The covid booster programme has just started. These will be administered by the Puzey Practice in Rochford and they will be contacting the patients who are eligible and booking them an appointment. They will be starting with certain vulnerable groups.
The booster should be given at least 6months after the second dose and can be given at the same time as the flu jab.
The COVID-19 vaccines provide high levels of protection against hospitalisation or dying from the virus. To maintain this high level of protection through the coming winter, the JCVI is advising that booster vaccines be offered to those more at risk from serious disease, and who were vaccinated during Phase 1 of the vaccine programme (priority groups 1 to 9).
- those living in residential care homes for older adults
- all adults aged 50 years or over
- frontline health and social care workers
- all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, and adult carers
- adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
Please don't contact the surgery to book your appointment as we have no access to Puzey's booking system.
Flu Vaccine 2021/22
Our flu clinics have started!
There are nationwide issues with the deliveries of flu vaccines so please check with Reception to see if we have them in stock or if they've been delayed.
To check your availability for a free flu jab please see below -
Who can have the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who:
- are 50 and over (including those who'll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
- have certain health conditions
- are pregnant
- are in long-stay residential care
- receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- frontline health or social care workers
Flu vaccine for people with long-term health conditions
The flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition, including:
- respiratory conditions, such as asthma (needing steroid inhaler or tablets), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and bronchitis
- heart conditions, such as coronary heart disease or heart failure
- being very overweight – a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above
- chronic kidney disease
- liver disease, such as hepatitis
- neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
- a learning disability
- problems with your spleen, for example, sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or taking medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
Talk to your doctor if you have a long-term condition that is not in one of these groups. They should offer you the flu vaccine if they think you're at risk of serious problems if you get flu.
Flu vaccine if you're pregnant
You should have the flu vaccine if you're pregnant to help protect you and your baby.
It's safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.
For more information please visit - Flu vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Please contact our Reception Team to book an appointment!
myGP TICKet – launched exclusively on the myGP app
A safe, secure and NHS-approved way of demonstrating your vaccination status.
There are 2 apps that patient's can use to show their vaccine status. The NHS app and also the myGP app.
The myGP app has been used across England to enable over 2 million patients to manage their health, it provides:
- Repeat prescription ordering
- Appointment booking
- Access to medical records
- Medication reminders
- Health tracking
And now it can simply and easily show if you have had both doses of your COVID-19 vaccination. 12 days after your 2nd dose, a green tick will appear next to your profile, showing your vaccination status to whomever, you wish to show it to.
To access this, you will need to download the myGP app from either the Google Play or the Apple app store by searching ‘myGP’ and register with NHS login.
If you are already a myGP user you will need to have access to your medical records and repeat prescriptions either using NHS login or your online credentials.
More details on how to do this are here – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problems, please do not contact the surgery.
myGPs support pages are accessible here.
The NHS has started the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccine, you will receive an invitation to come forward.
Please do not contact the NHS to get an appointment until you are contacted.
Vaccinations are being delivered according to priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Ours are taking place at the Puzey Practice in Rochford.
The latest Covid vaccination stats for Wakering Medical Centre as of 28.01.21 are:-
85% of over 80s
62% of 75-79s
42% of 70-74s
Total vaccines given for Wakering 1740
We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking people not to contact us to get an appointment as you will not be able to get one until you are contacted. This is due to there only being a limited number of vaccines delivered at one time and then these have to be split across 4 practices so we asking everyone to please be patient.
The appointments are being co-ordinated by the Puzey Practice and not by us at Wakering Medical Centre and so we are therefore unable to book any appointments for these so please do not contact the surgery to try and book an appointment.
There is a new dedicated Essex Covid-19 vaccination website that has gone live that includes all the latest information and FAQs about the Covid Vaccine.
You can find it if you either click the picture above or follow this link.
Further vaccine information
My Care Record
My Care Record is an approach to improving care by joining up health and care information.
Your GP, hospital, community health, mental health and social care teams may all hold records about your care separately. Often, only health and care professionals within the same organisation can see this information. This means it can be difficult for them to work together to deliver the best care. When information is made available in a more joined-up way, health and care professionals can provide faster, more effective care for you and your family.
Health and care organisations in our region are working together to implement a new approach called My Care Record. Wherever possible, health and care professionals will be able to access your records from other services when it is needed for your care. For example, a doctor treating you in hospital or a nurse working in the community could view the information they need from your GP record.
For more information please click here.
Fair processing notice
Clear on Cancer - information and advice
Cancer information and advice
Cancer is one of the biggest killers in the UK. One in two people born in the UK after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime. Anyone can develop cancer, but it becomes more common as we get older.
Your risk of developing cancer depends on many factors, including age, genetics and lifestyle, but in some cases the exact cause is difficult to determine. However, it is well known that two in five cancer cases in the UK each year are preventable and are linked to lifestyle factors.
Spotting cancer early will improve your survival rate, so it’s important that you recognise the signs and act. One of the best things that you can do is remember to go along for screening when you are recalled by your GP practice – it is one of the most effective ways to identify any early signs of cancer.
Learn more about the types of screening that are offered via the NHS.
Please click the following links for further information:-
Face mask medical exemptions
We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks/coverings in various public settings.
GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask/covering.
The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this. Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons.
You can print off your own exemption card to carry with you and show people. If you are unable to print these yourself there is also an option to request one to be sent to you. Please click the following link for more information and to view these cards - https://www.keepsafe.org.uk/card
In respect of public transport, the responsibility for issuing exemptions lies with the transport provider not your GP. Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but who considers themselves to have another reason to be exempted.
Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:
Electronic Prescriptions (EPS Phase 4)
We are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically from Wednesday 15th July.
Please ensure that you have nominated a pharmacy that you wish your electronic prescriptions to go to. You can do this by either speaking to us or your chosen pharmacy.
Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money.