Portcullis Surgery

Portcullis Surgery

Portcullis Lane, Ludlow, SY8 1GT

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Telephone: 01584 872 939

Fax: 01584 879 031

portcullis.surgery@nhs.net

Covid Vaccine updates

Update 28.2.2021

Britain is on course to cover all priority groups by mid-February, with the rollout then being expanded to 65 to 69-year-olds, before working down the age groups until all over-50s have received a first dose.

We have just received the latest figures for Shropshire today that are amazing!

Over 80 years            99.6 %

Age 75-79 years        100%

Age 70-74 years        95.6%

Under 70 years         23.1% (7th out of 42 healthcare partnerships)

We would like to congratulate all the healthcare workers who have

contributed to this work.

A huge well done to all our patients for their trust and confidence in the vaccine program

Update 26.2.2021
All patients over the age of 64 who are not already booked elsewhere are now able to book their appts via 119 or via their website. https://www.nhs.uk/…/coro…/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
We are having mixed messages regarding 119 and their service regarding Covid Vaccination appointments for 60-63 years olds (Cohort 7).
We have been informed that all patients over the age of 60 will be receiving their national letter invitations in the next week, some have already received them, others have not.
Some have been able to book with or without a letter, others have not.
We would advise all cohort 7 (patients 60-63) that if you have not had a letter yet to wait until Tuesday, if you have not had a letter by then you should be able to book anyway by phoning 111.
We are unable to book cohort 7 yet as the practice still has cohort 6 to book and these patients are not eligible to book via 119. So if you do get a letter please book if possible on the national system via 119 at the Racecourse as this will be your quickest route to get an appointment.
If you already have an appointment at the practice or at Church Stretton please keep this appointment as we have already allocated you a vaccination which cannot be wasted.
Please do not call the practice if possible unless you have an urgent medical problem
Many thanks
22.02.2021
We are receiving a high level of calls and emails regarding cohort 6 and the new shielded group.
Who is in cohort 6? Why have I been called and not my husband/wife? I am a carer for my disabled child when can I have my vaccine? I have had a letter to let me know that I am shielded why did I not get this letter earlier and why am I shielded now and not before.
We would recommend that you see the following excellent video by Dr Ben Allen, which may help you understand who is shielded now and why and also who is being prioritised for cohort 6 and why.
Please be patient as mentioned before WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH VACCINE TO INVITE ALL OF COHORT 6 THIS WEEK. Unfortunately national teams have not been allowed to invite cohort 6 yet so you may have to wait a while for your invitation.
Do not worry if you have not been invited yet.
If you still have a question please send us an email and we will answer your query as soon as possible but please be patient we are dealing with a high volume of requests.
If you feel your BMI is over 40 and that this may not be registered in our records please fill in the following form on our website and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Specifically regarding Covid-19 Vaccination for unpaid carers
Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire Councils and our Carers Support Centres are working hard to support the NHS, to ensure that all unpaid carers of clinically vulnerable people can receive a Covid-19 vaccination.
All carers who receive carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person, someone who has a severe mental illness or whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill – are eligible.
Carers may be invited either by the national booking system, their GP or contacted by their local authority (council) for a vaccination appointment. If you are contacted, it is important that you take advantage of the opportunity to be vaccinated to protect yourself and the person that you care for.
To be invited for a vaccination as a carer of someone who is clinically vulnerable, you will need to be registered as a carer with your local authority (council) or on your GP record.
To register, carers can call their local Carers Support Team/Carers Centre who will also provide free advice, information and support for carers of all ages: For Shropshire your Carer Support Team (Shropshire Council) can be contacted on 01743 341995 or by email Shropshire.Carers@shropshire.gov.uk
You can also fill in the form at our practice website so we can consider you to be registered as a carer in the link below:

 

Status Update 19/2/2021

As mentioned earlier in the week the next delivery of vaccine for the SWPCN is Thursday 25th February and we estimate that we will only have enough vaccine for about a third of the patients in cohort six.

This delivery date and numbers are the same for all practices in the South west PCN.

Portcullis practice has now started inviting HIGH RISK patients within Priority Six Cohort group for appointments to Church Stretton for Friday 26th and Saturday 27th February. We will also invite a small number of patients to our practice on Saturday 27th February as well as covering any housebound patients within this cohort.

The texts of invitation to Church Stretton will look like the photo below. They are not a scam. We will only ask for a DOB to confirm your details, nothing else.

If you are a priority six patient and do not get an invitation from our practice either by text or phone call in the next few days you may have to wait until the next delivery.

If you receive an invitation letter for the race course or any other National Centre we would recommend that you go ahead and BOOK your appointment at any location you are happy to travel to. Do not wait for an appointment from the practice as we may take a while to invite you due to lack of vaccine supply.

