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Coronavirus Updates

Covid Updates


12.4.2021 

11.30am
This Saturday, 17th April, we are holding our biggest mass vaccination session yet, hoping to vaccinate 630 of our patients, 20 members of staff will be working, again we'd like to thank Denbighshire County Council for allowing us to use their parking facilities.
It will be VERY important for patients arriving on Saturday to arrive at the time of their appointment, there should not be any queues if patients arrive on time.
The session will be a mixture of those due to their second doses and patients aged 47,48,49 from cohort 10 plus patients who are still booking for their first vaccine from the cohorts 1 - 9
We will be ringing patients this week who had their first vaccine on the 8th or 9th February 2021.
We again PLEASE ask that you wait for us to call you to invite you in for your vaccination.
We have five members of staff ringing patients today beginning with those patients who had their first vaccine on the 8th February.
We will get to you all 🙂
It really helps us manage demand if we call you as otherwise our phone lines get very busy with patients ringing in which may prevent a patient who is very poorly from getting through.
Many thanks
Diolch yn fawr

7.4.2021

update 16.50pm

You may have seen the following article on the news. At the moment we have no further information on what this means to our plans in the surgery to vaccinate patients under 30.
We will continue to offer the vaccine as directed by the health board to those aged 49 working our way down that list and will wait for further guidance from the Welsh Government/Health Board regarding which vaccine those between 18 and 30 should receive.
Please make sure you read these articles carefully as at first the headlines can appear worrying however the evidence and research quoted is reassuring however of course it is up to patients to make their own decision.

7.4.2021

We continue to invite patients in for their second vaccinations, patients are currently being vaccinated between 8 and 12 weeks after their first vaccination. The length of time between appointments depends on our supply of vaccines. We will call text, ring or write to you depending on what contact details we have for you. Patients will be offered a vaccine before 12 weeks after their first dose.
As stated yesterday we are also moving (slowly) on to cohort 10 whilst also vaccinating second doses. We will be recalling patients beginning with those aged 49 over the next week but PLEASE let us get in touch with you, this is very important to us as demand is so high for our services that we must manage our phone lines carefully to make sure those who need appointments and other matters can also get through.
Thank you for your patience 🙂

6.4.2021

5.30pm

We have been advised that practices can move on to cohort 10 which is those aged 18 - 50 for their Covid vaccination HOWEVER we need to prioritise patients who need their second dose before 12 weeks therefore please be patient with us.

We have a planning meeting tomorrow and we are also intending to put on Saturday clinics for this age group as we understand many of that age group will not be available during the week.
Please don't ring the surgery if you are in cohort 10, we will begin contacting you over the next week once we are certain of our vaccine deliveries and resources available. The deadline for this cohort at the moment we understand is June, we will work as hard as we can to get that population vaccinated as quickly as possible. We have been instructed to vaccinate those oldest to youngest at present working from aged 49 down.
The next phase is much more complex as we balance the need of 4,000 patients who need their second vaccine within 12 weeks of their first with another 3,000 patients who will need their first and then their second 12 weeks later! In total we expect to be giving at least 15,000 vaccinations.
To avoid disappointment please don't ring if you are under 50 and not in the eligibility groups yet as we will be unable to book you in until we have had our planning meeting and have organised our clinics.

6.4.2021

We continue to work through those patients who are in line to receive their second dose of the Covid vaccination.
 
We have received a further 560 vaccinations today and will therefore continue recalling patients who originally received their first vaccine before 5th February 2021.
 
We would really appreciate if you waited for us to contact you to book your appointment particularly after the Easter weekend, the phone lines are very busy.
 
However if you had your first vaccination before the 29th January and we have not been able to reach you then please get in touch to book your vaccine.
 
If you had your vaccine between 1st and 5th February, please wait for us to contact you, we will be in touch this week.
 
We have not yet been instructed to move on to cohort 10 which are those patients under 50, once we receive this information we will be in touch.
 

30.3.2021

Pnawn da/good afternoon
 
We don't have any significant changes to report to you at the moment! We continue to vaccinate patients who have not yet had their Covid vaccine within cohorts 1 - 9, if you are or know of anyone in these cohorts and have not been vaccinated then please contact the surgery to book your vaccination.
 
