National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
We know that people are very keen to find out about our developing Covid-19 vaccination programme in Somerset. We are currently working together with our local health and care providers to develop a detailed Somerset-wide plan to deliver vaccinations in a safe and effective way. Please do not contact the surgery directly – we will share more updates as soon as we are able to. Thank you for your patience.
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Clinically vulnerable patients list ( previously shielding): The CCG Communications team have helpfully put together the following which practices may wish to post to their websites.
People who have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable do not have to shield, but are advised to stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend essential health appointments. Read the full government guidance here
As part of the second lockdown, patients who have been identified as at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) from coronavirus (Covid-19), have been sent letters this week. The letters contain advice on how to take extra steps to protect yourself. There is no need to obtain a FIT note for your employer if you are unable to go to work the letter you will have received from the Government will suffice.
The clinically vulnerable list has been increased to cover new conditions, so some patients will be receiving letters for the first time.
If you have a booked appointment or flu vaccination please attend as normal – if anything changes we will contact you directly. Please do not worry if you need medical help - please contact us, by phone or online as usual
More information and advice for people who are at high risk can be found on the NHS website
Your GP practice is open, and we are operating in a safe way during the pandemic
•You should contact us if you notice a change that isn’t normal for you or if you have a symptom that you are worried about
•If you need to get in touch, we are ready to help you safely. You will be able to talk through your concerns on the phone or via a video consultation (if you need to be seen it will be in a non-COVID area/GP practice to add individual details on safety procedure)
•If needed, we can arrange tests in the safest way possible.
•If you need to see your GP or specialist, they will follow strict guidance on infection control to protect themselves and other patients. This might include wearing personal protective equipment and restricting the number of people allowed on the premises at any one time.
FLU CAMPAIGN 2020
Thank you for your patience waiting for appointments to be released for the flu vaccinations this year.
The planning and co-ordination of the flu clinics this year has been incredibly challenging due to the mandatory restrictions we are all adhering to in order to protect patients and staff during the covid19 pandemic.
The Practice has already contacted those patients in the “shielding” group to allow booking for these patients first.
The medical staff will continue to offer vaccination in booked appointments if you are attending the surgery for other reasons, where appropriate.
We will be running clinics throughout October and November.
During our vaccination clinics the medical staff will need to wear PPE meaning changes between patients and cleaning of the clinical rooms. We need to maintain social distancing between patients, so are waiting room will not be crowded this year as in previous years. Everything is taking longer.
We will do our best as we always do and we our grateful for your support.
Patients aged 50 to 64 not in an at-risk group –
Whilst we have received information that all 50-64 year olds may be eligible for a free flu vaccination as part of plans to protect more people against seasonal flu, these free vaccinations will be subject to delivery later in the year. This allows us to focus on those who are in an at risk group, such as pregnant women and people with long term health conditions. They will be given priority and offered the vaccine first.
If you are aged 50-64, and not in one of the at risk categories, you will be made aware in the coming months if you will be able to attend for vaccination. If the programme is extended this is likely to be November or December. Of course if you wish to access a vaccine prior to this date you can pay to have this at your local pharmacy as in previous years, otherwise please wait for more information.
Welcome to Brent Area Medical Centre
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. The 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.
Partners in Care
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.
The surgery is accessible to disabled patients, including those in a wheelchair. A disabled persons toilet is also available.
(Site updated 26/08/2020)