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COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments for the clinically extremely vulnerable

If you, or any adult family members registered with the Surgery, are classified as clinically extremely vulnerable and have not had a COVID vaccination, or do not have one booked, please telephone us – (01685) 875906/872006 – to let us know. We have appointments available this weekend at both Aberdare and Aberaman sites.

In line with national guidance this includes:

  • solid organ transplant recipients
  • people with specific cancers:
    • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
    • people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
    • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
    • people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
    • people having other targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
    • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  • people with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • people with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell disease)
  • people on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
  • problems with your spleen, for example splenectomy (having your spleen removed)
  • adults with Down’s syndrome
  • adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5)
  • women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable will have received a letter earlier this year from Welsh Government with information about how to stay safe as all of Wales is in Coronavirus Alert Level 4. If you did not receive this letter, then you may have other underlying health conditions but not to the extent that makes you “clinically extremely vulnerable”. Other adults with underlying health conditions are in Priority Group 6 and will be invited in due course.

COVID-19 Vaccinations Update

Foundry Town Clinic was happy to be able to vaccinate 220 patients aged 75 and over on Saturday 30th January. We have also managed to vaccinate a significant number of our housebound patients over 80 and will continue with this next week.

Most of our patients over 80 have now had the vaccine. If you, or any family members registered with the Surgery, are over 80 (not housebound) and have not been vaccinated please telephone the Surgery to let us know. We may have incorrect contact details or you may have missed our initial calls.

We are hoping for a significant vaccine delivery next week enabling us to vaccinate on both Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February. This should hopefully cover all those aged 75 and over.

COVID-19 Vaccinations Update

Foundry Town Clinic was happy to be able to vaccinate another 200 patients aged 80 and over on Saturday 23rd January. This means over 75% of our patients in this age group have now been vaccinated. We hope to be able to vaccinate the majority of our housebound patients over the age of 80 in the next 2 weeks.

Deliveries of vaccines permitting we will additionally be starting to vaccinate those patients aged 75-80 on Saturday 30th January.

Please do not contact the Surgery regarding COVID-19 vaccinations – we will contact you by telephone.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Surgery is happy to announce we gave the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to 120 of our patients aged 80 and over on Saturday 9th January. As soon as we get more vaccine we will contact more of our eligible patients and update the website.

Surgery Christmas opening hours

Opening hours for the Aberdare and Aberaman surgeries over the Christmas period are as follows:

Monday 21st December8.00am – 6.30pm
Tuesday   22nd December8.00am – 6.30pm
Wednesday 23rd December8.00am – 6.30pm
Thursday 24th December8.00am – 6.30pm
Friday 25th DecemberCLOSED
Saturday 26th DecemberCLOSED
Sunday 27th DecemberCLOSED
Monday 28th DecemberCLOSED
Tuesday  29th December8.00am – 6.30pm
Wednesday 30th December8.00am – 6.30pm
Thursday 31st December8.00am – 6.30pm
Friday 1st JanuaryCLOSED

We will be back to normal opening hours from 8.00am on Monday 4th January.

Please give plenty of notice when ordering any medication as there is high demand due to the Bank Holidays.

In an emergency please contact (01685) 875906/872006 where you will be directed to out of hours services.

Free NHS flu vaccine for everyone aged 50-64

Aged 50-64?

Why you should have a flu vaccine this year.

From 1st December 2020, everyone aged 50 to 64 in Wales is eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine at their GP surgery or community pharmacy. This includes those who will reach the age of 50 before 31st March 2021.

Flu can be serious for some people, and as we get older our risks of complications if we catch flu increase. This winter, flu and COVID-19 (coronavirus) are likely to both be in circulation, so it is especially important that as many people as possible have a flu vaccine to protect themselves.

Annual flu vaccination is one of the best ways to protect against catching or spreading flu. To help protect more people from flu this year, additional groups are now eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine -this includes everyone aged 50-64.

Demand for flu vaccination has been high this year, but additional flu vaccines were ordered for Wales and these extra flu vaccines are now available. This means that people in this age group can now have a free NHS flu vaccine at their GP surgery or community pharmacy.

Additional infection prevention and control measures are taking place in GP surgeries and community pharmacies to help keep people safe, and this may mean appointments take slightly longer than usual.

GP surgeries and community pharmacies everywhere are experiencing lots of enquiries, and some people are being asked to wait longer than usual for an appointment.

GP surgeries and community pharmacies are working hard to offer vaccinations as soon as they are able. Please be patient if you are asked to wait.

Find out more at www.beatflu.org

Join a COVID-19 clinical trial

The Foundry Town Clinic is taking part in the national PRINCIPLE clinical trial, which aims to find low-risk treatments for older people with COVID-19 that can be taken at home.

To be eligible to join the trial you will need to have experienced symptoms that are likely to have been caused by COVID-19 in the last 14 days. You do not need to have had a COVID-19 test.

The trial is open to people aged 65 or over, or aged 50–64 with an underlying health condition.

If you are registered at The Foundry Town Clinic and would like more information, please contact us on 01685 875906 or 01685 872006. You can also join the trial online, even if you are not currently registered with our practice. For full details, visit http://www.principletrial.org.

 

Routine blood tests

The issue causing postponement of routine blood tests has now been resolved.

All patients who had blood tests cancelled can now re-book appointments. Please contact the Surgery.

Surgery update during Welsh Firebreak Lockdown

The Surgery will be running as it has been during the forthcoming lockdown. The only difference will be that prescriptions can be ordered over the telephone for the duration of the lockdown.

Do not ignore any worrying symptoms. We are still seeing patients in person – however this is dependent on an initial telephone or online consultation to ensure the Surgery runs safely and efficiently.

Can we emphasise again that our online prescription service and online eConsultation service are available, the latter with a guaranteed 24 hour turnaround. With the demand on Surgery phone lines these services may be an easier and quicker option to gain advice or treatment.