Message to our patients – update on the COVID-19 booster programme
Across Sussex the NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.
All adults are eligible from Monday 13 December, and you will be able to book via the National Booking System from Wednesday 15 December.
You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months.
We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly.
New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. We have been offering more than 80,000 appointments a week and in the last two weeks we have increased the number of available appointments by more than 10,000 a week. Further availability will come online from Wednesday 15 December.
We will be working with all of our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days.
All of these appointments will be added to the National Booking System and so we encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.
In terms of any planned appointments with <insert name of the GP practice>, there are no changes at the current time and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.
See more about the vaccination programme in Sussex, including the vaccination services: COVID-19 vaccinations - Sussex Health & Care Partnership (sussexhealthandcare.uk).
16 and 17 year olds
Here are all of the available walk in sessions for 16 and 17 year olds:
- Brighton, former Top Shop store, Churchill Square, BN1 2RG, daily 8.30am to 7.00pm, Pfizer
- Chichester, Westgate Vaccination Centre, Via Ravenna, PO19 1RJ, daily 8.30am to 7.00pm
- Eastbourne, former Mothercare shop, Hampden Retail Park, Lottbridge Drove, BN22 9PD , daily 8.30am to 3.00pm
More walk in sessions for 16-17 year olds are being confirmed and will be added here: https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/how-do-i-get-my-jab/walk-in-vaccination-sessions/
All adults are now eligible to have for life saving vaccinations
Walk in services are available. Just turn up, and walk in for your vaccination! No appointment necessary!
Pop-up and mobile vaccination sessions will once again take place in various locations this weekend to deliver first dose vaccinations. Some are happening TODAY! And more are planned for the weekend of 10th/11th, and additional services are being added all the time.
Second jabs are also available at some of the walk-ins.
Walk in sessions are also taking place in Haywards Heath, Eastbourne, Crawley, Horsham, Newhaven, St Leonards, Storrington and Angmering.
Please just bring one form of ID (photo ID not required) and your NHS number, if you know it.
If you already have an appointment please attend this
COVID-19 vaccination for visitors, migrants and refugees
If you are a visitor, migrant or refugee you can get your COVID-19 vaccination.
Please call our free vaccine enquiry line on 0800 433 4545 if you have any questions about the vaccine.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is exhausting and difficult for all of us. The news of the latest lockdown will increase anxiety for some people, but we know that it is vital for us all to follow the rules to protect us all and especially to keep the most vulnerable people we care about safe. The team at St Peters Medical Centre want to do everything that we can to continue to look after our community and to help you through this
We will be starting vaccinations very soon, and will be in touch as soon as we can with appointments. Please do not ring us, as you will be contacted as soon as appointments are able to be booked for people in your priority group. The government have given us very clear guidelines for the order that we have to vaccinate in and we have to follow these rules. The priority groups are:
1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3. All those 75 years of age and over
4. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5. All those 65 years of age and over
6. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions, which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7. All those 60 years of age and over
8. All those 55 years of age and over
9. All those 50 years of age and over
It is estimated that taken together, these groups represent around 99% of preventable mortality from COVID-19.
We want to reassure you that we are still open throughout lockdown, although we need to speak to everyone on the telephone first. We are also doing video consultations and we always arrange a face-to-face examination if someone needs a physical examination or has complex mental health difficulties that make video or phone consultation challenging. During the first lockdown, some people delayed coming to see us, and as a result, they had serious illnesses diagnosed later than normal. Please do ring us if you are unwell, and especially if you have any of the following symptoms
- Unexplained weight loss
- A new lump
- Rectal bleeding or persistent change in bowel habit
- A mole that is changing
- Persistent hoarse voice or cough
- Blood in your urine
The practice has taken steps to mitigate the risk of transmission of Covid19 in the building as much as possible, with masks and social distancing in the waiting room and other measures. We will soon also be doing twice weekly testing for all staff to make sure no one with an asymptomatic infection comes to work here without realising it. All of these measures mean that if you do have to come to the practice then we can keep you and our staff safe
Lockdown and Covid has had a huge impact on mental health.
There is free access to talking therapy at the Brighton Wellbeing Service (https://www.brightonandhovewellbeing.org/) and advice on community support at Community Roots (https://www.communityroots.org.uk/).
If you are struggling there is also 24/7 help from the Sussex Mental Health line (https://www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/sussex-mental-healthline).
For anyone developing problems with alcohol or drugs the Change Grow Live can provide support (https://www.changegrowlive.org/brighton-hove-recovery-service/info).
Our patient participation group recently organised a webinar where Dr Claire Bowmer and Dr Rebecca Jarvis talked about mental health in the pandemic – you can find this on our website https://www.stpetersmedicalcentre.co.uk/health-and-wellbeing-advice-2
There is good international evidence that concentrating on the Five Ways to mental health can help all of us stay well
- Connect – if you are lucky enough to live with someone or have a pet then remember to take time with him or her. If you live on your own send a text, write a letter or phone someone you know. Alternatively, if you go out for your exercise or to the shop then smile at the person serving you. You can also connect with the world outside just by watching a travel documentary – but avoid checking the news more than once a day
- Learn – This doesn’t have to be formal study – learn a new recipe or a new route to the shop, or do a Sudoku or puzzle
- Be Active – the NHS website has exercises for people who are housebound and chair bound, and we love Joe Wicks and Yoga with Adrienne on You Tube as well as the couch to 5k app
- Take Notice- Look at the sky out of your window, and there is always something to look at outside in Brighton – even in lockdown. But also notice your body and your feelings
- Give – this can be as simple as giving a smile or. things that you have managed to do
Try to do these each week if you can
Stay safe and be kind – to yourself and others. We need to look after ourselves before we look after others, as you cannot pour from an empty cup.
We are the NHS and we are here for you
How can we help you?
If you think you might have coronavirus or you’ve been in close contact with someone who has it visit NHS 111 online coronavirus service for advice.
Well-being while staying at home
Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Visit NHS Every Mind Matters for advice, practice advice and support groups.
If you cannot wait to see a doctor and feel unable to cope or keep yourself safe, it’s important to get support.
To stay fit and healthy whilst at home, try the NHS Home workout videos.
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Brighton & Hove Covid-19 Escalation Framework
Public Health have introduced a new escalation framework, using a traffic light system – from green to yellow, amber and red - to keep everyone in the city up to date about the current rate of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Brighton & Hove and how they can help to prevent the spread of infection.
Starting this week the city’s status will be updated weekly on a new Current Alert Level and Guidance web page.
We will also highlight groups and settings that are particularly affected so people can make extra efforts to reduce their risk.
I’m asking everyone to play their part and follow the guidance. To slow the virus we all need to step up physical distancing, wear face coverings where advised, limit contact between households and follow the ‘rule of six’ and also think ‘hands, space, face’ . Businesses also have a vital role to play by ensuring they are helping their customers to stay safe.