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KMCCG and NHS Statements regarding the lifting of restrictions.

KMCCG have now issued a statement regarding the lifting of restrictions and the coordinated responses across the NHS.

All healthcare settings in Kent and Medway will keep the current infection prevention and control measures that are already in place, including the wearing of face masks and the continuation of social distancing. For full information please follow the link to the KMCCG statement.

 https://www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/your-health/coronavirus/Face-coverings-still-needed-in-healthcare-settings

Information can also be found on the NHS website regarding this, as well as including comments from the Chief Nursing Officer and Health Minister. Please follow the link below for the NHS Website advice.

https://www.england.nhs.uk/2021/07/nhs-patients-staff-and-visitors-must-continue-to-wear-face-coverings-in-healthcare-settings/

Vaccination recording enquiries

Please direct any vaccination recording inaccuracies directly to kmccg.covidvaccine@nhs.net. Please allow up to seven working days for this process to be undertaken. Once necessary amendments have been made to the patient record it can take up to 48 hours for this to show on the GP record and on the NHS App.

 

During these difficult times of the pandemic we understand that access to services provided by the NHS as a whole, including GP service, are taking longer than usual and we would like. We fully appreciate the frustrations that this can cause. Please note we are doing everything that we can to try to meet demand.

We are sure that you appreciate that the workload of a GP is not solely restricted to patient consultation, which because of the continuing access restrictions in General Practice are taking at least twice as long as normal face to face appointments in order that patient safety is maintained. In addition to seeing patients, GPs on a daily basis; review patient’s test result;  review patient’s clinical correspondence; authorize and prescribe medication; refer patients as appropriate; consult with colleagues regarding complex medical situations; keep up to date with clinical advancements; support their colleagues and visit sick & housebound patients. Every now and then they may even find time to have a cup of tea.

Currently all our GPs are working above and beyond the prescribed normal safe levels set out by the BMA. On average each of our GPs each day are consulting with approximately 30-35 patients; reviewing 40-60 test result; issue 50-60 prescription consisting of 200-250 different medications and review 20-30 pieces of clinical correspondence, as well as the other ad-hoc demands listed above. Each one of these requires the full concentration of the GP to ensure that patient safety is maintained.

We would like to remind you that each consultation is for a single problem and not for multiple issues. If you have additional matters to discuss further you can book additional appointments. Please help us by keeping your consultations to one problem so that we can continue to deliver care in a safe manner. Remember a tired doctor is more likely to make mistakes and it is your health and safety that we are trying to protect. 

Thank you.

 

Booster Vaccines/3rd Vaccines

You may have heard on the news and read in the newspapers that vaccines have been approved for 12-15 year olds and booster/3rd vaccines for the over 50s. Currently we have received no guidance from NHSE, nor instructions on the cohorts, nor the order in which the vaccines are to be delivered. We have had guidance for the delivery of the vaccine to immunosuppressed patients and we have contacted all eligible patients. No other patients are currently eligible. 

Please do rest assured that as and when we are provided with the official guidance we will contact all eligible patients. Please do not contact the practice in the meantime as this is increasing the workload on the practice and may have an impact on access for patients that require our services urgently.

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