St Brides Medical Centre - SBMC

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Written Statement: COVID-19 Vaccination – JCVI announcement on Phase 3 (30 June 2021) | GOV.WALES 01/07/2021

Written Statement: COVID-19 Vaccination – JCVI announcement on Phase 3 (30 June 2021) | GOV.WALES

Please do not ring us about boosters. You will be contacted at the appropriate time.

Written Statement: COVID-19 Vaccination – JCVI announcement on Phase 3 (30 June 2021) | GOV.WALES Eluned Morgan, Minister for Health and Social Services

[06/29/21]   Morning Everyone,

There seems to be confusion about lateral flow tests.

Lateral flow tests are not reliable for and should not be used in people who have symptoms.

If you have symptoms you must book a PCR test at a testing centre or get one sent to your home. You and your household and close contacts must self isolate until the PCR test comes back. Tests are coming back in around 12 hours at present from the testing centres.

The Healthboard are recommending tests in people who feel unwell. It is being reported that the main symptoms currently in addition to official advice of cough/temp/loss of taste or smell is headache/runny nose and sore throat.

The hospitals and GP surgeries are extremely busy. We are seeing bugs and conditions we would normally see in Winter for example there is lots of croup about.

Please please follow this advice.

Thanks

Dr Collins

Get the NHS COVID Pass to show your vaccination status for travel | GOV.WALES 26/06/2021

Get the NHS COVID Pass to show your vaccination status for travel | GOV.WALES

Get the NHS COVID Pass to show your vaccination status for travel | GOV.WALES How you can prove that you are fully vaccinated for international travel.

Timeline Photos 22/06/2021

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If you have a dental problem that has not improved with painkillers, a dental infection or a lump, swelling or ulcer that has not disappeared after 2 weeks you are advised to phone your dental practice or local dental helpline on 01633 744387.

[06/19/21]   Good morning lovely patients and friends of St Brides.

We seem to be having a bit of an issue with semi-regular, anonymised, non-specific google reviews that are not accompanied by a complaint into the practice. This is not helpful as is does not enable me to look into why somebody isn’t happy or if we have not achieved our aim of providing exceptional care. We also cannot respond fully to negative online reviews legally due to patient confidentiality so I’m always tied.

So…a little plea. If you feel you’ve had really good service from us then please feel free to give us a review on Facebook or Google! If you feel you haven’t then please follow the NHS Complaints Procedure “Putting Things Right” by contacting the practice, so we can investigate fully. Once that is completed then leave us a review once you know the outcome if that’s what you were planning to do as it will be more balanced and fair.

We are working tirelessly to provide an exceptional service at a time of unprecedented NHS demand and this demand is not going to change in the near future.

The top priority is that we deal with urgent on the day clinical needs first. I’m sure everyone can understand why we do that. We will therefore prioritise the calls and people will not be called in order that they called in. Everyone can help by not requesting a same day call for something that is not genuinely clinically urgent. One example is exaggerating symptoms on the phone to reception and then the doctors call and the call is just for a sick note. When you ask about the urgent symptoms patients say “nah I just said that to get through reception.” This is not appropriate and is stopping us from dealing with genuine urgent calls. We will backdate first time sick notes to the day the call was made if clinically appropriate.

Other examples are requesting an urgent same day appointment and then not being available when we ask you to come in to be examined because you are are at the shops/the beach/the hairdressers/driving away on holiday* (*genuine examples).

Please help us to help you. We genuinely care and our aim is to provide an exceptional service with limited NHS resources.

[06/16/21]   ****Not leaving anybody behind ****

On Saturday 26th June Aneurin Bevan University Health Board will be holding walk-in vaccination clinics at Mass Vaccination Clinics at both Newport Centre and Ebbw Vale. This walk-in
clinic is for first doses only and is open to anyone aged 18 years and above as both Pfizer and AstraZeneca will be available.

No appointment is necessary, however you will need to bring ID.

Details:

Saturday 26th June, 10am-4pm

Newport Leisure Centre, 1 Kingsway Centre, Newport, NP20 1UH

Blaenau Gwent General Offices, Steel Works Rd, Ebbw Vale NP23

[06/14/21]   You may be aware in the Duffryn area that there have been several power surges this morning so there are intermittent power cuts which are affecting our phone lines and computers. Western Power are aware and are working on it.
We are taking copies of appointments and will keep a paper record of the triage system so please attend your appointment as normal and also bear with us as we carry on regardless!

[06/11/21]   Update - BT has solved our IT issues we are now back up and running. Thank you for your patiences

[06/03/21]   We will be closed from 1pm until 5pm today in order to continue administering COVID vaccinations. Please do not call the surgery this afternoon unless your presentation cannot wait until after 5pm as we will not be dealing with routine queries. There is an emergency message on the answerphone if you feel your presentation is urgent and cannot wait until after 5pm.

Your patience and cooperation as ever is really appreciated.

[05/27/21]   We will be closed from 1pm until 5pm today in order to continue administering COVID vaccinations. Please do not call the surgery this afternoon unless your presentation cannot wait until after 5pm as we will not be dealing with routine queries. There is an emergency message on the answerphone if you feel your presentation is urgent and cannot wait until after 5pm.

