning level 3 theatre facility, where vasectomy, general and vascular surgical procedures are delivered by visiting consultants. Further building work was completed to our purpose built endoscopy unit, which stands to the rear of the main building, in the summer of 2012.
In May 2001, a new purpose-built surgery was completed at Kinsley, providing much needed extra space and state-of-the-art facilities.
On 1st August 2003, the Grange Medical Centre and Highfield Road Surgery merged as one practice.
On 1st July 2006 The Grange Medical Centre merged with the Greenview Medical centre at Upton.
Infection Prevention And Control
The practice has robust policies in place for infection prevention and control. This includes policies on hand washing, cleaning of the surgery sites and correct disposal of waste in line with current guidelines.
We would ask that you use the hand gel dispensers that are available in the entrance areas of the 3 surgery sites and also make use of the waste bins provided for any rubbish you may wish to dispose of.
For further details on our Infection Prevention and Control policy please click here.
No Smoking Policy
The practice operates a no smoking policy; we kindly ask patients to refrain from smoking in practice buildings and within the grounds. The use of e-cigarettes is also forbidden.
It is essential to maintain a high standard of hygiene on the premises and your assistance with this would be appreciated.
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