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** Important notice regarding Covid-19 vaccinations ***

Dear Patient,

First Vaccinations

Due to the supply of vaccines, we are currently unable to offer any first vaccinations at present for those aged under 40. Please keep an eye on the website and facebook page for further details when we are able to offer them again. We hope to receive supplies w/c 24th May.

For those aged 40 and above we have some capacity on 14th May. We hope to release more appointments next week.

Second Vaccinations

If you had a vaccination on or before 4th March you can now book your second vaccination. If we have sent you a link via text message this is the easiest way to book. If you have not had a text message then please contact reception after 2pm daily (using option 4) to book your second Covid-19 vaccination.

Oxford Astra Zeneca - We have appointments available Friday 14th May as well as w/c 17th May. Please either use the link you have been sent or call reception after 2pm daily.

Pfizer BionTech - we are receiving our next delivery of Pfizer vaccines w/c 24th May, although as yet we do not have a specific date this week. If your second vaccination is coming due please email leatside.surgery@nhs.net with your name, date of birth, date of your first vaccine and mobile phone number. We will contact you to book. Please include a mobile phone number so that we can send you a booking link.

In the majority of cases second vaccinations will be given in the 11th or 12th week after your first vaccination. If for any reason the gap between your first and seccond vaccines is longer than 12 weeks then the advice is simply to book as soon as possible.

Thank you.

Long-term Conditions Clinic Update

Dear Patient,

We would like to update you all on changes to the way in which we deliver our long-term condition clinics. COVID-19 has made us look at how many patient contacts we have and the reasons why patients are invited into the surgery. Historically we have sent various invites to the same patients with more than one long term condition. We will now be recalling those patients once a year in their month of birth, allowing all conditions to be reviewed within the same month and only require one face to face appointment.

This will mean that some patients will be called in sooner than expected, and equally there will be some who will be required to wait a little longer than usual. All patients have been reviewed by a clinician and if they are required to come in sooner due to medical need we will contact them.

These changes are being made with patient safety in mind, as well as ensuring that everyone’s time is used more effectively. The changes will be going live on November 2nd 2020 and as previously we will write to you when it is time to book your appointment.

Many thanks to everyone for their ongoing support and understanding over the recent challenging months.

Sophie Andrews

Operations Manager