Routine appointments – a temporary change
The government has increased the Covid alert level up to level 4 and NHS England have asked all GP Surgeries to make vaccinating all adults the number one priority until the end of December. This is to try to prevent a wave of Covid infection that will overwhelm hospitals. The NHS fully acknowledge that routine healthcare in general practice will need to be paused, temporarily.
We will still deal with genuinely urgent needs, but we need your help to reduce the number of non-urgent and routine requests.
Your local Pharmacy is able to give advice around minor ailments, and NHS 111 is also available for advice. For life-threatening health problems, please call 999. The NHS website has good information about everyday health issues https://www.nhs.uk/
Thank you for your help at this critical time.
Getting your Covid vaccination:
Following the recent Government announcement in response to the public health emergency from the Omicron variant of Covid-19, we have massively expanded our local vaccination appointment availability leading up to Christmas.
All of the Ely PCN sites will be offering local vaccination appointments during surgery hours. We expect to deliver around 10,000 doses before Christmas.
Over the next few days we will be sending text messages for you to book your appointment, and the National Booking Systems have also increased their capacity and are making appointments, so you should be able to find something suitable for you.
The Government has asked that this push on booster vaccinations to be the NHS number one priority. We will continue to provide necessary essential and urgent care, but routine procedures and appointments will be lower priority – temporarily – to enable us to focus on getting the vaccinations done.
To be clear, this DOES NOT mean that GP Practices are closed, we are simply asking you to contact us only if you really need, for the next few weeks. Please consider the local Pharmacy or 111 for minor ailments and the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/ is an excellent place to find help and guidance, but DO contact us for serious or urgent advice.