Pandemic

COVID-19 BOOSTER VACCINATION PROGRAMME

Our telephone lines have been extremely busy with calls about booster vaccinations. We are currently working through the cohorts to ensure those at greatest risk are vaccinated first. As of today, 22 October, around 50% of our eligible patients have received their booster vaccination. Please don't contact us, we will contact eligible patients as vaccine becomes available but there's no need to wait. Providing you are eligible, you can book your COVID-19 booster vaccination online:


You can use this service if you are either:

  • Aged 50 and over
  • Aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at very high risk from Covid-19
If you have not been contacted and it has been at least 6 months and 1 week (189 days) since your 2nd dose, you may try to book your booster appointment using this service.

You can also use this service if you are a front-line health and social care worker. You will only be able to book an appointment for a booster dose if it has been at least 6 months (182) days

since your 2nd dose of vaccine.


Find out more at nhs.uk/book or manage a covid vaccination booster


HOW TO ACCESS YOUR COVID-19 VACCINATION STATUS

Through the NHS App

From Monday 17th May you can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.


By calling 119

If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 working days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 5 working days to reach you. The letter will be sent automatically to the address registered with your GP. The 119 call handler you speak to will not be able to see your address to check this with you. If you’ve recently moved house, make sure you’ve given your new address to your GP practice before calling 119.


Please do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status



* * * CORONA VIRUS (Covid-19) * * *


FACE COVERINGS

We still require all visitors to our surgeries to wear a face covering


IF YOU HAVE A NEW CONTINUOUS COUGH, A HIGH TEMPERATURE OR YOU NOTICE A LOSS OF YOUR SENSE OF SMELL OR TASTE, YOU MUST STAY AT HOME AND SELF-ISOLATE FOLLOWING THIS GUIDANCE ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD SHOULD ALSO SELF-ISOLATE


FULL GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE ABOUT ALL ASPECTS OF CORONA VIRUS IS AVAILABLE VIA THE LINK BELOW:

.GOV CORONAVIRUS GUIDANCE




Sharing Your Medical Records

Would you like us to make your medical records accessible to other NHS organisations who may provide you with care, for example the local extended hours GP surgeries or Urgent Care centre?When you receive care from another organisation, they will always ask your permission to view your GP record, however, you also need to tell TBMG that you are happy to share other records with us. Next time you are contact the surgery, please ask one of the team to update your sharing preferences.


Please click here for more information about sharing your medical record and how we use your records


Seven day Extended Access - EVENING and WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS

Hartlepool & Stockton Health (H&SH) offer access in the evening and on weekends on behalf of this Practice. Appointments are available to see a GP, Nurse or Healthcare Assistant at several surgeries across Stockton and Hartlepool. Please speak to our reception team for further information.


Patients attending appointments at H&SH will be asked if they are happy for NHS staff at the other surgeries to have access to their electronic medical record. Further information about sharing your medical record is available via the link below.

Electronic Record Sharing, patient information leaflet.


Have you registered for Online Access yet?

Over 8,300 of our patients currently benefit from online access which allows them to book and cancel appointments, order repeat prescriptions and view a summary of their medical record 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Online access is available to all patients aged 16 years and over. Online records can also be linked to the NHS App. Please take a look at our Online Services page for further information.


Electronic Prescription Services (EPS)

Since we introduced access to the Electronic Prescription Service 16,000 of our patients have nominated their preferred pharmacy and are benefiting from the service as they no longer have to visit the surgery to pick up a paper prescription, particularly important during the current pandemic. Instead, their GP sends it to the pharmacy they choose, saving them time. Patients also have more choice about where they get their medication from because it can be collected from a pharmacy near where they live, work or shop.


More information about EPS, including answers to frequently asked questions is available by clicking on the following link Electronic Prescription Service, or speak to your local pharmacy.


Would you like to join our Patient Participation Group?

As a member of our 'virtual' Patient Participation Group you can suggest and comment upon other areas that you feel may be important for future surveys, the group is open to all patients registered with TBMG. To join the group, simply ask at reception for an application form , complete your details and hand it back to the receptionist. Have your say ....... join up today!!