HOT OFF THE PRESS re- COVID VACCINATIONHughenden Valley Surgeries are happy to confirm we are able to offer the AstraZeneca vaccine at our Chequers drive site in Prestwood.We are therefore running vaccination clinics to offer vaccinations to all our patients age over 80 on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd of January 2021. We are thrilled to be able to offer the vaccine to our patients locally.I can assure you that with my fantastic team we are working tirelessly to ensure safe & effective delivery of the vaccine.Please see any previous frequently asked questions in previous posts and please join us on Facebook for updates https://www.facebook.com/groups/430238914377799https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cancer/symptoms/***Urgent Information*** 19-01-2021Any Hughenden Valley Surgery or Chequers Drive Surgery Patients in the age group 80 years or older ONLY that have not had a Covid-19 vaccine or are not booked in for a Covid-19 vaccine elsewhere could you please call the surgery on 01494 562189 so we can book an appointment in for you.The service will be provided locally at our Chequers Drive Surgery in Prestwood Friday this week.***Urgent Information*** 17-01-2021Due to our latest batch of vaccination's arriving early and having such a short expiry date we are having to cancel any appointments on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st of January. We spent last night reorganising appointments to start from today and have mobilised staff to come to the surgery and re-book everyone for today and tomorrow at Chesham Town Hall and they are calling everyone affected as we speak.We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused but the situation was totally out of our control and you help is as always greatly appreciated. COVID-19 Vaccination Update 13-01-2021HOT OFF THE PRESS re- COVID VACCINATIONsWe have been informed that we will receive more Pfizer Covid vaccine on Monday 18th January.We are therefore running vaccination clinics from Chesham Town Hall to offer vaccinations to all our patients age over 80 on Thursday 21st January 2021.This is fantastic news and we strongly encourage all our patients to respond to the text invites or telephone calls you receive to book an appointmentWe encourage our patients to come to the Chesham Town Hall clinics as a more local option than travelling to Stevenage to the mass vaccination centre. WE are thrilled to be able to offer the vaccine to all our patients age over 80I can assure you that with my fantastic team we are working tirelessly to ensure safe & effective delivery of the vaccine.Please see any previous frequently asked questions in previous postsCOVID-19 Vaccination Update 10-01-2021We have now completed our part in the first our vaccination rollout and have used up all of the vaccines that was supplied (more will be coming soon) we have helped in the vaccination of well over 1500 people including over 80 year olds, care home residents, care home staff and Healthcare workers.All was made possible with the shear resilience of Dr Clare Gabe from Amersham Health Center whom took the lead on this project, but I did realise how lucky I am that I work with a group of people that make magic happen so need to thank everyone of our surgery staff for the early morning’s, late nights and 15 hour shifts.Now we do realise not everyone has been vaccinated as yet but rest assured when we have a supply of vaccine we will be arranging for it to be given.The recall service we use is via text or telephone call (our preferred is via text) due to the vaccine having a very short shelf life the texting service allows us to contact and book in many patients quickly and our priority is to give the vaccine to as many patients as we can and not waste a single drop. So if you receive a text offering you an appointment please respond post haste so it does not move on to the next patient.But please do not worry or panic if you are not that Tec savvy we are also making telephone calls to invite you in as well.No one will be left behind.I think for me calling an 87 year old at 8am on Saturday morning to invite them in for a vaccination and hearing in their voice you are making a difference in their life is what makes everything we do worthwhile.Today is the end of the first mass vaccination battle, it is not the end nor the the beginning of the end just the end of the beginning of the war.We are NHS 🌈For updates please visit us online at www.ourpractice.co.uk or https://www.facebook.com/groups/430238914377799COVID-19 Vaccination Update 07-01-2021Primary Care have now started the programme of vaccinating against Coronavirus.Our surgery is participating in the administering of these injections.As a result, we will have a limited service on Friday 8th January.We thank you as always for your helpHow the COVID-19 vaccine is givenThe COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm.It's given as 2 doses.When the 2nd dose will be givenThe latest evidence suggests the 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine provides protection for most people for up to 3 months.As a result of this evidence, when you can have the 2nd dose has changed. This is also to make sure as many people can have the vaccine as possible.The 2nd dose was previously 21 days after having the 1st dose, but has now changed to 12 weeks after. If you:1) have already had your 1st dose and are due to have your 2nd dose before Monday 4 January, keep your appointment2) have already had your 1st dose and are due to have your 2nd dose after Monday 4 January, the NHS will contact you about when you'll have your 2nd dose.3) are due to have your 1st dose after Wednesday 30 December, you'll be given your 2nd dose 12 weeks later.COVID-19 Vaccination Update 01-01-2021Patients have now started to be contacted to book in their first Covid-19 Vaccination.FAQQ Whom will be contacted firstA At the moment only the over 80’s this will take some time and not everyone can be called at once no one will be forgotten (calling and asking the surgery will not help)The full list can be found here COVID-19 vaccination first phase priority groups - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)Q How will I be contactedA Text or telephone (calling and asking the surgery will not help)Q How do I complete an online appointment when I receive my textA Here is a link to a quick guide OnlineCOVIDbookinghelp.pdf (midchilternpcn.co.uk) the reception team are not trained in the software you will be making the appointment with. (calling and asking the surgery will not help)Q Where will the vaccination be givenA Chesham Town Hall Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1DS (please keep to your appointment time without arriving to early and follow the direction from the staff on duty and only turn up if you have an appointment)Q Why can we not be given the vaccination at our local surgeryA The prescribed way the vaccine needs to be given at the moment we are unable to give at our own surgeryQ Will I be asked to go at the same time as my partnerA Sorry we are unable to guarantee thisQ I am unable to travel to the vaccination center on the day I have been