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Covid Vaccine Update 06/04/2021 - 50+

Latest update from The Hampshire Hotel Vaccination Centre...

Our vaccine centre has now passed the 80000 doses given. The success of this programme has been driven by the support of our communities, our volunteers, our health staff and our patients.

We are looking forward to seeing you for your second dose shortly. We enclose a list of our dates below which shows you when your second dose will be.

Your appointment will be at the same time as your first dose.

Please do not turn up at any other time as we cannot guarantee you a vaccine.

If you have forgotten your time or wish to check your date, please call us on 0333 332 0855 and our team will be happy to help

Similarly if you are over 50, or with underlying health conditions we can get you booked in for a first dose, please call us on 0333 332 0855.

Vaccines are helping to keep us all safe.

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50+ or 16+ with underlying health conditions & not had your vaccine?  Don't put it off - call or email us & we can offer you appointments at the Hampshire Court Hotel.

01256 702371 or  NHCCG.odihamhealthcentre-reception@nhs.net

Check your eligibility @ https://www.nhs.uk/…/coronavirus-v…/who-can-get-the-vaccine/ (please note - booking via this site means you will be choosing an appointment at an alternative location). 

Odiham & Old Basing Health Centres are proud to be part of the Mosaic Primary Care Network, who have been pivotal in establishing the GP led Vaccination Centre at The Hampshire Court Hotel, who are now administering an amazing 1000 vaccines a day!!  We thank all our staff giving up their spare time to work at the centre, together with all the other local practices & volunteers who are all pulling together to get this crucial vaccine administered to the patients in our community!

We are now on group 9 (see below) & if you haven't had a date for your 2nd vaccination yet, we will be contacting you over the next few weeks - so there is no need to follow it up with us.

There will be fewer first vaccines delivered in April, although second vaccines will be given & we expect vaccine deliveries to increase again in May. Plans to vaccinate patients under 50 have not yet started but we will be looking at:

· how we can get back to a normal routine of consulting with patients

· which screening areas we need to prioritise

· how we can do this in a Covid safe way

If you are an unpaid carer - please fill out & submit the form, which you can find at the bottom of this page under 'Are you a Carer'.  There is no need to contact the surgery, you will be contacted in due course.

We are also delighted to be able to say that care home residents are starting to be offered their vaccine already, we are now rapidly scaling up the effort to reach people who are housebound.

A vaccination programme of this size & scale will take some time to roll out in full & no 2 practices are the same so some might be going at a slightly different pace than others. This may be due to size &/or number of patients in different age groups or the number with underlying health issues.

Please be rest assured that everyone who needs the vaccine WILL be offered it. We are working through an agreed process as best we can & as fast & fairly as possible. Just because your friend/neighbour or relative has had one, you may feel frustrated or worried that you haven't been contacted yet but please be patient - including those waiting to hear about their 2nd jab....we will be in touch!

These are very challenging times for everyone but please act reasonably & treat your GP & practice staff politely. As a practice we are working hard to support you & your family with your health needs & we remain grateful for all the support we have received from the majority of our patients.

Have any questions? We are still receiving a high volume of enquires from patients, which is diverting staff away from those in need of medical attention. Please don't contact us, you can get your questions answered & more information at: www.southamptoncityccg.nhs.uk/coronavirusvaccineupdate

Some of our patients are calling about the letters they have received from the NHS to book their vaccination.

It gives a telephone number to call or website to visit.  This service may only be able to offer you an appointment at a 'mass' vaccination centre, which may be up to 45 minutes travel away.  If you would have difficulty attending, you do not have to book & you can ignore the letter.  You do not need to contact us.  You can choose to wait until you are contacted to have your vaccination locally - currently the Hampshire Court Hotel, Chineham (GP invitation only) Superdrug Pharmacy in the Town Centre & Basingstoke Fire Station (if booking on-line).  None of these sites offer a 'walk in' service so please wait for your invitation.  If you do have 2 appointments booked for your first vaccination - please ensure you cancel the one you don't want, so someone else may use it.

Please note: 'Other health & care workers' who are eligible for the vaccination (Community Pharmacists, OT's etc) will be contacted by the HIOW Central Healthcare Worker Vaccination Programme, not through Primary Care.

Using a central vaccination centre means we can continue to offer as much normal general practice services as possible during the pandemic from people's home surgeries. The vaccinations can only be done at a minimum of Primary Care Network level, not practice level.  Other areas may be utilising individual practice sites but we opted against doing so as it would have meant entirely closing one of our general practices to give it over to vaccinations, which we all felt reduced access to our normal services and would cause more problems, particularly as this programme is likely to last at least into the Spring.

As you may also know we are following the guidelines set out about which groups we will be working through as per the national Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Their priority list is as follows:

1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3. All those 75 years of age and over
4. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5. All those 65 years of age and over
6. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7. All those 60 years of age and over
8. All those 55 years of age and over
9. All those 50 years of age and over

We have been made aware that some fraudsters may have been using the pandemic to target people, sending false messages which pretend to offer appointments.  In these false messages people may be asked to provide their bank details to verify their identity.

Please note - no part of the NHS will ever ask for your bank details.  If you receive a message which appears to be from the NHS but which asks for financial information, it will be a hoax.