Status Update 16/2/2021
Another successful day at the Mascall Centre with a great team. In the photo ANP Joy, ANP Amanda and admins Yvonne and Siri.
We want to be open and transparent with you and share our statistics with you on a regular basis.
Our statistics so far as follows:
Priority One Patients: 100% completed
Priority Two Patients >80 year olds 100% Completed
Priority Three Patients >75 year olds 100% Completed
Priority Four Patients >70 year olds plus all shielded patients 18-69 year old 100% Completed
Priority Five Patients >65 year olds 95% completed
Small amount of patients on waiting list for next week or home visit
Priority Six patients will be the next cohort to be booked.
Unfortunately our next delivery will not be arriving until Thursday 25th February and we estimate that we will only have enough vaccine for about a third of the patients.
This delivery date and numbers are the same for all practices in the South west PCN. We are making enquiries about the possibility of this delivery being increased but there is no guarantee we will be given more vaccine any time soon.
If you are a priority six patient therefore and you receive an invitation letter for the race course or any other National Centre we would recommend that you go ahead and BOOK your appointment at any location you are happy to travel to.
Do not wait for an appointment from the practice as we may take a while to invite you due to lack of vaccine supply.
Please fill in the form below if you are happy to travel or be contacted at short notice form and we will let you know if there is any spare vaccine in Church Stretton or other locations as soon as we know.

Waiting list for patients who “able to travel” or are “happy to travel at short notice” for the Covid 19 vaccine

 

 

Update 10/2/2021

We are now booking a limited number of over 65 appointments for next weeks clinic at the Mascall Centre as well as continuing to book any remaining over 70 year olds and clinically shielding (clinically extremely vulnerable)

If you are over 65 you may receive a text to book at the Ludlow Mascall Centre. The text message you will get is shown in the photo all you need to do is follow the link. You will not be asked for any personal details.

For more instructions on how to book at the Mascall Centre follow the link below

Booking appointments for the Ludlow Mascall Centre

If you are over 70 or shielding and have not yet booked an appointment you can call our dedicated telephone line to book your appointment 01584 872682 at the Mascall Centre. If you are housebound we will book you a visit.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL OUR PRACTICE LINE AS THIS MUST BE KEPT FREE FOR PATIENTS WHO ARE UNWELL.

Many thanks
Portcullis Surgery

Update 8/2/2021
Are you aged 70 or over or shielding (clinically extremely vulnerable)?
 
We think we have contacted most if not all of you already but there may be some of you that have have been missed. If so we would like to hear from you as we can book you in to our covid vaccine clinic at the Mascall Centre this week.
 
PLEASE DO NOT CALL OUR PRACTICE LINE AS THIS MUST BE KEPT FREE FOR PATIENTS WHO ARE UNWELL.
 
We are now opening a dedicated telephone number for Covid vaccination bookings for any patients in priority groups 1-4 who have not yet had their Covid vaccine or have not yet been booked for a covid vaccine.
 
If you are over 70 years old or shielding (clinically extremely vulnerable) and not not yet received your invitation for a Covid vaccination please call 01584 872682 and we will book you at the Mascall Centre or visit you if you are completely housebound.
 
Please note we are unable to book appointments for anyone under the age of 70 unless you are extremely clinically vulnerable or shielding at this time.
 
Many thanks
Portcullis Surgery
Status update 4/2/2021
We want to be open and transparent with you and share our statistics with you on a regular basis.
Our statistics so far as follows:
Priority One Patients: 100% completed Nursing and Residential Homes Learning Disability Homes Care Home Staff
Priority Two Patients >80 year olds
Housebound 100% Completed All Portcullis appointments 100% completed Over 80s patients in Church Stretton 99% booked
10 patients still need booking due to their current health conditions
Priority Three Patients >75 year olds
Housebound 60% Completed 40% awaiting a booking Portcullis appointments in progress 90% booked Over 75s patients in Church Stretton or Race course 95% booked
**Only 72 patients in this cohort left and they are all being currently booked for Mascall Centre
Priority Four Patients >70 year olds plus all shielded patients 18-69 year old
Housebound 60% Completed 40% awaiting a booking Portcullis appointments in progress 90% called or texted Over 75s patients in Church Stretton or Race course 90% booked
** Only 100 patients in this cohort and they are on the waiting list for Mascall Centre
Please fill in the form below if you are happy to travel or be contacted at short notice form and we will let you know if there is any spare vaccine in Church Stretton or other locations as soon as we know https://portcullis-surgery.co.uk/waiting-list-for-patients-who-are-happy-to-travel-at-short-notice-for-the-covid-19-vaccine/
STATUS UPDATE 2/2/2021
We are delighted to announce that we now have confirmed delivery of vaccine for our next clinic at the Ludlow Mascall Centre and will be running our first clinic there next week.