We do not have any information at present of when we will be able to move to patients under 50 (cohort 10). When we do I will let you know :)
 
We continue to work through second doses, if you had your first vaccine in January of this year you can now book for your second vaccine, if you have any family members or friends who had their first vaccine in January 2021 please tell them to call us to book in their second dose vaccine on 01824 702255, we are also contacting those patients ourselves.
 
Once those patients have been contacted and booked in we will move to those who were vaccinated at the beginning of February. These are booked in according to what resources we have available along with how many vaccines we have been allocated, all patients will be offered their second dose before 12 weeks.
 
We appreciate you waiting for us to text, write or ring you as this helps us manage demand.
 

26.3.2021

We continue to invite patients in for their second Covid 19 vaccination. Those who received their first vaccination before 1st February are eligible to book in for their second vaccine. If you know of anyone this applies to or if it applies to you please call us to book an appointment.
All patients who received a vaccine before 18th January have been contacted and/or vaccinated. We will also continue to text/call and write to those patients vaccinated between 19th and 31st January 2021, these patients will need their second vaccine by the 10th April. We have of course planned for this.
Any patients who are 50 or over, in the at risk category or are shielding of course can also book in for their vaccination if they have not done so yet.
We don't have any other news at present of when those who are under 50 will be vaccinated however we understand the Government is on target to vaccinate this population by mid July.

24.3.21

We are now beginning our second doses for Covid vaccine!
The patients that were vaccinated first are mainly patients aged 80 and above and therefore in the main more difficult to reach via text messages.
We are contacting all patients that are showing as due for their second vaccination which is a list developed for us by NHS Wales Informatics Services.
If you are or know of any family members/friends who are patients at Plas Meddyg that have been vaccinated with their first dose of AstraZeneca (Oxford) vaccine between 1st January 2021 and 1st February 2021 they are now eligible for their second vaccination as this dates them as having had their vaccine between 8 and 12 weeks.
We have already contacted patients who had their vaccine at the earlier dates and I emphasise that we will contact every patient ourselves however social media can be very helpful to spread the word!
We now have over 5,000 patients vaccinated, we have almost 3,000 patients in cohort 10 left to vaccinate (those over 18 unvaccinated to date), at the moment we are not licensed to vaccinate that cohort however we will keep you informed when we get more information.
We expect that approximately 7,500 patients will have been vaccinated by Plas Meddyg staff by July, all of which of course need a second dose, we anticipate therefore to provide almost 15,000 vaccinations to patients in total!
We appreciate your support through these very challenging times!

22.3.2021

4878 of our patients have now been vaccinated with at least their first vaccination!
We will continue today to offer the vaccination to those turning 50, please wait for our call/text/letter in order that we can mange demand, particularly on this very busy Monday morning!
All patients 50 and over should have had an invitation by Wednesday this week.
We will now also begin to call in those patients eligible for their second doses, again if you can wait for us to call you we can manage our patient list and demand in the most effective way.
We do not have direction as yet to move on to patients under 50, once we get further information regarding this we will of course let you know.

Latest advice for those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable


19.3.2021

As per our previous post earlier in the week we continue to invite patients in cohort 9 ages 50 - 55, all of this cohort should have been invited in by early next week, today we are moving to invite those aged 51.
Please wait for us to contact you as this helps us manage demand :)
You may have read in the news that the UK expects a slump in delivery of vaccinations from the beginning of April, we have not been informed directly of this. At present we receive approximately seven days notice of what our delivery will be. We expect to carry on with our plan to invite patients in for their second doses from the end of this month (possibly sooner depending on uptake of cohort 9).
If you are in any of the other cohorts of 1 - 8 and have not been vaccinated please contact us to arrange your vaccine.

16.3.2021

We have received a much larger delivery of vaccinations than we expected today and we will therefore now move on to invite patients aged 50 - 55.
If you are aged 55 or over and have not had your vaccine and wish to have it - please call us to make an appointment on 01824 702255. If you are a carer or in the at risk category (eligibility criteria for both cohorts are on our previous posts), please call us to make an appointment.
We will begin this afternoon to call in those aged 50 and above, please wait for us to make contact with you as we will begin again with the oldest in that category which is those patients aged 54 years old.
It's important that you try to wait for our call/text/letter in order that we can manage demand. We really appreciate your assistance with this.
We still expect to begin second doses week commencing 29th March as long as we receive our vaccination supply!

