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Response to COVID-19 Vaccine Oxford-AstraZeneca media reports
The UK Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, which is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe, have said that evidence DOES NOT suggest that the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab is linked to blood clots.
People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.
Please read more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mhra-response-to-irish-authorities-action-to-temporarily-suspend-the-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine
COVID VACCINATION PROGRAMME
Please wait to be contacted about your Covid-19 vaccination as we are being inundated with calls. All those who are eligible will be contacted by a telephone call to arrange an appointment as soon as the vaccine supply allows.
Currently if you are:
- aged 45 and over
- you have previously received a letter saying you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- you are a frontline health or social care worker
you can book your appointment at a mass vaccination centre online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
If you opt to have your vaccine at a mass vaccination centre you do not need to contact us to let us know as our clinical system will be updated automatically.
Due to the present Coronavirus situation, the practice will be implementing temporary changes to our appointment system. ALL requests for appointments will be placed as a telephone triage call with a clinician, this is to prevent patients who may have contracted/been exposed/have symptoms of Coronavirus from attending the practice, and to prevent our more vulnerable patients with underlying health problems from being put at unnecessary risk.
ALL existing appointments will be contacted by the practice, and will be asked to verify the reason for the appointment, and asked the Coronavirus screening questions and where possible face-to-face appointments will be changed to telephone consultations.
The practice would like to thank you for your understanding that these measures are being introduced with the best interest of our patients and staff in mind.
NEED TO SEE A GP ON AN EVENING OR WEEKEND?
GPs in Derwentside are working together to offer extra GP appointments from 18:00 on weekday evenings as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings. To book an 'Extended hours' appointment please contact the surgery Monday-Friday 08:30-18:00. When our surgery is closed, please call 111 to access these clinics, which are held at Tanfield View Surgery, Stanley and Queens Road Surgery, Consett.
Cedars Medical Group is a training and teaching practice which allows us to have GP Registrars who are qualified doctors wishing to train as GPs. They work closely with the partners in all aspects of patient care.
We also have 5th Year Medical Students on a 3 week rotation and 3rd Year Medical Students weekly on Tuesdays & Wednesdays.
ONLINE REQUESTS FOR REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS AND ROUTINE APPOINTMENTS
We are now able to register patients for both of the above online services, please speak to a member of the reception team for further details. Patients must request these services in person and provide proof of identification.
NAMED GP FOR ALL PATIENTS
From 1 April 2015 all patients at Cedars Medical Group, including children, will have a named GP who is responsible for their overall care at the practice. This does not, however, prevent you from seeing any GP in the practice as you currently do, and you are unlikely to see any notable change in the way care is delivered to you by our practice.
Please see our page for Young People aged 13-19, located under Further Information
(Site updated 14/04/2021)