Covid Booster Vaccinations
We are beginning to carry out Covid booster vaccinations at the surgery.
Patients will receive their invitation letter to attend from The Health Board so please do not contact the surgery, as we are not directly involved in arranging these appointments.
There will be a number to call on the letter you receive 03000 840 004 if you need to alter the date or time you are allocated.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Plas Meddyg Surgery
Flu Vaccination 2021
If you are aged 50 and over, in a clinical at-risk group, pregnant or a carer please contact the surgery to book your flu vaccination appointment.
If your child is aged 2-4 years old please contact the surgery to book their nasal flu appointment.
For more information please see this link - NHS FLU VACCINE
Sadly, it will be my last day here at Plas Meddyg on Tuesday 14th September.
Plas Meddyg is very much a team, while we can't get everything right and may not always be able to match demand the team work hard all day, every day - coming in earlier and leaving later than they should. They are a phenomenal team of people that are truly committed to providing the best service to this community. I call them my 'work family' because that is what they are.
You remain in very good hands here! My deputy is also an experienced practice manager and we have appointed a skilled practice manager who will begin her role permanently here towards the end of November.
I can't put into words how proud I am of the team for the work they have put in through the pandemic, working weekends without question and helping the surgery to vaccinate over 7,000 patients while keeping the doors to the surgery open and adjusting quickly to a new way of working.
We have and continue to work through difficult times, demand is higher than ever and further adjustments will need to be made to all NHS services to cope with that pressure.
Lastly but by no means least, I'd like to say thank you very much for the welcome I've had from patients during my time here and particularly for your unwavering support during the pandemic. Social Media is quite often an area of great worry for practices because of the concern around negativity however I have also worked with the ethos that if we don't know there's an issue then we can't sort it out!
As it turned out social media and website updates through the pandemic has been a great source of communication between ourselves and you, where we have been able to get information out very quickly. We have also been truly overwhelmed by your positive comments in return, it really helped lift morale and I personally really appreciate the time you took out to give us that feedback.
As I said, you continue to be in very good hands here.
Thank you again
Diolch yn fawr am yr holl cefnogaeth
Dwysan, Practice Manager
Prioritisation for urgently needed blood tests
NHS services are currently affected by an international shortage of blood collection tubes used for taking some blood samples (blood tests).
The four UK nations are managing this issue, including work to source suitable alternatives to the affected products.
The NHS has extensive experience in dealing with medical supply issues, and in Wales the response is being led by NHS Wales, working with other nations and government.
Doctors and clinicians across the UK, working in GP practices, hospitals, community and mental health services and ambulance trusts, have been advised to postpone non-essential blood tests, and review intervals of blood testing, at this time. This is to preserve supplies for people that urgently need blood tests.
Patient safety remains the priority, and your test will only be delayed if a clinician has assessed it is clinically safe to do so.
Clinicians are following national guidance, supported by the expert UK Clinical Reference Group.
People who require urgent or unplanned care should continue to seek it in the usual ways.
Dr Tom Kneale gives an insider view of how GPs in Wales have dealt with the pressures of the pandemic, the vaccination programme and new technology
Wales Vaccine Success - A Snapshot from Primary Care
Please see below patient information from the health board regarding the launch of NHS 111 Service.