COVID Update 06/04/21
We would like to reassure our patients as we know some of you are, understandably, concerned regarding recent reports of the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine being suspended in some European Countries.
The EMA is still investigating the reports about the Ox/AZ vaccine and the blood clots but to date there is no evidence that the blood clots were caused by the vaccine
To date, over 17 million doses of the Ox/AZ vaccine have been administered across Europe and the UK, the number of blood clot cases does not exceed the number expected in the general population.
Blood clots are not rare. There are many factors that can make people more prone to getting blood clots - smoking, obesity, and taking certain contraception, it can also be genetic.
Please also remember that contracting Covid-19 DOES pose a real risk of getting a blood clot, and far worse
Please also note, we're not expecting further supplies of Pfizer for first doses, so please do not ask to switch to a Pfizer clinic
COVID UPDATE 06/04/21
SECOND DOSE APPOINTMENTS
If you had your first dose at Pangbourne since 1st February, you will be contacted to book your second dose when they have a delivery date confirmed for your vaccine - this will be before 12 weeks.
We have to await confirmation of our delivery dates for 2nd dose vaccines before we can create a clinic and book our patients in. Please be assured Pangbourne will be in touch when your 2nd dose is due.
COHORTS 1 - 4 (70+ years and CEV) COHORT 6 (16 - 64 years 'at risk')
If for whatever reason you are yet to be vaccinated but are now in a position to take up the offer, please do get in touch with us by any means so we can get you booked in.
COHORTS 5, 7 & 8 (56 - 69 years)
You are now able to book to have your vaccine at a mass vaccination site or local pharmacy site - please visit Book a coronavirus vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk) or call 119.
If you are 65 years or above and would prefer to come to us in Pangbourne, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are 56 - 64 and would prefer to come to us in Pangbourne, please wait to hear from us - we will invite you when the priority cohorts above you have been completed.
Parking at The Pangbourne Club is a privately owned 'pay & display' car park operated by a camera - you must purchase a parking ticket to avoid a fine - even if you have a blue badge.
Please do not arrive early for your vaccine appointment.
We kindly ask that you do not contact us to ask when you will be invited, we will be in touch when it's your turn.
Please do not contact us to ask if you can be put onto a reserve list, and do not turn up at a clinic asking for a spare dose.
As you will no doubt appreciate this is an enormous undertaking and is the biggest and most complex vaccination programme we have ever implemented. Thank you for your patience and understanding, it is very much appreciated.
Surgery Opening Times
During the current Covid-19 Pandemic the Surgery opening times are 08:00 to 12:30 & 13.30 to 18:30
If you have a booked appointment only between 12.30 & 13.30, please ring the door bell for assistance.
Dispensary Opening Times
During the current Covid-19 Pandemic the Dispensary opening times are 09:00 to 12:30 & 14:00 to 18:00
Mortimer Surgery: Information regarding COVID Vaccinations for Surgery Patients
COVID Vaccination Programme
The way in which the new COVID vaccinations are administered is not straightforward and it is not practically possible to deliver this service at a practice level in many areas. This includes Mortimer Surgery. The organisation of the programme is being directed at a national level and as individual practices we have had little control or say in how we provide vaccinations to our patients.
Nationally GP's are being asked to offer the vaccine in groups of practices at a single 'Designated Centre', meaning the majority of eligible patients throughout the country will not be vaccinated at their own surgery and will have to travel to a vaccination centre
Mortimer patients WILL be offered the vaccine in line with the national priority listings but they may have to attend other centres in the West Berkshire Area for this service..
The staff of Mortimer Surgery will be supporting any Designated Vaccine Centre in our locality in any way we can. If it becomes possible to organise and deliver the vaccinations in the surgery or at other centres within the practice boundary in the future we will of course do so.
We will update this information as and when we know more. 06/04/2021.
Mortimer Surgery: Information regarding Flu Clinics at Mortimer Surgery
Updated on 06/04/21
Please continue to contact Mortimer Surgery to book your flu vaccination if you are over 50 or fall within the clinical 'At Risk' groups.
ON ARRIVAL FOR YOUR FLU JAB PLEASE USE A FACE COVERING AND WEAR SHORT SLEEVES AS PRIVATE SPACE TO UNDRESS WILL BE LIMITED.
