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Covid-19 Restriction Update

Throughout the pandemic we have strived to make the surgery as safe as possible for all our patients and staff. We will continue to do so going forward.

From 19 July nothing will change at the surgery – patients will need to still wear a mask, socially distance and use hand sanitiser in the surgery and staff will continue to wear PPE. We understand that it can be frustrating but we know that when people come to us they are sick and vulnerable so we feel it would be wrong to not take these small precautions that can protect people.

In terms of opening up, as many of you know, we have never been shut and in fact have consulted with much higher number of patients than we did pre-covid (face to face, by telephone, by video and by e-consult), not counting vaccinating 90% of the adult population (many twice) in the last 6 months.

Townsend House has come so far in trying to minimise the impact of covid and we are sure you understand that we need to keep the surgery as safe for ALL patients as we can.

Thank you


Support Dr. Rob Daniels Charity Work

Dr. Daniels is involved in a charity called Start Strong, details of which can be found on this link about Start Strong. Already, he has spent time training healthcare workers in Nepal and in July, he will be travelling there to run a course.

Given the pandemic, charities across the globe are struggling to raise funds and if you feel it’s a cause you would like to donate to, you can do so on the following link: 

 StartStrong

 


Have your say about appointments

We would really appreciate your input on our current appointment system and have created a survey for you to complete.

Please click the link below to let us know your views.

Townsend House Patient Survey - Appointments

 


Oxford AstraZeneca Practice Statement

Like any vaccination there can be side effects with the AZ vaccine.

As a precaution we have been advised to not offer first doses of AstraZeneca to under 30’s

For over 30’s who are at much greater risk of severe covid it is still safer to have the AstraZeneca vaccine than risk catching Covid.

The incidence of blood clots or bleeding is very low, between 1:600,000 and 1 in a million.

No cases have been reported in second doses, so if you get through the first dose without problems you should still have the second dose.

Mild side effects are common, like mild headache, aches and pains, like all vaccines, but are nothing to worry about.

If you have the vaccine, and have the following symptoms, speak to a doctor or call 111:

  • New shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Leg swelling
  • Persistent abdominal pain
  • New neurological symptoms (severe headache, double vision, facial swelling)
  • Tiny spots of blood under the skin away from the site of injection.

We have vaccinated over 4,000 people without any serious complications and many of the staff have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

We are confident that this is still safe and appropriate to use. We are unable to offer patients a choice of vaccine but please take up the offer of a vaccine, if you are invited for one, as this is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from Covid.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

You may get an invitation for a COVID-19 vaccination in Taunton. If you wish to accept you can book directly, but you can also be vaccinated by your GP practice.

Vaccinations are taking place every week and we will contact patients from priority groups as soon as we receive deliveries.

We're sure that you will have heard from the national media that GPs started the COVID-19 vaccination of priority groups from 14 December 2020.

As a surgery, we are working hard to vaccinate as many people as possible in the priority groups, as quickly as possible. We are limited by the delivery of vaccinations and the number of them that we receive, but please be assured that we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Please note that staff at the surgery will contact you as soon as we can. You may hear that your friends, or other people, have already received the vaccination and may be wondering why you have not as yet. We are working through our patient list in the priority groups.

If you have been contacted for your vaccination, you may find the following leaflet useful:

Townsend House Medical Centre - COVID-19 Vaccination leaflet

A selection of Frequently Asked Questions have been collated on the link below:

Addtionally, you may find the leaflets below are useful:

COVID-19 - A Guide For Adults

COVID-19 Vaccination - Why Do I Have To Wait?

What to expect after the COVID-19 vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccination and Pregnancy

 


Coronavirus latest updates from the NHS

The latest information from the NHS regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the link below:

 

 Coronavirus Poster

 

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