How do I book an appointment?

We will send you a text you on your mobile and you will be asked to book online on our Accurx System.

If you are concerned that we do not have a mobile number for you please complete a return through our website and we will up date your records.

If you do not have a mobile phone DO NOT worry a receptionist will call you.

Please understand that we may need to cancel and re-book your vaccination appointment at short notice if despite confirmend delivery dates, there is a hold-up with the weekly delivery of vaccine or we don’t get as much as expect. This is a national problem and out of our hands. If that is the case, we shall always contact you and offer you another appointment.

For more information about how to book on the Accurx system please visit our website

Booking appointments for the Ludlow Mascall Centre

STATUS UPDATE AND BREAKING NEWS! 27/1/2021
We have now confirmed that the Mascall Centre has been approved to be the Portcullis Vaccination Centre for our patients. We are delighted with this news and we hope the majority of our clinics can be held in this centre once the majority of our vaccine delivered is Astra-Zeneca.
Until such time we will have to continue asking our patients to travel to Church Stretton, please bear with us and thankyou for your patience and support.
Another busy day spent booking in the last patients for their Covid vaccinations.
We want to be open and transparent with you and share our statistics with you on a regular basis.
Our statistics so far as follows:
Priority One Patients:
Nursing and Residential Homes- Completed 100%
Learning Disability Homes- Completed 100%
Care Home Staff -Completed 100%
Priority Two Patients >80 year olds
Please note if you are a health care workers or a carer you now need to speak to your employer to book your vaccine (this is the instruction we have had from NHE today)
Priority patients for Portcullis appointments
Housebound 100% Booked
Severe allergy patients 100% Booked
High risk Shielded patients (>80 years) 100% Booked
Other priority groups 100% Booked
Over 80s patients nearly 100% booked
Our appointments in Portcullis are now 100% booked
We are so grateful for your support and kind comments and look forward to seeing you all either at Church Stretton or at Portcullis or in your home in the next 7 days!
If you are a paid carer or healthcare worker Please fill in the happy to be contacted at short notice form and we will let you know if there is any spare vaccine in Church Stretton as soon as we know
Many thanks
Portcullis Surgery
STATUS UPDATE 26.1.2021
Another busy day spent booking in patients for their Covid vaccinations.
We would like to especially thank our amazing practice manager Rachel Shields and patient liason manager Angela Martin who have been calling patients non-stop all day and managed to complete out appointments for priority 2 today. Well done!
We want to be open and transparent with you and share our statistics with you on a regular basis.
Our statistics so far as follows:
Priority One Patients:
Nursing and Residential Homes- Completed 100%
Learning Disability Homes- Completed 100%
Care Home Staff -Completed 100%
Priority Two Patients >80 year olds and health care workers (health workers now need to speak to their employer for an appointment) 
Priority patients for Portcullis appointments
Housebound 100% Booked
Severe allergy patients 100% Booked
High risk Shielded patients (>80 years) 100% Booked
Other priority groups 100% Booked
We have 15 patients we have not been able to reach so if you have missed our calls please call at the practice and ask the receptionists to book you in.
Our appointments in Portcullis are 98% booked
We would like to thank the 261 wonderful patients who have agreed to travel to Church Stretton for their vaccine.
You are amazing and thanks to you we have been able to book all our shielded, housebounds and frail and vulnerable patients at our practice. Thankyou!
We are so grateful for your support and kind comments and look forward to seeing you all either at Church Stretton or at Portcullis or in your home in the next 7 days!
Many thanks
Portcullis Surgery
STATUS UPDATE 25/1/2021
We have had a very busy day today at the surgery booking in patients for their Covid vaccinations.
We would like to thank Dr Ezeamii, Dr Anderson, Dr Walters, Dr Targett, Dr Beanland and our ANPS Amanda, Joy and Kate who have been calling patients non-stop all day includng through their lunchbreak. Thankyou!
We want to be open and transparent with you and share our statistics with you on a regular basis.
Our statistics so far as follows:
Priority One Patients:
Nursing and Residential Homes Completed 100%
Learning Disability Homes Completed 100%
Care Home Staff Completed 100%
Priority Two Patients >80 year olds and health care workers
Priority patients for Portcullis appointments
Housebound 60% Booked
Severe allergy patients 100% Booked
High risk Shielded patients (>80 years) 95% Booked
Other priority groups In progress
% appts booked in Portcullis overall 60% booked
40% of appointments still available to be booked
Patients booked for Church Stretton appointments
80-85 year olds 60% booked
% appts booked for Church Stretton appointments 40% booked
60% of appointments still available to be booked
We will be calling the rest of our 80-85 year olds aswell as our >85 year olds tomorrow and offering them appointments.
Please don’t worry if we have not called you we are working through a long list of patients.
If you can travel to Church Stretton or are able to get a lift to Church Stretton please do accept an appointment at this venue as this will allow our older more frail and vulnerable patients to be able to access appointments at Portcullis.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL US WE WILL CALL YOU THANKYOU
Many thanks
Portcullis Surgery

 

BREAKING NEWS COVID VACCINE UPDATE 23/1/2021

The vaccine delivery date is now confirmed for Wednesday 28th January for the South-west PCN and all the vaccine will be delivered to Church Stretton which is our local hub for the SW PCN.