15.3.2021

Bore da/Good morning

4484 patients at Plas Meddyg have now had their first Covid 19 Vaccination
We will continue this week to vaccinate those aged 55 and over, beginning today with those aged 56 (and over). We will text, phone and send letter invitations today and tomorrow, please wait for your invitation if possible as this helps us manage demand.
We are awaiting further guidance from the health board regarding moving to cohort 9, when we receive this, we'll share it with you.
We expect, depending on vaccine supplies, to begin vaccinating patients who are due their second dose week commencing 29th March, patients will be contacted in date order of those who received their first dose, those vaccinated earliest will be vaccinated first. Please wait for us to invite you as again this helps us manage demand. Everyone should be vaccinated with their second dose between 8 and 12 weeks from the first dose. We very much depend on vaccine delivery however this is our plan at the moment.
I hope this is useful and answers many queries, if you have individual patient queries that have not been covered in our posts - please send these to admin.w91002@wales.nhs.uk.

10.3.2021

83% of our patients between the ages of 60 and 65 have now had their vaccination or have their Covid vaccination booked for the next couple of days! If you are in this age group and have not had an invitation please call us to book on 01824 702255.
We are therefore, partly, moving on to cohort 8. We don't have enough vaccinations at the moment for the whole of this group, these are patients who are 55 -59 years old.
At present we expect to invite patients aged 57,58 and 59 over the rest of this week. We will review our figures on Monday, if we have enough vaccinations we will continue to invite those aged 55 and 56.
Invites will be sent out via text or a phone call will be made, if we can't get hold of you, a letter will be sent.
We would please ask that you wait to receive your invitation, those aged 59years old will be invited first.

9.3.2021
We are continuing to call in our patients who are aged 60 - 64 (cohort 7) for their Covid vaccination, if you are in this age group and have not yet been contacted, please ring the surgery to book.
If you are a carer aged 16 and above and have not been vaccinated yet, please call us to book a vaccine. A carer for this cohort is defined as "those who are eligible for a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable. Those clinically vulnerable to COVID include children with severe neuro-disabilities, those who are designated Clinically Extremely vulnerable (CEV), adults who have underlying health conditions and those who need care because of advanced age"
Patients aged 16&17 cannot be vaccinated at the GP surgery but we can arrange for you to be vaccinated at the mass vaccination centre, this is due to rules around vaccinating that age group which at present can only be done by health board staff although this may change. If you are eligible please ring us and we can pass your details on so that you will be invited.
If you are in the at risk group and over 16 and haven't been vaccinated, you can also call us to book your vaccine if you have not had it already.
The full at risk group can be found here
To summarise if you are over 60, a carer as defined above over 16 or in the at risk group as defined above and over the age of 16 and would like the vaccine - please ring us to book this on 01824 702255.
We expect to move on to cohort 8 next week (ages 55 -59), depending on delivery of adequate stock.

8.3.2021

I'm pleased to say that the team at Plas Meddyg have vaccinated 80% of those in cohort 6, the at risk category. There are still 200 patients who have not had their vaccine in this category and we will continue to call those patients again to invite them. If you are at risk (please see previous post for the categories) and aged over 18 please call us to book in your vaccine.
We are now able to move on to cohort 7 which is patients aged 60 - 64, we will text, ring or write (depending on the contact details we have) to invite those patients in for their vaccine. We expect to move on to cohort 8 (aged 55 - 59) in the next two weeks too, depending on supplies.
We would appreciate that you waited for our staff to call you as this helps manage the demand on our phone system which will allow patients who are unwell to be able to still get through.
There are 474 patients in this cohort and we hope to vaccinate this population within the next 7 days.
3862 patients in total have now received at least their 1st vaccination!!
For any individual patient queries please email admin.w91002@wales.nhs.uk.
Thank you for your positive comments, the team have appreciated these so much!

26.2.2021

3524 of our patients have now received a Covid-19 vaccination.

