** Covid-19 Vaccination Programme **
The Covid-19 Vaccination programme has commenced it is a schedule of 2 vaccinations up to 12 weeks apart. Local practices are working together to provide this important vaccine to all eligible patients across Scarborough and Ryedale, the clinics may be provided in GP Surgeries or other venues.
We are working under strict guidelines from NHS England regarding eligibility and the order of invitations. If you are eligible you will be contacted by the practice and should expect to book your appointment. Please note the location of your appointment as this may not be your usual surgery.
The practice has deployed staff to deliver the Covid-19 Vaccination programme so have less staff available in the practice to assist you. We ask that you only contact the surgery if you feel it is absolutely necessary and cannot be dealt with by a pharmacy, over the counter medicines or can wait. You can also use our online service via this website.
These are challenging times and we thank you for remaining patient and respectful with our staff whilst they try to assist you.
** Latest Updates**
1st March 2021: Our teams held another large clinic at Scarborough Rugby Club on Friday last week for patients in cohorts 5 and 6. Following a further delivery of vaccines today we will return to the rugby club again tomorrow Tuesday 2nd March. This clinic will be for the remaining patients in co-horts 5 and 6 and to make a start on those in co-hort 7 (patients 60+ yrs)
We have been given no other information on any further deliveries of vaccines beyond today’s delivery, including the scheduling of second doses.
As many of our staff will be deployed tomorrow to the vaccination clinic, we will again be running an “urgents” only system for enquiries at the Practice. Please consider contacting us on another day in the week if your enquiry is routine.
15th February 2021: The COVID vaccination programme here and across North Yorkshire continues to progress at pace and we’re delighted to say that the vast majority of our patients in the first four priority groups, as determined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), have been offered a vaccine.
We are now turning our attention to patients in the next two priority groups – cohort 5 - all those aged 65 and over, and co-hort 6 all individuals aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality, together with carers and young adults in residential settings.
Following a very late announcement of vaccine supplies, we will now be running two large clinics for patients in these groups on Wednesday 17th and Friday 19th of this week at Scarborough Rugby Club, with a further clinic the following Friday 26th.
If you are a patient in the fifth priority group (patients aged 65 and over), you may receive a letter from the NHS national booking service (NBS) inviting you to have your jab at a regional vaccination centre or a participating pharmacy.
You can choose to access this service (the nearest ‘regional’ site is at Askham Bar, York), or you may prefer to wait to be contacted by the practice for an appointment closer to home. If you choose to decline the offer from the national service and wait for an appointment at one of our GP-led clinics, please be assured, you won’t be missed. We’ll be in touch with you at the appropriate time – you don’t need to call us.
We will be deploying a significant number of staff to the rugby club clinics on Weds and Friday this week and along with also having some staff on leave for half term, it will mean we will need to run an “urgents” only appointment system back at the Practice. We would urge patients to be mindful of this please when ringing the Practice for a routine enquiry.
Thank you once again for your continued patience as we work hard to get through our patients lists.
11th February 2021: Good afternoon, Yesterday we had teams out braving the snow and visiting our over 70’s and Clinically Extremely Vulnerable housebound patients. We also vaccinated a care home that we could not go into earlier in the year. This Friday we have a number of new residents in care homes who we will be vaccinating. On Saturday 13th we return to Scarborough rugby club for a further 1200 over 70’s and Clinically Extremely Vulnerable patients. This means that by next week we will have vaccinated the majority of our over 70 and clinically extremely vulnerable patients.
As yet we have heard nothing about any vaccine deliveries for w/c 15th February, but will obviously plan these clinics in as soon we are informed and will update this page.
5th February 2021:
Good afternoon, on Saturday 6th
Feb we will be vaccinating over 1200 patients across our Primary Care Network once again at Scarborough Rugby Club. We ask patients to be prompt for their appointments and to avoid coming early to help prevent queues forming.
We have been informed of another 1200 vaccines arriving next Friday and are therefore continuing to contact patients in co-horts 1-4 to book appointments into our clinics. By the beginning of w/c 15th Feb we should have only a very small number of patients in co-horts 1-4 still to contact.
