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17 Jan Vaccine Update

Our COVID vaccination centre which is at Berrow Health Campus is receiving a further delivery of vaccine this week and everyone aged 80 and over who hasn’t already been vaccinated will be called and offered an appointment in the next ten days.
You may have received a letter inviting you to book a COVID vaccination appointment at Ashton Gate in Bristol and, if you prefer, you can attend there for your vaccination. For everyone under 80, please be patient.
You will be contacted when it is your turn. Please do not ring the surgery about COVID vaccinations as we are unable to tell you any more than this at present.

**Please do not call the surgery about the Covid vaccine**

14 Jan Vaccine Update

If you have tried and have been unsuccessful in booking there, please be patient. We will be getting more vaccine supplies and we will contact you once we have a delivery plan to invite you to have the vaccination locally.
You do not need to ring the surgery as we are unable to tell you any more than this at present.

From: Andrew Doyle <AZDoyle@somerset.gov.uk>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2021, 14:48
Subject: Vaccination transport information

Dear all,

Some useful information on vaccination transport for those who don’t drive which we’d be grateful if you could share in any newsletters/notices etc – many thanks! Timetables attached for the two Somerset shuttle buses. This is all available here if a link is easier to share: Somerset’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

Help with getting to vaccination appointments

If you have not yet had your vaccination, it might be worth preparing in advance how you will get there. If you are not able to drive yourself, but you have a family member or friend who might be able to support you – it’s always worth having that conversation now.

While many older and more vulnerable people will be able to attend a location close to their home, some will be relying on public transport.

We are working with bus operators and community transport providers to help vulnerable residents to get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

  • free Somerset County Council Taunton town centre shuttle service has been launched to get people straight to their vital vaccination slot. The Covid vaccination shuttle bus service runs every 30 minutes from Castle Way in Taunton town centre to Taunton Racecourse. The seven-day a week service uses one of the Council’s fleet of minibuses and will help to support those who don’t drive and will link easily with other operators coming into the town centre. The shuttle service is set to run every day throughout March and April except for the following dates when the vaccination centre is closed for race days: 4, 15 and 23 March; 8 and 21 April.

The new Taunton service starts at 8.20am each day, and will also serve bus stops along South Road and Shoreditch Road on route to the Racecourse. The last bus each day is 6.05pm from the Racecourse. There will be capacity for a maximum of four passengers on each journey due to the need for social distancing. The service is reserved for those who have a pre-booked vaccination appointment at the Racecourse and this will be verified before passengers board the bus. It’s recommended those using the service catch a bus to arrive approximately 10 minutes before their vaccination slot. You can view the timetable here

  • First West of England provides a bus service every 30 minutes from Wells Bus Station stopping at Shepton Mallet. The bus service terminates at the Bath and West Showground and operates seven days a week. The service provides connections to and from other bus services at both Wells Bus Station and Shepton Mallet Cenotaph. This service is free for bus pass holders. If you plan to use this bus service, please make sure that you take your appointment letter with you and try to use the timetabled journey which arrives at the Bath and West Showground as close to your appointment time as possible. This will avoid waiting time on site. You can view their vaccination centre travel guide here
  • Current concessionary bus pass rules have been suspended so that bus passes can be used on all public services before 9.30am. This came into effect from February 1.
  • We are working with Community Transport and Slinky Demand Responsive Services across Somerset to allow free travel for bus pass holders when attending vaccination appointments. You can find information and contact details for Community Transport Services on Travel Somerset

If you are concerned about getting to an appointment or need other help or support during the pandemic, please phone the Coronavirus helpline on 0300 790 6275. Lines are open from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week.

Best wishes,

Andrew Doyle

Communications Officer

Somerset County Council

Azdoyle@somerset.gov.uk Telephone: 01823 359798 | Mobile: 07977413530

Press Office: 01823 355020 | Website: www.somersetnewsroom.com

11 Jan  Vaccine Update

Some patients have received a letter inviting them to book a COVID vaccination in Bristol. If you have tried and have been unsuccessful in booking there, please be patient. We will be getting more vaccine supplies and we will contact you once we have a delivery plan to invite you to have the vaccination locally. You do not need to ring the surgery as we are unable to tell you any more than this at present.

6 Jan

We welcome news of the approval of the Astra Zeneca (Oxford) COVID vaccine. We are working with the other practices in our locality to organise the roll out of the vaccination programme. Please do not ring the surgery as we do not have any further information at present. We will make it known when we have further information available.
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**** VACCINE NEWS ****

COVID Vaccine –
We welcome news of a COVID vaccine.
We are working with the other practices in our locality to run a COVID vaccination centre. Our staff are in the process of contacting the priority patients to invite them to attend.
Please do not ring the surgery. We will contact you if we are able to offer you a vaccination in this first wave.

