COVID Booster Clinics – Steam Museum
We will be starting Covid Vaccine Booster clinics at STEAM Museum from 3rd October. If you are over 50 or in another high-risk group, you will be invited to book an appointment at least 180 days after your 2nd dose. We cannot give the booster dose earlier than this so please do not contact us to book the appointment unless we have contacted you.
Studies have now shown it to be safe to administer Covid and flu vaccines on the same day. You will therefore also be offered a flu vaccine when you attend your appointment at STEAM.
We will be offering some separate flu vaccine clinics at the Surgery for those who are not due a Covid Booster until later in the year.
Flu Clinics 2021
GP Practices are still waiting for a Government decision as to whether patients will get a COVID booster vaccine at the same time as their seasonal Flu Jab. As a result we do not know if combined clinics will be held at the Steam Museum or whether Flu clinics will be held at individual Surgeries. We expect a decision sometime next week but this has meant we are unable to offer patients a Flu appt at the moment.
CORONAVIRUS - VACCINATION UPDATE – WEBSITE
Merchiston Surgery is now part of the COVID Vaccination National Booking Service. For any information about the COVID Vaccine programme please call the Vaccination Centre on 119 or check the NHS Website.
Dated 16 June 2021
Patient Med 3 Request (Coronavirus Self-Isolating)
If you require a doctor’s note because you are self-isolating due to the Coronavirus Outbreak please do not contact the Practice. Patients can obtain an isolation note online from NHS 111 but only if you are following the government advice on symptoms or they been told to stay off work by NHS 111 or a healthcare professional.
We are all excited to hear about the progress on a Covid vaccine and that this should improve the quality of life for all of us.
We know that you, like us, are struggling with the confines imposed upon us all due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Everyone is trying to make the best of the situation and, as a practice, we are committed to caring for you in the best possible way whilst keeping both you and our team safe.
To keep you as informed as possible, we will update these messages frequently as we become aware of more information from NHS England:
- Some hospitals have now received the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine and are starting to invite patients in for their vaccine
- Some GP practices will start to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine this week and are inviting patients in for their vaccine.
- We will let you know the specific local Covid vaccination plans as soon as we can
- Please do not telephone us to ask when or if you are going to get a Covid Vaccine.
- We will contact you individually if and when you are invited to have a vaccine and will keep this website updated.
- The vaccine will be given in order of priority to those at highest risk first.
- Please act on your invitation when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments.
- It is essential, if you are given a vaccine, that you return for the second part of the vaccination on the date that you are advised to.
- Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.
Meanwhile, we all need to keep to the advice of hand-washing, face masks and social distancing but we all look forward to the time when we will return to life as normal.
Thank you for your patience
Dr …and Partners/Practice Manager
Wyvern Health Partnership
DoctorLink - Register Now
Due to the increasing demands on General Practice, we are looking at new ways of managing the needs of our patients and access to our services. Merchiston and other Swindon Practices are introducing a new online system called DoctorLink to improve access and assist with directing our patients to the best care available.
Registration is simple & available to anyone age 16+. Click on the button below to begin the registration process, it only takes a few minutes!
Once registered, DoctorLink will ask you a number of questions to help identify and assess your problem. The outcome of your assessment will direct you to the right treatment, whether that be from us or another provider which may include one of the Swindon based SUCCESS centres. Please ensure you read the advice given carefully and follow the outcome instructions to receive the right care.
Merchiston Surgery no longer uses Doctorlink. To book an appointment please call the Surgery.
Patients who cannot use the service because of age (under 16) disability or difficulty with internet access will also be triaged as normal. We feel that using DoctorLink will allow patients to be signposted correctly the first time to the most appropriate treatment.
We will continually monitor this new system and make further changes where necessary. If you have some feedback, we'd love to hear it!
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Merchiston Newsletter - Wyvern - Issue 1
Welcome to Merchiston Surgery, part of the Wyvern Health partnership
We are confident that our website will provide clear and concise help and give our patients the information they require in an easy and convenient format. It has been designed with the patient’s needs at the forefront of everything, from checking surgery times to letting us know what you think of us.
Our dedicated team are here to treat those minor ailments that occur as well as providing specialist management of long-term conditions and clinics covering a wide range of healthcare issues. The technology also means you can now do a lot of things from the comfort of your home such as order a repeat prescription or cancel an appointment.
Partners in Care
Once registered, patients and healthcare professionals work together to ensure the most appropriate care is provided. This partnership philosophy extends even further and our active patient group exists to make sure that patient needs and the practice offering are always heading in the same direction.
Click here to read more about us
(Site updated 26/04/2021)