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)

 

URGENT – BLOOD TESTS

All GP Practices have been instructed by NHS England to postpone patient blood tests until mid September. This is due to a global shortage of test tubes. Tests with existing stocks will be carried out where the GP determines that they are clinically urgent.

Examples of clinically urgent testing include:

• Bloods that are required to facilitate an urgent referral to a hospital service

• Bloods that are extremely overdue and/or essential for safe prescribing of medication or monitoring of condition

• Bloods that if taken could avoid a hospital admission or prevent an onward referral

• Those with suspected sepsis or conditions with a risk of death or disability

We would ask patients to bear with us when we contact them to postpone an appointment, and understand that we are only doing this as a necessity until supplies are back to normal.

Covid Vaccination Clinics 25th and 28th August

All patients aged 16 & 17 can now contact College Surgery in Cullompton to arrange to be vaccinated.

 

Patients of any age awaiting a second dose of the Pfizer Vaccine can also contact College Surgery to arrange an appointment, providing that their first vaccine was more than 8 weeks ago.

 

Contact College Surgery on 01884 831300. There are clinics running today (Wednesday 25th) and Saturday 28th August.

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.

Still need second dose of vaccine?

All patients over 50 years old should have received their second Covid vaccine. We still have a very small number of patients that have not been able to attend and we will be contacting them to arrange an appointment in June.  if you are one of these patients please contact the surgery to confirm you are on our list.  If you would like to have your second dose before then, you can contact Greendale vaccination centre and they will be able to arrange this for you.

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

Vaccination information for those patients over 70 or Shielding

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

 

 

COVID 19 Vaccine

Throughout the pandemic we have been working closely with College and Bramblehaies Surgeries in Cullompton and Blackdown Practice in Hemyock.  We will be using College Surgery as the delivery site for Pfizer Covid vaccines.  The logistics will be complicated but we are extremely confident that we will be able to vaccinate all our patients in a safe and timely manner.  There will be a short time frame for using each batch of vaccines and patients will be offered vaccination in a specified order.  It is likely that we will be asking for volunteers to help transport patients to Cullompton and marshal the clinics.  Hopefully we will be able to give the Astra Zeneca Oxford vaccine from the surgery and we will do this using the same protocol as per the Flu vaccines in September and October.

Regarding questions of vaccine safety:  it is important to remember the rules governing the introduction of a vaccine have not altered in any way.  All vaccines have to pass each testing stage and the numbers involved in the trials have been identical to any previous vaccine.  There have been no short cuts.  Recruitment to trials has been easy and so the large numbers needed have been achieved in a much shorter timespan than normal. As a result stages of the trials have been run in parallel rather than sequentially so speeding up the process. No vaccine will be released that is not considered safe. You will hear arguments that any new vaccine will not have been used for long enough to know whether it might have long term problems.  This is true but due to the nature of how vaccines work highly unlikely. Vaccines act by priming our own immune systems to work.  They are the equivalent of showing a photofit of a criminal to the police.  There are a variety of ways of doing this but ultimately the success of a vaccine is solely dependent on its ability to correctly pre-warn and arm our own body’s immune system.  They do this within the weeks after the vaccination and so side effects or problems are seen within this time period.  The benefits of a Covid vaccine for everyone will be enormous, the risk for each individual will be extremely low.

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 – 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.