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COVID-19 Booster Vaccine
The coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine programme is continuing to be rolled out across the country.
A booster dose helps improve the protection you have from your first two doses of the vaccine and gives you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
You'll be offered a booster dose no earlier than 6 months after you had your 2nd dose. The NHS knows who is eligible and will invite you to book your booster vaccination programme when it is your turn. You’ll be able to book an appointment at a vaccination centre of your choice. This could be a larger vaccination centre, pharmacy, or at your GP surgery.
Those currently eligible to receive a booster dose includes:
- people aged 50 and over
- people who live and work in care homes
- frontline health and social care workers
- people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
- people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
- people aged 16 and over who 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)
People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
People who work for an NHS trust or a care home will usually get their booster dose through their employer – but they can book via the national booking system by self-declaring as a member of health and social care staff.
If you or your family member is housebound then specific arrangements will be made to make sure you receive the booster vaccination at home. It can take longer for the home visiting team to visit everyone on their list so please be patient. There is no need to contact the practice.
If you have not yet been contacted to book your booster dose then please do not worry. You will be invited to do so as soon as possible. You do not need to contact your local GP or any other NHS service at this stage.
The NHS has initially been prioritising boosters for those most at risk, such as care and nursing home residents. Over the coming weeks more and more people, including housebound individuals, will be invited to book an appointment for the booster dose.
In the meantime, if you know you are eligible and would prefer not to wait then you can book an appointment via the national booking system online.
Further information about COVID-19 vaccines is available at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine
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Do you need your GP?
Before ringing your GP practice, make sure your call is necessary! Every phone call you make to the surgery can hold up the line! Please make sure all enquiries are brief. Throughout the pandemic we have faced many challenges, this still continues on to today... but if we all do our part, we can prioritise!
Speak up about your mental health!
We don’t always think rationally when we are in mental health crisis that’s why it’s a good idea to make a plan to support you if a crisis happens.
Take a look at the information, advice and suggestions about how to create a plan on the Mind website: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/crisis-services/planning-for-a-crisis/
Health organisations in Lancashire and South Cumbria have worked together to develop this interactive map of mental health services.
The Google Maps based system lists all the organisations working locally, and allows you to search for your closest service or for specific types of support, to help you get appropriate care.
Explore the map here: https://www.healthierlsc.co.uk/ServiceMap
We are LGBT Friendly
For more information and resources please visit https://lgbt.foundation/coronavirus
At New Longton Surgery we are committed to ensuring people feel confident to use our services no matter who you are and we are committed to making sure all our patients feel supported and listened to.
If you would like to discuss any of this or would like to speak to someone regarding registration or the practice please contact email@example.com or contact reception directly on CSRCCG.firstname.lastname@example.org
Statistics from LGBT foundation website state
- 1 in 5 lesbian, gay and bisexual patients report that their sexual orientation is a factor in them delaying accessing health services.(Richardson, Jo. 2010)
- 1 in 4 lesbian, gay and bisexual people are not out to any health professionals. (NHS Wirral, 2012)
- Lesbian, gay and bisexual patients are twice as likely to report they have no trust or confidence in their GP. (National GP Survey 2012)
- 3 in 4 trans people have been called the wrong name or pronoun by a health professional (J. McNeil, 2012)
- Over half of trans people feel they need to pass as non-trans to be accepted by health professionals (J. McNeil, 2012)
- If LGBT people have experienced discrimination at any point, their fear of further discrimination will often prevent them from speaking out. (D.Herda 2013)
Carers Newsletter Autumn Winter 2021 (1).pdf
Flu Clinic 2021
Please bare with us, we should hopefully have everyone booked in by the New Year.
Letter from the South Ribble ambulance service
On the week commencing the 27th September, our staff came into the surgery to find a lovely present from the South Ribble Ambulance Service! We are all over the moon and appreciate the thoughtful thankyou! We salute your department back and would like to return our many thanks to you for the hard-work you do daily!
Letter to the surgery, from MP Katherine Fletcher.
On Wednesday 11th August, we had a very special visitor in the surgery; MP Katherine Fletcher. Katherine sat with the team to thank everyone for their hard-work and spirit throughout the pandemic. She also sat and listened to any concerns the staff had and took them on-board. It truly was a pleasure!
The Merry Widows!
A friendly group for widows, carers and anyone who needs a chat!
On the first Friday of every month 10:30am-11:30am.
At Sticky Weeds cafe, Chapel Lane, New Longton.
Ring 01772 612 261 for more information! Start's from October 1st 2021!
We are conscious that some patients registered with us may be affected by current events in the world. New Longton Surgery is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners as one which specialises in the care of military veterans and their families. All the team have been trained in the care of military veterans and their families. If recent events have affected you and you wish to seek help, please come forward.
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