Welcome to Wyndham House Surgery

Wyndham House Surgery is committed to high quality, accessible, community based healthcare.  We are a friendly, healthy, hardworking, innovative team who share core values of empathy, trust and honesty, in a harmonious, supportive environment.

Rated “Outstanding” by the CQC (Dec 2015)

 

Plan for Covid Booster and Seasonal Flu Clinics

Plan for scheduling our Covid Booster and Seasonal Flu clinics.

Covid Booster

As much as possible we are inviting patients in the order in which they received their 2nd Covid Vaccination. In order to ensure that the numbers of those attending are spread evenly through the clinics we are using an alphabetical system.

You may notice that the attendance slots do not run in strict alphabetical order – this is to ensure that the numbers invited match what we can achieve in each slot. Please try to attend in your designated slot – anytime during the slot is fine, it doesn’t have to be at the beginning. We will contact people by SMS (text) and/or e-mail to inform of the clinic. Those patients who have neither of the above will be sent a letter.

Seasonal Flu

We have three main groups eligible for the Flu vaccine – those 65 and over, people aged 50 and up to 64, and patients aged 16 to 49 with a long term underlying condition. We will try to invite people in the highest risk groups first (subject to vaccine availability). We will follow the same system as above but are unable to follow up with letters. There will be notices and posters up at the surgery informing of scheduled clinics together with announcements on our website and facebook page.

Additional Covid Vaccine for Immunosuppressed patients

We hope that we have identified and offered a third Covid vaccination to all our patients who are immunosuppressed.  The Government’s definition of this group is complex and as a result some patients are difficult to identify.  The RD&E are also involved in the search for these patients.  If you receive a letter this week either from the Government or RD&E identifying you as being on their immunosuppressed list, and you have not received a 3rd Covid vaccine, then please contact us, or arrange for a vaccine at Greendale via 119 service.  We are running Covid vaccine clinics on Thursdays and will book you in to our next one if you are in this group.

Obtaining Confirmation of your Covid-19 Vaccinations

People in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can use the NHS COVID Pass to demonstrate their COVID-19 status.

If you’re aged 18 or over, you can get an NHS COVID Pass for domestic venues and events.

If you’re aged 16 or over you can get an NHS COVID Pass for travel abroad but you should follow the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to.

A full course is currently two doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine, or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine. Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from:

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores
  • the NHS website
  • 119 – by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

 

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose (or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine) more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 5 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you’re planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.

October Parish Magazine article

Ready, steady, and with very short notice …..Go

In the next 3 months we plan on giving everybody over 50 and all those 16 – 49 with underlying health conditions both a flu jab and a Covid booster.  I wrote about the importance of the flu jab last month and had hoped by the time you were reading this that we would have completed all our clinics.  However, our delivery was cancelled at the last minute and we are now standing by, awaiting delivery, with no date yet confirmed.  This is also going to be a similar story for the Covid boosters.  Throughout the Covid vaccination campaign the logistics of delivering the vaccines to vaccination centres has been the biggest challenge; this remains the case. We plan to cope with the variable deliveries by setting up a framework we can use whilst continuing with all the other work that we need to cover.

We will be providing Covid boosters 6 months after the second dose to all the patients who had their 1st and 2nd doses with us.  If you were vaccinated at one of the Mass Vaccination Centres (Taunton, Westpoint or Greendale) you will be offered your booster there.  We are planning to arrange vaccine appointments on Thursdays and this will hopefully be in the week, or week after, your 6 month time slot.  If you received your second Covid vaccine on April 17th you are likely to receive an invitation for your booster on the Thursday in the week containing the 17th October or the week after.  We will not be able to phone patients about booster jabs.  We will send letters to patients over 80 but everyone else will receive text and email invitations.  There will not be a specific appointment time as with the first Covid vaccines, but a time slot, as we have done for our flu clinics in the last few years.  Eg if your surname begins A – C you will be asked to come between 9 & 10, surname D – F, between 10 & 11 etc.

I think the booster campaign alongside the flu campaign will be very challenging but we will be working very hard to make it work as efficiently and smoothly as possible.  Please could I ask you not to ring the surgery about vaccination appointments.  We have comprehensive lists and will be continually checking we have not missed anyone.  Please trust in the maxim ‘Don’t call us, we’ll contact you’.  If everyone is ready to go at short notice, we have every confidence that using the above framework will be very successful.

Lastly, I need to clarify that we will not be giving both vaccines at the same time but will be running separate clinics for Covid and Flu. I therefore very much hope that I will be seeing a very large number of you at least twice before the end of December. It is not very often (if ever) you will hear a GP say that in October.

