24/04/2021, We are currently experiencing extremely high volumes of telephone calls to the surgery. Please do not call the surgery regarding Covid vaccination. If you have received your first Covid vaccine at the Sidings Vaccination Hub please rest assured, a member of the team will call you to book you into a clinic when we are notified of vaccine delivery dates. We have a dedicated team working through the patient lists and clinics. Delivery of vaccines is decided by national teams and not by the practice or hub. Thank you for your patience and support.
We are very pleased and proud to announce that the Boston Primary Care Network have started to deliver the Covid Vaccination.
Our practice will be working in collaboration with the other local Boston practices to deliver the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
The vaccinations are being delivered from a central hub (situated at the Sidings Medical Practice) on behalf of your Practice, and you will need to attend the hub at the Sidings Medical Practice for your vaccine appointment.
The vaccination program is happening in a very ordered way which prioritises those at most risk first. We will be telephoning patients to book them in order.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL YOUR GP PRACTICE TO FIND OUT WHEN YOU WILL BE VACCINATED. WE WILL CALL YOU WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN.
We are using the Department of Health and Social Care guidelines to prioritise vaccination. The vaccines will be delivered in the following order:
1. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
2. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
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
There are a small number of exclusions from this group at present due to certain medical conditions but a process is in place to ensure all over 80’s are offered vaccination before we move onto the next group of patients to vaccinate.
As you may imagine this is a huge task which is taking place at one of the busiest times of the year for the NHS. Our Practice, along with our colleagues in all parts of the health service are committed to ensuring this vaccine is administered to vulnerable patients as soon as possible.
The practice receives 3-4 days’ notice of delivery of vaccines to our local centre (The Sidings Medical Practice) where vaccination will take place. Once the vaccine has been delivered it can only be stored for 3 days so patients are being contacted by NHS staff to book patients for all of the practices.
You do not need to contact the practice to arrange vaccination you will be contacted and we are unable to give you further information about when supplies will arrive or when you can expect vaccination but we know that there are large supplies of this vaccine available and we are working our way through this process as fast as is humanly possible.
As a practice we are proud to be involved in vaccinating patients across all local practices against this deadly virus. We have had amazing support from local volunteers who have given their time to assist patients with this process and have committed practice resources to ensure we are sharing this workload locally on a fair basis.
We thank you for your support and patience in this process. This program of vaccination has been described as a marathon not a sprint and we all want to ensure our loved ones are protected as soon as possible to allow us to return to a more open way of life. Please at this point however don’t contact the Practice asking when it is expected that vaccination will be offered to you or a loved one as we are unable to give a date, please trust us that it will be offered as soon as possible in a fair and transparent manner.
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Please check our news section for updated information on the new Track and Trace System.
To protect our staff and our patients, the Sidings Medical Practice will now be screening all patients who have a face to face appointment with one of our clinicians.
Patients asking to book either a routine appointment or urgent appointment will be asked to speak to a Clinician via the telephone for an assessment. If possible, issues will be dealt with over the telephone, but if required patients will be seen at the practice. Appointments will be made following the discussion with the clinician.
If you have an appointment booked, a member of the team will be in contact with you.
Please therefore do not attend the surgery if you have not been advised to do so by one of our clinical staff members. If you do staff will advise you to return home and telephone the practice.
Patients are also reminded that currently they are unable to book appointments online.
If you wish to have a conversation with a Clinician or have a query, please contact 01205 362173/ 01205 362556
Our Reception desk is open from 8.00am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday.
This is in addition the the service outlined below.
When the surgery is closed you can call 111. In an emergency you should call 999