Combe Coastal Practice

The Medical Centre, St Brannocks Road, Ilfracombe EX34 8EG

Covid – Latest News & Updates

Please note that as per government guidelines, it is no longer a requirement to wear a mask when visiting the Combe Coastal Practice

Week Commencing 28th March 2022:

We have a large number of GPs and Administration staff currently isolating due to Covid-19. Please be aware that it may take longer to deal with any enquiries.

Walk in Covid vaccination clinic in Ilfracombe – Tuesday 8th March 2022

Latest Covid Update:

Recording COVID-19 vaccinations administered overseas

A new service will be launched in December 2021 to capture evidence of COVID-19 vaccinations administered in countries other than England, Scotland and Wales and have these recorded in the National Immunisation Management System (NIMS), the central database for vaccine information.

Closed pilots have been running at selected vaccination centre sites across England to test the service.

The pilot involves eligible users being invited to book a special appointment to have their record updated if they have received one of the four MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) approved vaccine types:

  • Astra Zeneca (Vaxzevria)
  • Pfizer (Comirnaty)
  • Janssen
  • Moderna (Spikevax)

A national rollout involving more vaccination centre sites in each region will follow, alongside further details on specific locations, what is required as evidence to have overseas vaccines checked and recorded, and how to use the service.

The service should ensure that a larger number of records are updated without a need for GP involvement.

VDRS updated briefing 12/11/21What is the Vaccination Data Resolution Service (VDRS)?

The Vaccination Data Resolution Service (VDRS) was established to resolve missing or incorrect vaccination records for people who are registered with a GP practice in England and who were vaccinated in England, Scotland or Wales.

The service was established by NHS England and NHS Improvement, in partnership with NHS Digital, and is delivered by both the South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit (SCW CSU) and by South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS).

The primary aim of the VDRS is to ensure progression of the COVID-19 vaccination programme and ensure people’s records are correct and allow recommended doses of the vaccination to be booked and received, including booster doses.

The service consists of two main elements:

Outbound service: A pilot of outbound calls was launched on 3 August for people identified as having a second dose but where no first dose is showing on the national immunisation database (NIMS). This service continues to operate.

Inbound service accessed via 119: Referrals to the VDRS can be made via any of the services accessed via 119.

What can the VDRS help with?

The VDRS can currently assist with:

  • Missing or incorrect vaccination records for people registered with a GP practice in England and vaccinated in England, Scotland or Wales.

What can the VDRS not help with?

The VDRS team is working on solutions to other issues people might experience with their vaccine records.

For now, some examples of cases in which the service cannot currently help include:

  • Cases where the person’s name or address is recorded incorrectly
  • Vaccinations given outside of England, Scotland or Wales
  • Cases of non-MHRA-approved vaccines (the service cannot help with vaccines other than Oxford/AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax), and Janssen)
  • People who cannot evidence when and where they received their vaccination(s)
  • Vaccine trial participants.

How do I access the VDRS?

The VDRS can be contacted by calling 119, selecting option 1 (‘England’) and then option 4 (‘To report an issue with your vaccination record’). The call agents will take some details from you and make an electronic referral into the VDRS service.

The VDRS team will aim to contact you within 21 days. The number they will call you from is 01869 817119. They will make three attempts to contact you (this is not a number you can call into).

If they are unsuccessful in contacting you, you will need to call 119 and make a new referral. Your previous call will be closed after the three attempts to contact you.

How long will it take the VDRS to contact me?

The VDRS team aims to contact people within 21 days of referral.

How do I make a complaint about the VDRS?

Complaints about the VDRS should be directed to the NHS England Complaints team at [email protected] or by post to:

NHS England
PO Box 16738
Redditch
B97 9PT

My vaccination record is correct but I still can’t access my NHS COVID Pass. What should I do?

If your vaccination record is correct but you still cannot access your NHS COVID Pass, please call 119 and choose the NHS COVID Pass option to access support.

I am having problems with accessing the NHS App. What should I do?

If you are having a problem specifically with the NHS App, as opposed to a vaccination data record problem, please contact the NHS App team at www.nhs.uk/contact-us/nhs-app-contact-us.

Recording Covid Vaccinations given overseas

https://www.nhsx.nhs.uk/covid-19-response/recording-covid-19-vaccinations-administered-overseas/

COVID VACCINATIONS

We are no longer organising Covid Vaccinations. Eligible patients should call the National Booking Team on 119 or book an appointment online. If the venue offered to you is not convenient, please try again in a few days as more appointments are added regularly. We will update our website and Facebook page with walk in clinics at local venues when they become available.

Vaccination queries need to be directed to 119 or to the Devon CCG Vaccination Support Team on 01752 398836.

Covid-19 walk in clinics available in Barnstaple

Walk in Clinics TBC

An Update on Covid Measures at the Combe Coastal practice:

As Monday 19th July looms ever closer we thought it was important to update our patients on how we will be managing the removing of the restrictions. 

