Coronavirus Vaccine- Update
Please do not call the surgery, leave the lines free for patients that need medical assistance. Check our website first for all news and information.
The practice has been asked by NHS England to work with other local practices in our Primary Care Network to offer the covid-19 vaccine which we have agreed to do.
Given that the plan is to vaccinate as much of the population as possible we have been told to do this in stages, prioritising those most vulnerable first. Patients over the age of 80, housebound patients, Care Home residents and staff plus NHS staff will be the first to be vaccinated. Depending upon your age and/or health conditions you could be invited anytime over the next few months. Be assured we will contact you as soon as it becomes available to you to arrange your appointment.
Please do not call the reception team for more information as we need to keep the telephone lines available for patients who may need urgent medical attention. This is a huge undertaking for ourselves and our partner practices at Perranporth, St Agnes and Chacewater so we ask for your patience. By working together we can make this happen as quickly as possible.
The Partners at Carnon Downs Surgery
HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE WORKERS
Vaccinations for Health & Social Care staff are provided by the Hospital Hub which is located at Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. In order that they can arrange an invitation for you to be able to book your vaccination, would you please ask your manager/owner of the business to submit an enquiry to Simon Long, Staff Vaccination Project Lead firstname.lastname@example.org outlining services provided by your organisation.
INFORMATION FOR COHORTS SIX - Patients aged 16 - 64 yrs of age with underlying health conditions
JCVI priority Cohort 6 includes ‘all individuals aged 16 years to 65 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality’. This also includes those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
Cohort 6 is further defined in Green Book Chapter 14a as “Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group”. The list of at-risk conditions can be further subdivided into three main sub-cohorts:
Adults aged 16 to 64 years in an at-risk group which includes:
- Chronic respiratory disease (see below)
- Chronic heart disease and vascular disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease, including severe or profound learning disability
- Diabetes mellitus
- Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
- Morbid obesity
- Severe mental illness
- Younger adults in long-stay in-patient, nursing and residential care settings
- Adult carers - Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person, someone who has a severe mental illness or whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill (see below)
Asthmatics - please note general asthmatics who just take an inhaler are not included.
Only individuals with a severe lung condition, including those with asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including chronic bronchitis and emphysema; bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung fibrosis, pneumoconiosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)
An individual with a more severe case of asthma may have been included in the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable group, in which case they will be vaccinated in group 4.
People with asthma which requires continuous or repeated use of systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission, will be vaccinated in priority group 6.
This will include:
- anyone who has ever had an emergency asthma admission or;
- those who have an asthma diagnosis and have had 3 prescriptions for oral steroids over a 3-month period (each prescription must fall within separate individual month windows), as an indication of repeated or continuous oral steroids.
We want to support our carers and we have a register at the Practice of all our carers so if you think you are a carer then ask for a Carers Identification Form. Both the patient and the carer need to complete it so that you get the support you need. Carers help someone who may not otherwise be able to manage the tasks most of us manage as a matter of routine. The Carer may be someone looking after a friend or neighbour or a husband or wife looking after their partner who needs more hands on help in order to manage day to day activities.
Help from Cornwall County Council - Anybody can refer themselves to the service by calling on 0800 587 8191. They will work with them to ensure that they are getting everything that they and their cared for are entitled to, for example disability benefits like Attendance Allowance or a Blue Badge. They can offer help with form filling, signpost to other agencies or whatever is needed for each individual situation wherever possible.
New Information on patients shielding
The government is shortly going to send a new letter to patients informing them that they are at risk and should now shield - it also explains they are entitled to a covid vaccination. If you receive one of these letters please be assured we will contact you to book your vaccination or you can book via 119 at one of the mass vaccination centres.
Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Below are some leaflets which you may find useful:
Leaflet for Adults - A Guide to the Covid Vaccine
What to Expect after you have had the vaccination
For the most up to date guidance from the UK Government click here