Covid Vaccine update- 13.04.21
Response to COVID-19 Vaccine Oxford-AstraZeneca media reports
The UK Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, which is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe, have said that evidence DOES NOT suggest that the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab is linked to blood clots.
People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.
Please read more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mhra-response-to-irish-authorities-action-to-temporarily-suspend-the-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine
Covid Vaccine update- 08.03.21
We are trialing a new online booking appointment system for FIRST Covid-19 vaccinations at Consett Medical Centre. You may receive an NHS No Reply text message from the surgery asking you to book an appointment, it will include a link that takes you to the online booking platform where you will be able to choose a time and date to come for your vaccination. Please note that this is only in trial stages at the moment (and is dependent on vaccine stock deliveries) therefore the text message will NOT be sent to all eligible patients at the moment. Thank you for your co-operation!
Covid Vaccine update- 23.02.21
NHS England have asked us to invite patients within cohort 6 (aged 16-65 with underlying health conditions) to be vaccinated.
This is a huge cohort of patients, so will take a little time.
The number of appointments we have available is out of our control, as this is determined by the amount of vaccine delivered by NHS England which varies week to week. We are not currently able to order vaccine.
The practice will contact you directly: we are starting from oldest to youngest.
Please do not call the practice. We need to ensure our phone lines are kept free for those seeking medical help.
Those in cohort 5 (over 65-59) will receive a letter from NHS England inviting them to attend the mass vaccination centres- e.g the Arnison centre. This is to avoid duplication of work and allows us to try and roll out the vaccination programme more quickly.
If you are unable to get to the mass vaccination centres you can still have your vaccine locally. We will contact you to book your vaccine after we have invited cohort 6 patients as per NHS England guidance.
The vaccination programme is ever-changing, we would like to thank you all for your patience and support.
Covid-19 Vaccination Scams
We have been made aware of scammers contacting vulnerable and elderly people regarding Covid vaccinations.
Your GP surgery will contact you to arrange your appointment when they are able to and you are eligible. They will not ask you for any personal details other than to confirm your name/ DOB/ address. They certainly will not ask you to press any keys on the keypad, nor will they send any texts asking you to click any links or fill out any application forms. Please help to spread the word to keep our elderly and vulnerable relatives safe from this scam.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, how you contact us will be different at the moment. This is to limit face-to-face contact whenever possible and help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Your GP practice is open and if you need to see your GP, please ring us on 01207 583400 or visit our website – our opening ours are 08:30am- 5:30pm Monday- Friday. Please note our telephone line is shut between 12pm - 12:30pm daily.
Please do not come to the surgery unless you have an appointment.
If you are waiting for an annual review, please be assured we will be in touch.
Appointments are being delivered face-to-face, online and over the telephone. If you are asked to come into the surgery for a face-to-face appointment, please remember to wear a face covering. Measures are in place to keep you safe from infection during your visit to the surgery.
NHS researchers in the UK are working together to help find a vaccine against COVID-19.
Many possible COVID-19 vaccines are being tested in the UK. Different vaccines may work better for different groups of people. It's important we include people from all backgrounds and ages in our research. This gives researchers an understanding of how well each vaccine may work.
All COVID-19 vaccines being researched in the NHS have gone through strict safety testing, and have been approved by a number of processes. We use the same high standards to COVID research as we do to all NHS research.
We are still looking for volunteers for studies in the North East and North Cumbria to find a vaccine against COVID-19.
To sign up and for more information visit www.nhs.uk/researchcontact
The surgery sends out text reminders for your appointments:
Please do not reply to our NHSnoreply text messages as the inbox is not manned.
*Important Information* COVID19
Any patient with a chronic illness who would normally attend the surgery for an annual review appointment please be aware that these appointments will now become phone consultations. Your nurse will contact you on the date and time that would have been allocated for your appointment. Please do not attend the surgery.
When calling the surgery for results and hospital transport please ensure you are calling between
1pm-4pm Monday to Friday, press option 1
The surgery will be closed for staff training every third Thursday of the month
We open again at 8.30am the following morning.
If you require non-urgent medical attention while we are closed please call 111. For all medical emergencies please call 999.
Important Surgery Notice
The surgery phone lines will be closed from 12.00-12.30 daily.
Our main reception desk will remain open from
08.30-5.30pm every day and will not close
(Due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, we ask you to only attend the surgery if a member of our team has arranged an appointment for you)
A dedicated number will be available during the time our lines are closed in case of emergency
For all medical emergencies, call 999
For medical help outside of our working hours, call 111 or visit 111 online
Armed Forces veteran friendly accredited GP practice
Consett Medical Centre is now an Armed Forces veteran friendly accredited GP Practice: If you are a veteran, please let our reception team know so that we are able to add your name to our Veteran Register, this will enable us to ensure we keep you informed of help available and support you and your family through the Healthcare system.
Click here for more information and resources available.