The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has, today (20th November 2020), announced that community pharmacy contractors and general practices will be able to vaccinate 50 to 64 year olds against flu from Tuesday 1st December 2020.
This follows the Government’s announcement earlier this year that the 2020 flu vaccination programme would be extended with the addition of this new cohort, so it would become the largest programme ever undertaken in England. So far this flu season, contractors have already surpassed the number of patients vaccinated in previous years, having administered nearly 1.9m doses, with demand for flu vaccination from eligible patients still being very high.
This announcement allows contractors to vaccinate this group of patients under the flu vaccination Advanced service from 1st December 2020.
If you fall under the 50 - 64 cohort please call the surgery to book an appointment for your free flu vaccination. For more information please speak to a member of staff.
Germ Defence is an evidence-based behaviour change website that provides advice on infection control at home. A clinical trial of 20,000 people during the time of the H1N1 pandemic and seasonal ‘flu (published in The Lancet) showed that using Germ Defence successfully reduced the number and severity of infections in the home, as well as the need for primary care consultations and antibiotics.
The COVID-19 version of Germ Defence was developed by clinicians and scientists at the Universities of Bristol, Southampton and Bath in collaboration with Public Health England. It was co-designed with members of the public to be simple and quick to use, including by people with limited reading or computer skills. The website has already had over 100,000 users, who gave it a median rating of 8/10 for usefulness, and it can be accessed in 20+ languages.
We are letting you know about a very useful website called Germ Defence which was created by a team of doctors and scientists to give you advice that has been proven to reduce the spread of viruses in the home. It can help you plan how to protect yourself and members of your family from infection by COVID-19 and ‘flu.
It’s easy to use and only takes 10 minutes - just click on this link:
(If this link does not open when you click on it, please copy and paste it into your web browser.)
Please pass details of the Germ Defence website to your friends and family.
There’s a button at the bottom of the Germ Defence website for sharing by social media.
If you’d like to know more:
· Over 20,000 people previously took part in research about Germ Defence
· People who followed the advice in Germ Defence had fewer and less severe illnesses - and so did the people they lived with
· Results of the study were published in The Lancet medical journal
· Germ Defence has been updated with COVID-19 advice to help prevent a wave of COVID-19 and ‘flu this Autumn/Winter
· Information about how the Germ Defence website is being evaluated is available here.
We want to tell you about some exciting proposals we have for the future of Rutland House. We are proposing to merge the practice with Queens Avenue and move into a new building planned for the Rutland House site. We’d like to know what you think about these proposals. You can find out more about the proposals below and how you can submit your feedback via a questionnaire. Please click the below link to visit our dedicated merger page.
Quitting smoking is one of the best things you will ever do for your health.
Stoptober is rapidly approaching – did you know that if you quit for 28 days, you are 5 times more likely to quit for good?
One You Haringey run a free Be Smoke Free programme for all Haringey residents. By joining, you will get free advice and support from your personal Health Coach. They can also prescribe you Champix and NRT products such as skin patches and lozenges. Over 1,200 people in Haringey have quit by using our service since 2016! We are here to help you too.
It is never too late to quit smoking. Recently, we helped Majid who is 71 years’ old, to quit smoking. We asked him what his motivation was to quit and how our service helped:
“I smoked for 51 years and was diagnosed with lung cancer which led to surgery taking away half of a lung. I realised how important it was for me to stop smoking, I saw no other option.
I attended a weekly stop smoking clinic over the phone at the start of lockdown. The weekly calls, encouragement from my coach and the patches and spray were all very helpful.
It was quite challenging handling my cravings, but the patches and mouth spray helped these and ultimately helped me to break the habit.
I have been smoke free for 5 months now and I feel very proud of myself, I feel better as I am breathing easier when I walk and I’m saving money too.
If you would like more help to quit smoking, you can find out more on our website and sign up for free. Click here for further details.
Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
Please also note that GPs are not to vaccinate this age group until the clinically at risk have been done This means that no 50-64 year old (other than those who are in the clinical at risk group) should be invited to attend for a vaccine until there is confirmation from the national team that there is vaccine supply for this group.
We are running our flu clinics in our surgery carport area this year. We found this to be the best way to ensure we are covid secure. We are currently vaccinating the over 65's and the children aged between 2-3. Please get in touch with the reception team to book your flu jab.
Please click on the link below to find out information about key facts for pregnant women during the pandemic. You will also find contact numbers of local midwife and maternity units.
We will be open on the early May bank holiday (8th May 2020) and the late May bank holiday (25th May 2020). The opening hours 8:00AM - 18:30PM.
From Monday 23rd March, Haringey Council has suspended parking enforcements on street residential, shared use, and permit parking bays
To keep vulnerable residents and those providing an essential services safe, the Council will continue to enforce yellow lines, footway parking, disabled parking bays, business bays, doctors bays and pay by phone bays
Please check the website daily for further updates
Further Covid-19-related updates
The link also contains useful information on:
· Haringey parks
· Support for businesses
· Update from London Fire Brigade Haringey
· Free School Meals
· Government updates
Being in self-siolation can be really difficult, we wanted to share with you few resources that can help you in this difficult time. Please check links below:
Connected Communities is a programme set up to improve access to council and voluntary services, and support in Haringey to encourage residents to live their version of a good life.
If you are worried about the impact of coronavirus on your money, accessing essential items or accessing the support you need, please call our Connected Communities line - tel: 020 8489 4431. This line is open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Visit Connected Communities for more information.
We are currently asking all patient not to attend the surgery due to the outbreak of Covid-19. Please read the following measure's the practice has taken to ensure the virus does not spread to our patient and staff.
- We are triaging all patients over the Telephone
- Face to face appointments have been reduced
- Non-urgent procedures and appointments have been postponed
- Prescriptions to be collected from the pharmacy, patient should nominate a pharmacy if they normally come to collect in person.
- Doctors are only doing URGENT referrals for now
‘For the latest Covid19 advice please visit www.nhs.uk. If you think you may have Covid19, have travelled to an affected area - please do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Use the NHS 111 online service at https://111.nhs.uk/covid19 to find out what to do next’
Due to the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) we have switched off online appointments temporarily. We are doing this to prevent any patients potentially coming in to the surgery with Covid-19 symptoms. If you need to book an appointment to see a GP, please ring the surgery directly. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
Wuhan novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.
The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) and international community.
The government’s approach is guided by the advice of the Chief Medical Officer.
If and when a first case in the UK is confirmed, it will be announced as soon as possible by the Chief Medical Officer of the affected country. This will be followed by a statement by England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty.
If you have visited Wuhan city in China recently and need to see a Doctor please let reception team know before you come in to the surgery so that we can allocate you in a seperate room away from other patients.
You can read more about the Wuhan Novel Corinavirus in the link below.
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