The South-west PCN is made up of both Ludlow practices as well as Church Stretton medical practice, Craven Arms, Clun and Bishops Castle.

About 50% of our practice’s fair allocation of vaccine will be Astra-Zeneca vaccine which can be delivered from our practice building. The other 50% of the vaccine will be Pfizer vaccine, this vaccine is more delicate so it can only be delivered from Church Stretton at the Health and Wellbeing Centre.

This percentage share is the same for all practices in the PCN and in both Ludlow practices.

There is enough vaccine for all Cohort 2 patients so please rest assured if your are over 80 years old you will be offered an appointment this week by our practice. We will start calling all our Cohort 2 patients (over 80s and health and social care workers) from this Monday.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL US WE WILL CALL YOU.

Our walk through vaccination clinic at PORTCULLIS PRACTICE will be on Saturday 30th January ONLY and we will be giving priority for Astra Zeneca vaccine to the following groups:

1. Patients who are housebound

2. Patients who have an epipen or a history of severe anaphylactic reactions

3. Patients who are shielded or extremely frail or clinically at risk

4. Patients who have a severe learning disability.

5. Patients who suffer from severe agorophobia or any other severe mental illness which would not allow them to get to Church Stretton.

6. Patients who have insurmountable difficulties getting to Church Stretton.

All other patients in Cohort 2 will be asked to arrange transport or use public transport to go for their vaccine in Church Stretton as this is where half our vaccine will be delivered from. Clinics in Church Stretton will run daily from Thursday 28th January onwards and will run from 8am in the morning to 8pm at night.

Thank you for your support and for following the guidelines to stay safe.

Please understand that we may need to cancel and re-book your vaccination appointment at short notice if despite confirmend delivery dates, there is a hold-up with the weekly delivery of vaccine or we don’t get as much as expect. This is a national problem and out of our hands. If that is the case, we shall always contact you and offer you another appointmen

On Monday 1st February the hub at the Ludlow Racecourse will also open and we expect that invitations will go out to all patients who have not yet been vaccinated in priority 2 to be invited to this hub. We welcome this additional capacity and many of our Doctors and nurses will be working in this hub in addition to working in our local clinics and at our Church Stretton hub. We sincerely hope that all this extra capacity will mean that South west Shropshire will hit the target set by the goverment of vaccinating all patients in priority groups 3 (over 75s) and 4 (over 70 plus shielded patients of any age) by the 15th February. We hope that all of you will be swiftly invited in early February for your Covid vaccination at either our practice or at the Church Stretton hub or at the Ludlow Racecourse Centre.

We know things have been slow so far but we are very hopeful that there is a definate change in the air. Above all we can reassure you that we will do everything we can to get a jab into your arm as soon as possible. Dr Targett and Dr Beanland are fully committed to working every weekend if we have to in order to get you vaccinated. Our wonderful staff are also fully committed. Our wonderful retired GPs Dr Boog-Scott, Dr Nik Farnell, Dr Bev Farnell, Dr Yarham and Dr Colebrook are all fully committed to working extra shifts at all locations too. Together we will make this happen for you rest assured you will get your jab!.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE PRACTICE WE WILL CALL YOU OR SEND YOU A LETTER WITH AN INVITATION. THANKYOU!

WE WILL ALWAYS UPDATE YOU ON OUR WEBSITE AND OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!

For more information on the different hubs https://portcullis-surgery.co.uk/covid-vaccination-sites-in-south-west-shropshire/

 

News about Ludlow Racecourse 22.1.2021

Good news for all our patients we can confirm that Ludlow Racecourse will indeed be opening on Monday the 1st February and would like to thank Shropshire Council’s portfolio holder for health, Dean Carroll for releasing the information early inspite of NHE refusal to do so. We would only like to correct one comment by Councillor Andy Boddington if we may:

“This Ludlow Racecourse will be run by Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group. Local GPs will not be involved. Vaccination in Ludlow surgeries and those across south west Shropshire will follow.”