As we all know the guidance regarding facemasks is confusing, from Monday most businesses will need to interpret the guidance to ensure they can continue to operate in a safe and secure way based on a local dynamic risk assessment.   As per the Government IPC guidance we have a duty to “make sure we mitigate the risk in the workplace through local risk assessments based on the measures as prioritised in the hierarchy of controls”.

What this means is that we need to make a local decision on how best to continue to deliver our services without putting the patients or staff at unnecessary risk. We know that COVID infection is on the up, we are seeing an increased number of Temporary Residents and the Tyrrell Hospital is operating without a Minor Injury Unit.

For these reasons Combe Coastal Practice will continue to make the wearing of face coverings mandatory for patients attending the surgery, unless medically exempt. Staff will also be required to wear face coverings whilst moving around the building, in addition:

  • GP’s and nurses will continue to apply a safe approach to Personal Protective Equipment when undertaking consultations.
  • We will continue to have in place a telephone triage system to minimise the potential infection spread.  
  • This decision is based on our interpretation of Government IPC Guidance and in line with our local risk assessment.
  • The Practice remains open and face to face appointments will be available where deemed clinically appropriate by the GP or nurse, as it has throughout COVID.   

Thank you for all of your support so far –

Combe Coastal Team 

NHS COVID Pass now available

You can now get proof of your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details using the NHS COVID Pass service.

If you have full access to the NHS App, and are registered at a GP surgery in England, you can view and share your COVID Pass for event trials and travel abroad.

To get your COVID Pass, log in to the NHS App, select Get your NHS COVID Pass on the homepage, and follow the on-screen instructions

Covid vaccination & International Travel

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from: 

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores 

It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use this service.

If you cannot access this online service, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel abroad in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.

When you’re planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get  proof of your vaccination status before you leave.

COVID 19 Vaccination update from Combe Coastal Practice

General Practice and primary care teams have made a significant contribution to delivering the COVID vaccination programme to date, whilst also caring for patients’ routine, urgent and COVID care. Over half the adult population has now received their first vaccine dose and we thank everyone involved for their hard work and dedication in helping make this happen.

Combe Coastal Practice has been part of the collaborative effort in delivering vaccines from Barnstaple Leisure Centre since December 2020, to date we have vaccinated over 10,000 of our patients in Cohorts 1-9. As the vaccination programme moves into its next phase the collaboration of GP practices will be concentrating on getting business back to normal in the Practices. Alternative arrangements will be in place for the remaining Cohorts 10-12 (18-49 groups). The vaccination site will continue at North Devon Leisure Centre in Barnstaple, but the running of the site will be taken on by Northern Devon Healthcare Trust and bookings can be made through the National Booking Service – not the GP practice.

Subject to approval by NHS England and NHS Improvement, it is expected that the Leisure Centre will be available to book for appointments on the National Booking Service for people in the eligible groups from early May.

You will also be able to access your vaccination through alternative local providers, such as local pharmacies, hospital hubs and larger vaccination centres.

Combe Coastal Practice will continue to give second doses of the vaccine to people in cohorts 1-9 who have received their first vaccines.

Therefore Combe Coastal Practice will no longer be coordinating the Vaccine programme for the 18-49 group so please do not contact the surgery regarding this. Please use the contact details supplied. 

Full information on the Devon wide approach to the second phase can be found here:

https://devonccg.nhs.uk/news/covid-19-vaccination-in-programme-in-devon-enters-next-phase

Key messages

  • Our service is providing 2nd vaccinations to people in cohorts 1-9, and this will continue.
  • We have now completed the 1st vaccinations for Cohorts 1-9 and you will be contacted approximately 10-11 weeks after your first vaccine date either via the text service or phone.
  • We will not be providing a vaccination service for people aged 18 to 49 when they become eligible. We were set up as a service for cohorts 1-9 only and there are a wide range of alternative local options for people who are due to be vaccinated next.
  • If you are in this younger cohort, you will be able to get your vaccination at other local vaccination services including hospital hubs, community pharmacies and larger vaccination centres.
  • When you become eligible, you will be able to book your vaccine and choose a local service through the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.
  • Other services in this area have sufficient capacity to be able to vaccinate everyone who is eligible when it is their turn.
  • Our final Pfizer 2nd vaccine clinics will be held week commencing 10th May 2021, if you have received a text or call please book an appointment as no further doses of Pfizer will be available via the GP surgery after these dates. We will continue to book Astra-Zeneca vaccines through until the start of June 2021; you will be contacted either by text or phone.

Q&A

I’m now eligible for the vaccine, as I’m aged 18-49 – can I be vaccinated at the GP practice?
The practice will not be running vaccination clinics for people aged 18 – 49, when they become eligible. We were set up as a service for people aged 50 and over only.  There are a wide range of alternative local options for people who are due to be vaccinated next.

