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Latest information on - COVID-19 Vaccination programme

The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine has now been approved for use and the NHS will be starting to offer this to priority groups as soon as supplies arrive.

When will a vaccine be available?

The first deliveries of the vaccine should be during w/c 14 December 2020 and the NHS is ready to start offering them as soon as they arrive to those who need them most.

Who will get a vaccine?

The vaccine will be offered to those at greatest risk from Covid19 first, starting with people living in care homes, people over 80 years old and frontline health and social care workers. This is based on the guidance from the Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations which is available here. As more supplies of the vaccine or alternative vaccines become available it will be rolled out in phases to people aged between 80 and 50 and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. People will be invited for a vaccine when it is their turn so they do not need to contact their practice or the NHS.

Where can I get a vaccine?

To start with, vaccines will only be available at hospital ‘hubs’ where the Pfizer vaccine can be stored safely. However, arrangements are also being put in place to offer vaccines from a number of different locations as more supplies and different vaccines become available. These include local vaccine services provided by GPs and pharmacists and new dedicated vaccination centres to make sure that everyone who needs a vaccine is able to get one.

Further information

We will share further information with you as it becomes available. In the meantime, there are three things people can do to help:

  • Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine - we will contact you when it’s the right time to you to have yours
  • Please act on your invite when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them;

Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.

Please view the patient information leaflet available at the following address:

Repeat Prescriptions 

Requests can be made in one of the following ways:

  • Put it in writing and hand it in or post it to us at the surgery. If you would like the prescription sent back to you by post please provide a stamped addressed envelope.
  • From the 1st December 2017 telephone requests will only be taken between the hours of 10-12.
  • Request your repeat prescription online via the link at the top of this page. This is easy to do, just provide the reception staff with some form of photo ID and you will be issued with a password.

Please note, under 16 year olds are NOT allowed to collect prescriptions.

Please allow two full working days for prescriptions to be processed and remember to take weekends and bank holidays into account.

Medication Reviews

Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see a doctor, nurse practitioner or practice nurse at least once a year to review these regular medications and notification should appear on your repeat slip. Please ensure that you book an appropriate appointment to avoid unnecessary delays to further prescriptions.

Generic Drugs

All medicines have more than one name; the name of the active drug (the generic name) and a name given to it by the company that makes the particular brand (the trade name). In terms of medical effectiveness there is no difference between drugs with different trade names. At the surgery we usually issue prescriptions using the generic name. That way if a pharmacy has trouble getting hold of a particular brand (say because the company stops making it) they can supply a different manufacturer's version of the same drug. If you have doubt whether you have been given the right medication, then please ask your pharmacist or GP to confirm it is correct.

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