I understand our patients' concerns and the frustration they feel when there is a vaccine and they can't get access to it. I would reassure them that as soon as we have stock we will be contacting eligible patients directly to organise these appointments.  We will be working through the priority list as set out above. Unfortunately I am unable to say when individual groups will be receiving their vaccination as this is entirely dependent on national availability of stock and when this is apportioned to us, we do not have any control over this.  

In the meantime please keep safe and follow the government guidelines in place.

Kind regards, Dr R Assadourian, Senior Partner

Further updates & information can be found on the North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group website @ https://northhampshireccg.nhs.uk/

* If you wish to add a mobile number to your records or update contact details, please do so by using the 'contact' tab above.  

Changes at Odiham from 12/04/2021

In line with the lifting of some more restrictions as of Monday 12th April, we will no longer have separate 'green & amber' entrances at the Odiham surgery.

If you have an appointment or have been asked to come down - please use the main entrance from now on, but....

  • Don't forget your facemask
  • Sanitise your hands upon entry & exit
  • Continue to maintain 2 metres social distancing

We will have a drop-in box outside the entrance for all of your prescription requests, letters & samples requested by your GP but we cannot accept samples in glass containers!

Please don't arrive too early for your appointment, so if possible wait outside or in your vehicle until it is time. This is to help reduce the number of people in the waiting room to keep you & our staff safe.

Your safety matters to us, please help us help you!

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Lonely? Isolated? Support is here....

If you find yourself isolated or need some help, support is out there. Call the Hampshire Coronavirus Support and Helpline on 0333 370 4000

If Coronavirus has had an impact on you or any aspect of your life, including anyone who is self-isolating, you can telephone the Hampshire Coronavirus Helpline for advice and support.

They can help if you are struggling to get the food, medicine or essential supplies you need for yourself or your family, or other worries you may have such as:

- Where to find help in your community

- Debt & money worries

- Mental health support

- Domestic abuse

- Bereavement

- Problems with drug & alcohol misuse

You can also find information about support at ww.connecttosupporthampshire.org.uk/coronavirus

For more information about local activities across Hart please visit www.hart.gov.uk/christmas-2020

If you have been referred by your doctor...

For a routine hospital appointment please be patient. Do not expect to receive an appointment for up to 6 weeks. Our staff will not be able to chase up referrals on your behalf.  If you have not heard after 6 weeks, please contact the relevant hospital department.  This does not apply to urgent or 2 week wait referrals. 

Please see our 'Hospital Referrals - What Happens' feature in the bottom section of our website for more information.

Changes to keep patients safe during Covid-19

We will be operating slightly differently, to help keep patients and staff safe, and to allow all patients to continue to get the support and care they need.

Please continue to contact your GP surgery in the usual way, via telephone consultation or eConsult. The healthcare team at your GP surgery will assess all requests, and will advise you if you need a face to face appointment, or a telephone or video consultation.

Please do not attend your GP surgery unless you have been asked to do so.

To help us see patients safely, since 2nd November the Old Basing Surgery has been the Winter Assessment Centre for the North Hampshire area.

This allows us to continue to meet all of the needs of our other patients - for long-term conditions, immunisations, antenatal and postnatal care, contraceptive services, and cancer screening along with other routine general practice – without interruption. 

All illnesses – not just Covid-19 – are important to us, and we are determined that our patients can be confident that they can get safe care, no matter what their concern.

Why we don't routinely issue antibiotics!

The overuse of antibiotics in recent years means they're becoming less effective & has led to the emergence of "superbugs". These are strains of bacteria that have developed resistance to many different types of antibiotics, including:
•MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
•Clostridium difficile (C. diff)
•the bacteria that cause multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis

These types of infections can be serious & challenging to treat, & are becoming an increasing cause of disability & death across the world. The biggest worry is that new strains of bacteria may emerge that cannot be treated by any existing antibiotics.

There are many ways that drug-resistant infections can be prevented: immunisation, safe food preparation, hand washing, & using antibiotics as directed and only when necessary. In addition, preventing infections also prevents the spread of resistant bacteria.

Many mild bacterial infections get better on their own without using antibiotics & they don't work for viral infections such as colds, flu, most coughs & sore throats.

Antibiotics are no longer routinely used to treat:

  • chest infections
  • ear infections in children
  • sore throats

REMEMBER - Your GP will now only issue antibiotics if you REALLY need them, so please listen to their advice, they aren't the cure & answer to everything!

Cervical Screening & Immunisations.....book your appointment!

Have you missed or delayed your screening or immunisations during the outbreak?

It's really important that you get yourself screened, immunised & keep your children up to date too - we are able to provide these for you at the surgery & your safety is the utmost importance to us.

Screening & immunisations save lives - so book your appointment now!

Both Surgeries are welcoming NEW PATIENTS!

Please see the 'New Patients' page for details of our catchment area & how to easily register online.

eConsult - the quick & easy way to consult your GP online

See our home page for details & use the 'Get Started' link.

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Simply search 'The Odiham and Old Basing Health Centres' to keep up-to-date on our latest news.

We CAN NOT take prescription requests over the phone!

An increasing number of patients are calling to place their repeat medication orders but since October 2019, we have only been able to do this for children or the vulnerable. 

Please look at the 'Prescription' tab to find out the various ways you can place your request.

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