This is incorrect. Both Dr Beanland and Dr Colebrook are already booked in to work in the Racecourse as Clinical Vaccinators in the same way as they have already been volunteering in other hubs run by the CCG such as Shrewsbury and Ludlow. We are very proud of our contribution towards this centre and we are aware of many other GPs and nurses from Portcullis who will be working at this centre in order to make sure it is a great success.

We would also like to add the vaccinations at the practice will also be starting at some point in the coming week once our vaccine delivery date and supply is released to us. We are hoping to start booking patients to our practice clinic starting on Monday.

We are all looking forward to helping the vaccination program at Portcullis, at the Racecourse and at the Church Stretton in the coming weeks and making the vaccination program in Southwest Shropshire a huge success!

Covid Watch: Ludlow Racecourse Vaccination Centre to open at beginning of February as National Health England condemned for secrecy

Message to all our patients and update 22/1/2021
Thankyou for all your kind messages, and emails of support yesterday in response to our post which has now been removed from Facebook.
We are very sorry that letters of invitation have not yet been sent out yet by our practice but we still do not have confirmation from the CCG regarding the date of vaccine delivery and the numbers of vaccine that each practice in our PCN will get given so we cannot in good conscience start booking patients yet for a vaccine that we have no certainty about.
We hope to get confirmation at some point today regarding vaccine delivery and we will start calling our patients in Cohort 2 and sending letters out to our patients in Cohort 2 on Monday to invite them for their vaccination.
It is most likely that our first vaccination clinic will be at the practice on Saturday 30th January but we will let you all know on Facebook regarding any further details and invite all our over 80s to this clinic as soon as we get confirmation.
Once again many thanks for your support
Dr Beanland and Dr Targett
Update 21.1.21
To all patients of Ludlow and the surrounding areas:
We at Portcullis surgery are deeply saddened by recent developments with respect to the Covid-19 vaccinations.
Our amazing practice team has been working tirelessly to support you throughout the pandemic. We have been brought to tears this week because of the way some of our team have been treated. They have been shouted at, verbally abused; called liars, incompetent and useless. This is shameful behavior and such actions must stop.
We feel we have no choice but to make some facts made clear to all the people of Ludlow:
1) The Portcullis surgery team were the ONLY local practice to push to sign the government contract to deliver Covid-19 vaccinations in Ludlow when it was first offered in December. After six weeks of delays, the South-West Shropshire PCN finally agreed to sign the government contract and there is now the hope of Southwest Shropshire no longer being the poor relation to much of the rest of the country.
2) We have been informed unequivocally that Covid-19 vaccinations CANNOT AND WILL NOT START in LUDLOW before Wednesday 27th January. This information was given to us four days ago on Monday 18th January. Therefore anyone who has an appointment for a Covid-19 vaccination before Wednesday 27th January should contact their provider to confirm if they should keep this appointment or if it needs to be rebooked. It is the policy of Portcullis surgery not to book patients appointments for a vaccination before we have confirmed supplies.
3) The Portcullis team will continue to work tirelessly for our patients, we understand the worry and frustration around Covid-19 and the need for rapid vaccination but please understand that Covid-19 vaccination IS NOT ARRANGED BY ANY SINGLE GP PRACTICE but through the South-West Primary Care Network (PCN). The vaccine must be shared evenly and fairly between the 6 GP practices that make up this network and each practice will contact those at greatest risk to attend for vaccination as soon as its delivery is confirmed.
Given all of this we ask you to trust that we are working harder than you know to get the vaccine into your arm.
PLEASE DO NOT call or contact us asking when this will be because the answer is this, ‘We will contact you as soon as we can book you to be vaccinated’ and this message will not change.
Also, please do not abuse any of our staff who are only doing the best that can be done in difficult circumstances. This is not acceptable and could not be less deserved.
With regards
Dr Beanland and Dr Targett,
Partners at Portcullis

 

Update 20/1/2021

Our practice is working hard in order to help plan and help staff the Covid Vaccination campaign at various locations.

It is important that patients and their relatives do not call the GP surgery as our staff are dealing with extremely high volumes of calls as well as going out to carry out vaccinations in people’s homes, as well as staffing the hubs. Additional calls with questions about the vaccination program will mean patients wanting to get through to the practice who are ill and need to speak to a Doctor may not be able to get in touch with us in a timely manner.

Thanks to all our patients for continuing to be so supportive of our endeavours when we know that everyone is so keen to get their vaccination as soon as they can. We will call you or send you a letter as soon as it is your turn.

Where can I get my Covid Vaccination and how will I be invited to attend my appointment?

Patients in Ludlow will soon be able to access Covid Vaccinations from a number of locations.