MORTIMER SURGERY: CHANGES IN SERVICES DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Please click on link below to view how Mortimer Surgery are changing their access and services during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Mortimer Surgery Newsletter - October 2020
Covid-19 Domestic Abuse - West Berkshire Support and Guidance - click below
Domestic Abuse Flyer Covid (1).pdf
Mental Wellbeing for Youth Resources - click below
Mental Wellbeing Youth.pdf
IMPORTANT - PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY WITHOUT SPEAKING TO A STAFF MEMBER VIA THE TELEPHONE - 0118 933 2436 OR EMAIL email@example.com
If you have a medication query, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALL APPOINTMENTS WILL BE A TELEPHONE CALL FROM A DOCTOR. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY
FACE SHIELDING - FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL PATIENTS ATTENDING THE SURGERY FOR A BOOKED FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENT. CAN WE PLEASE ASK THAT YOU EITHER WEAR A MASK OR SOME KIND OF FACE COVERING (I.E. SCARF) TO HELP PROTECT BOTH YOURSELF AND THE GP/NURSE YOU ARE SEEING.
Mortimer Pharmacy will be closing everyday between the hours of 1.30pm & 3.00pm and 6.30pm & 7.30pm to replenish stocks and prepare prescriptions.
FOR FURTHER LOCAL AND NATIONAL INFORMATION ON COVID-19 PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW
Information remains subject to regular change and updates.
DAWN Rheumatology Service
The British Society for Rheumatology has produced guidelines to risk stratify patients depending on the medication they are taking and also age and other medical conditions (see enclosed document to calculate your score).
Those who have a score of 3 are at high risk and should shield at home for the next 12 weeks (please follow UK government guidance). Those with a score of 2 should self-isolate or maintain social distance at their own discretion. Those with a score of 1 or less should maintain social distance only.
It is important to continue with your usual medication at this time to avoid risk of relapse.
All Rheumatology consultants have been redeployed to the front line. The Rheumatology telephone advice line is still in operation but under significant pressure.
We are endeavouring to maintain some Rheumatology follow up appointments via telephone consultations with the specialist nurses but this will be a skeleton service.
We are asking Rheumatology patients to move their regular blood test monitoring to every 12 weeks. This is in line with the British Society for Rheumatology guidelines. The only exceptions to this are patients on Methotrexate and Leflunomide in combination and patients with pre-existing cancer or liver disease who should continue monthly blood tests.
If you have recently started a Rheumatology medication or changed the dose within the last 8 weeks, you should continue with testing as advised at that time.
Serving Members & Ex Members of our Armed Forces/War Veterans - If you are a current or ex member of our Armed Forces; please let the Surgery know, to ensure you receive the service/care available to you.
The Mortimer Surgery Website
The Mortimer Surgery doctors and nurses take pride in offering the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare.We run many clinics for chronic disease care and offer a wide variety of other medical services such as antenatal and postnatal care, minor surger, childhood vaccinations and well-person check-ups.
In addition to everything you need to know about the practice you will also find a wealth of health-related information in the menu on the right hand side. Please have a look around and do send us some feedback if you like.
All results are seen and reviewed by the requesting GP (or in the case of absence/holidays by a nominated covering GP).
If any direct action needs to be taken because of these results, you will be contacted by the surgery.
If patients would like to check their results are back they are invited to phone the surgery between 2pm - 3pm Monday to Friday (please allow 5 working days from date of test).
Berkshire West Primary Care Strategy
Please see the link below for information
7 Day Working
7 Day Working
All the GPs, Nurses and staff at Mortimer Surgery would like to say thank you to the many members of the community that have put their names forward to help us out during this unprecedented time.
I know we have written to a few individually to say thank you but unfortunately we will not be able to write to you all due to the sheer number of volunteers.
We, here at Mortimer Surgery, just wanted you all to know how much we appreciate you volunteering your services from delivering of prescriptions to making of the face visors.
It is lovely to know what a wonderful community we have here in Mortimer/Burghfield and surrounding areas that really do pull together during a crisis.
Keep up the good work, but most importantly, stay safe.
(Site updated 06/04/2021)