So where can I get my vaccine from?
You will be contacted by the NHS when it is your turn and invited to book an appointment via the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119. You will be given the option of attending a local participating pharmacy or vaccination centre.  It’s really important that when you get your invitation, you take up the offer of having the vaccine, as you will be protecting yourself and friends and family around you. 

Will I have to wait longer?
No, you shouldn’t have to wait any longer for your vaccine.

I fall in to one of the first Cohorts – how can I get my vaccine?
If you are 50 years old or older or are in another eligible group and haven’t had your vaccine yet, it’s important you are vaccinated as soon as possible.  You can access an appointment through the practice, from the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.

What about getting my second dose of the vaccine?If you have already had one dose of the vaccine, you will be able to get your second dose using the same service as with your first.

Are you withdrawing from the programme because there is a problem with the rollout of the vaccine?
There are no issues with the further rollout of the vaccine programme.  When we were asked to help deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programme it was to vaccinated people in cohorts 1 – 9 only.  This is all people aged 50 years old and older and those who fit into the other eligible groups. 

There are a number of other services in this area that have sufficient capacity to be able to vaccinate everyone who is eligible when it is their turn.

Where can I get more information about the vaccine?

You can find more information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme NHS.UK website.

Barnstaple Leisure Centre added to national booking venues for Covid vaccinations:

The vaccination site will continue at North Devon Leisure Centre in Barnstaple, but the running of the site will be taken on by Northern Devon Healthcare Trust and bookings can be made through the National Booking Service – not the GP practice.

It is expected that the Leisure Centre will be available to book for appointments on the National Booking Service for people in the eligible groups from 4 May.

For a period, the site will be shared with GP teams as they administer second doses to people in groups 1-9.

Andrea Bell, deputy chief nurse at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Our team have delivered over 16,000 vaccinations at our clinics for health and social care workers at North Devon District Hospital. Now that those clinics have come to an end, we’re delighted that we can move on to support vaccinating those in cohorts 10-12, once eligible, at the Leisure Centre in Barnstaple.

“Our vaccinators, admin team and volunteers are all looking forward to supporting the next stage of the vaccination programme so that our community in Northern Devon gets the best available protection from coronavirus.

“Once you are eligible for vaccination, please make your booking through the National Booking Service. We look forward to seeing you.”

Those who are eligible for vaccination can use the National Booking Service via the website or call 119. Appointment slots will be added regularly, so please keep checking back.

A spokesperson for the 14 GP practices running the vaccination centre at Barnstaple Leisure Centre said: “We have successfully vaccinated over 50,000 people and we are now focusing on the second doses for this group.

“We have been pleased to be involved with the national programme, vaccinating the highest risk patients, however we are now handing over the running of the vaccination programme for cohorts 10-12 (those aged 18-49 years old).”

These patients will now be invited through the National Booking Service for an appointment, and they will have the choice to book appointments at locations including Barnstaple Leisure Centre and Arnold’s Pharmacy in Westward Ho! More selected pharmacies are due to start vaccinating people from next month, with details to follow.

Vaccinations for 45-49 year olds now available through national booking service:

The NHS has started inviting people aged 45 and over to book a coronavirus vaccination. You will receive an invite from the National Booking Service to book directly with them.

The practice will not be booking 1st coronavirus vaccinations for people aged 18-49. Therefore, you will need to book through the National Booking Service.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

We continue to book appointments for 2nd vaccinations for those patients who had their 1st through us. These appointments are time crucial and will be booked in the 11th week following date of 1st vaccination. It is vitally important that you complete the course within 12 weeks of receiving the first vaccine to ensure maximum benefit and its extremely important that you attend when invited due to allocation of vaccines.

Please listen out for a phone call or text message from us a few days before you are due.

New film shares experiences from Devon vaccination centres

A new film, launched today by the NHS in Devon, highlights the positive experiences of patients, volunteers and staff across the county’s vaccination centres.

Getting the Coronavirus vaccine – A Message from Devon aims to reassure people about both having the vaccination and the process of attending a centre. It encourages others to take up the opportunity when they are invited. Providers and vaccination sites can easily share the video from You Tube on their own channels.

Government targets false vaccine information on social media

The government has launched a new social media campaign to tackle misleading and false COVID-19 vaccine information being shared through private message channels and are asking people to follow the SHARE checklist:

  • Check – is it coming from an expert?
  • Look closely – does the information seem trustworthy?
  • Still unsure? Don’t share it

The campaign is fronted by trusted local community figures such as imams, pastors and clinicians in short, shareable videos which include simple tips on how to spot misinformation and what to do to stop its spread, signposting to the NHS for the best source of information.

