Covid-19 Vaccination Programme
Westfield Surgery is very pleased to be involved with the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history.
The last few weeks have seen practice teams working rapidly to redesign sites and put in place safe processes to meet the tough logistical challenges of offering the vaccination.
The covid vaccine roll-out is being co-ordinated by GP-led primary care networks (PCN), which are groups of general practices working more closely together. Patients living in our PCN (Herefordshire North and West) are being invited to receive the vaccine at Bridge Street Sports Centre.
Patients are being contacted in priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine. Please do not telephone the practice directly to ask for an appointment - an invitation will be sent to you over the coming days and weeks as more vaccine arrives.
We look forward to seeing many of our patients for their vaccination in the coming weeks.
'Westfield Surgery is aware of the announcement made by the Department for Health and Social Care that anyone aged 50-64 has now been added to the eligible cohorts for this year's flu vaccine. We are now working to order additional vaccine supply and plan for more flu clinics in December. We ask that patients refrain from ringing the practice with inquiries on this and we will communicate the new arrangements for flu clinics in the near future.'
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
Risk to the general public is moderate.
If you are concerned that you may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 service has created coronavirus pages that tell patients what they must do based on their particular circumstances. These can be accessed at
DO NOT go to your GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, check the link above, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.
You can read more on coronavirus on nhs.uk/coronavirus
BEWARE OF SCAMMERS
There is heightened coverage around the Coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately fraudsters are targeting these circumstances to take advantage of public fear and concern.
We are aware that patients are receiving phone calls, letters and texts trying to gain information such as personal details and NHS numbers.
If you are suspicious do not give out any details, hang up, and contact your surgery to confirm.