Your patience and cooperation as ever is really appreciated.

[05/20/21]   We will be closed from 1pm until 5pm today in order to continue administering COVID vaccinations. Please do not call the surgery this afternoon unless your presentation cannot wait until after 5pm as we will not be dealing with routine queries. There is an emergency message on the answerphone if you feel your presentation is urgent and cannot wait until after 5pm.

Your patience and cooperation as ever is really appreciated.

[05/13/21]   We will be closed from 1pm until 5pm today in order to continue administering COVID vaccinations. Please do not call the surgery this afternoon unless your presentation cannot wait until after 5pm as we will not be dealing with routine queries. There is an emergency message on the answerphone if you feel your presentation is urgent and cannot wait until after 5pm.

Your patience and cooperation as ever is really appreciated.

[05/06/21]   We will be closed from 1pm until 5pm today in order to continue administering COVID vaccinations. Please do not call the surgery this afternoon unless your presentation cannot wait until after 5pm as we will not be dealing with routine queries. There is an emergency message on the answerphone if you feel your presentation is urgent and cannot wait until after 5pm.

Your patience and cooperation as ever is really appreciated.

[04/29/21]   We will be closed from 1pm until 5pm today in order to continue administering COVID vaccinations. Please do not call the surgery this afternoon unless your presentation cannot wait until after 5pm as we will not be dealing with routine queries. There is an emergency message on the answerphone if you feel your presentation is urgent and cannot wait until after 5pm.

Your patience and cooperation as ever is really appreciated.

[04/22/21]   We will be closed from 1pm until 5pm today in order to continue administering COVID vaccinations. Please do not call the surgery this afternoon unless your presentation cannot wait until after 5pm as we will not be dealing with routine queries. There is an emergency message on the answerphone if you feel your presentation is urgent and cannot wait until after 5pm.

Your patience and cooperation as ever is really appreciated.

[04/15/21]   We will be closed from 1pm until 5pm today in order to continue administering COVID vaccinations. Please do not call the surgery this afternoon unless your presentation cannot wait until after 5pm as we will not be dealing with routine queries. There is an emergency message on the answerphone if you feel your presentation is urgent and cannot wait until after 5pm.

Your patience and cooperation as ever is really appreciated.

11/04/2021

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Some thoughts on the AstraZeneca Vaccine from Dr Neil Bhatia:

Up to and including 31 March 2021, the MHRA had received 79 UK reports of blood clotting cases alongside low levels of platelets (thrombosis associated with thrombocytopenia) following the use of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

• 44 of the 79 cases were of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) with thrombocytopenia
• 35 of the 79 cases were of thrombosis in other major veins (e.g. splenic) with thrombocytopenia
• ALL 79 cases occurred after a FIRST dose of the vaccine

Sadly, 19 people have died out of the 79 cases

• 11 out of the 19 people who died were under the age of 50
• 3 out of the 19 people who died were under the age of 30

The overall risk of such an event, thrombosis associated with thrombocytopenia following a first dose of AZ vaccine, is:
• 4 in a million
• that's 0.0004 %

The overall risk of death due to that event is:
• 1 in a million
• that's 0.0001 %

If you're under 50, the risk of death drops to:
• 1 in 2 million
• that's 0.00005 %

If you're under 30, the risk of death drops even further, to:
• 1 in 8 million
• that's 0.00001 %

To put that into perspective.

The risk of developing a blood clot on an aeroplane flight lasting more than 4hrs is:
▪️ 1 in 6000
▪️ that's a 167 in a million risk
▪️ or 0.0167%

The risk of developing a blood clot whilst taking the combined oral contraceptive pill is:
▪️ 1 in 2000
▪️ that's a 500 in a million risk
▪️ or 0.05%

The risk of a DVT or PE developing during pregnancy is:
▪️ 2 in 1000
▪️ that's a 2000 in a million risk
▪️ or 0.2%

What happens if you develop COVID-19?

• Pulmonary embolism, or clotting on the lungs, occurs in 7.8% of people who have COVID-19
• Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or clotting in the legs, occurs in 11.2% of people who have COVID-19
• Of those who have COVID-19 and end up in an intensive therapy unit (ITU), 23% will have some form of clot
• COVID-19 causes strokes in 1.6% of people
• Up to 30% of people who have COVID-19 will get thrombocytopenia (a lowering of the platelet count)

The risk of clots and lower platelets, ending up in hospital, and of course death, is much higher with COVID-19 than these extremely rare events which are occurring with the vaccine.

At the current time (see picture), the risk-benefit ratio for anyone aged 30+ remains overwhelmingly in favour of having the AZ vaccine, as soon as it is offered to you, rather than delaying vaccination (until an alternative one is available AND offered to you) and so running the risk of developing COVID-19 in the meantime - a situation that carries a far, far greater risk of illness and death.

A history of previous venous (DVT/PE) or arterial thrombosis, unless associated with receiving a vaccine, is NOT a contraindication to receiving the AZ vaccine. There are no known (or apparent) risk factors for this very rare event, it appears to be an idiosyncratic immune phenomenon.