It’s being supported by the world’s biggest social media companies and has been created following concerns from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) of low vaccine uptake amongst ethnic minority communities. A recent Ofcom study also showed that people from a minority ethnic background were twice as likely as white respondents to rely more on people they know, people in their local area or people on social media for information about coronavirus.

Mass vaccination Planning

Leaning disabilities community provide reassurance on vaccinations

A short film to allay anxieties and support people with learning disabilities to have the covid-19 vaccination has been developed following feedback from the learning disabilities community.  The CCG  sought views through focus groups to identify what additional needs may be required to support uptake of the Covid vaccine.

The feedback received included providing accessible information about what to expect at the vaccination appointment.

This has been a joint project between CCG, NHS England and The Turning Tides Project; the organisation with whom we engaged to understand how we could support people with learning disabilities to have the vaccine.

The film features ‘Michelle’ and her carer ‘Holly’ who were filmed at Mid Devon Healthcare Primary Care Network’s vaccination site at Lords Meadow Leisure Centre in Crediton. 

“We can’t get complacent”

“The slight lessening of the restrictions is welcome news, but we can’t get complacent” says Dr Paul Johnson in this week’s video.

Local GP and CCG clinical chair, Dr Johnson, was speaking alongside senior public health colleagues at Devon County Council, Steve Brown (director of public health) and Simon Chant (consultant in public health).

Steve added: “As restrictions do start to lift over the coming weeks, I want to emphasise how important it is that every single one of us does what we can to reduce the transmission of the virus.”

The NHS is encouraging people to continue to stay home as much as they can – even if they’ve had a vaccine.

If people do go out, they should keep their distance from others, wear a face covering, and wash their hands regularly.

For more information about coronavirus in Devon, visit the Together for Devon website (Devon’s health and social care system).

Latest Updates in Devon (Week Commencing 8th March):

NHS Nightingale Hospital Exeter update

Message from the Nightingale team

The NHS Nightingale Hospital Exeter was established in the early days of the pandemic, providing hope during uncertain times and ensuring that we had capacity to support our patients across the region.  

Throughout the pandemic, the hospital has played an invaluable role, providing care for people with COVID-19 and access to important diagnostic tests, as well as hosting overseas nurse training and a vaccine trial.  

The time is now right to stand the NHS Nightingale Hospital Exeter down – this means that the facility will no longer be used to care for patients with COVID-19, as due to the reduced numbers of COVID-19 inpatients, we can manage this demand within our local hospitals.  

From 1 April 2021, the COVID-19 care that the NHS Nightingale Hospital Exeter provided will transition back to our local hospitals. It will leave behind a legacy of system-wide working, with organisations coming together across our hospital network to manage the demand for COVID-19 care and support NHS organisations across the South West region.

Discussions are now underway to maintain a long term service at the site, continuing the hospital’s legacy and supporting care in the region.

We recognise that these efforts would not have been possible without the many staff, partners and volunteers involved who worked tirelessly to support the Nightingale, and to these people we say, thank you.

Devon’s NHS working with local black, Asian and minority ethnic communities to increase vaccine up-take

The NHS in Devon is supporting people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities (BAME) to take up a potentially life-saving coronavirus vaccination when they are eligible as part of the national programme.  

Like other areas of the country, take-up of the vaccination in Devon among some BAME communities is lower than in the overall population.  

Initial support measures put in place by the NHS include:

  • Asking people from communities where uptake is low or concerns are high to get in touch with the local NHS so support can be offered – email [email protected]
  • Vaccination ambassadors from minority communities attending local community meetings to answer questions and allay worries
  • Translating key information about registering with GPs into different languages, with further translated materials to follow
  • Developing a film in partnership with a Devon equality organisation to address concerns people may have
  • Using social media advertising to reach groups who may be vaccine hesitant with reassurance messaging.

Mass Vaccination Planning

COVID vaccine invites via text message

People may now receive a text from ‘NHSvaccine’ inviting them to book a coronavirus vaccination appointment at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy, followed by a letter a few days later.  

Texts from ‘NHSvaccine’ are separate to any invites people may get from local NHS services such as GP surgeries or hospitals.  

The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge, and the NHS will never ask for:

  • bank account or card details
  • pin or banking passwords
  • copies of personal documents to prove people’s identity such as a passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips

People who think they have been a victim of fraud or identify theft, should report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Stay home as much as possible

“While the restrictions will be eased slightly from next week, it’s important to continue to stay home as much as possible” says Dr Paul Johnson in this week’s video.

Local GP and clinical chair, Paul, provides the latest coronavirus updates in Devon alongside public health colleagues from Devon County Council, Steve Brown and Simon Chant.

The governments four tests for easing lockdown are currently being met, which means the restrictions will ease slightly from Monday 8 March.

