Latest news regarding the vaccination programme in Barnsley:
“Our latest figures show that by the end of February almost 70,000 people in Barnsley have now had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This is really positive and a great bit of news for us here in Barnsley.
For the next couple of weeks in March we’ll see that number jump even higher. The Barnsley GP vaccination service will continue to work through everyone in priority group six, which includes those with certain health conditions. I know we’ve got lots of people in this group who are keen to get their vaccine. It’s helpful to know that there are in fact around 30,000 people across the borough in this group, so you can see why it is taking a few weeks to get to everybody. We know that as soon as vaccine comes into Barnsley, new clinics are being put on all the time.
Towards the end of March, the GP vaccination service will have worked through the majority of people in group six. They will then start to invite people aged 60-69, who haven’t booked themselves into one of the larger vaccination centres on offer. If you are 60-69 you can book vaccine appointments at the large vaccination centres, and I’d encourage you to do so if you are able to travel.
As well as the tens of thousands of people who will be contacted for their first dose throughout March, the NHS will also start to contact people due for their second dose. Second doses are given in week 11-12 from your first dose. It is extremely important that you have your second dose. So when you are contacted, please accept and attend the appointment you are offered. The vaccination service will contact patients to schedule their second dose around a week before their appointment. Please do not contact your GP practices, you will be contacted. Thank you again for all your continued support of the vaccination programme.”
Please be aware, today we are expecting the Government, probably via an announcement by the Prime Minister, to encourage those who haven’t had a vaccine to book one online, call 119, OR contact their GP.
We can’t alter the national message but locally we will not be including the ‘contact your GP’ line and instead we’ll be adding in the new, local booking number as the main way to book.
New telephone booking number (and text for your websites etc)
The telephone number for people to book a vaccination at a Barnsley vaccination centre THIS WEEK is:
The vaccination telephone call centre will be available from Tuesday 8th February at 9:15am.
- Please contact 01226 448 808 during the following opening hours to be booked in for your COVID 19 Vaccination.
- The telephone booking line is open Tuesday - Friday 9:15am – 7pm and Saturday 9:15am -4pm
This telephone line will be available for any Barnsley resident in the following groups:
- Any patient over the age of 70
- Any patient between the ages of 18 - 69 who were sent a letter to shield by their GP surgery or the Government during the COVID-19 pandemic
You will be asked some screening questions during the phone call to ensure that we are booking you in to receive the most appropriate vaccine based on your medical requirements.
Appointments are available this week from Wednesday - Saturday across the three main vaccination centres in Barnsley which are:
Goldthorpe Medical Centre
Apollo Court Medical Centre
The NHS across Barnsley is doing an incredible job to deliver the largest vaccination programme in our history. Across our GP-led vaccination services sites we have now vaccinated a large proportion of Barnsley’s most vulnerable residents in the first four high priority groups. Again, a huge thanks to everyone making this possible.
Whilst we are still working our way around housebound patients over the next couple of weeks, the majority of over 70s and clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding) patients should now have been contacted and invited for a first dose appointment. This might be via your GP or at one of the large vaccination centres.
We are now asking you to get in touch if you are in the following groups and have not had your vaccine, or have an appointment booked.
Please get in touch with our vaccination team (not your GP), if:
- If you are 70 or above and haven’t had your vaccine, or have an appointment booked
- If you are clinically extremely vulnerable (to be eligible in the clinically extremely vulnerable group you must have previously received a letter advising you to shield) and you haven’t had your vaccine, or have an appointment booked
If you have an appointment booked, you do not need to contact us.
If you are in either of these groups and have not been offered an appointment yet, please contact the vaccination team at Vaccine@barnsleycvs.org.uk with your details below:
- First name
- Last name
- Date of Birth
- Telephone number ( so we can call you to arrange the appointment)
If you have received a letter from the national booking system about a vaccination appointment and have any questions about this, please contact the number on the letter. The practice does not have any information on the centres and is not able to book appointments for patients at these venues.
If you would prefer to have your appointment at our local service, you do not need to do anything – we will contact you as soon as an appointment is available.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, how you contact us will be different at the moment. This is to limit face-to-face contact whenever possible and help stop the spread of coronavirus.