Anthony O’Brien

Wyndham House Surgery

 

Friends of Wyndham House recruiting

The Friends of Wyndham House was set up in 1991 and supports multiple projects that you will be familiar with: the Bertie delivery service, the Keep Fit and Balance Classes, the New Parents & Baby Group, the Memory Café, the Film Club, Tai Chi sessions, Befriender links and Digital Social Prescribing. This month we are promoting membership of the Friends via our website and Facebook page.  Joining as a member does not bring any commitment to do anything, but it will link you into regular communication about all the services I have listed above. Linking is the first step to participating and then contributing, and I think there is now more understanding than we have had for many years that contributing into communities is a very positive feedback loop. So please contact friendsofwyndhamhousesurgery@gmail.com if you would like to become a member and encourage your friends and relatives to do so too. There is certainly plenty of opportunity to resource any ideas that new members may bring. If you want to play a more active role then the Committee are currently looking to recruit a new Trustee. Information about this can be found on the surgery website.

So, a call to arms.  The NHS vaccine programme is enormously impressive and required a lot of help from volunteers. However, the truth is that the vast majority of people who stepped forward in the last 12 months were never utilised. Some of you reading this will have been on at least one NHS volunteer list, or will have relatives who were willing to train as vaccinators or marshals.  Now the emergency is over, the less glamorous but equally necessary on-going support for our elderly, and those who are vulnerable and isolated, is still there. All the activities the Friends support will be of benefit to everyone at some point.  So, contribute now, become a member, and help shape what you would like in the future.

Re-Starting the New Parents Support Group

We are very pleased to announce that the New Parents Support Group, which was suspended due to the Covid restrictions, is now in a position to re-commence

September Parish Magazine Article

Vaccination, vaccination, vaccination

In the last month I have attended several events that had been postponed due to Covid.  A wedding where young and old mixed and danced together. A family reunion where we celebrated significant birthdays missed due to the pandemic. The feeling of normality has been invigorating and refreshing. The success of the Covid vaccination programme is evident and it is likely that there will be an extension booster vaccine for the most vulnerable this winter.  Research is on-going and when the Government publish the details, we expect to be able to provide these vaccines from Wyndham House. However, prior to this we need to aim for the similar high percentage uptake of Flu vaccination that we achieved last year.

Last winter there was no influenza in Britain. The number of cases of Flu are measured by extrapolating from data collected both from GP practices and from swabs taken from patients when admitted to hospital.  Normally several thousand will test positive for flu when admitted to the RD&E with the secondary effects of the virus (eg pneumonia, dehydration, sepsis). Last year there were zero positive swabs. This was remarkable.  The strain of flu in circulation never got its foot in the door. However, this means that Flu could be a bigger problem than Covid-19 in the UK this winter; when flu has been circulating in very low numbers, immunity drops in the population, and it can come back to bite us.

Our flu vaccines will arrive at the end of September and our priority will be to vaccinate as many of our patients as early as possible. All our vaccination clinics over the last 12 months (there have been a few!) have run extremely smoothly and efficiently. We are very grateful to everyone for coming at the times requested and an enormous thank you to the Friends of Wyndham House marshals. We are planning for all clinics to run from Wyndham House so please keep your eyes out for your invitations which will come via text and email. Thanks to all those who help our more elderly patients come to the surgery and once again, as every year, please, please, have your jab – it has never been more important.

Although social distancing rules have been widely relaxed, we ask for your understanding of continuing to wear masks and keep distance in health care settings such as the surgery. The chance of carrying the virus and infecting someone who is vulnerable is much greater in these environments and can be countered by these measures. The surgery has been open and operating as near to normality as possible throughout the pandemic. We will continue to strive for this whilst optimising safety for all patients and staff.

I am looking forward to both another wedding and an 80th birthday celebration in September. I am sure conversations will involve positive discussions about Christmas plus me reminding everyone to get their Flu vaccine.

Dr Anthony O’Brien

 

 

Cold or Covid and where does Flu fit

At the end of this document there is excellent guidance regarding different symptoms and actions required

Those who qualify for a Flu vaccine (all adults > 65 years old) and those < 65 years with at risk conditions (Cardiovascular, Respiratory Disease and Diabetes) the next Flu Clinic will be on Saturday morning 31st October 2020 – text and email invites going out very shortly.  Clinics will run according to alphabet division of slots as we ran for the > 65 yr patients.

(published 13/10/2020)

Covid rules and Symptom checker – for children

Follow this link for a guide to parents regarding Covid symptoms and swabbing

There is also an excellent symptom checker to help everyone distinguisj between Flu, Cold and Covid symptms

New Registrar – Dr Ziyad Elgaid

We have a new registrar Dr Ziyad Elgaid. Dr Elgaid will be working with us through his final period of training and will be at the Surgery Monday, Tuesday & Thursday all day, and Friday Afternoons.

Raised in Glasgow and having graduated from the universities of St Andrews and Manchester in 2016 Dr Elgaid has worked as a junior doctor in London prior to starting GP training in Devon in 2018. He has worked in a variety of specialties including ENT, Opthalmology, Accident and Emergency, Renal Medicine and Vascular Surgery.

Outside of work, his interests lie in rambling across the moors, paddling, gardening and fishing. When he is not doing one of these activities, you can find him at home, cooking up a meal using his catch of the day.