As the virus is still as deadly as ever and spreads very easily, Paul and Steve encourage people to continue to stay home as much as possible, and only leave for work (if they can’t work at home), for school drop-offs, essential shopping, exercise, or medical appointments.

This week, people aged 60-64 (priority group seven) began to be invited for their vaccination. People in this group and the earlier cohorts can book an appointment through use the NHS website or by calling 119.

For the latest coronavirus advice, visit the Together for Devon website (Devon’s health and social care system).

Text message sent to all our patients this morning

The follow text message has been sent out today to all patients with a registered mobile device:

Whilst Combe Coastal Practice continues to deliver the COVID vaccination programme we are experiencing a large volume of calls, we would kindly ask that you do not contact the surgery unnecessarily with vaccine related enquiries, we will contact you when appropriate. We have updated our website and Facebook with the latest information regarding the vaccination programme which can be viewed here: www.combecoastalpractice.co.uk/covid-latest-news-updates. We should be contacting Cohort 7 in the next few weeks, please read the updated information before you call to assist our hard working team at this time.

“We must all play our part as restrictions start to ease”

In this week’s video briefing, Dr Paul Johnson, CCG Clinical Chair, and public health colleagues from Devon County Council describe what the roadmap out of lockdown mean for us locally, the great progress we have made with the vaccination programme and how we all have a part to play as lockdown restrictions start to ease.

National Insurance number scam

The counter fraud team have been alerted by staff who have received a concerning voice message stating that their National Insurance (NI) number had been compromised and to “press 1” to start legal proceedings. Any unsolicited contact is likely to be a scam, with the intent of either connecting to a premium rate phone number or to divulge personal information.

  • If you receive any unsolicited messages, hang up immediately.
  • If you have unsuspectingly given personal information, you should report the matter to Action Fraud – 0300 123 2040.
  • If you have disclosed bank account details you should contact your bank immediately.
  • If you have disclosed any passwords, these should also be changed immediately.

For general information on National Insurance numbers see the gov.uk website.

People aged 60-64 to start receiving invites from national booking system this week

Thousands of people aged 60 to 64 will be invited to book a Coronavirus vaccination this week as the NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in health service history, gains fresh momentum.   The letters will start landing on doormats today explaining how they can make an appointment to get jabbed through the national booking service.   The latest batch of invites arriving this week will mean everyone in the first seven priority groups will have been offered a jab, with people aged between 50 and 60 set to be invited shortly.   GP practices are reporting a significant number of calls which are preventing people who need medical help getting through to the practice. The calls are also slowing down the vaccination programme, as practice staff have less time to book appointments for people in the group they are focussed on.   The CCG communications team has been working with local media to urge people who have received a letter not to contact their GP practice about a vaccination.   The latest data published by the NHS show 391,325 people in Devon received a first vaccine dose between 8 December and 21 February. It is estimated that at least 90% of over-65s in Devon have been vaccinated.  

Fire service issues public plea to consider fire safety in the home

Following a recent house fire in Exeter, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has published a press release with advice for people at home.

They encourage everyone to consider fire safety in the home: “We would ask everyone reading this message to consider safety in your home, and take simple steps, such as regularly testing your smoke alarms or making an escape plan.”

An advice booklet is available here.

COVID Vaccination Programme Update 25th February 2021

The roll out of the COVID vaccination programme is going well with 14 other GP practices continuing to deliver clinics in the Barnstaple Leisure Centre.  We are reliant on the national delivery of vaccines and we then arrange our clinics around those dates and we have no control over what type of vaccine we can offer. 

You will be aware of the larger mass vaccination sites being set up across the country and Arnolds Pharmacy in Westward Ho! Although this may be confusing and you may receive numerous types of contact, this has been done to accelerate the vaccine programme. The Government approach is to try and offer a choice based upon your circumstances. You can choose to either go to a mass vaccination site (and the letter will tell you where this is), go to Westward Ho! or to have it done in Barnstaple by us.   Letters for the National Sites will not come from the practice but from a central team, we continue to contact patients directly for our bookings.

We have completed our initial round of contacting all patients for vaccinations in Cohorts 1-4, this has been through calling, sending SMS invites and followed up with letters. In terms of Cohort 4 we are currently reconciling our lists but everyone should have received follow up contact by week ending 26th February 2021.  

The current position for Combe Coastal Patients in Cohorts 1-4 is as follows:

  • Cohort 1 – First contact completed January 2021 – ongoing follow up for new residents or those who were unable to have the vaccine initially.
  • Cohort 2 – First contact completed by 14th February 2021 – letters have been sent to all patients who have not responded to initial contact.
  • Cohort 3 – First contact completed by 14th February 2021 – letters have been sent to all patients who have not responded to initial contact.
  • Cohort 4 – First contact completed by 14th February 2021 – letters have been sent to all patients who have not responded to initial contact.

