Minehead Medical Centre
COVID Restriction Update – July 2021
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 the 19th July, nothing will change at the surgery – patients will need to still wear a face MASK and socially distance and staff will continue to wear PPE.
The number of patients allowed into the waiting area will also continue to be restricted. We do 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. Covid has not gone away.
In terms of opening up, as many of you know, we have never been shut and in fact have consulted with much higher numbers of patients than we did pre-covid (face to face, by phone, by e-consult and by video), not counting vaccinating 90% of the adult population twice in the last 6 months.
We have 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 as possible for ALL patients and staff. One positive case of covid within the surgery could wipe out our entire workforce for 10 days and I’m sure you will agree, maintaining restrictions is a small price to pay in order that we continue with a full range of medical services, and indeed keep our doors open.
PLEASE HELP US TO HELP YOU – mAY 2021
DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID-19 SITUATION WE ARE WORKING TO CURRENT NHSE GUIDELINES TO PROTECT THE SAFETY OF ALL PATIENTS AND OUR TEAM WITHIN THE SURGERY.
We can all agree the past year has been very difficult for us all. As we begin the next phase of easing restrictions and services starting to open we appreciate this brings with it new worries and concerns for everyone.
We have been instructed to do as much work remotely as possible and only do face to face consultations if there is no other way to manage the episode of care.
If you are feeling unwell please telephone the surgery as you normally would on 01643 703441. The Receptionist will ask you some simple questions to make sure you have contact from the most appropriate clinician. THE clinician will THEN call you to assess your symptoms. if necessary they may ask you to attend the surgery TO SEE an appropriate healthcare professional or arrange further care/REFERRAL for you.
We know our phones are very busy and contacting the surgery is very difficult at times. We are receiving a large number of covid vaccinations queries as well as a significant increase in the number of calls to the surgery. We would like to assure you our team will do their very best to help you and we are grateful for all the compliments we continue to receive about how helpful our team have been.
Unfortunately due to the frustration of trying to contact us a small number of patients have expressed their frustrations to our team in ways that are not polite and in some cases used language that is not appropriate, this has been both in person and via social media. While we would always ask patients to inform us of their concerns so that we can do our best to help improve our services, we please ask that you contact our practice management team who are there to help with these matters.
In line with the national NHS zero tolerance policy, we will not tolerate abuse to members of our team and if our team feel they are being spoken to inappropriately they will ask the caller not to speak to them in that manner and if abuse continues they will consider terminating the call, something they do not want to ever have to do. If there is a repeat of this behaviour the practice will take further action.
There are alternative ways to contact us WHICH CAN BE FOUND in the PRESCRIPTIONS AND online services section of our website.
tHE NATIONAL COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME
NHS COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME
the west somerset covid vaccination team have now completed the local vaccination programme for people in cohorts 1-9.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the hundreds of people who have supported the local COVID vaccination programme, helping them to deliver thousands of vaccinations to patients in our local communities, and to every person who has given their time and energy to help run such a successful programme.
if you are aged 18 and over can now book your vaccine at a community pharmacy/large vaccination centre/Walk-in clinic through the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119. the National booking system is regularly updated, with additional appointment slots made available as vaccine supply allows.
your nearest covid vaccination centre is alcombe methodist church. this is not a walk in centre – appointments must be booked using the national booking system.
Please do not contact your GP practice for an appointment.
You can now get your COVID vaccination if:
You are aged 18 or over
You are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
You are an eligible front-line health or social care worker
You have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
You have a learning disability
You are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus
**Oxford Astrazeneca update**
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the UK’s independent regulator. Their role is to ensure medicines, devices and vaccines work effectively and are safe for use.
Every single vaccine authorised for use in the UK has been authorised by the MHRA and the three parts of authorisation are a safety assessment, an effectiveness assessment and a manufacturing quality assessment. Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines are safe and effective against the COVID-19 variants currently dominant in the UK and have been approved because they pass the MHRA’s tests on safety and efficacy.
The MHRA has released a statement, following recent media coverage that some countries have temporarily suspended the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine –
Following suspensions by some countries of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca over suspected blood clots, the MHRA confirms that the benefits of the vaccine in preventing COVID-19 far outweigh the risks. People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.
For more information please visit the Gov.uk website
Thank you for your continuing support and patience.
