NHS Invites More Than Four Million People For Autumn Booster as Care Homes Set To Get First Jabs
The autumn booster rollout began on Monday, 5 September with England’s care home residents, staff and people who are housebound first in line to receive their top up ahead of winter. Care home residents and staff are among the first in the world to receive the new, variant-tackling jabs as the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme moves to the next phase.
Millions of invitations have been landing on doormats form the NHS for people who are currently eligible, inviting them to book their appointment without delay as the NHS protects the nation from covid once again ahead of winter. The NHS will contact people by letter or e-mail when it is their turn to book in for the vaccine – you do not need to contact the NHS or the Practice. St Andrew’s will also contact patients as they become eligible.
Those aged 75 and over, people with a weakened immune system and frontline health and care workers can book an appointment online or by calling 119 free of charge. The appointment dates you’ll be offered will start from three months (91 days) after your previous dose.
Other eligible people including those aged 50 to 74 or pregnant women will be invited to book later in the autumn.
Eligible individuals may be offered the flu and Covid jab at the same time subject to supply, with the doses approved to be co-administered. However the purpose of these clinics is Covid vaccinations and if there if no flu vaccine available another appointment will need to be made.
We will update our website as groups become eligible. For more information click this link.
Helping you access reliable nutrition information
A Webinar is an online presentation which allows you to listen to expert NHS healthcare professionals. You can listen anywhere if you have access to an internet connection.
The website was developed by NHS Dietitians in Somerset and is aimed at patients with a Somerset GP. However, the information is applicable to any patient in the UK The nutrition-related webinars are endorsed by the British Dietetics Association.
Please go to https://patientwebinars.co.uk
Are you waiting for a hospital appointment or operation?
My Planned Care gives you help and support while you wait
The My Planned Care website supports people waiting for a hospital appointment, operation or treatment, and provides advice and support while you wait.
This includes access to average hospital waiting times* and other useful advice including: helping you to prepare for your appointment; information on how to keep healthy; looking after your mental health; accessing financial help and other local support services.
The site is easy to use and updated weekly. Carers, friends, relatives and NHS teams can access the site and support people if required.
*Waiting list information for cancer treatments is not available on this website.
Scan waiting list - CDDFT Updated 23/09/2022
Here is a list of current waiting times for scan appointments.
|Urgent Request||Routine Request|
|Ultrasound||4 to 5 weeks||10 weeks|
|CT||4 to 5 weeks||6 weeks|
|MRI||3 to 4 weeks||6 weeks|
Healthy Planet, Healthy People
The NHS is responsible for 5% of the UK’s carbon footprint. We need to change how we work to avoid the unmanageable and to manage the avoidable.
Here at St Andrew's we have made some simple yet affective changes to our everyday working which will have an environmental impact, reduce harmful impact on planetary health and reduce the risks of climate change.
We have also appointed a designated staff member to ensure we are continuingly managing this and making a difference.
Changes we have made include:
- Electronic prescribing
- Our website provides useful information rather than having paper leaflets
- Double sided printing
- Use of recycled toilet rolls
We have completed 14 of the 16 points set out in this document from SDHCIC (we have not completed #2 and #5).For more information go to the Greener Practice website or go to the patient area of the site.
Sign Video on NHS111
BSL users can now use Sign Video as a way to contact NHS 111. You can download the app, or use a PC/laptop and webcam to access the service. Sign Video is the replacement for InterpreterNow.
Full details of how to use the new service can be found here https://signvideo.co.uk/nhs111/
An Unwell Child?
Click here for a useful guide with when to seek help and from whom. Having an unwell child can be a worrying time, especially if you aren't sure what to do.
Waiting Area TV Presentation
Click here for the latest presentation (Version 5.32 dated 19/09/2022)
Changes to the way health and care services are planned and delivered
Over recent years, the way health and care services are planned and delivered has been changing to better meet our health and care needs. On 1 July 2022, the new ways of working will be formally established with the creation of 42 statutory integrated care systems.
Integrated care systems are local partnerships made up of all the public services that provide health and care in your local area - the NHS, GPs, local councils and the community, voluntary and social enterprise sector.
Each includes an integrated care board and an integrated care partnership. Together they plan how best to deliver these services to meet the needs of local people. Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will be closed down and their relevant legal functions will transfer to integrated care boards.
These new ways of working will help deliver important priorities including addressing the COVID backlogs, improving access to primary and urgent care and tackling health inequalities. You can find out more by visiting the integrated care section of NHS England's website.