We expect to ramp up vaccinations over the next few weeks as long as we receive our vaccination allocation as expected.
We continue to vaccinate those at risk and carers (for complete definition of those categories please see our previous post).
As you are aware the expectation is that all patients aged 50 and over will be vaccinated by mid-April, again this is reliant on vaccination distribution however we remain confident that this target will be reached.
This current  cohort will take us over the next two weeks therefore there shouldn't be any changes to our plans, the surgery will continue to text, ring and write to patients who are eligible and we ask that you please wait for us to call you where possible.
Many thanks
Dwysan Edwards
Practice Manager


23.2.2021

Good news! Newyddion da!

We have been given the go ahead earlier this evening to continue our vaccination programme and vaccinate those in cohort 6. This includes the at risk group and carers.
Carers are defined by the government as those
who care, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, a mental health condition or an addiction, cannot cope without their support and is vulnerable to Covid 19. We have these patients identified already as unpaid carers as they also receive the flu vaccination.
If you feel you fall into this category and we are not aware please complete a carers form on our website www.plasmeddygsurgery.co.uk
We have almost 1000 at risk patients to vaccinate and 150 carers.
We expect, as long as we get the vaccines delivered, to be able to vaccinate this whole cohort within two weeks.
As this is a large cohort we ask that you please wait for a phone call from us to book you in. This helps keep our phone lines free for patients.
We will begin to call those at risk, inviting the oldest first. It is difficult to decide how we recall patients in the same category however age is the largest factor in morbidity from Covid which is why we are inviting the oldest patients first.
At risk patients have been identified for us by the Welsh government. This is the list we will use to call patients. If you have not been called by the end of the two weeks and feel you should have and that you fall into the at risk category you can email us with details of your condition and a nurse or GP will check your records to advise whether you should be on the at risk category, email admin.w91002@wales.nhs.uk.
Alternatively you can ring us on 01824 702255 however by emailing us it helps to keep our phone lines free for patients.
The at risk category is defined as those over 16 with:
. Chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma ( continuous use of oral steroids or with previous hospital admissions due to asthma)
• Chronic heart disease (and vascular disease)
Chronic kidney disease
• Chronic liver disease
• Chronic neurological disease including epilepsy
• Down’s syndrome
• Severe and profound learning disability
• Diabetes
• Solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients
• People with specific cancers
• Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
• Asplenia and splenic dysfunction
• Morbid obesity
• Severe mental illness
We will begin texting, calling and writing to patients from tomorrow, invites will be staggered over the next two weeks to manage demand.
If you can wait for us to get in touch with you, that helps us greatly manage the workload and get through the vaccinations efficiently.

22.2.2021

At the moment we don't have any more information on when we can proceed to cohort 6 with our vaccinations, we are eagerly awaiting news from our health board! As soon as we get this information, we will update you.

In the meantime if you are aged 65yrs and over or in the shielding category and have not been vaccinated please ring us to book in your appointment.
 
For any general queries please email admin.w91002@wales.nhs.uk

17.2.2021

We are receiving a much lower delivery of vaccines this week and at present will cannot therefore more on to cohort 6.
We continue to vaccinate patients 65years and over and patients in the shielding category.
The next cohort (cohort 6) will be those as stated on the government website:
All individuals aged 16 years to 65 years with underlying
health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality’.
This also includes those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
Cohort 6 is further defined in Green Book Chapter 14a as “Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group”.
The list of at-risk conditions can be further subdivided into three
main sub-cohorts:
• Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group which includes:
o Chronic respiratory disease
o Chronic heart disease and vascular disease
o Chronic kidney disease
o Chronic liver disease
o Chronic neurological disease, including severe or profound learning
disability
o Diabetes mellitus
o Immunosuppression
o Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
o Morbid obesity
o Severe mental illness
• Younger adults in long-stay in-patient, nursing and residential care settings
• Adult carers:
Those who are eligible for a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable.
Once we have further information when we can move on to the next cohort we will update you on here and on our website. We will of course at that time get in touch with all patients who are in the eligible cohorts.
As you will see on the news there can be sudden changes to these groups, we will keep you updated as soon as we know of any changes ourselves.
Any individual patient queries should be sent to admin.w91002@wales.nhs.uk

16.2.2021

If you are a patient and aged 65 or over without an appointment for your vaccination, please give us a call to book this in on 01824 702255. Please check on friends and family too aged 65 years and over to make sure they know the vaccination is available should they want it.
 
