Jan 202021
 
Issue – 2 – 11th January 2021
The Simpson Centre and Penn Surgeries began administering the first COVID-19 vaccination to our patients last week. 
 
Due to constraints around the preparation and storage of the vaccine we are unable to give this vaccine at the surgery or any site in Beaconsfield and are working alongside neighbouring practices to give vaccinations at Adams Park Football Stadium in High Wycombe, Hillbottom Road, HP12 4HJ. This centre is staffed by our own nurses, GPs, Paramedics and administrative staff and those from other practices in our Primary Care Network (ARC PCN).  
 
We are prioritising vaccinations strictly in accordance with the tier system provided by the government which is based on age (recognising that this is one of the most significant risk factors for serious complications from the disease).  We are not making exceptions to this this and will contact patients in cohorts based on their age.  So far that has only extended to our patients in their 90s and late 80s. 
 
We understand that some of you are unable to get to Adams Park and we will be making alternative arrangements for you. 
 
We recognise that many of you are worried and want your vaccination as soon as possible and are working very hard in collaboration with our neighbouring practices to achieve this.  We are limited however by the delivery of vaccines and to date have only been allocated 200 vaccines for our patients.  Our efforts are further hampered by the fact that we get very little notice (typically only two to three days) of when we will receive our next delivery. 

To complicate matters further, we understand that letters were sent out by the NHS over the last few days inviting people aged 80 and over (including those who have already had their first vaccine) to use the national booking system and attend a larger vaccination site slightly further afield (including sites in Epsom, Stevenage and the Excel Centre in London).   
 
This is part of the government’s effort to accelerate the vaccination program and while those who have received the letter can choose to book through the national booking system if they wish, please be reassured that it is our intention that all patients over the age of 80 will be offered a vaccination appointment locally through their GP Practice by the end of January. 
 
You will be contacted by the surgery to make an appointment for vaccination by text or by telephone. Please do not contact the surgery, we will contact you when we can offer you an appointment.  
 
An information leaflet will be provided when we book your appointment and we will discuss the vaccine with you when you attend for the appointment. There is further information available from the gov uk website.  
 
www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-vaccine 
 
There may be reduced availability for routine appointments or check-ups over the next few weeks as we roll out this vital vaccination programme.  
 
We continue to be available as normal for urgent appointments.  
 
You have an important part to play in helping us to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to as many people in the priority groups as possible and as quickly as possible.   
– Please do not contact us to seek a vaccine. We will contact you.  
– When we do contact you please attend your booked appointment unless you are unwell.  
– Please continue to follow government guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  
– Please consider using alternative sources for advice if your problem is not urgent such as your local pharmacist or the NHS Website.  
 
We thank you all for your support at this time  
 
Matthew Robinson
G.P. Partner
The Simpson Centre
70 Gregories Road
Beaconsfield
HP9 1PS
Tel: 01494 671 571

 
Jan 202021
 

Issue 3 – 17th January 2021 As you may be aware, a number of residents in Buckinghamshire, aged 80 and over, have already received a letter from the NHS over the last week, inviting them to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at one of the new national mass vaccination sites.

So far, these letters have been sent to residents who live around a 45-minute drive away from the closest sites, which are: Epsom racecourse in Surrey (South East) Excel Centre in London (London) Robertson House in Stevenage (East of England)  
From yesterday (Saturday, 16 January) residents aged 80 and over who live within a 45-minute travel time of a new mass vaccination site – at Salt Hill, Slough – will also start to receive letters from NHS England. The letters will include details on how to book an appointment at this site from Monday.
 
We understand that NHSE is using a 60-mile distance to determine this travel time estimate, meaning that eligible people all over Buckinghamshire (potentially as far as Buckingham) are likely to receive this letter.
 
From Tuesday, 19 January, residents aged 75-79 will also begin to receive letters inviting them to book a vaccination at one of the mass vaccination sites. They will have the option of doing so at any of the national vaccination sites that will be live on Monday, or at community pharmacies as they come on stream.
 
Pharmacies in Marlow and Wycombe will be offering vaccinations next week, with a third to open in Buckingham w/c 25 January.
 
The system for booking at these sites is being run by the NHS nationally, and the letter explains how to book a vaccine appointment either on the phone or online.
The national centres aim to provide residents with choice so if someone prefers not to take up a national appointment, they will still be offered a local one by their GP practice, at one of the GP-led sites.
All patients over the age of 80 are expected to be offered a vaccination appointment locally through their GP practice by the end of January.
 
There are four ways in which Buckinghamshire residents can be vaccinated: Via one of these eight local GP-led sites, which will all be fully open by 25 January (seven are already running). Sites are currently operating in Chalfont St Peter, Winslow, Princes Risborough, Chesham, Stoke Mandeville, High Wycombe and High Wycombe Town Centre. Another will go live in Buckingham next week, with a final site planned for the south of the county this month. Via a pharmacy vaccination site; two will open next week in Marlow and Wycombe with a third opening in Buckingham during w/c 25 January. Bookings will be made via the national booking system Via one of the national mass vaccination sites, again using the national booking system. Two more of these are expected to be set up in Buckinghamshire Via a hospital site if you’re a health or care worker The Council’s FAQ page on the COVID-19 vaccination programme can be found here.
 
Jan 042021
 
Issue 1 – 4th January 2021
Staff at The Simpson Centre and Penn Surgeries are delighted to announce that we will be joining with others from local surgeries in our Primary Care Network (Arc PCN) to begin COVID-19 vaccinations starting this week.
Due to the complex nature of the storage and preparation of the vaccine, we have been required by NHS England to work at designated registered sites in groups of practices. 

The vaccinations will therefore be given at the Adams Park Football Stadium in High Wycombe, Hillbottom Road, HP12 4HJ. This will be staffed by our own nurses, GPs, Paramedics and administrative staff and those from other practices in our PCN.
We are committed to vaccinating people who are within the priority groups as outlined by the Department of Health and NHS England, beginning this week with our patients over 85 years of age.

You will be contacted by the surgery to make an appointment for vaccination by text or by telephone. Please do not contact the surgery, we will contact you when we can offer you an appointment.
An information leaflet will be provided when we book your appointment and we will discuss the vaccine with you when you attend the appointment. There is further information available from the Gov UK website.
 
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae
 
We are planning to offer as near normal service as possible but please be aware there may be reduced availability for routine appointments or check-ups over the next few weeks as we roll out this vital vaccination programme.
 
We continue to be available as normal for urgent appointments.
 
You have an important part to play in helping us to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to as many people in the priority groups as possible and as quickly as possible. 
–  Please do not contact us to seek a vaccine. We will contact you.
–   When we do contact you please attend your booked appointment unless you are unwell.
–  Please continue to follow government guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
–  Please consider using alternative sources for advice if your problem is not urgent such as your local pharmacist or the NHS Website.
 
We thank you all for your support at this time.
 
Dr Moona Rakhit
GP Managing Partner
The Simpson Centre & Penn Surgery
The Simpson Centre, 70 Gregories Road, Beaconsfield, Bucks HP9 1PS
01494 671571

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