givenA We are unable to change the day you will need to wait until you are contacted again (calling and asking the surgery will not help)Q If someone is sent a link via a text message to a non-internet phone what can they do?A You can enter the link address in a web browser and make you appointment this way or wait until you receive a phone call offering you an appointment (calling and asking the surgery will not help)I hope this helps with some of your questions and puts your mind to rest if only somewhat slightly we are starting a mammoth task in the start of vaccinating our population it is only with the help from all of our patients can we complete this and for this we thank you in advance.https://www.facebook.com/groups/430238914377799Happy New YearCOVID-19 Vaccination Update 29-12-2020We are fast approaching the deliveryof the Covid-19 vaccination to our patients.We have some idea of where this might be and when it will be. We as part of the clinical team are working on the logistics and we have yet to know any concrete details and as such are unable at this time give any information out.All of the communications to patients regarding the program will come directly from our CCG. This allows the same message to be given to everyone at the right time and no Chinese whispers.Practices that are in our collaborative will be advised by NHSE who needs to be contacted and when.As part of our collaborative we are really excited about the prospect of being able to get our most vulnerable patients vaccinated.I am sorry that the communications have been few and far between but it is only because plans are still a work in progress changing by the minute.At the moment we are looking at the Vaccinations arriving at a local site first week of Jan. It will take approximately 4 days to deliver 975 vaccinations.As soon as we are notified from NHSE - this will start a pre-organised logistical process to get the site ready and fit for purpose. Practices will be asked to provide staff, PPGs and other voluntary organisations will be asked to help provide volunteers.In order to reduce wastage of vaccines patients may be called at the last minute if other patients fail to turn up. Each vial is precious and wastage is something we cannot afford to entertain.If you are not contacted in our first wave of vaccinations please do not worry no one will be left out or forgotten. (Calling the surgery will not help find out when your turn may be)We can totally understand anyone's frustration of having to wait for information (Incorrect information we believe is worse than no information)FAQ:Q) Where will the most update information be from Hughenden Valley Surgeries regarding the Covid-19 Vaccination program?A) On our Facebook page on on our WebsiteQ) Whom will decide who gets contacted first?A) NHSE would direct thisQ) How will we be contacted?A) Text message or telephone call (we will never ask for any financial or Credit card information if you are asked please report this as a scam)Q) Can you confirm if you have started the roll out yet?A) Not as of yet but are in the planning stage and making ourselves ready for when we are asked to start.I hope the above has helped a little if only slightly.Thank for always supporting us and being patient with usCOVID-19 Vaccination Update 14-12-2020The NHS is now ready to deliver a vaccination programme for England so that those who need it most will be able to access vaccinations as soon as they are available. A prioritisation list has been produced in order for the vaccine to be delivered to groups who will need it first. The NHS will contact you when you are eligible to receive the vaccine and provide you with information about location and date. We will contact you when it’s the right time to come forward, so please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine before then.Polite request:Please do not contact us to ask when you will be called for your COVID-19 Vaccine.This place right here is where you should come to see all the very latest information that we have.We continue to receive very large numbers of people calling us to ask and even insist that they are vaccinated first and it is making it tough for people to get through when they are unwell.Please trust in us. You will be contacted when the time is right for you to come and have your vaccine administered.Please come back here regularly to see the latest updates.Hughenden Valley SurgeriesSocial Prescribing TeamSocial prescribers connect patients to non-medical support, such as day centres, charities or community groups, in the community to improve their wellbeing and tackle social isolation. They enable people to have more control over their lives, develop skills and give their time to others, through involvement in community groups. Please see below for an introduction to the team.Ros MayhewI'm one of the new Social Prescribing Team for the Mid Chiltern PCN and have come from the Chalfonts PCN Social Prescriber role. My background is working with carers and families of people living with dementia, supporting them to access services and increase their knowledge of the condition they are living alongside.I look forward to working with patients across all the surgeries in the Mid Chiltern PCN. June MoxonI am totally new to Social Prescribing but am really looking forward to being able to provide Support and Guidance for referrals from the Mid Chiltern PCN. My background is in education whereby I worked as a teacher and a member of Senior Management Team in Slough for 30+ years and I have since been a carer for a Dementia Patient and worked as a volunteer with the elderly and vulnerable.I look forward to meeting you all in person one day. Gagan TaylorI'm Gagan Taylor and excited to be joining the Social Prescribing Team in the Mid Chiltern PCN. My background is working in the charity and voluntary sector empowering people to gain more control of their lives by supporting them to access voluntary and/or statutory services. All my previous roles have involved providing both emotional and practical support to service users.I look forward to settling into this new role. Sean Gallagher Hi, I’m Sean one of the Social Prescribing Community Link Workers in the Mid-Chiltern PCN. I have a background in Social Prescribing in the Chalfonts PCN area working with individuals to facilitate positive change in their lives, improving their health and wellbeing.Please also be aware that you can use the option via this website to contact the surgery and this will help you avoid the long telephone queues. .Is it safe to have the flu vaccination this year?Hughenden Valley Surgeries have gone all out to make our Flu Clinics Covid-19 safe.Below is a short video of what you should expect when you come to have yours.Hughenden Valley Surgeries are looking forward to seeing you soon.Hughenden Valley Pharmacy and Dispensary UpdateFrom the week commencing 19th October, Hughenden Valley Pharmacy & Dispensary will be upgrading their Pharmacy facilities. The works are expected to take approximately 2 weeks. As a result, the upgrade works may affect the repeat prescription turnaround time so please bear with us during this exciting time. Thank you.