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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

 


Dr. Julian Hurst - Retiring

Dr Julian Hurst - Retirement

 


FLU CLINICS - all the information you need

You can find all the details of the upcoming flu clinics on this link.

 

Townsend House Flu Clinic

 


PLEASE READ THE LATEST SURGERY NEWS

FOLLOWING ADVICE FROM THE GOVERNMENT, WE HAVE TAKEN THE SAFETY PRECAUTION OF LIMITING ALL VISITORS TO THE PRACTICE.

IF YOU HAVE NEED TO VISIT THE SURGERY, PLEASE PRESS THE BUTTON ON THE INTERCOM TO THE LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE DOOR AND SPEAK TO THE RECEPTIONIST. YOU WILL BE ASKED THE REASON FOR YOUR VISIT.

THE PRACTICE HAS CONVERTED TO TELEPHONE AND ONLINE TRIAGE BY A GP FIRST, IF THEY DECIDE THAT YOU SHOULD BE SEEN, THIS WILL BE ARRANGED FOR YOU.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE OUR ONLINE CONSULTATION SERVICE, YOU CAN DO SO BY CLICKING HERE.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ORDER YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS ONLINE AND HAVE NOT ALREADY APPLIED FOR AN ACCOUNT, YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM HERE. YOU CAN EITHER EMAIL THIS TO THE SURGERY, OR DROP IT IN THE POST BOX ON THE RED DOOR. ALTERNATIVELY, YOU CAN EMAIL YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS TO D-CCG@TOWNSENDPRESCRIPTIONS@NHS.NET.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT AT THIS DIFFICULTS TIME AND WILL ENDEAVOUR TO DO OUT BEST TO HELP IN ANYWAY WE CAN.

THANK YOU

TOWNSEND HOUSE TEAM

 


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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