Somerset CCG – Health Services During Coronavirus
covid-19 vaccination status certificates
GP practices are unable to issue Covid-19 vaccination status certificates. Please see here.
The NHS App is now live with your COVID-19 certificate to show you’ve been vaccinated, many countries will require proof of this to allow you to enter. We anticipate this to be widely needed as more countries get added to the Green Travel list.
instructions on downloading and registering for the nhs app can be found here.
It only takes a couple of minutes to set up, ideally you should have a form of ID & your NHS number to hand – but don’t worry if you don’t know your NHS number, you can still access the information. https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/find-nhs-number/ can help you find your NHS Number too.
The NHS App can also be used to order your repeat prescriptions.
Should you not have a smart phone you can call the NHS helpline on 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine (2 doses), the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.
Face masks – update february 2021
in line with updated guidelines from public health england, all patients are advised that if you are attending the surgery for any reason you will need to wear a medical grade face mask that covers your mouth and nose. The guidance has been updated as fabric face masks and face coverings are not resistant against the new strains of covid-19.
face coverings / face masks in shops
gps are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask or covering. please click here to read the letter from somerset LMC.
We appreciate this is a very difficult time for everyone and would like to re-emphasise that we are working this way to keep everyone as safe as possible during this current crisis.
Welcome to the minehead medical centre website
The original house was built in 1898, and was run as a hotel for many years. In 1990, the building was converted to provide spacious Surgery premises. The Surgery is accessible for wheelchairs and has parking for patients.
Through our website we hope to improve our services to all our patients and enable you to find the information required at the click of a mouse. You can order repeat prescriptions online, download registration forms, cancel existing appointments, send us details about changes of name or address and much more.
We have a prescription ordering telephone number – 01643 703441 (option 2) which is open from 9am – 12noon each week day.
We are always looking to improve our services so please leave some feedback on our contact page. We hope that with your help and co-operation we will be able to make this website a better portal for all your online needs.
HARLEY HOUSE SITE BUILDING WORK PROGRESS – july 2021
As the extension to the our main Harley House site is now nearing completion we are pleased that our application to close the Irnham Lodge site has now been agreed by the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group.
The building works on the Harley House site are due to be completed by 8th August 2021, but work is currently ahead of schedule.
We have agreed with the owners of the Irnham Lodge site the use of the Irnham Lodge building until 30th September 2021.
As soon as the extension is completed to the Harley House site we will start to move clinics and services across but we will of course confirm which site you should attend for your appointment.
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HARLEY HOUSE SITE BUILDING WORK PROGRESS – SPRING 2021
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Patient Update – November 2020
please click here to read the latest patient update
planning application plans for the Harley House site
Please click here to see the planning application plans for the Harley House site.
HERE FOR YOU
All OF our TEAM are fully qualified and have a range of experience to bring you the best possible care available.
At Minehead Medical Centre we pride ourselves on our staff being welcoming, friendly and happy to help our patients.
during this difficult time we are working with the ccg and nhse to implement national policies and guidance to enable our patients to access the appropriate and necessary healthcare safely.
01643 703441 - opt 1
01643 703441 - Opt 2
(SURGERY EMAIL ADDRESS)
If your correspondence relates to a request for medical treatment or any urgent matter please contact our Patient and Practitioner Services team on 01643 703441 (8:30am – 6:30pm). Our prescription line is available for any medication queries or prescription requests on the same number (9am - 12 noon, Monday – Friday).
Our GPs and clinical team cannot provide medical advice by email. General information for the attention of a GP will be passed on if requested.
Please note - this email is not continually monitored.
(REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS EMAIL ADDRESS)
This email is for repeat prescription requests only.
If your medication request is urgent please contact our prescription line on 01643 703441 (Option 2). 9am - 12 noon, Monday - Friday.
Please include your name and date of birth with your request. Please be advised that requests for “all repeats” or requests with limited information are likely to result in a delay in the processing of medication. In such instances, staff will need to contact you to discuss your exact requirements.
This email inbox is only monitored during prescription line hours - 9am - 12 noon, Monday - Friday.
For repeat prescription ordering 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – please sign up to Patient Access or the NHS App – further details can be found on the Prescriptions and Online Access page of our website.
Minehead Medical Centre Address
Harley House Site
2 Irnham Road, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5DL