COVID - 19 BOOSTER VACCINE UPDATE
THE SURGERY IS NOW OFFERING THE SERVICE - CALL TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
The COVID vaccination programme, has started taking online and phone bookings from people invited for a booster jab.
People who are more vulnerable to the virus are being invited to top up their protection ahead of winter six months or more after receiving their second jab.
They do not need to contact the NHS but will be invited when it is their turn. Texts and letters are going out to around 1.5 million people this week.
People will be able to book an appointment online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination at one of the convenient vaccine sites across the country. People that aren’t able go online can book by phoning 119.
Amherst have started inviting the following groups of patients for the Booster vaccine.
Those who are eligible for a booster include:
- those living in residential care homes for older adults
- all adults aged 50 years or over
- frontline health and social care workers
- all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the green book), and adult carers
- adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
The practice staff are working hard to offer as many in practice clinics as we can but please be patient with us as the practice is also providing primary care services to our patient population. Therefore, if you have been invited to book your Booster vaccination, and do not wish to wait till our next clinic, please book at one of the other vaccination centres e.g. Sevenoaks Pharmacy. You can book via the link listed above or by calling 119.
Covid-19 vaccination information
- Please do not ring the practice regarding the Booster doses not showing on your Covid Passport. Currently, Booster doses are not visible on this platform. The practice will not provide proof of vaccination status. The Booster dose is still visible in the Immunisation and Medication section of your NHS App / Patient Access App
- Information for pregnant/new mothers on the safety of the covid vaccine can be found on the following website page: https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/coronavirus-covid-19-pregnancy-and-womens-health/covid-19-vaccines-and-pregnancy/covid-19-vaccines-pregnancy-and-breastfeeding/
27/8/21 - Walk in Clinics for 12 - 17 year olds
Canterbury Vaccination Centre – Sea Cadet Hub,Training Ship Corageous, Vauxhall Road, Canterbury Kent CT1 1ZN is able to vaccinate eligible 12-15s and 16 years and up patients.
They have a walk in daily Monday – Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm
Walk in Clinics for 16&17 year olds
COVID vaccine status
The Government has announced that from 17 May 2021, people will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccine status for travelling purposes, by accessing the NHS app, or by calling 119. People are also strongly advised not to contact their GP to prove their vaccine status.
Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status
Please see the Gov.uk website for further information.
Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHSapp, which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions.
The NHSapp can be downloaded from here for iPhone or here for android.
Alternatively, 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 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.
Telephone Line Delays
We are currently experiencing technical issues with our phone line resulting in delays in attending to your calls. We are, at present, liaising with our telephone provider and would like to thank you for your patience while we sort the issue out as soon as possible.
Welcome to St John's Medical Practice website where you will find all the information you need about our healthcare services.
We are now operating with a new computer system, which allows us to send text messages to our patients, to keep them updated and to remind them of their medical appointments. Please email us your full name, date of birth and mobile number on firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can update our database and send you updates via text messages.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine Update
How soon after having Covid-19 can I have the vaccine?
It is recommended that people wait 4 weeks after recovering from Covid-19 or from being tested positive but not experiencing symptoms. We will rearrange invitations if you are in this situation when first invited to have the vaccine.
When will the second dose be given?
From 30 December the national guidance changed and second doses will now be scheduled for 10-12 weeks after the first dose.
Can I pay for the vaccines privately?
No, all Covid-19 vaccines are being provided free by the NHS. If you see any offers to get the vaccine privately it will be a scam and you must not contact them.
Find out more: For more information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Kent and Medway please visit www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/covid19vaccine
For more info on the vaccine, please refer to this guide
IMPORTANT UPDATE RE. CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
If you have an appointment, please ring the doorbell and someone will assist you. Please be aware that we are only seeing patients for urgent and immediately necessary appointments.
Please post all prescriptions through the green letterbox on the side wall to the right of the main entrance by the steps only. Please do not post through our side entrance door.
Kindly note that prescriptions are currently taking between 5 - 7 working days to be processed.