From our records we have sent a text, telephone or written to all of our patients in this cohort and are following them up too to make sure everyone has the opportunity to have the vaccination if they want it.

15.2.2021

We continue this week to work through cohort 5 with Covid-19 vaccinations and have made contact with almost everyone in this group aged 65 - 69, we continue too to go through all of our lists to make sure no patient is missed.
We had a meeting this morning with cluster leads and the healthboard, as yet we do not have information of any further vaccinations delivery beyond what we will receive for this cohort, when we do, we will update you as soon as possible. We have been told to expect a 'lull' in deliveries however once we have concrete figures we will let you know.
We are receiving a lot of phone calls and emails from patients enquiring when they will be vaccinated. This is the information from the Government website:
1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3. all those 75 years of age and over
4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals[footnote 1]
5. all those 65 years of age and over
6. all individuals aged 16 years[footnote 2] to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality[footnote 3]
7. all those 60 years of age and over
8. all those 55 years of age and over
9. all those 50 years of age and over
For those 'at higher risk', we have a list of those patients in that category with patients identified, we will recall those when we move on to that cohort.
We understand there is a lot of information in the press today regarding asthma patients, we don't have any further information than what has been issued in the press at the moment which indicates that those with asthma will be vaccinated if they are formally shielding, regularly take steroid tablets or have ever had an emergency hospital admission. Again when we receive more information we will share this with you.
If you have any individual queries please send these to admin.w91002@wales.nhs.uk however please consider that we we do not have any additional information other than what the government websites already hold.
2814 patients have now been vaccinated!

12.2.2021

We are continuing to invite and vaccinate those patients in the next cohort aged 65 - 69 and expect the majority of these patients to be vaccinated next week. As usual we depend on our supply of vaccines being delivered on time, we are assured they will be!  Of the priority groups given to us we have vaccinated 98.75% of patients over the aged of 70 and 96% of patients in the shielding category.  All those patients unvaccinated have been contacted by phone/letter/text, a small number of patients have declined and some are unable to have the vaccination due to being in hospital, abroad or have as yet undecided. In total as of yesterday, 2643 Plas Meddyg patients have received their vaccination!

10.2.2021

We are pleased to say we are now moving on to the next cohort to vaccinate patients aged 65 - 69 years old. We have already started calling patients in who are 69 and are moving to call and text patients who are 68yrs old today and will move on to 67 year old patients and so forth. We expect this remaining cohort to be vaccinated next week (this is dependent on supply however we remain optimistic!).

Please can we ask you to wait until you are contacted as this helps managing the demand.
2118 of our patients have now been vaccinated!

9.2.2021

We still have about 85 patients on our list who are 70 or over or who are shielding - who we haven't yet booked in for their vaccination. We have phoned, text and sent letters to all of our patients. If you have family or friends who are 70 or over or in the shielding category please can you check with them that they've had or been booked in for their vaccination, if they haven't please ask them to give us a call on 01824 702255, even if they don't want the vaccination, as we can then update our records.

1894 of our patients have now received a Covid vaccination!
We still await information about moving on to the next cohort, once this is received, we will update you.

6.2.2021 (2pm)

If you are aged 70 or over (or turn 70 before 1st April 2022) OR have had a letter and are in the shielding category (any age) and have not yet been invited for a Covid-19 vaccination please call the surgery now to book your appointment for next week 01824 702255.


6.2.2021

We are inviting all patients over 70 plus all patients who receiving a shielding letter in for their Covid-19 vaccinations week commencing 8th February.  Patient who can make the short walk should park at the car park next door at Denbighshire Council, we would like to thank them for their support. If you have not yet been invited please telephone the surgery to make an appointment 01824 702255

We expect to vaccinate over 1200 patients, the practice will not be running routine appointments to accommodate this demand w/c 8th February however urgent and on the day appointments will be available.  

Thank you


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Strengthen your immunity Staying active during the COVID-19 pandemic 

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Covid-19 Vaccine

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have now approved the Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford Astra Zeneca and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. We now know we have safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines which can be used in Wales.

Understandably, there will be a lot of questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, who is eligible and the priority list.

You can find answers to all questions here. This page will be updated regularly as and when new information is available.


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