Addendum: Administration of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca in patients with a history of:

• cerebral venous sinus thrombosis
• acquired or hereditary thrombophilia
• heparin-induced thrombocytopenia
• antiphospholipid syndrome

should only be considered when the potential benefit outweighs any potential risks.

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[04/09/21]   If there are any of our patients who are over the age of 50 who haven’t yet had a first dose of Covid vaccination and want one then please either ring to book yourselves an appointment or go through ‘patient triage’ on our website and we will book you into an appointment .

If you believe that you should be in priority group 6 and haven’t yet been called for vaccination then please also let us know via phone or the ‘Patient triage’ section on our website and we will get back in touch with you.

Thank you for your cooperation
Dr Collins

[04/08/21]   We will be closed from 1pm until 5pm today in order to continue administering COVID vaccinations. Please do not call the surgery this afternoon unless your presentation cannot wait until after 5pm as we will not be dealing with routine queries. There is an emergency message on the answerphone if you feel your presentation is urgent and cannot wait until after 5pm.

Your patience and cooperation as ever is really appreciated.

Dr Collins

[04/01/21]   Just a reminder we will be closed Good Friday 2nd April and Easter Monday 5th April. We wish you a happy Easter 😁

31/03/2021

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Please click on the link below to view the Covid vaccination update newsletter -29/03/2021

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[03/26/21]   The surgery will be closed this afternoon to routine issues between 1pm and 5pm. This is so that we can safely administer the Covid vaccinations with social distancing measures in place.

If you have an urgent issue that cannot wait until after 5pm, please call the surgery number for further instructions.

Patients who have not yet had their first vaccine who are;
- in Group 6 with an eligible underlying health condition or eligible carer
- aged 50 and 51 years on 1/4/21 (dob range 1/4/69 to 1/4/71)

If the above applies to you and you have not already got an appointment please contact the practice via our email [email protected]

Please note if you have asthma you will only be eligible if you have SEVERE asthma, this means if you require continuous or repeated use of systemic steroids (tablets not inhalers) or have previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission.

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation so we can get everyone vaccinated as soon as we can.

[03/18/21]   The surgery will be closed this afternoon to routine issues between 1pm and 5pm. This is so that we can safely administer the COVID vaccination with social distancing measures in place.
If you have an urgent issue that cannot wait until after 5pm then please call the surgery number for further instructions.
Thank you for your ongoing cooperation so we can get everyone vaccinated as soon as we can

Timeline Photos 17/03/2021

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People with severe asthma (defined as regular use of oral corticosteroids - 3 courses in previous 6 months - or previously requiring asthma-related hospital admission) are included in Group 6.

Individuals with mild to moderate asthma are not in Group 6.

The following statement from Welsh Government provides further clarification on asthma patients and their vaccine eligibility:
http://ow.ly/rSaf50E18sY

[03/16/21]   Edited 31/3/21 - National guidance now states than a minimal interval time of second dose Oxford vaccine is 11 weeks.

This is an appeal to ask people to stop phoning us to enquire about their second COVID vaccination doses.

We advised everyone when they have received their first doses from us that we will call for second doses and we will. We have meticulous spreadsheets and will do second doses in order.

We have been given guidance that Oxford AstraZeneca 2nd doses will be given at least 12 weeks after the first dose.

Our clinic numbers depend on stock we get sent and we only find this out a week in advance, sometimes less. This is out of our control.

Please be patient. Please stop phoning the surgery. It is stopping people getting through who are unwell .

Please reassure your worried relatives.

Thank you
Dr Collins

[03/09/21]   We will be closed today between 1pm and 5pm for any routine issues for a COVID vaccination clinic. If you have an urgent problem please telephone the surgery. If you have a midwife appointment please come to the fire exit to be let in for your appointment. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Timeline Photos 08/03/2021

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Update from Welsh Government
Unpaid carers who may not be registered as an unpaid carer with their GP are being asked to come forward by completing a new online self-referral form in order to receive their Covid-19 vaccine as part of priority group 6.

https://gov.wales/get-covid-19-vaccine-unpaid-carer

COVID-19 vaccination first phase priority groups 26/02/2021

COVID-19 vaccination first phase priority groups

COVID 19 vaccinations Update.

We are now calling people in who are deemed to be in Priority Group 6. This is the Government link for further information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-care-home-and-healthcare-settings-posters/covid-19-vaccination-first-phase-priority-groups.

If you think you are in this group due to a medical condition then please DO NOT phone the surgery to check you are on the list. We are overwhelmed with such enquiries on top of assessing patients and booking patients in for vaccine. If you are in this category you should be called. We can only give the number of vaccines weekly we are sent so please be patient. We completely understand that everyone wants their vaccine as soon as they can and we will give as soon as we can - but there is a queue.

I will update this page when we think we have called everyone in Group 6. Those who then feel they should have been called can contact the surgery through the website to make an enquiry.

The exception to the above is if you are either in receipt of carers allowance or you are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill then please go through the patient triage on our website to make an admin query to inform us as we may not have this on our records - this allows us to keep phone lines freer to asses patients and book people for vaccine

Many thanks for your cooperation
Dr Collins

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