Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine
New guidance has been issued for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
This follows further reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, and the Commission for Human Medicines, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
The MHRA and Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations have emphasised that the risk of this condition is extremely small and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people. They have recommended that:
- Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they have had a blood clot or have an existing risk of thrombosis (blood clotting)
- People aged 30 and over or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.
- People aged 18-29 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. (This has been recommended as a precaution as people under 30 are at less risk from Covid-19 and not because they are considered to be at particular risk of developing the rare blood clot.)
- People under 30 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.
Please see the leaflet below that has been produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have
Leaflet on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting (EXTERNAL LINK)
Due to increased national demand unfortunately we have currently used all of the flu vaccine provided to us.
We have requested a further supply from NHS England, but do not yet know exact delivery dates.
If you are eligible please telephone the surgery on 01422 415777 to be added to our waiting list. You will be contacted with an appointment as soon as we receive the vaccine.
Seasonal Flu Vaccination Update
Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. The flu vaccine reduces the risk of catching flu, as well as spreading it to others.
Click here for details of the flu vaccinations
WE ARE STILL OPEN
AVAILABLE VIA TELEPHONE ON 01422 415 777
Due to the Coronavirus situation we have closed our reception areas in order to protect the population and prevent spread of the virus.
For everyone's safety we are conducting many appointments via telephone. With face to face appointments available, should one of our clinicians deem it necessary, after a telephone consultation.
Please do not come to the surgery unless you have been asked to do so by one of our clinicians.
With any queries or for an appointment please call us.
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Calderdale Clinical Commisioning Group has more information regarding Calderdale's current system here.
Due to the layout and shared areas at Luddendenfoot Medical Centre, following risk assessment and consultation, we are not currently operating face to face appointments at this site. Patients can still be seen in one of our other two sites.
As with all our patients, appointments are available for telephone consultation in the same way, face to face appointments are offered where deemed clinically appropriate, and home visits are still being conducted throughout the Practice area where necessary.
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Upper Calder Valley Primary Care Network
Hebden Bridge Group Practice and Todmorden Group Practice are working together as Upper Calder Valley Primary Care Network.
A primary care network consists of groups of general practices working together with a range of local providers, including across primary care, community services, social care and the voluntary sector, to offer more personalised, coordinated health and social care to their local populations.
Networks would normally be based around natural local communities typically serving populations of at least 30,000 and not tending to exceed 50,000. They should be small enough to maintain the traditional strengths of general practice but at the same time large enough to provide resilience and support the development of integrated teams.
Our network will serve a patient population of around 35,000 patients
Primary care networks will provide proactive, coordinated care to their local populations, in different ways to match different people’s needs, with a strong focus on prevention and personalised care.
This means supporting patients to make informed decisions about their own health and care and connecting them to a wide range of statutory and voluntary services to ensure they can access the care they need first time.