  • Home visits to Nursing and Residential Homes (nearly completed)
  • Home visits to Private Homes (starting soon)
  • Walk-Through Clinic at the practice (starting in February)
  • Walk-through Clinic at the Mascal Centre (tbc awaiting approval by CCG)
  • CCG Vaccination Centre at the Ludlow Race Course (0pening in February)
  • PCN Hub at the Health and Well-being Centre in Church Stretton (tbc opening very soon!)

For more detailed information please follow the link:

Update on Covid Vaccine 15/1/2020
It is likely that >80 year olds and others in Cohort 2, will start getting called/texted/sent a letter at somepoint in the next week or so when we get vaccine deliveries confirmed. At this point we will reinstate a specific telephone line for all appointment bookings at the surgery. Please do not worry we will advertise this as soon as we get confirmation.
The location of where you will get the vaccine is as yet unconfirmed but there will be a number of hub locations to choose from including a hub in Ludlow Racecourse as explained by Phillip Dunne in an interview yesterday, a hub also possibly in Church Stretton and finally also a supply of vaccine delivered at our practice at some point from the 25th January onwards. We will let you know once we have confirmation of this.
In some locations the vaccine may be Pfizer and in others it may be the Astra-Zeneca, please try and accept the earliest appointment you get offered even if you have to travel, when we call you. Both the Astra-Zeneca and Pfizer vaccines have been extensively researched and are safe and effective.
Please look at this excellent video about Covid vaccine safety. For more information about vaccine safety please visit our website.
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Breaking News 13/1/2021 6pm
We are delighted to announce that the South-West PCN under the leadership of Dr Finola Lynch and with the support of the CCG has now agreed to sign the national contract for the national COVID vaccination programme.
This has already begun with Care Homes in Ludlow and surrounding areas and their staff and will be completed by next week.
After that all practices in this area will begin to work our way down through the cohorts.
At the moment we have no additional information to provide with regards to dates, times or how patients will be called but it is hoped that we will know more by next week.
We will pass on any additional information as we have it but would like to thank everyone for their patience.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE PRACTICE WE WILL CALL YOU! ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE ADDED TO OUR WEBSITE AND OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
For the most uptodate information keep on looking on Facebook or on our website
Update on Covid Vaccines 13/1/2020
We are aware of an interview in BBC Shropshire this morning where it has been suggested that pharmacies may be rolling out the vaccine in Shropshire before GPs. We wish to reassure our patients that this is not the case. Our practice is working with the CCG who are leading with the roll out in Southwest Shropshire of the Covid vaccine and we have been reassured by them this morning that there is no suggestion this may be the case in Ludlow or in the surrounding area.
On the contrary a hub in the Ludlow area is due to open shortly as previously mentioned and we expect GP practices also to be able to give the vaccine in our surgeries very soon. As soon as we get confirmation we will let you know.
We are very sorry that a centre has not yet been opened in our local area and apologise for the delay but please be patient, good news is imminent.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE PRACTICE ABOUT THE VACCINE WE WILL CALL YOU AND WE WILL KEEP YOU UPTODATE ON OUR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE.
This morning we will be busy vaccinating patients in Four Rivers Nursing Home with a team led by Dr Robert Colebrook, ANP Kate, ANP Amanda Robinson and our medical student Shiroo. We also wish to thank our practice manager Rachel Shields for all her hard work in helping organise the vaccination programme. 
Update on Covid Vaccines 11/1/2021
The NHS has this weekend announced the opening of seven large vaccination centres throughout England. The centres are capable of delivering thousands of the life-saving jabs each week and provide an additional option to the local sites across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.
We are aware that some patients in Shrewsbury and other areas in the county have been sent invitation letters offering them appointments in large vaccination centres. Letters have gone out to those over 80 years who have not had their vaccination yet with an invite to attend a large vaccination site if they live within 45 minutes from the site.
If you have received a NHS booking letter and would rather have a local appointment you do not need to follow the link in the letter, call 119 or take any further action. We will contact you or the local booking centre will contact you via phone/text/email to book an appointment or via a letter with a local appointment.
As you aware In Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, several sites are already delivering vaccinations across the county to those people. They include the hospital hubs at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt in Gobowen and the local vaccination sites at Bridgnorth and Malinslee, Telford.
We are very sorry that a centre has not yet been opened in our local area and apologise for the delay. We will continue to work with local practices and the CCG so we can get approved to provide the vaccine to our patients in Ludlow by our practice staff. This has always been our wish. We are determined that we will offer the vaccine locally and we will continue to work hard in order to make this happen. We hope to have good news for you very soon.
In the meantime we will continue to vaccinate our local care homes and will be vaccinating Four Rivers Nursing Home and Alexandra Residential Home in the next week.

 

Update on Covid Vaccine 10/1/2021

It is important to state that this historic campaign is unfortunately not under our control or leadership.