Important information regarding Cohort 5 – We were advised initially by National Team (NHS England) and our local Commissioning Group (NHS Devon CCG) to move from Cohort 4 directly to Cohort 6 with the National Vaccination Centres contacting all of those in Cohort 5. Patients in this group should have therefore received a letter from the National Sites. Unfortunately these letters advised that you could wait for a call from your GP. This has caused significant confusion; the Practice will therefore contact all patients in Cohort 5 who have not been vaccinated. 

SMS invites – We have set up a new system which allows you to receive a text which allows you remotely choose and book your vaccination appointment. This is not a scam; our text will not ask for any personal details (only a date of birth) or any kind of payment. Please make sure your mobile phone details are up to date and that you respond to the SMS. You will receive a confirmation text once booked which you will need to have available when attending the vaccination centre. 

Please do not contact the practice about these vaccinations

We will contact patients directly and as we are updated we will post this on our websites and social media to keep you as informed as possible. We are currently receiving a high volume of calls which is significantly reducing our ability to contact patients and conduct general practice work. Every 5 minutes which is taken up dealing with these type of enquiries means we have missed the opportunity to book 3 patients in for a vaccination. At the moment we are spending approximately 2.5 hrs per day on these enquiries.

Our staff are working really hard to make sure you get your vaccine as soon as possible and that no vaccine goes to waste in addition to their normal duties.  As frustrating as it may seem to you please be kind and considerate, we are all doing our best under extremely difficult circumstances.    Combe Coastal Practice has a fantastic team who are working tirelessly to assist people in getting to their vaccination appointments.

We are delighted that there is a vaccination and we will be playing our part in the NHS wide roll out over the coming months as it will take some time to vaccinate everyone  – we thank you for your patience and understanding.

Phases of the COVID Vaccination Programme

This is the official NHS information on the phased approach to the COVID vaccination programme.

Phase 1 – direct prevention of mortality and supporting the NHS and social care system
JCVI advises that the first priorities for the COVID-19 vaccination programme should be the prevention of mortality and the maintenance of the health and social care systems. As the risk of mortality from COVID-19 increases with age, prioritisation is primarily based on age. The order of priority for each group in the population corresponds with data on the number of individuals who would need to be vaccinated to prevent one death, estimated from UK data obtained from March to June 2020:

  1. residents in a care home for older adults
  2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. all those 75 years of age and over
  4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. all those 65 years of age and over
  6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  7. all those 60 years of age and over
  8. all those 55 years of age and over
  9. all those 50 years of age and over

It is estimated that taken together, these groups represent around 99% of preventable mortality from COVID-19.

This is the approach that Combe Coastal is following along with all practices in North Devon.  Each category has thousands of patients, currently we have vaccinated over 5500 patients registered at the Practice.

Frontline Workers

Frontline workers are eligible for the vaccine. For all of the roles listed below, photo ID and evidence of employment will be required.

These are the 3 distinct Groups:

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust Staff

  • NDHT employed staff
  • NDHT Volunteers/Bank/Agency/Locums
  • Sodexo staff working at NDHT sites
  • Devon Partnership Trust staff for Northern Locality
  • SWAST staff for Northern Locality
  • Staff from other Acute Hospital Trusts

If you are one of the above you need to contact NDHT [email protected]

Other Healthcare staff working in the Northern Locality NOT in the above group

This includes dentists, opticians, chiropodists or anyone in a healthcare role.

Ideally through your manager, you need to contact [email protected]

Other Social Care staff working in the Northern Locality NOT in the above groups

For anyone in a social care role.

Ideally through your manager, you need to contact [email protected]

Many thanks Combe Coastal team

The roadmap out of lockdown

The Prime Minister announced earlier this week a 4-step plan to ease lockdown in England. This will come as a great relief to many as we start to see what a return to normal lives could be.  But while all of us look forward to a relaxation of the national regulations, it’s vital that we continue to exercise caution.

The Prime Minister announced earlier this week a 4-step plan to ease lockdown in England. This will come as a great relief to many as we start to see what a return to normal lives could be.  But while all of us look forward to a relaxation of the national regulations, it’s vital that we continue to exercise caution.

All the changes will be England-wide with no return to regional tiers. The only exception could be localised efforts if a new variant of the virus is detected, for example additional testing.

The government’s roadmap, published in full on their website, outlines four steps for easing restrictions.

Although there are dates given for each step, the government has warned that they are subject to change as the plan will be guided by data rather than dates, so some stages of reopening could be delayed. The decision to move to the next step will be assessed against four tests:

  • The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.
  • Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.
  • Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
  • The government’s assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new COVID-19 variants of concern.

The successful roll-out of the vaccination campaign in Devon so far means we are doing everything we can to meet the first test locally.  Teams across all of our system partners have been working tirelessly to deliver this programme, and I would like to thank everyone involved in this programme for everything they are doing. One of our biggest priorities is to ensure we keep up this momentum, ensuring that supplies get to where they are needed most and that appointments are filled.

