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18.1.2021 Update on Covid-19 vaccinations for Leatside patients
For the past few weeks our team, working with nine other local GP surgeries and volunteers have been working seven days a week to coordinate and deliver Covid-19 vaccinations to our patients. The clinics are taking place at St Boniface House near Buckfastleigh but we hope to be able to provide some satellite clinics from the surgery in the coming weeks as and when supply enables.
Over the last week we have been able to vaccinate residents and staff at the Totnes care homes dedicated to care of the elderly and have managed to vaccinate the majority of our patients aged 80 and above. In total we have delivered 1,172 vaccinations to our registered patients in addition to those health and social care workers such as care home staff who work within Totnes. In total the group of ten surgeries have delivered 5.141 vaccinations.
We will continue to proactively contact those who have yet to receive or decline the vaccine, but with more vaccines coming in this week we are now able to open up clinics to those patients aged 75 and above.
Our booking line is open from 2pm-6pm Monday – Friday (01803 862671) and the announcement will let you know whether we currently have available appointments. You will be asked to book an appointment now and at the same time in 12 weeks for your booster. We will contact those patients shortly who have already received their first jab but who do not have a follow up appointment.
Our biggest frustration at the moment is the uncertainty with regards to vaccine supply as we are only notified of deliveries a few days before we receive them – we have no control over the volume or manufacturer of the vaccine. The delivery schedules also vary wildly across the country. This means that we are required to plan, arrange, advertise and book clinics at very short notice. To put this in context we usually plan our annual flu clinics approximately two months in advance.
We are hopeful however that in the coming weeks will be able to move to regular supply so that we can give more certainty to patients, staff and our wonderful volunteers.
In line with national guidelines please do not contact the surgery to query when we will be offering the vaccine to the next cohort. From now we will ensure that the website is updated and emails sent out when the next cohort is eligible and supply allows.
Below is a summary of the JCVI priority list with those highlighted in bold those which are currently eligible.
1 - Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2 - All those aged 80 and over, as well as frontline health and social care workers
3 - All those aged 75 and over
*** above are eligible ***
4 - All those aged 70 and over, as well as clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5 - All those aged 65 and over
6 - All individuals aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality as well as unpaid carers.
7 - All those aged 60 and over
8 - All those aged 55 and over
9 - All those aged 50 and over
Thank you for your patience and stay safe.
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Often, chronic pain is an illness in its own right, due to a fault or malfunction in the body's pain system. You may have a painful diagnosed condition such as arthritis or diabetes nerve pain. Or, you may have a painful condition that medical science doesn't fully understand, such as long-term back pain.
Whatever the cause of your pain, it's important that doctors and other clinicians take you and your pain seriously. That's because pain is a complicated, hard-to-treat problem, and the answer may not necessarily always be stronger and stronger painkillers.
Determine the type of pain you have to discover what treatments may be beneficial (Acute, Chronic, Neuropathic, Cancer)
Reconnect2Life is a fabulous interactive programme form Torbay Hospital to help you understand pain, the brain and how to improve your quality of life. There's a number of different modules which can be completed in any order you please
Neuropathic pain comes from problems with signals from the nerves. There are various causes. Traditional painkillers such as paracetamol, anti-inflammatories and opiates (Codeine, Morphine) usually don't help very much and opiates can in fact lead to a worsening of this pain. However, it is often eased by antidepressant or anti-epileptic medicines, used as "nerve calming" medication.
There is very little evidence that opioids have a role in long tem pain management. Sometimes, opioids can actually cause your pain to get worse! This is called “Opioid Induced Hyperalgesia”
GPs abide by the Faculty of Pain Medicine Guidance which states "If the patient is using opioids but is still in pain, the opioids are not effective and should be discontinued". We will be keen to reassess you and reduce the amount of opioid you are taking
This leaflet explains other long term side effects and provides a guide to weaning off these medications
A condition causing generalised pain, tiredness, sleeping problems and poor memory. Medication is usually ineffective. Click here to find out about what help is available locally - "The moving forward wih Fibromyalgia programme". It's fab but you will need to talk to us before you can access it just to check it's right for you.
Chartered Institute of Physiotherapists - Busting myths and reinforcing what the latest evidence says is best for your back.
Explore this interactive guide to learn more about the different types of back pain, get advice on treatment and understand how to prevent back pain in the future.
Practical guidance for people who live with chronic or persistent pain.
"It's really important to keep moving your body, if you stay still for too long you will seize up."
Watch this video on Facebook from BBC Lifestyle and Health News in which women with fibromyalgia come together to share their stories and help one another.
NHS Pain Management Programmes (PMPs) help people to live with chronic pain by helping them to learn ways of dealing with the disabling effects and distress caused by being in pain.
This website can help you understand what persistent pain is and offers tips, advice and information to help you self-manage your condition and enjoy a better quality of life.
Pain Concern produce information on pain using a variety of media platforms, support to people with pain and those who care for them and campaign to raise awareness about pain and improve the provision of pain management services.
We are an NHS service, running pain management programmes throughout the year for patients from all over the UK. Our vision is to provide world-class pain management, good health outcomes and excellent patient experience, based on research, evidence and national and international standards.
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