Covid Vaccination Update
The staff at Pulborough Medical Group are proud to announce that we have vaccinated nearly 2000 of our patients aged over 75, and health and socialcare workers since starting vaccination clinics on 29th December.
However several patients have contacted the practice regarding the timing of the second dose.
Pulborough Medical Group was informed at the end of December 2020 that our patients’ second doses would be scheduled up to 12 weeks after the first dose. This was not a practice decision, and we currently do not have further supplies of the Pfizer vaccine at the surgery.
The guidance from the UK Chief Medical Officers prioritises the first dose, and states that vaccinating twice the number of people in the next 2-3 months is preferable in public health terms to vaccinating half the number with only slightly greater individual protection.
It is believed that vaccinating a greater number of people with a single dose will prevent more deaths and hospitalisations than vaccinating a smaller number of people with 2 doses.
We have been informed that 1 life is saved for every 180 vaccinations of those aged over 80, so we are taking action to ensure maximum short term impact and save lives.
Thank you for your understanding.
20 November 2020
The government announced earlier today that people aged between 50 and 64 years old (who are not in a clinical at-risk group) will be offered a free flu vaccination in clinics operating across Sussex this December.
People in Sussex that are aged 50 to 64 year’s old do not need to take any action and are asked wait for contact from their GP, and not call their practice about the flu vaccine at this stage, while they finalise plans for further vaccination clinics.
This will help ensure GPs and their staff are free to help those in immediate need – you will be notified and do not need to take any further action.
With COVID-19 circulating, GPs have been working hard to ensure everyone eligible can get their free flu vaccine, including implementing big changes this year to the way the NHS is providing the free flu jab due to the pandemic.
The local NHS wants to reassure everyone that getting the flu vaccine is safe during the lockdown, and there is plenty of time for everyone eligible to book and get their flu jab. Providers of vaccination will take all necessary measures to keep you safe, including wearing protective equipment and staggering clinic appointment times.
Some people aged 50 to 64 years old are entitled to a flu jab sooner:
- If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical at risk group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk
- Anyone of any age, including those between 50-64, who is a household member or a carer of a shielded patient
Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation.
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How to stop the spread of viruses in your home
We are letting you know about a very useful website called Germ Defence which was created by a team of doctors and scientists to give you advice that has been proven to reduce the spread of viruses in the home. It can help you plan how to protect yourself and members of your family from infection by COVID-19 and ‘flu.
It’s easy to use and only takes 10 minutes - just click on this link:
(If this link does not open when you click on it, please copy and paste it into your web browser.)
Please pass details of the Germ Defence website to your friends and family.
There’s a button at the bottom of the Germ Defence website for sharing by social media.
If you’d like to know more:
- Over 20,000 people previously took part in research about Germ Defence
- People who followed the advice in Germ Defence had fewer and less severe illnesses - and so did the people they lived with
- Results of the study were published in The Lancet medical journal
- Germ Defence has been updated with COVID-19 advice to help prevent a wave of COVID-19 and ‘flu this Autumn/Winter
Information about how the Germ Defence website is being evaluated is available here.
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PM welcomes two new Doctors to their clinical team. Dr Rebecca Ogilvie who will be working on Wednesdays and Fridays, and Dr Isabelle Sheridan who will be working Mondays and Wednesdays until September, then Mondays and Tuesdays thereafter.
The PRINCIPLE Trial
The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments for COVID-19 for older people. We want to find medicines that can help people with COVID-19 symptoms get better quickly and stop them needing to go to hospital. The trial is recruiting participants through this website and also through GP practices across the UK.
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Online appointment booking
Following guidance from NHS England we have changed the type of appointment available for online booking. If you need to speak to a doctor please phone the surgery and book a telephone triage slot. The doctor will phone the patient around the appointment time and do a consultation over the telephone. A follow-up face to face appointment can then be booked if required. We are taking this action to minimise the coronavirus infection risk. We apologise for any inconvenience this action may cause and will update patients regularly with any further changes – thank you.
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Gatwick Audiology will be holding a clinic at PMG every alternate Friday. The rates are £50 for one ear and £80 for both ears. To make a booking please contact them direct on; Email: email@example.com Tel: 0333 011 7717
From time to time patients will present to us, most usually with either dental pain of dental related infection. The General Medical Council (GMC) and British Medical Association (BMA) guidance is very clear, as follows;
“GPs should not attempt to manage a condition requiring dental skills unless they have the appropriate training and expertise. Both the civil courts and the GMC require doctors to have appropriate skills for any treatment they offer.” It goes on to advise that the treatment of dental problems is not the responsibility of GPs and that the patient should be advised to contact local urgent or emergency dental services, or in severe circumstances the nearest accident and emergency department.
Further information regarding this advice can be found on the following link;
Nuisance Phone Calls Important Information - Read more here
We have been made aware of nuisance phone calls from a person/company saying they are from Pulborough Medical Group and asking for patients medication details. The telephone number starts with 01797. Please be vigilant and do not give details out, ESPECIALLY your debit or credit card details, as these calls are fake.