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Don't Delay Your Covid Booster Jab - Book Now
21 Dec, 2021

In order to protect yourselves, your families and the NHS please ‘grab a covid vaccine jab’.

You can book your booster jab …or indeed your first or second jab using the links below. You may also get a text message from your local GP offering appointments

Don’t delay …BOOK NOW

Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

New clinical study - COVID Anti Viral Treatment

Budbrooke is excited to say that we will be a Hub site for a new Clinical Study for treating those with Covid-19 with new cutting edge anti-viral treatments. 

Budbrooke Medical Centre will be a Hub site for treating patients from their own surgery, Meon Medical Centre, Alcester Health Centre and Kineton Surgery with a new antiviral treatment called Molnupiravir. This study is available to those at higher risk of developing severe Covid infection including those aged 50+ and those aged 18+ with certain underlying conditions and they will be contacted by our team on receipt of a positive PCR result. 

If we receive notification of a positive PCR result we will contact you to ask if you would like to be involved in the study at which point a nurse from the research team based at Budbrooke will contact you to talk through the study and enroll you into it if you wish to go ahead. Those enrolled will be randomly chosen to be either treated with the antiviral medication or they will continue as normal. This is to determine how effective it is. Previous studies in smaller groups have shown a 30% reduction in the numbers of hospitalisations, so is considered to be highly effective. 

If you receive a positive lateral flow test or start to feel symptoms please do give us a call to discuss further. To be most effective treatment needs to be prescribed within 5 days of symptom onset.

We are available on our email research@budbrookemc.nhs.uk if you would like to know more or meet the eligibility criteria and have tested positive (lateral flow) and would like someone to contact you.

The study is called the Panoramic Trial and is being run by the University of Oxford.

Covid-19 antiviral drug molnupiravir will be given to vulnerable patients in UK this month (inews.co.uk)sed version

Covid-19 Booster Vaccination Programme Extension
30 Nov, 2021

Following a Government announcement on 29th November, the NHS is developing plans to extend the Covid-19 booster vaccination programme to include everyone aged 18 and over.

12 to 15 year olds will also be offered a second dose of the vaccine and an additional booster will be available for people who are immunosuppressed.

People will become eligible for their booster three months after their second dose (reduced from six months).

For now, all you need to do is wait to be contacted by the NHS. Please help us to help all patients by not contacting your GP practice about your booster or attending vaccination sites.

If you are over 40 or a health and social care worker, and are eligible for your booster, go online to www.nhs.uk or call 119 to book your appointment.

Visit www.happyhealthylives.uk/vaccinationdrop-ins to see all the places you can go for a walk-in appointment

New Consulting Room

We have a new consulting room at Budbrooke Medical Centre. We have installed a Portakabin in the car park where patients suffering with acute illnesses such as respiratory viruses, tonsillitis, sore throats, ear infections, chest infections etc. will be seen. This is to ensure that those who need to be seen face-to-face for acute problems are seen in a warm and clean environment whilst protecting our more vulnerable patients who would otherwise be sharing a waiting area. 

If you have any comments about the new arrangements please do not hesitate to contact us on enquiries@budbrookemc.nhs.uk

Please check the images of the consulting room here.

Flu Vaccines - Book yours

Please book your flu jab if you are eligible and protect yourself from flu infection this winter. We have plenty available so please call 01926 403800 to book an appointment now.

Patient Access Emails
9 Nov, 2021

EMIS Health have received reports from both Patient Access users and people who have never registered for the service, that they have received Covid passport emails purporting to be from Patient Access.

They would like to share the following guidance from Patient Access:

  • EMIS Health advise users of Patient Access to check the name and email address of the sender; all emails from Patient Access will come via an email address that ends in @patientaccess.com.
  • EMIS Health advise users never to click on any log in links that you receive via email but to visit the site via the address bar of your browser instead so that you know you are on the genuine Patient Access log in page. You can find more information and guidance on our information security page here: https://www.patientaccess.com/security
  • EMIS Health strongly advise users to set up their Memorable Word security feature, as well as using biometrics (fingerprint ID) if they use the app.
  • Email addresses used to register for Patient Access account are secure. They do not share any data and no data is ever saved or stored on any device you use to access Patient Access.