7 December

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30 November

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26 October

Due to the continuing low levels of COVID-19 in the area and the increase in demand for nurse and health care assistant (HCA) appointments, we will be opening Wedmore Surgery for some nurse and HCA appointments as of Monday, 2nd November. As you know, we have been using Wedmore Surgery as our assessment centre for anyone needing to be seen but displaying symptoms of COVID. Going forward, we will be seeing any potential COVID patients in a specially designated and separate area at Axbridge Surgery with all infection control precautions being followed in order to keep patients and staff safe.
Our GPs will continue to work in Axbridge so that they can supervise the Same Day Team which also consists of two Paramedics, a prescribing Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Pharmacist. Anyone needing to be seen by one of our Same Day Team will be asked to attend Axbridge Surgery.
We have been saddened to hear inaccurate messages coming from some media sources regarding access to general practice during the pandemic. These reports may lead patients to falsely believe that they are unable to be seen by the primary care team.
The pandemic has forced all surgeries to adapt the ways in which they deliver care but we can reassure you that we have been seeing patients face-to-face throughout – even during the full lockdown. It is true that you cannot just ring and book an appointment unless you have been requested to do so.
All patient requests for appointments are now assessed on a case-by-case basis to ensure that an appointment is appropriate and necessary. This is to ensure that the most appropriate service is provided depending on patient need. It may be that another part of the system is best placed to help you rather than you coming to see us and ensures that patients do not attend the surgery when it is not necessary for them to do so.
However, rest assured that, if you do need to be seen, you will be seen.
We care deeply for the health of our patients.

29 September

The surgery has been able to increase capacity for our flu clinics running on the 3rd and 10th of October.
If you have booked a flu clinic and would like to bring your appointment forward please contact reception on 01934 732464
Did you know that you can contact the surgery with non-urgent enquiries through our eConsult via our website:
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24 September

We are now taking bookings for annual flu jabs – please contact our Reception Team on 01934 732464 for further details.

Those eligible are: anyone aged 65 and over; have a long term medical condition (eg Asthma, Diabetes, COPD); pregnant women; Carers – caring for family and friend (this includes professional carers who are registered with us) and anyone who is sharing a household with a patient who was advised to shield during the pandemic.
For patients who are 50 and over and not in the above criteria – we have been advised that we will have a Government update in November. As soon as we have any information we will update this page.
Patient information for those attending our flu clinic:
Please do not arrive early too early for your appointment
You will be called into the surgery in groups of 4, so that social distancing can be adhered to.
Face covering must be worn
Please do not bring in any excess items (eg coats/handbags), you will need to have the top of your arm accessible and attend alone as there is limited attendance as far as is reasonably practicable
If you are feeling unwell with any symptoms of COVID 19 or if they are isolating due to contact with potential/actual COVID case you should not attend.

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10 August

Make your own face covering in a minute.

If you need to go to their GP or pharmacist for a face-to-face appointment should wear a face covering.

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28 July

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I am sure, like us, you are very relieved that the numbers of positive cases of Coronavirus are still very low in Somerset. With the easing of lockdown measures, it may feel as if things are “getting back to normal”.

However, in line with Public Health England guidance, the surgery is still minimising face-to-face contact in order to keep our patients and our staff safe. This means that our doors remain locked, Wedmore Surgery is still being used as our COVID assessment centre and, if you do need to be seen face-to-face, you will be asked to wear a face covering, your temperature will be checked upon entry and the person you see will be wearing full PPE.

We have had a couple of dissatisfied patients who have been unhappy with these arrangements claiming that they were “ridiculous”. We would like to remind you that Coronavirus hasn’t gone away yet and probably never will.

Our clinicians are not wearing full PPE because they want to. It is a necessity. We are not taking your temperature at the door because we want to take up your time. It is a necessity. We do not ask you to wear a face covering because we don’t want to look at your face. It is a necessity.

Also, we have had a small number of incidents where patients have answered no to all the screening questions at the front door and then, when they have arrived in the room with the clinician, they have disclosed that, in fact, they do have symptoms of Coronavirus.

This triggers a very time consuming and costly protocol which involves deep cleaning of the room and disposal of anything in that room that cannot be cleaned. Please be mindful of the government guidance and, if you have a temperature of 37.8 or above now or in the last seven days, and/or a new and continuous cough and/or a change in taste or smell, stay home and arrange to be tested. This is the only way that we will continue to minimise the spread of the virus.

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10 July  Going out this weekend?

Going to the pub tonight, don’t overdo it.

The more you drink, the less inhibited you feel. You might forget about social distancing and washing your hands. Try not to. And remind your friends.

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5 July
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1 July

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13 June

Do you have a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell?

Stay alert to the symptoms of #coronavirus.

No one in your household should leave home if any one person has symptoms.

10 June

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The NHS Test and Trace service has launched.

Everyone in the #Southwest can play a part in controlling the virus, if you:

get coronavirus symptoms


have been in contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus.

Full info: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

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Wash your hands regularly, with soap and water, to protect yourself against coronavirus.


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8 June

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7 May

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Your midwife and maternity team are still here to support you. If you are worried about your health or the health of your unborn baby, please contact them.

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** If you have any queries our Reception team can be contacted on 01934 732464 at normal opening times**

25 April

The Somerset Educational Psychology Service is offering families 30min telephone consultations to discuss any concerns about your child/ren during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Can I go outside to exercise more than once a day if I need to?

Rethink mental illness article for people severely affected by mental illness during #COVID19 includes new government information about exercise restrictions ?

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**Important information about how your GP Practice will be operating in the coming weeks due to the Coronavirus pandemic**

As you will be aware, due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, the way in which all NHS services are now being provided has significantly changed.

The practice will be open on Bank Holiday Friday (10th April) and Monday (13th April) for urgent medical problems.

The teams at Axbridge and Wedmore Medical Practice and Highbridge Medical Centre have come together to provide a strengthened service for our patients.

If you have an urgent medical problem, please telephone your practice in the normal way. The receptionist will take your details and a member of the clinical team will telephone you to discuss your problem. If at all possible, they will try to help you over the telephone or by video consultation. Please only attend the practice if specifically requested to do so by the clinician. You may find that the clinical team managing your care will be different to the team you normally deal with but please be assured that they will have access to your full clinical records.

Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.

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