COVID-19 vaccination appointments in North Kirklees as at 1/2/2021:
We are currently working with 11 other local practices to get our patients vaccinated as quickly as possible and are now vaccinating those patients in the 70-74 age category. The vaccinations are being given at Dewsbury Health Centre. We are sending out text messages to patients with a link to book their own appointment. If you do not have a mobile phone we will contact you by telephone.
People most at risk from the complications of COVID-19 are being offered the vaccine first.
In the UK, there are 2 approved COVID-19 vaccines. They both require 2 doses to provide longer-lasting protection. Both have been shown to be effective in clinical trials and have a good safety record.
An independent group of experts has recommended that the NHS first offers these vaccines to those at highest risk of catching the disease and of suffering serious complications or dying from COVID-19. This includes older adults in care homes and frontline health and social care workers.
When more vaccine becomes available, the vaccines will be offered to other people at risk as soon as possible.
You should have the vaccine when it is offered if you are:
- living in a care home for older adults
- a frontline health care worker
- a frontline social care worker
- a carer working in a care home for older residents
Then the vaccine will also be offered in age order to:
- those aged over 80 years
- those aged over 75 years
- those aged over 70 years
- adults on the NHS shielded patient list
- those aged over 65 years
- adults under 65 years with long term conditions (see conditions below)
Those aged 50 to 64 will be offered it later.
Clinical conditions list:
- a blood cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
- a heart problem
- a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
- a kidney disease
- a liver disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as HIV infection, steroid medication, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
- rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or psoriasis
- have had an organ transplant
- had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- a neurological or muscle wasting condition
- a severe or profound learning disability
- a problem with your spleen, example sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
- are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
- are severely mentally ill
At the same time as the adults under 65 years with long term conditions the vaccine will also be offered to:
- adults who provide regular care for an elderly or disabled person
- younger adults in long stay nursing and residential settings
Please wait your turn. If you are not in the groups above, you will have to wait for a COVID-19 vaccination until more supplies are available. When more vaccine becomes available we will be offering it to more groups of the population.
North Kirklees FAQS https://www.northkirkleesccg.nhs.uk/news/covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions/
NHS England page: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/
Community (mass) testing aims to identify people who don't have COVID-19 symptoms (this is called being asymptomatic), but who are infectious and could spread the infection to others unknowingly. The main aim is to help prevent and reduce transmission in the community. This service will be available in Kirklees from Midday on the 18th December 2020. Please see the link for more information including location sites: https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/health-and-well-being/covid19-mass-community-testing.aspx
To stop the spread of the coronavirus we have had to limit access to the surgery and you cannot gain access unless your GP or Nurse has asked you to come to the Practice. The inner lobby is open to post prescriptions or other requests and to collect sample bottles. There is an intercom if you need to contact a member of the reception team.
**WE HAVE SUSPENDED ALL ONLINE BOOKING**
- If you are wanting to book an appointment please DO NOT attend the surgery, please contact us by telephone. However please be patient as the telephone lines are likely to be busy.
- Please also be aware that appointments will be booked as telephone appointments and if it is felt necessary by the clinician then a face to face appointment will be made. If you are asked to attend in person then please wear a face mask and if possible please attend on your own. *Help us help you stay safe – When you come to the GP surgery, you will need to wear a face covering. This can be a mask, scarf or homemade face covering. It just needs to cover your mouth and nose. Please arrive on time and alone wherever possible. Please use the hand sanitiser as soon as you enter the building. By doing so you are helping to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus and keeping our surgery safe.*
- The receptionists have been told to ask screening questions to every patient, please answer these truthfully and accept the advice you are given if directed to other services
- You can help us by ensuring we have your up to date contact details and asking our receptionists about online access so you can see your results and order your own prescriptions
- Please do not come to the surgery with general queries. Please phone the surgery on an afternoon when the phone lines may be quieter.
- Any general sick note requests can be sent via: firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off in the collection box near the front door. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT NO CLINICAL QUERIES WILL BE ANSWERED OR APPOINTMENTS BOOKED VIA THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.
- Please bear with us at this time and understand our phone-lines will be extra busy. THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING PATIENCE
PLEASE NOTE THE SURGERY WILL BE CLOSED ON THE FOLLOWING DATES DURING 2021
We are closed as follows during 2021
Tuesday 16th February from 1pm until next morning
Tuesday 16th March from 1pm until next morning
Friday 2nd April all day
Monday 5th April all day
Tuesday 20th April from 1pm until next morning
Monday 3rd May all day
Tuesday 18th May from 1pm until next morning
Monday 31st May all day
Tuesday 15th June from 1pm until next morning
Tuesday 20th July from 1pm until next morning
Tuesday 17th August from 1pm until next morning
Monday 30th August all day
Tuesday 21st September from 1pm until next morning
Tuesday 19th October from 1pm until next morning
Tuesday 16th November from 1pm until next morning
Tuesday 21st December from 1pm until next morning
Monday 27th December all day
Tuesday 28th December all day
24 HOUR MENTAL HEALTH HELPLINE