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MELKSHAM’S Covid-19 vaccination roll out continues to gather pace.
The Melksham and Bradford on Avon Primary Care Network (PCN), has now begun offering vaccinations to the next priority group – patients aged 65 to 69 years old. However, the PCN has urged patients in the 65-69 age group to not call their GP surgeries to make an appointment.
“Your GP surgery will either text or call you directly to offer you an appointment,” explains the PCN.
Summarising their work so far, the PCN reports, “The Melksham & Bradford on Avon Primary Care Network is progressing well with their Covid-19 vaccination programme, vaccinating patients within days of receiving their deliveries.
“In line with the NHS England’s national message we would urge anyone in groups 1 to 4 – ie. aged 70 or over or has received a shielding letter – to contact their GP surgery if they have not received an invitation for their Covid-19 vaccination.
“Melksham & Bradford on Avon Primary Care Network are now calling patients who fall into Group 5, those aged 65 to 69 years. But due to the volume of patients in this group this will take a couple of weeks to complete, as vaccine delivery determines our clinics availability.
“We would ask these patients not to contact your GP practice, as the volume of calls will prevent those most in need of our services from getting through. Your GP surgery will either text or call you directly to offer you an appointment, usually within a week. (We will not ask for bank details).
“When your priority group is being contacted regarding their Covid-19 vaccination, if you have already booked an appointment with us please attend that appointment and do not book another slot at an alternative centre, as this will result in non-attendance and wasted NHS resources. If you haven’t yet been contacted by us, we would like to reassure you that we will contact each eligible patient to offer a Covid-19 vaccination. Thank you for your support.”
Praise has also been given to the team working hard to make the vaccination roll out possible.
The PCN says, “We would like to echo the words of the NHS England Director of Primary Care Nikki Kanani and thank everyone who has made this possible; our own practice staff (both clinical and non-clinical), staff at Spencer’s Sports & Social Club, Bradford on Avon Emergency Volunteers, Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group staff and the many volunteers.
“We were lucky enough to have the support of our Navy colleagues in the last clinics, we would like to say a special thank you to them for their support, we hope to welcome them back at future clinics.”
The local PCN is known as Melksham & Bradford on Avon Primary Care Network, and consists of the three GP practices Bradford on Avon & Melksham Health Partnership, Giffords Surgery and Spa Medical Practice – together they cover a population of c.48,000 residents. The vaccination programme is being delivered at Spencer Sports and Social Club.