Local GPs and GP surgeries in Southwest Shropshire have opted out of leading the vaccine program and only opted to participate in the vaccination rollout therefore all vaccine delivery and distribution of Covid vaccine will be led in this area by the CCG (Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group) under their management team.

GPs will also be providing clinical care to their patients as usual but may reduce routine clinical care at times to accommodate for participating in vaccine delivery as locums or volunteers working for the CCG. Depending on their capacity, they will be helping to vaccinate patients in care homes, on home visits and helping ensure vaccination of each age group cohort is achieved in our area. Many pharmacies are also expected to deliver vaccinations.

The majority of the vaccinations will be given at the following locations run by the CCG. It is anticipated that all will be operational before the end of January.

Vaccination Centres:

Telford
​Shrewsbury (RSH) – currently operational and run by the CCG with assistance from Shrewsbury PCN and SATH.

Local Vaccination Services:

Ludlow
​Bridgnorth – currently operational and run by Southeast PCN for SE PCN patients only.
Whitchurch
​Market Drayton
Oswestry (RJAH) – currently operational and run by the CCG in partnership with the North Shropshire Primary Care Network and RJAH for N.Shropshire PCN patients only.

Other locations are being considered.

The ambitions are to provide a vaccination site within 40 minutes travel time for everyone nationally and a shorter travel time in Shropshire. Arrangements for transport for those without a vehicle are being examined. If you are housebound or at risk from travel, a home visit will be provided.

Portcullis would have preferred the local GPs and the local SW PCN to have been at the lead instead of the CCG. The South-East PCN covering Bridgnorth and the surrounding areas for example, is leading the campaign in their area and have already lauched their main vaccination hub in Bridgnorth which is fully operational for SE patients only.

Unfortunately we were unable to garner sufficient support for our proposal from other practices in the SW PCN so therefore any questions regarding distribution and availability of the vaccine need to be directed to Shropshire CCG and not to local practices.

Our hands are tied, because we cannot be approved to receive deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine or the Astra-Zeneca vaccine as an individual practice only a group of practices can be approved to have a contract to order and deliver the vaccine, so therefore we must wait for the hub in the South-west to be set up by the CCG and for vaccine to be offered to our area by the CCG.

The Oxford/Astra Zeneca has now been approved which is very welcome news as this vaccine can be stored in normal fridges for upto 6months and can be managed by individual practices in a similar manner to the annual influenza vaccine.

The practice will continue to make enquiries with the CCG, PCN and the BMA regarding the possibility of deliveries of this vaccine being made available to individual practices such as Portcullis in order for us to start our vaccination programme as a practice rather than a group of practices however the latest information is that permission for single practices to receive vaccine deliveries is unlikely to be given and that the contract remains a group of practice or PCN contract only.

If we are given permission to deliver the vaccine independantly of the CCG and the PCN and have any news we will post it on this forum as well as on our website immediately. As soon as the CCG offers us confirmation of vaccine supplies as part of their campaign we will let you all know. Please do not call the practice or email us as our hands are tied and we feel equally frustrated by the slow start in this area.

Once we get given vaccine supplies by the CCG our staff are committed to get the vaccine out to our patients as quickly as possible, working 7 days a week if needed, to ensure our patients are protected from this virus without any further delay.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL OUR PRACTICE REGARDING THE COVID VACCINE

We need the lines to be free for sick patients.

Information about Shropshire CCG and PCNs and the vaccine campaign led by the CCG can be found following this link: https://www.shropshireccg.nhs.uk/

Update on Covid Vaccine 30/12/20

There is still no news to report on the Shropshire CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) led Southwest hub but it is unlikely to be set up until at least mid January. We know many of you will be disappointed by this update but as we have said on numerous occasions our hands are tied because we cannot be approved to provide the Pfizer vaccine as an individual practice only a group of practices can be approved, so therefore we must wait for the hub to be set up and for vaccine to be offered to our area by the CCG.

Please do not call the practice for an update, our lines are very busy after Christmas and we cannot cope with additional calls regarding the Covid vaccine.

As soon as we have more information we will post it.

The Oxford/Astra Zeneca has now been approved which is very welcome news as this vaccine can be stored in normal fridges for upto 6months and can be managed by individual practices in a similar manner to the annual influenza vaccine.

The practice will be making enquiries today to the CCG and PCN regarding the possibility of this vaccine being made available to individual practises such as Portcullis in order for us to start our vaccination programme as a practice rather than a group of practices. If we have any news we will post it on this forum as well as on our website immediately.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL OUR PRACTICE REGARDING THE COVID VACCINE

We need the lines to be free for sick patients.