More information about the roadmap and what happens at each step is in the graphics below.

Simon Tapley
Interim accountable officer
NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group

Map of Devon vaccination sites and testing centres

The information is pulled together from various places, and includes hospital vaccination hubs, local vaccination centres, temporary GP vaccination clinics, large scale vaccination centres, and pharmacy vaccination sites. 

You can also find your nearest community testing sites, NHS mobile testing units, NHS local testing sites and NHS regional testing sites. 

Visit the Devon County Council website to see the map and click on the individual icons to find out where something is. 

Healthcare for migrant patients

Public Health England has updated its guidance on NHS entitlements for migrants, their dental health needs, and its COVID-19 migrant health guide. Health advice for migrant patients visiting relatives abroad is here.

Working with local media to reach local people

The Clinical Commissioning Group communications team continues to work closely with local media to ensure the most important and timely messages are shared with local people about the COVID-19 vaccination programme.  The team works closely with BBC, ITV, Devon Live, Heart FM and other local news outlets on a daily basis to ensure important messages get out quickly and clearly.  You will catch our coverage most nights on BBC Spotlight and ITV Westcountry.

Practices have been experiencing extremely high levels of calls with queries about vaccinations, and to help ease the pressure, the CCG is regularly sharing key messages that urge people not to contact their practice about vaccination queries, but to instead wait until they are contacted when it’s their turn.  Too keep up to date with the latest CCG press releases, view the news pages on the CCG website, or follow the CCG’s Twitter or Facebook accounts.

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Take the vaccine if you’ve been offered it” says Dr Johnson

Dr Paul Johnson, Chair of NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, has published his weekly update video.

Dr Johnson describes the reduction in numbers of people in hospital with Coronavirus in Devon this week, along with an update on how we are moving through the next priority groups.

‘No evidence’ COVID-19 vaccine will affect fertility, say professional bodies

Leading professional bodies have come together to put a stop to misinformation that appears to be circulating in relation to COVID-19 vaccines and fertility.

The Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) issued a joint statement to confirm there is “no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines will affect fertility”.

The bodies have also produced an information sheet to help eligible pregnant women make an informed choice, as well as a question and answer document on COVID-19 vaccination, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

The information is in line with national guidance from Public Health England, Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).  Several videos on the subject from leading national clinicians are also available:

It may be that the initial advice to women of childbearing age to avoid becoming pregnant for 2 months after receiving their second dose has been misinterpreted and conclusions drawn that are not based on any evidence. The original advice was a very cautious approach based on lack of evidence rather than any confirmed evidence of impact on pregnancy from the trial data. The risks associated with receiving the vaccine in pregnancy are extremely low and the is advice has subsequently been updated. There is no longer any advice to avoid becoming pregnant after vaccination in current Green Book guidance. 

Every vaccination brings the end of the pandemic closer

“Every time someone is vaccinated, it brings us a small step closer to the end of the pandemic” says Dr Paul Johnson in his latest video.

Paul, a local GP and CCG clinical chair, was joined by Devon County Council’s Steve Brown (director of public health) and Simon Chant (consultant in public health) to outline the latest advice for local people including coronavirus testing and vaccinations.

Steve Brown added: “Stay at home unless it’s essential you go out. If you do go out, please continue to observe the social distancing rules.”

For the latest information about the coronavirus – including the vaccine, frequently asked questions, and publications – visit the Together for Devon (Devon’s health and care system) website.

A video message to people from BAME communities about the COVID-19 vaccine

An independent film maker has made a short film featuring people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME) which has been shared by the NHS.  Creator Adil Ray said: “With growing concerns over the uptake of the vaccine among some communities, some of us wanted to share this important message.”

‘Act like you’ve had COVID-19, even after you’ve been vaccinated’

“Act like you have COVID-19, even after you’ve been vaccinated as you may still transmit the virus” urged Dr Paul Johnson in his latest video.

Paul, a local GP and clinical chair of NHS Devon CCG, was speaking alongside Devon County Council’s Steve Brown (director of public health) and Simon Chant (consultant in public health).

Steve Brown also encouraged people to remain cautious: “cases are still very much higher than they were in December so now is not the time to drop out guard. Please stick to the national lockdown rules.”

Local people can help the NHS vaccinate people as quickly as possible by:

  1. Staying at home
  2. Getting your vaccine when invited – we will contact you so please don’t call your GP practice or local hospital
  3. Acting like you have COVID-19 even after you’ve been vaccinated – as you may still transmit the virus
  4. Following the government advice e.g. Hands. Face. Space
  5. Using the NHS in the best way – Think 111 First, self-care, pharmacies, and minor injury units.

For the latest information about the coronavirus – including the vaccine, frequently asked questions, and publications – visit the Together for Devon (Devon’s health and care system) website.