Are you due your booster but have not yet been contacted to book an appointment? If so please do call the Clinic to arrange a time to get your booster jab. They are open on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays and are based in Studley Village Hall, High Street, Studley, B80 7HJ on 01926 698302. Parking is available on site.  

Eligibility for the booster 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)

Patients who are pregnant and fit one of the above criteria are eligible for the booster vaccination.

School Flu Vaccination Programme
5 Oct, 2021

The school flu vaccination programme is going ahead this year. All schools will have completed their flu clinics by the end of the year. Some clinics have been pushed back slightly to accommodate the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccination clinics that are currently taking place in schools. There is no need to contact your GP about the school flu vaccination programme – you will hear from your school as usual in due course.

Covid-19 Booster

You may have received a text from the NHS national booking service to book your Covid-19 booster vaccination. 

Please be assured your local vaccination team will also be providing this service and will be in touch very soon so there is no need to contact your GP practice. 

And don’t forget your booster will only be given six months after your second dose.

We look forwards to seeing you soon at your local vaccination centre. 

Covid-19 Vaccine for 12-15 year olds - book now

The below covid-19 clinics are provided by Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust. These clinics can be accessed by anyone between the age of 12-15 for their Covid Vaccination. If a young person has had a positive COVID-19 test, they need to wait 12 weeks before booking. This starts from the date they had their test.

A set of COVID-19 vaccination resources for children and young people are available on GOV.UK in a variety of languages, Braille and Easy Read. These resources are to help children, young people and their parents or guardians make a decision about whether to get vaccinated (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-resources-for-children-and-young-people)

  • Northgate House - Warwick

When:

Saturday and Sunday from this Saturday (20th November) 

Location:

Cape Rd, 

Northgate South Side, 

Warwick 

CV34 4JH            

Times:

First Appointment: 10:00

Last Appointment: 15:55

How to Book:

Appointment available via: https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk - Northgate House

  • Coventry Central Library 

When:

Wednesday & Saturdays

Location:

Smithford Way, 

Coventry 

CV1 1FY

Times:

Wednesday: 15:30 to 17:55

Saturday: 10:00 to 15:55

How to Book:

Appointment available via: https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk - Coventry Central Library 

  • Bedworth Civic Hall

When:

Daily

Location:

Civic Hall High Street, 

Bedworth

CV12 8N

Times:

Monday to Friday 16:00 to 19:30

Saturday and Sunday 08:30 to 19:30

How to Book:

Appointment available via: National Booking - Covid Vaccination Link

URGENT NEWS ABOUT BLOOD TESTS
27 Aug, 2021

A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.

Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems will still get one, but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.

Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.

If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update
9 Aug, 2021

You may have seen in national news items that the Government are considering extending the vaccine offer to 16 - 17 year olds.

There is nothing you need to do now - you will be contacted and invited for your vaccination as soon as the programme is up-and-running.

We are currently waiting for the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to update and publish. We are also currently awaiting guidance on the vaccination of 12 - 17 year old clinically vulnerable children and will be in touch as and when we have further information.

Latest update by NHSD regarding Type-1 Opt Out

The current NHS Digital (NHSD) extract of GP data for Research purposes (known as the GPDPR) has been delayed due to NHSD wishing to review the way in which this data will be collected, to conduct more public involvement and information about the plans and change the way in which patients can opt out of the extract of their GP data.

Currently the only way to opt out is to complete a Type 1 opt out form and return this to the practice. There was a deadline of the 1st September but this deadline has been removed (see below):

However, this extract will not be taken until the NHSD have changed the way it will take the data and respect the patient’s choice for using their data.  NHSD are introducing the following changes to the opt outprocess which will mean that patients will be able to change their opt-out status at any time:

  • Patients do not need to register a Type 1 opt-out by 1st September to ensure their GP data will not be uploaded.
  • NHS Digital will create the technical means to allow GP data that has previously been uploaded to the system via the GPDPR collection to be deleted when someone registers a Type 1 opt-out.
  • The plan to retire Type 1 opt-outs will be deferred for at least 12 months while we get the new arrangements up and running and will not be implemented without consultation with the RCGP, the BMA and the National Data Guardian.

