Covid booster update
Message to our patients – update on the COVID-19 booster programme The NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities. All adults are eligible from Monday 13 December, and you will be able to book via the National Booking System from Wednesday 15 December. Please do not contact the practice over any vaccination queries or try to book through the practice as this will stop patients with medical conditions being able to get through. You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months. They are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly. New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. Further availability will come online from Wednesday 15 December. We will be working with all our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days. All these appointments will be added to the National Booking System. We encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so. In terms of any planned appointments with Sandy Lane Surgery, there are no changes at the current time, and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.
Book your Covid - 19 Booster Vaccine
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.
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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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 in full at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control
Information for patients to support access to clinics
The blood form is a requirement for your appointment so please remember to bring it along. If you have not received a blood form, but have been instructed to attend a hospital clinic, please contact your GP practice directly before attending.
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About Sandy Lane Surgery
"Achieving Quality Care with Compassion and Dignity"
Established for over 40 years and with patients needs at the heart of everything we do our GP's, Practice Nurses and support staff are all committed to providing a high quality primary care service, working with you to maintain and improve your health.
We are a well regarded training practice and have GP Registrars and other Doctors working with us throughout the year. In addition to the usual medical services including health promotion, chronic disease management, immunisations, family planning, child health, antenatal and postnatal care, the practice also carries out minor surgery procedures.
Sandy Lane Surgery welcomes new patients. If you have moved into the area and wish to register at our surgery we are currently taking new patients onto our list.
Sandy Lane Surgery places patient care as its highest priority. We aim to apply the following values at all times:
- Dignity and Respect
- Accurate, Timely and Responsive
- Safe and Effective
- Continuous Learning/Development
- Open and Honest
Access & Facilities
Disabled Access - The practice has made every effort to ensure easy access to the building and toilet facilities are available for the disabled. All patient facilities are located on the ground floor of the building and part of the reception desk has been lowered to facilitate wheelchair access.
There is a loop system for the hard of hearing. Please inform our reception staff if you wish to use this.
Breast feeding and baby changing - The practice is happy to accommodate breast feeding mothers and will allocate a private room on request. Baby changing facilities are available in both the male and the female toilets.
Pharmacy - Rowlands Pharmacy is attached to the surgery and is used by the whole community.
Parking - We have a limited number of car parking spaces at the surgery, with 4 disabled parking bays. This is accessed from Sandy Lane.
Public Transport - Several bus services run close the Surgery. The closest bus stop to the Surgery is at Tesco, Leyland . There is a short path along the side of Tesco which leads towards the Surgery. It is no more than 2 minutes walking distance.