We kindly ask you to be respectful to our team, who are still working extremely hard to deliver the best service they possibly can to our patients during these tough times.
Sevenoaks Urgent Treatment Centre, opening hours 8am-8pm 365 days a year
Do you need to see your GP for an urgent, but not life threatening, same day appointment? Are you struggling to get an appointment through your GP surgery? West Kent Primary Care are continuing to offer a GP service at Sevenoaks Urgent Treatment Centre, from 8am till 8pm to support your local GP’s capacity. If you would like to explore whether your health needs could be met by these GP’s, please phone NHS 111 to discuss and be sure to request an appointment, if necessary, at the Sevenoaks Urgent Treatment Centre, (for illnesses and injuries that require urgent but not specialist input)
ATTENTION ALL NEW PATIENTS WISHING TO REGISTER WITH ST. JOHN'S
If you wish to register with St John's as a new patient, please pick up a registration pack from Reception, or alternatively complete our online registration form under the New Patients tab.
PRACTICE AFTERNOON CLOSURE DATES FOR 2021
Please note that the practice lines will not be available on 13 July 2021 at as from 13:00
Due to Staff Training
IMPORTANT UPDATE TO PHLEBOTOMY OPENING TIMES
From 13 April 2020, patients need to book an appointment at the Phlebotomy Department to have their blood tests taken. Please call us on 01732 747203, Option 2 and we will book these for you.
You will need to provide a proof of ID during your appointment (passport, driving licence or utility bill) as well as your NHS number, which we can give you when booking your appointment. You will need to report to Sevenoaks Outpatients Dept. and press the doorbell as the automatic doors will be locked. A receptionist will then permit access to the waiting area (a max. of two patients will only ever be in the waiting area and they will be segregated to support social distancing).
Please remember to phone 01732 747203, Option 3 between 11:00 am - 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday to receive your results.
**FOR EMAIL COMMUNICATION USE THIS ADDRESS **
This is not for direct communication to GPs on medical matters or a means of ordering repeat prescriptions
YOU HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED TO A NAMED GP
All patients on our list are now linked to a named GP.
This does not mean that you can only see that GP, you carry on seeing which one you wish as a preference.
We are not writing to each patient to tell them who they are assigned to, you can ask on your next visit or you can call us.
This is a helpful administrative exercise within the Practice to help with workflow distribution for all the letters, test results and general correspondence that we receive.
FRIENDS & FAMILY TEST
PLEASE CLICK THE 'HAVE YOUR SAY ' LINK TO F & F AND COMPLETE THE SHORT SURVEY
YOUR OPINION MATTERS TO US
Are you a carer for a family member or friend?
If you would like to book a one-to-one appointment, please speak to our member of our reception team.
Repeat Prescriptions and Online Appointments
Ordering Prescriptions and Booking Appointments Online 'click here'
Sharing Patient Information
NHS Summary Care Record
A Summary Care Record will give Healthcare Staff important information about medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions you have had to medicines. It will also include your name, date of birth and unique NHS number.
Giving Healthcare Staff access to this information can prevent mistakes being made when caring for you in an emergency or when your GP Practice is closed.
If you wish to opt out, please click on the following link: SHARING DATA OPT OUT 'click here' to download the link for the opt-out form and return this to the practice as soon as possible
For more information about Summary Care Records and your choices, phone the Summary Care Information Line on 0300 123 3020 or visit http://www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk/
If you do not wish to share your confidential patient information for research and planning, please follow the link below for advice on how to opt out:
One Click Away
Convenience doesn’t stop there and you can now access a number of services online. Ordering a repeat prescription (see below) or sending us your comments are both just a click away. And if you’re not yet registered with us you can download the necessary forms here too.
Health and Happiness
Our team are dedicated to your continued good health and approach your care with professionalism, discretion and friendliness. You can count on a warm welcome from everyone involved here at the Practice.
Continuity of Registration
If you have been notified by letter that your notes may be removed from the Practice and you will be de-registered but you wish to remain with us, please complete the form: 'Click Here
(Site updated 27/10/2021)