As many of our patients will know, the vaccination delivery is based at the Hampshire Court Hotel and is a collaboration between all practices in North Hampshire.
This decision was taken as it means we can continue to offer as much normal general practice services as possible during the pandemic from people's home surgeries. The vaccinations can only be done at a minimum of Primary Care Network (PCN) level, not practice level. Other areas may be utilising individual practice sites but we opted against doing so as it would have meant entirely closing one of our general practices to give it over to vaccinations, which we all felt reduced access to our normal services and would cause more problems, particularly as this programme is likely to last at least into the Spring.
We are set up and established now at the Hampshire Court Hotel and are awaiting further vaccine. When we are able to run at full capacity we will be able to vaccinate 6000+ people a week. Vaccine supply is the rate limiting step here and we are ready to increase the availability of vaccine to our population as soon as we have it.
As you may also know we are following the guidelines set out about which groups we will be working through as per the national Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Their priority list is as follows:
1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3. all those 75 years of age and over
4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5. all those 65 years of age and over
6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7. all those 60 years of age and over
8. all those 55 years of age and over
9. all those 50 years of age and over
The first two groups in the above list for Whitewater Loddon PCN number around 2500 people.
I understand our patients' concerns and the frustration they feel when there is a vaccine and they can't get access to it. I would reassure them that as soon as we have stock we will be contacting eligible patients directly to organise these appointments. We will be working through the priority list as set out above. Unfortunately I am unable to say when individual groups will be receiving their vaccination as this is entirely dependent on national availability of stock and when this is apportioned to us, we do not have any control over this.
In the meantime please keep safe and follow the government guidelines in place.
Many thanks, Dr Tim Cooper (5th January 2021)
Message to our patients........
As you will know, our current site is not ideal, in many respects. It is already basically at its limits and cannot be extended, it is dated, it is not easily accessible for many of you, and it does not allow us to develop a more modern way of working on your behalf.
In short, we need to explore options which would give you – and our staff, too – a better experience in the future. We are doing exactly that.
We have begun discussions regarding the possibility of us moving the very short distance to a site on the new Chineham district centre development. It is important to stress that absolutely nothing is decided, and that discussions are at an incredibly early stage. But we could not let such a potential opportunity pass by without at least exploring it properly, because it may offer us the chance to give you a better service, and better premises.
We wanted to let you know that we are looking at options to move to an improved site. If and when we have news to report we will keep you fully informed.
The Partners of Chineham Medical Practice
COVID-19: Our surgery plans and how this will affect you
If you have had any contact with the surgery over the last week or two, you are likely to have noticed a marked difference in the way things are being done. We have done this to minimise face to face contact between patients and staff, limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus and keep our practice team and patients as well as possible.
We do anticipate some staff shortages due to isolation and sickness and aim to continue to give you the best possible care at this difficult time. We appreciate your continued support.
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Welcome to The Chineham Medical Practice
Our aim is to provide an exceptional standard of patient care in an efficient manner within an environment which is welcoming to patients and supports the development of staff.
We are confident that our website will provide clear and concise help and give our patients the information they require in an easy and convenient format. It has been designed with the patient’s needs at the forefront of everything, from checking surgery times to letting us know what you think of us.
Our dedicated team are here to treat those minor ailments that occur as well as providing specialist management of long-term conditions and clinics covering a wide range of healthcare issues. To ensure you see the right clinician our receptionists need to know if you have an urgent medical problem or an ongoing condition. Please help us by answering their questions and anything you say will be treated confidentially.
Technology also means you can now do a lot of things from the comfort of your home such as order a repeat prescription or cancel an appointment.
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Once registered, patients and healthcare professionals work together to ensure the most appropriate care is provided. This partnership philosophy extends even further and our active patient group exists to make sure that patient needs and the practice offering are always heading in the same direction.
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