This means that you can opt out at any time in the future and NHSD will delete data that they already have taken for research purposes, the deadline of the 01/09/2020 has been delayed until a new system of opt out is developed.  Hopefully, this will be a simple centralised approach via the NHS app or NHS website to avoid paper form and administration work for your GP.

We will update you when we know more about the NHSD plans to change how you can control who has access to your data.

For further information on this - please click here.

Infection prevention control guidelines to remain in place

The highest priority for the NHS remains the safety of staff, patients and visitors. While COVID restrictions will end in many settings in England from 19 July, everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering (unless they are exempt) and follow social distancing rules.

Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are therefore set to remain in place for all staff and visitors and across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dentists, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.

Read the infection prevention control guidance for further details.

GENERAL PRACTICE DATA FOR PLANNING AND RESEARCH DATA COLLECTION

Patients wishing to register a Type 1 Opt out from the NHS Digital General Practice Data for Planning and Research collection which starts on 1st September 2021 should download this form and return it to the Practice.

More information on this data collection can be found here.

Video - How the NHS uses your patient data from GP practices to improve health and care

Important Information on Covid Vaccine Certificate

Please do not contact the surgery to enquire about covid vaccination certificates.

We are unable to issue this certificate at the practice.

Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for further information.

Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHSapp, which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions. Refer Online Services page to download it.

Alternatively you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you've completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.

Important Information on Vaccine
If you are in touch regarding concerns about the Oxford Astra Zeneca, Public Health England have produced a patient information leaflet that is available here.
Research PCR Swabs

We are a research centre and offer PCR swabbing for infectious disease monitoring. Along with Covid the swabs are tested for other infectious diseases such as seasonal flu, RSV (which can cause bronchiolitis) and other viruses. Even if you have taken a Covid test via the government services (booked online or via 119) please do take a single nose/throat swab for research. This can help monitor what viruses are circulating in the population aiding Public Health. 

If you have flu-like/Covid-like/cold-like symptoms please don’t hesitate to arrange a test from us that you can complete at home and pop in the post to be sent to the PHE Lab for analysis. Results will be sent to us directly. 

Over 40’s NHS Health Checks

From 6th April we will be restarting NHS health checks. If you are aged 40+ you will be offered one every 5 years. You can either book one in or we will contact you when yours is due. Health Checks help to evaluate your risk for conditions such as diabetes or those related to your heart and kidneys helping you to stay as healthy as possible.

To find out more please read https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check/

NHS e-Referral service: Putting patients in control of their outpatient appointments
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Dates for staff training 2022 (Surgery closed)

Please note the upcoming dates for 2022 when the surgery (including the dispensary) will be closed for essential training for all staff members. On these days we close at 12.30pm and reopen as usual the following morning. 

During this time if you require urgent medical assistance our telephone system will direct you to the Out of Hours service. 

  • Wednesday 19th January
  • Thursday 17th February
  • Wednesday 16th March
  • Thursday 28th April
  • Wednesday 18th May
  • Thursday 23rd June
  • Thursday 22nd September
  • Wednesday 19th October
  • Thursday 25th November 
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Support Provided to Vulnerable Patients
Everyone who has received a letter advising that they are clinically extremely vulnerable should register online (https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable) if you need any extra support, for example, essential groceries delivered to your home. Please even if you do not need support now but have received the letter from the NHS. You can also call at 0800 028 8327. Please have your NHS number with you when you register. This will be at the top of the letter you have received letting you know you are clinically extremely vulnerable, or on any prescriptions.
Hypertension Review
We ask that if you have a home blood pressure machine that you take your own readings and send them to us via eConsult.