COVID 19 VACCINE
THE TOLSEY SURGERY HAVE NOW STARTED, IN COLLABORATION WITH OUR LOCAL PRIMARY CARE NETWORK, THE COVID 19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME.
DURING JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2021 PATIENTS AGED 80 AND OVER WILL BE CONTACTED BY THE SURGERY TO OFFER THEM VACCINATION AT MALMESBURY PRIMARY CARE CENTRE.
WE ALSO ANTICIPATE STARTING THE SECOND COHORT i.e. PATIENTS AGED 75 – 79 VERY SOON.
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE SURGERY BUT RATHER WAIT FOR US TO RING YOU AS THIS IS AN EXTREMELY BUSY TIME FOR THE DOCTORS AND STAFF.
WE DO NOT HAVE ANY FURTHER FLU VACCINE AVAILABLE AT THE TOLSEY SURGERY. IF YOU ARE AGED BETWEEN 50 AND 64 YEARS OLD AND WISH TO RECEIVE THIS THEN PLEASE CONTACT A LOCAL PHARMACY WHO MAY STILL HAVE SOME FLU VACCINE AVAILABLE.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION.
Covid Vaccine Update
There is good news from the surgery – the Covid vaccine roll out programme is scheduled to start on the 8th January to our first cohort of very vulnerable adults.
From then onwards the programme will continue with each batch of vaccines we receive – both Pfizer and the Oxford vaccine. We agree with the decision to ensure as many patients are given a primary vaccine ASAP and gain initial protection, hence the second vaccine will be given at up to 12 weeks later, rather than 21 days as previously stated.
The initial dose is thought to offer good protection, but that the second dose prolongs this protection.
Please DO NOT ring the surgery and ask about your vaccine – you will be contacted when your turn is due, and it needlessly clogs up our phone lines at an already very busy time.
We will have to free up clinical staff during the next 6 months, every week, to assist the vaccination programme but this will mean that more day-to-day issues will take longer to deal with.
There is no ‘bank’ of spare clinical staff to roll out this vaccine, each of which requires a 3 step process, (drawing up, administering and monitoring) as well as teams to co-ordinate car parking and social distancing whilst waiting.
We are very lucky to be teamed up with our neighbours, Malmesbury Primary Care Centre , and use their facilities in the initial wave.
From then on younger, more mobile patients will be called to larger centres around the County, but where and when that will happen is not currently known. For now it remains vital that rules regarding the wearing of masks, social distancing and non-gathering are adhered to.
The new variant is not more dangerous, and will respond to the vaccine, but it IS MORE EASILY SPREAD. Please behave as if everyone around you is high risk and YOU are contagious; however low risk you think you are.
Feel empowered to call out the small number of people who fail to look after the rest of us by flouting these rules.
We won’t be able to administer the vaccine if our staff are self-isolating because of having contact with the virus, whether at the surgery, the shops or out and about so; PLEASE KEEP YOURSELF AND EVERYONE SAFE.
The GP Partners – Tolsey Surgery
4th January 2021
All adults and children over the age of 12 SHOULD wear a mask or face covering when attending the surgery, with effect from Friday 24th July 2020
(This is from guidance received via NHS England – Public Health)
Appointments During the Coronavirus Situation
Due to the current coronavirus situation we are not booking routine or online appointments. Please telephone 01666 840270 if you feel you need to be seen. All telephone calls will be triaged by the doctor or nurse and you will be seen if it is felt to be appropriate.
Welcome to the Tolsey Surgery
Our aim at The Tolsey Surgery is to offer a personalised service for all our patients.
We make a point of getting to know each patient, and the GP's try wherever possible to be available for consultation with their patients, whether by telephone or face to face contact.
We offer true continuity of care which is at the heart of "old fashioned" general practice, whilst embracing the essential changes that are a necessary part of working in primary health care.
The Tolsey has had many uses in its long history and sits in a prime position in Sherston High Street.
The premises consist of two floors. The entrance door is wide enough for wheelchairs and the downstairs cloakroom is designed for disabled patients. There is a downstairs consulting room for disabled patients and a chairlift for those patients who have a difficulty with stairs. Ask for assistance when needed and a member of staff will be pleased to help.
Dispensary Opening Times
Current Dispensary Hours are:
10am - 1pm
3pm - 6pm