After months of enduring the Covid-19 viral pandemic, there is good news.
Castle Medical Centre, in partnership with our Primary Care Network, was one of the first teams in the UK to start vaccinating its most vulnerable patients, commencing on 7th December 2020, using the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at the Warwickshire Golf Club. The venue is Covid secure and the vaccination programme fulfils strict standards of safety and quality set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). It is a complex task as the vaccine needs specialised storing, diluting and drawing up.
Scientific evidence suggests the Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The first cohort to be vaccinated includes care home residents and their carers, people aged 80 years and over and health care workers. Managing to get this massive vaccination programme underway in a short timeframe, we are grateful to our patients for their engagement and cooperation. The campaign will run until summer, aiming to vaccinate everyone over 50 years old. As the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is licensed for use now, we hope this will speed things up, as it is easier to store and distribute. We will continue to work as hard as we can to move down the priority groups as quickly as is possible.
We would like to specially thank our community groups who have supported us in this programme, the staff at the Golf Course and the staff of our local practices helping with Covid vaccination, as well as continuing to provide the normal general practice services our patients rely on.So far, thousands of people have been given a Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine, with rigorous testing and safety criteria having been met. Serious side effects have been very rare. You may not have the vaccine if you have had an anaphylactic reaction in the past or carry an epipen. No long-term complications have been reported, and as at the time of writing, with new variant Covid virus rapidly spreading through the country, with sadly escalated hospital admissions and Covid related deaths, we encourage everyone to have this vaccine. If you have severe allergies you can still have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.
As we move into 2021 Castle Medical Centre are working in innovative ways to continue to provide you with excellent care with our new health care team members:
- Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) to deal with a wide range of clinical problems, prescribing medication or hospital referral.
- Physician Associates (PAs) are qualified to examine, investigate, treat and make referrals, under GP supervision.
- Oken Nurses are trained prescribing nurses who provide home visits and care to housebound and care home patients.
- Clinical Pharmacists help with medication reviews, deal with queries and safety issues relating to medication.
- Paramedic Service visit patients at home, with acute illnesses, who cannot come to the practice.
- Social Prescriber works to provide social and community help to our patients.
We wish all our patients a happier new year.
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