An update on the Constable Country Medical Practice from practice manager Pete Keeble.
Coronavirus Vaccination Programme
The practice is working closely with Hadleigh and Bildeston Practices and the East Bergholt and Hadleigh sites were approved as vaccination ‘Hubs’ in early January. This was a great achievement as only 12 other practices were approved across Suffolk.
Delivery of the Covid-19 vaccination programme has been a complex undertaking. In January we took delivery of 1,170 doses of the Pfizer vaccine one week and 2,340 the following week. Hadleigh took delivery of the same quantities. We were given a week’s notice and the vaccine needed to be administered within three days of delivery.
This was a huge undertaking and consumed much of our resources, though we also had help from the CCG and other health professionals. We managed to book every appointment.
The vaccination days were a real team effort. We are so grateful to our PPG and the many volunteers who helped, often in cold and wet conditions. We tried to keep queues to a minimum and the clinics ran smoothly with everyone in good spirits – especially in the observation tent!
Thank you to everyone who helped us. We were overwhelmed when we sent out a call for volunteers and I’m sorry it wasn’t possible for everyone to get involved, though there is plenty of time as yet! Thank you also for the biscuits and chocolates which kept the team going, and for the many cards and kind comments on social media.
Through January, we managed to vaccinate well over 90% of all patients over the age of 70 and our housebound and vulnerable patients. We also vaccinated patients from Bildeston, Hadleigh and Holbrook & Shotley Practices. Going forward, we still have a lot of vaccinating to do, administering the first dose to patients under the age of 70 and then the second dose.
Unfortunately, we have no control over delivery schedules. We are informed of deliveries just the week before they are made and only then can we contact patients to book an appointment.
Please only contact the practice regarding the vaccination if you have a genuine concern that you may have been missed. We have a rigorous process of calling patients and need to strictly follow government guidelines regarding the order in which we vaccinate, but we will contact every eligible patient in due course.
In addition to calling patients, we will be using a text message booking system. Please refer to our website and Facebook page for the latest information on the vaccination programme.
While all this is going on, we are also providing regular doctor and nurse clinic appointments so if anyone has any medical query, apart from the vaccination, please contact us.
Thank you again for your support and consideration whilst we continue with the vaccination programme.
Practice Manager Pete Keeble