Clinical Pressures and Prioritisation
The government has increased the Covid alert level up to level 4 and NHS England have asked all GP Surgeries to make vaccinating all adults the number one priority until the end of December. This is to try to prevent a wave of Covid infection that will overwhelm hospitals. The NHS fully acknowledge that routine healthcare in general practice will need to be paused, temporarily.
We will still deal with genuinely urgent needs, but we need your help to reduce the number of non-urgent and routine requests.
Your local Pharmacy is able to give advice around minor ailments, and NHS 111 is also available for advice. For life-threatening health problems, please call 999. The NHS website has good information about everyday health issues https://www.nhs.uk/
Thank you for your help at this critical time.
If you need your COVID booster, we have appointments available.
Please give us a call to book ASAP.
Have you had your COVID vaccines? Still need your booster? There’s still time to get your lifesaving vaccination before Christmas.
If you do, you will protect yourself, you’ll help protect your family and friends, and help keep your wider community safer.
We are vaccinating 5,000 people this week but there are still spaces available. Your local surgery is open – just call to book. Our clinics are giving the Pfizer vaccine.
Call us to book if:
- You are pregnant
- You are in an at risk group
- You are aged 18 or over and it’s 3 months since your 2nd dose
- You are aged 16-17 and need a 2nd dose (must be 12 weeks after 1st)
- Your child is aged 12-15 and needs their COVID vaccination
- You can’t get to a walk in centre or mass vaccination site – we’ll book you in locally.
If any of your friends or family still need their vaccinations, please do encourage them to ring.
Let’s all get boosted to help save Christmas!
Following the recent Government announcement in response to the public health emergency from the Omicron variant of Covid-19, we have massively expanded our local vaccination appointment availability leading up to Christmas.
All of the Ely PCN sites (St Georges Medical Centre, St Mary's Surgery, Burwell Surgery, Haddenham Surgery, Staploe Medical Centre and Cathedral Medical Centre) will be offering local vaccination appointments during surgery hours. We expect to deliver around 10,000 doses before Christmas.
The Government has asked that this push on booster vaccinations to be the NHS number on priority. We will continue to provide necessary essential and urgent care, but routine procedures and appointments will be lower priority – temporarily - to enable us to focus on getting the vaccinations done.
To be clear, this DOES NOT mean that GP Practices are closed, we are simply asking you to contact us only if you really need, for the next few weeks. Please consider the local Pharmacy or 111 for minor ailments and the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/ is an excellent place to find help and guidance, but DO contact us for serious or urgent advice.
Thank you - your continued support and understanding is very much appreciated.
CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS: We we be closed on Friday, 24th December 2021 at 6.00 pm and will reopen on Wednesday 29th December 2021 at 08.30 am. If you require medical assistance when we are closed please telephone: 111. In medical emergencies: 999
AskmyGP is a online system which improves accessibility to GPs and is flexible for patients too.
- It is the easiest and fastest way to ask for help from a doctor
- All our registered patients are invited to use the new system, and as a parent or carer you can use askmyGP on behalf of a patient
- We respond in working hours, 8.00am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday
- You can choose a particular named GP if you wish (so long as they are working that day)
- You can choose how you would like the surgery to respond to you, eg by phone or email
- You can login straightaway, without any paperwork.
URINE and OTHER SAMPLES: We kindly request all SAMPLES to be tested have been requested by a healthcare professional. Please register your request on askmyGP. If you do not have access to askmyGP please telephone us: 01638 741234 and speak to one of our Receptionists. Thank you.
Burwell Surgery/April 2021.
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(Site updated 29/12/2021)