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Coronavirus Patient Information

Thursday, 10 December 2020

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The following information is intended for patients of the following GP Surgeries only: Carterknowle & Dore Surgery, Falkland House Surgery, Greystones Medical Centre, The Hollies Medical Centre, Nethergreen Surgery & Rustlings Road Surgery

We are delighted to inform you that we will soon be making COVID-19 vaccinations available to adults identified as being at highest risk of catching the disease and of suffering serious complication or dying from COVID-19.

This vaccination will be free of charge and our highest priority is delivering the vaccines to eligible people as soon as the vaccine is available. Through vaccination of those at highest risk we aim to help protect individuals from becoming unwell with or dying from COVID-19 disease. 

Information about COVID-19 vaccines is available at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine

Who is eligible and when you can expect to be contacted

Our priority order for vaccinating patients is as follows.

We have now invited the vast majority of patients over 50 (or clinically at high risk) to receive their first dose. We will shortly be moving on to vaccinate the following groups, in priority order whilst providing the important 2nd dose for patients vaccinated so far. If you are over 50 and have yet to be vaccinated please contact your own GP Surgery. If you are in the groups below, please wait to be contacted.

10. Patients aged 40-49

11. Patients aged 30-39

12. Patients aged 18-29

We will contact patients when it is their turn to be vaccinated. 

Due to time constraints, there will be very little opportunity for questions when we call to book this appointment and we therefore encourage all to review the information about the vaccine on the following websites.

Due to the logistical challenges associated with the vaccine and government directives, we are collaborating with several local GP Practices to deliver this vaccination programme from a joint site.

Your vaccination appointments may NOT be at your usual Surgery

 The Vaccination Site: Dore Surgery

DO NOT CONTACT DORE SURGERY DIRECTLY, YOUR USUAL GP PRACTICE WILL CONTACT YOU TO ARRANGE YOUR APPOINTMENT

Once booked, your vaccination appointment will be at Dore Surgery (137 Dore Road, Sheffield, S17 3NF). By car this can be approached by Abbeydale Road or via Causeway Head road from Ecclesall Road South and is served by the following bus services.

  • Dore - opposite Causeway Head Road/The Causeway (Close to Dore Surgery) -  Bus Numbers 81, 181, 781
  • Dore, adjacent to Devonshire Terrace Road/Leyfield Road (Close to Dore Surgery) -  Bus Numbers 82,181,81,781,M17
  • Abbeydale Road South/Dore Road (opp) (Requires walk up Dore Road -1 mile ish) -  Bus Numbers 98,97,218,798

There is on-site parking which will be coordinated by volunteers. If possible we recommend that a member of your support bubble accompany you. If you arrive by car you will be guided in to the car park by volunteers and directed towards the main entrance. If on foot please go the main entrance which is in the car park.

You will be given some information regarding the vaccine by the volunteer and checked in by reception. Please ensure you read the laminated sheet as you need to agree to these statements in order to have the vaccine. Should you disagree with them please inform the receptionist.

Please note the date on the white board confirming your return date for the second vaccine. We may also issue you an appointment card.

You will be called through by our vaccinator who will ask you if you understand everything on the consent card and are happy to proceed. You will then be given your vaccine.

It is required that you remain on site for 15 minutes after you have had your vaccine for observation. There is a marquee outdoors, so please wear warm clothing if the weather is bad.

If you feel unwell during this period please alert a member of staff, or if in your car, sound your horn. You must not drive until the 15 minute observation period has passed.

In order to help the appointment run as smoothly ask possible we as that you;

  • Attend exactly at your allocated appointment time. (Do not attend without an appointment).
  • Follow the social distancing guides and pathway though the surgery as directed by a member of the team upon arrival.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather as you may be asked to briefly wait outside, but please wear a vest or T-shirt so that your shoulder is readily available for vaccination.
  • Wear a face covering if you are able to do so.

About the vaccine

As a new vaccine, it is important that patients read the leaflet here, and additional information regarding each type. 

This medicine does not have a UK marketing authorisation but has been given authorisation for temporary supply by the UK Department of Health and Social Care and the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency for active immunization to prevent COVID-19 disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus in individuals aged 16 years of age and over.

Indications are that some vaccine recipients may experience a painful heavy arm where they had the injection and may feel tired or have a mild fever for a couple of days. These are common side effects following vaccination. If required paracetamol may help to reduce these effects and keep you as comfortable as possible following vaccination. Please read the product information for more details on the vaccine and possible side effects by searching Coronavirus Yellow Card. You can also report suspected side effects on the same website or by downloading the Yellow Card app.

During the vaccination delivery we will maintain the range of measures we have in place to keep you safe from COVID-19. Staff giving the vaccine will be wearing personal protective equipment and will abide by all our cleaning and disinfection requirements.

If you wish to decline the vaccine, please contact your usual GP surgery.

Second Dose

We are waiting confirmation of our vaccination supply for patients requiring second their second dose (11-12 weeks after the first). Most patients will have been given a follow up appointment when they attended for their first vaccination, however this may be subject to change and if invited to book an appointment for a second dose via text, patients should do so.

Short Notice Lists

Some patients may receive a text message asking to confirm their availability at short notice. This is intended to allow us to avoid vaccine wastage. We will idenfity patients who may be eligible to attend at short notice from the next vaccination priority group - please do not contact your surgery requesting to join this list. If you receive such an invite please register your availability by booking a placeholder appointment. This does not guarantee you will be called, or affect any existing appointments you have, but will enable us to contact you should we have spare doses.

Porter Valley Primary Care Network needs you! Would you like to volunteer to Help? 

If you would be interested in volunteering at our Dore Road Surgery vaccination hub, please see further information here.

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