7th March 2021
This week has seen the GP-led team at The Meres and local ‘pop-up’ centres, smash through the 40,000 vaccination mark, with a little help from some familiar faces, celebrating World Book Day.
We really do have the best team!
All patients across the Grantham and Sleaford area, in Priority group 6 (aged 16-64 in at risk categories) have been invited this week too. Again, please make sure your contact details are up to date with the surgery.
Thankfully, the previously publicised ‘lull’ in vaccine supply appears to have been short-lived, and we are able to significantly increase the number of invitations we are able to send to patients to enable them to book an appointment at their local vaccination centre. If you would prefer to stay local, and are aged 60-64 (Group 7), invites have been sent by text by your surgery, so please let friends and relatives know how easy it is to book. If you know of anyone in this age group that hasn’t received a message or struggles with technology, please ask them to call their GP surgery and a member of the team will help them to book.
The welcome increase in vaccine supply, also means that we will start inviting patients aged 55-59 (Group 8), early this week so there is no need to travel to Boston or Lincoln as the brilliant team of volunteers at your local centre will be able to accommodate you…….although we can’t promise Mary Poppins and Mr Potato Head will be making an appearance!
Please be assured that as soon as we are able to offer vaccinations to your eligible cohort (see below), you will be offered an opportunity to take up an appointment. In the meantime, please ensure that you follow the latest government guidance found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
The order of priority for each group in the population is as follows:
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- all those 65 years of age and over
- all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
The full guidance regarding priority groups can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020/joint-committee-on-vaccination-and-immunisation-advice-on-priority-groups-for-covid-19-vaccination-30-december-2020
We are unable to confirm at this stage the timings of when each group will be invited as this is dictated by NHS England and the supply of vaccine. However, please be reassured that once we are able to invite your age group you will be notified. Thank you for your understanding.
Routine Requests to be Submitted before 12pm
In order for us to effectively manage patient demand we ask that all routine requests are submitted on askmyGP in the morning before 12pm.
After 12 noon, your request will only be processed if it's considered medically urgent to be dealt with on the day. Patient requests submitted after 12pm will be reviewed by a clinician and you will be advised to resubmit it the following day or contact 111 after 6.30pm if it’s not deemed an emergency. The Urgent Treatment Centre at Grantham Hospital is also available 24 hours a day. The easiest way to order medication is to register for online ordering with SystmOnline, or by downloading the NHS app to your smartphone. Requests for items such as reports, fit notes, letters etc will continue to be handled under the usual Practice processes.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation as this will help us to manage our patients needs more efficiently.
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FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENTS
As per the continuing government guidelines, GP's have been instructed to remotely assess patients medical needs, either online or on the telephone initially. Please don't be disappointed if you are not offered a face to face appointment, even if that is your preferred method of consultation. We have been asked to only see those patients where it is clinically necessary. This is for the on going safety of both our patients and healthcare staff. Please be reassured that we are able to deal with the majority of medical queries without seeing you. Contrary to recent concerns in the media about 'GP's being closed' and 'refusing to see patients', we are very much open but having to adapt our ways of working during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you need to be seen following an assessment by our clinical team, you will be invited to come to the surgery. Thank you for your continued understanding and support.
Here at St Peter's Hill Surgery we are dedicated to delivering excellence in healthcare, using safe and effective techniques that promote healthy living. We believe in empowering our patients to become healthier versions of themselves, through the excellent care provided by our staff.
We currently have over 16,000 patients registered with us
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Do you have any specific communication needs? E.g. require an interpreter? Or you require communication verbally by telephone rather than letter? Would you prefer we contact you via a carer? Please do make sure you provide this information on the practice questionnaire that will accompany your registration form.
If English is not your first language and you struggle to communicate during your appointments at the surgery, please inform the receptionists when booking your next appointment and they will happily arrange for you to have a Language Line interpreter present over the phone (using a conference call method). This service is free of charge but we do require you to give us at least 48 hours notice if you require a translator.
Access & Parking
Unfortunately there is only limited parking at the front of the surgery. The closest public car park to us which is just a short walk up St Catherine's Road is a multi-storey car park on Welham St.
For our disabled patients, we are fully equipped with facilities including access ramps, wide doors, a lift to the first and second floors and disabled toilets.
Our CQC inspection report has now been published and is available for you to view online. If you would like to read the report, click the link below.
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