Many thanks Dr Beanland on behalf of Portcullis Practice

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55280671

Update on 6/12/2020

The Shrewsbury Royal Hospital has been selected as one of the first ‘hospital hubs’ in the country for Covid-19 vaccinations along with 49 others. From this week, the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital hub will begin by vaccinating the over 80s, care home workers and NHS workers who are at higher risk as identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Other vaccination centres will be rolled-out in the coming weeks and months as further supplies of vaccine come on stream. For the moment some of our staff will be volunteering at the hospital hub helping with delivery of the vaccine in their spare time.
The first tranche of vaccine deliveries will be landing at hospitals on Monday in readiness and will be administered by a simple injection in the upper arm. This will work much like the annual flu vaccination programme, where people who are eligible will be “called” for their vaccination.
As vaccines become available, we will let you know who should come forward, how to book and where exactly to go to receive your vaccinations.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE PRACTICE TO ASK ABOUT THE VACCINE YOU WILL BE CALLED.
We would like to thank and congratulate at this stage all the many scientists and researchers who have made it possible for the NHS to reach this initial step at the beginning of this historic national vaccine campaign.

Update on 23.11.2020

Following clinical trials, a Covid-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford in collaboration with AstraZeneca has proven to be effective. While the preliminary data suggests that the vaccine prevents 70% of infections, it could prevent up to 90% of infections, depending on how the vaccine is administered. There were no hospitalisations or severe cases of the disease amongst those who received the vaccine. Crucially, the vaccine can be easily administered in existing healthcare systems, as it can be stored at fridge temperature (2-8 °C). The full safety data and findings will need to be peer reviewed before a vaccine can be approved for use.
If approved, up to 3 billion doses could be manufactured in 2021. The vaccine will be provided on a not-for-profit basis for the duration of the pandemic, and in perpetuity to low- and middle-income countries.
The UK government is supporting the development and fair distribution of a coronavirus vaccine through the COVAX facility. This ensures we have the best chance of accessing a safe and effective vaccine for people in the UK as soon as one becomes available, as well as supporting access in poorer countries.
For information look up the following link:

https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2020-11-23-oxford-university-breakthrough-global-covid-19-vaccine?fbclid=IwAR0vAwU86lLIH63q86Z5XWqFD8-wju9f_trGQoJ2y9hLEI5nJqxcDy1Qi8k

Update on 18.11.2020

Last week, Pfizer and BioNTech published preliminary data showing the vaccine offered 90% protection against Covid-19 and there were no safety concerns. This has been followed by impressive data on another vaccine, made by US company Moderna, suggesting nearly 95% protection.

The coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech appears to protect 94% of adults over 65 years old.

As a practice we feel this data is very encouraging and would strongly recommend our patients to be prepared and ready to attend for their COVID vaccine as soon as it becomes available to them particularly in the over 65 year age groups. 

More data released from their ongoing phase three trial suggests it works equally well in people of all ages, races and ethnicities.

Although the full trial data has yet to be published, the companies say there have been no serious safety concerns. But they did notice headaches and fatigue in about 2% of volunteers given the vaccine.

In the trial, 42% of all participants are from diverse ethnic backgrounds and 41% are aged between 56 and 85 years old.

The trial, which is testing people at 150 sites in the US, Germany, Turkey, South Africa, Brazil and Argentina, will collect data on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine for another two years.

References

BBC News 18.11.2020

Local Delivery of Vaccine will probably start at some point in December or January

PLEASE DO NOT CALL US FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE VACCINE AT THIS STAGE WE WILL CONTACT PATIENTS AS SOON AS WE KNOW ANY NEWS.

It is likely that the vaccine will be delivered from local sites in the Southwest Shropshire area.

Portcullis is working with local practices and the CCG to discuss plans for local delivery of the vaccine which are more complex than usual due to the nature of the vaccine.

We are certainly keen on a GP-led approach as we feel the GP practices in the area are experienced in the delivery of mass vaccine campaigns such as the influenza vaccine.

Priority groups for the COVID vaccine are as follows:

This interim ranking developed by the JCVI of priorities is a combination of clinical risk stratification and an age-based approach, which should optimise both targeting and deliverability. A provisional ranking of prioritisation for persons at-risk is set out below:

  1. older adults’ resident in a care home and care home workers
  2. all those 80 years of age and over and health and social care workers
  3. all those 75 years of age and over
  4. all those 70 years of age and over
  5. all those 65 years of age and over
  6. high-risk adults under 65 years of age
  7. moderate-risk adults under 65 years of age
  8. all those 60 years of age and over
  9. all those 55 years of age and over
  10. all those 50 years of age and over
  11. rest of the population (priority to be determined)

The prioritisation could change substantially if the first available vaccines were not considered suitable for, or effective in, older adults.

JCVI group in charge of covid priority groups

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