We are open as usual and if you need to see a GP, please ring us on 03451220809 or 03451220819. You can also call i-Heart 365 Barnsley (01226 242419) or NHS 111.
Appointments are being delivered face-to-face, online and over the telephone. If you are asked to come into the surgery for a face-to-face appointment, please remember to wear a face covering. Measures are in place to keep you safe from infection during your visit to the surgery.
PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY UNLESS YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT
As from July 24th 2020 everyone is required to wear a face covering when entering a shop or business. This is in addition to wearing one on public transport. If you feel you are unable to wear a mask for auditory/sensory/breathing reasons, please see the government website for guidance on exemptions https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#exemptions-face-coverings or www.keepsafe.org.uk/mask and download an exemption card for you to show if asked why you are not wearing one. Please note, it is NOT the responsibility of the Surgery to issue anyone with an exemption letter or certificate.
Children (0-18) and shielding
The majority of children who have been previously identified as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ will no longer need to shield.
Does my child need to continue shielding?
Children should continue to shield until 31 July. From Saturday 1 August, the guidance will be paused so clinically vulnerable people of all ages will no longer need to be advised to shield.
Children will only be removed from the shielded patient list by their GP or specialist doctor following consultation with the child and their family. Specialists and GPs will be asked to contact children and their families to discuss this over the summer. Families do not need to take any immediate action. We expect these consultations to happen over the summer.
Children who are removed will not be advised to shield again if government guidance on shielding is changed in the future.
If your child is transitioning to adult services before 31 July, you should have a discussion with their current and future specialist to determine whether your child should continue shielding.
GPs and specialist clinicians have been informed of the changing guidance.
Why is this changing?
The original shielded patients list was intended to identify people with conditions that put them at highest clinical risk from Covid-19, based on the evidence available at the time. It was developed early in the outbreak when there was less evidence and data on the groups most at risk from Covid-19.
Specialists in the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (RCPCH) have looked at the most recent evidence specific to children and developed specific guidance. The Chief Medical Officer and senior clinicians have reviewed the guidance and are confident in their findings and advice.
The latest evidence shows that risks to children are low and only those with a certain medical conditions are likely to be advised to shield if shielding needs to be reintroduced in the future.
Can my child return to school/nursery?
Children should continue to shield until 31 July. From 1 August, following the pausing of guidance, children will be able to return to school or nursey in line with their peers and school terms.
Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (RCPCH) guidance: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/covid-19-shielding-guidance-children-young-people#introduction
Shielding guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
Education guidance: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-childcare
Mental health and wellbeing advice: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy, or hospital. If you have these symptoms, use the 111 coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Source: National Health Service
We are asking that patients wear a face mask/covering when attending either Sheffield Road Surgery or Worsbrough Health Centre to help stop spreading the virus.
“This practice is supporting vital coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. For more information about this see:
We will be open as normal at Sheffield Road surgery i.e. 8.00am to 6.30pm. However, our branch site will close Good Friday and Easter Monday.
Change to opening times - Sheffield Road will be open from 8.00am to 6.30pm until further notice
The Practice has decided to lock the main door at Sheffield Road, as we cannot let any more than 2 people in at a time. However, if you need to access the building, please use the intercom on your right hand side (2nd button). Our receptionist will then go through a screening process with you using the intercom.
In view of the Coronavirus the practice have put the following in place:
Removed the online booking option
Deactivated booking appointments through the automated telephone system
We will contact patients prior to their appointment to avoid them attending if they have any signs or symptoms of Coronavirus
ANYONE WITH SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS PLEASE SEE NHS111/CORONA - PLEASE DO NOT VISIT THE SURGERY
Please DO NOT enter the surgery if you’ve been to China in the past 2 weeks.
Call 111 now if you've been:
- to Wuhan in the last 14 days (even if you do not have symptoms)
- to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, or to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
- In close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus
- Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people. Tell 111 about any recent travel and any symptoms you have.
ADVICE FOR ANY TRAVELLERS WHO HAVE TRAVELLED FROM WUHAN, CHINA
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