Next week we also go out to some of our most vulnerable, housebound patients and complete a care home that could not be fully vaccinated due to an outbreak of covid four weeks ago, (we cannot give vaccines to patients who have tested positive for covid within the last four weeks).
We hope you understand we are working as quickly as we can once vaccines arrive to get them out to patients.
Finally we are aware of an article in the Scarborough News that has caused some confusion with patients today and has generated a number of calls into the surgery. The clinic that is being run on Sunday 7th at the rugby club is for Central Healthcare patients only and we understand the article has now been updated to reflect this.
26th January 2021: Our teams have now finished our true housebound over 80’s and ran a small clinic at Filey on Saturday for some 75-79 year old patients. This week we are ramping up with a much bigger delivery of vaccine on Thursday. Due to the larger numbers we need to get through, we are moving venue and our network of Practices will be running clinics from Scarborough Rugby Club on Friday and Saturday 29th and 30th Jan. We will be aiming to vaccinate approximately 2000 patients over these two days in the 75-79 co-hort and the organisation of these clinics has happened at lightening pace due to the short notification of delivery dates. Once we have contacted all of these patients we will be moving on to the next co-hort of 70-74 patients which also includes the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable. We have extremely large numbers of patients in all these groupings and will not be able to get through everyone straight away. We have, however, been promised another large delivery of vaccine next week, although the date of delivery has not been provided meaning it is once again proving very difficult to plan. Please help us by not contacting the surgery to book into these clinics. We will contact you in turn. Our teams are working flat out to try and get people booked in with such short timescales and we are trying to get to people as fast as we can, so please bear with us. As a consequence of the clinics on Friday and Saturday we will be deploying significant numbers of staff to the vaccination programme and as such will have limited capacity to deal with routine queries back at the Practice. Therefore, we will only be dealing with urgent matters on these days. Thank you for your understanding.
We have had a number of enquiries from health and social care staff regarding the vaccine. Our commissioning teams have informed us that all employers of health and social care staff should now have been contacted with regards to booking their staff into the Scarborough Hospital hub for their vaccines. We understand that all employers of health and social care staff will have received a letter indicating how they can book their teams into the clinics at the hospital hub. If you have not been invited to attend these clinics please speak with your employer who should be able to organise this for you. Thank you.
20th January 2021: We are pleased to say we have now finished vaccinating our care home residents and their staff and are now moving on to our over 80 housebound patients tomorrow with three teams of vaccinators out and about. Our network of four practices, have been allocated an additional, very small number of vaccines to arrive Friday at Filey Surgery for us to start vaccinating our 75-79 co-hort on Saturday.
We have been asked to book eldest patients first and have contacted patients today to invite them in. We have many numbers of patients in this co-hort so if you have not heard from us today we will be contacting you shortly regarding further clinics.
We have been informed that our Network of Practices are due to receive a much larger amount of vaccine next Thursday and we are in the process of planning for this with Practice colleagues. Please keep an eye on this page for further updates which we hope to share in the next two days.
Many thanks for your continued patience.
18th January 2021: Our teams continued to vaccinate care home residents and staff over the weekend and all our care homes will be completed by Tuesday this week. We have been allocated a small amount of Astrazeneca vaccine to finish vaccinating our over 80’s who are housebound or could not make it to our Filey clinics and we will be ringing these patients today and tomorrow to arrange this. Beyond this we don’t know any more about any further deliveries so please do not contact the surgery to enquire. We will contact you when we are instructed to move to the next cohort of patients and have been allocated further vaccines. This is a push model of allocating vaccine from the central teams at NHSE. The Practice has no say in what vaccine we get, when we get it, or how much we get. Many thanks.
10th January 2021: This weekend our teams vaccinated our first three care homes with the AstraZeneca vaccine and 700 plus over 80year old patients with their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at Filey surgery. The focus continues in our care homes and mobile over 80’s this week but we have not been notified of our next delivery of vaccines beyond this. Further planning is therefore, currently waiting on the next delivery schedule coming out from central NHS teams. We will keep this page updated as we know more.