Joint advice from the NHS and law enforcement agencies on protecting yourself from COVID-19 cons

In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.

  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to [email protected]. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

The NCSC is asking people to report suspect emails to its Suspicious Email Reporting Service simply by forwarding them to [email protected]. All emails forwarded to the service are analysed and if they are found to link to malicious content, it will be taken down or blocked, helping prevent future victims of crime.

The Suspicious Email Reporting Service is a world first which was launched last April by the NCSC in conjunction with the City of London Police. It has now received more than four million emails from the public, leading to the removal of over 26,000 scams and over 49,000 links to malicious content.

Significant progress towards beating this virus

Thanks to the outstanding support of local people and staff across Devon, we are making significant progress towards beating this virus” is the message from local GP and CCG clinical chair, Dr Paul Johnson.

Speaking in this week’s video, Paul provided the latest vaccination updates in Devon and what local people can help the NHS.

Steve Brown, Devon County Council’s director of public health added: “While we’re seeing number stabilising, rates are still relatively high, and it won’t take much for those cases to rise again”

 The NHS is continuing to encourage local people to:

  • Not contact the NHS to seek a vaccine – we will contact you
  • Attend booked appointments unless you are told otherwise by your provider
  • Choose the right service for your needs
  • Stay at home and follow the national advice.

For the latest information about the coronavirus – including the vaccine, frequently asked questions, and publications – visit the Together for Devon (Devon’s health and care system) website.

Covid Vaccinations

We have started the roll out of the covid vaccination programme and working with 14 other GP practices we are holding clinics in the Barnstaple Leisure Centre.  We are reliant on the national delivery of vaccines and we then arrange our clinics around those dates.  We have started with priority group 1 which is care home residents and staff and the over 80 year olds.

Please do not contact the practice about these vaccinations as we will contact patients directly and we will share all the information including about other priority groups as it develops on our websites and social media to keep you as informed as possible.

You will have heard about larger mass vaccination sites being set up across the country and it may be that at some stage you will receive a letter from the national booking team inviting you to have your vaccine – when you get this letter you can choose to either go to a mass vaccination site (and the letter will tell you where this is) or to have it done more locally.  We are concerned that it may cause some confusion as these letters will not come from the practice but from a central team and we have no influence over this.

We are delighted that there is a vaccination and we will be playing our part in the NHS wide roll out over the coming months as it will take some time to vaccinate everyone  – we thank you for your patience and understanding.

Vaccinations offered by every Devon GP practice

GP led Vaccination Centres

Four more GP-led vaccination centres have opened in Devon, meaning every practice in the county is offering appointments to eligible patients.

Patients are being reminded not to contact their practice about a vaccination but to wait until they are called.

GP practices are working in groups to set up the local vaccination centres, with the four new sites bringing the total across Devon to 20 centres, serving all the county’s surgeries.  The latest details are on the Together for Devon website here.

The CCG is also looking at a range of measures, including additional mobile teams, to bring vaccination facilities closer to people in more rural parts of the county.

Patients start to receive invites to NHS vaccination centres

Taunton Racecourse – one of the new large-scale vaccination centres

People aged 80 or over have started to be invited to book a coronavirus jab at a Vaccination Centre, as the immunisation programme accelerates. Ten new large-scale centres have opened nationwide, joining the seven already delivering the life-saving jab.

The news comes as people in England in their 70s, and those listed as clinically extremely vulnerable, will begin receiving offers of a coronavirus vaccine this week.

Devon’s Primary Care Networks started the roll-out in phases, which means they are working at slightly different paces. They are working through each stage of the priority list step by step, as quickly and safely as they can to ensure patients can get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Devon patients may receive a letter from the national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service inviting them to book an appointment at a regional Vaccination Centre, the closest of which currently is in Taunton.  More sites will be announced in the coming weeks.

Those who can travel to the Vaccination Centre safely are recommended to book an appointment.

People have a choice of attending the mass vaccination site, or waiting for their GP to provide it more locally. 

Patients are being reassured that GP practices will contact them when they are able to offer the vaccine, and are encouraging people not to contact them about it in the meantime.

Patients encouraged to register with a GP to ensure they are invited for vaccination

People who aren’t registered with a GP will be encouraged to do so as soon as they can.  This will ensure they are invited for the coronavirus vaccination when it’s their turn.

Social media messages will begin this week, reminding people that details of local GP practice are available on the NHS website.  Once people have identified a practice to register with, they will be encouraged to visit the practice website to find out how to register.

“It’s really important that we don’t let up yet”

January 12, 2021

“It’s really important that we don’t let up yet” says local GP and CCG clinical chair, Dr Paul Johnson, as coronavirus rates in Devon continue to rise.

Paul was speaking in his latest video alongside Devon County Council’s Steve Brown (director of public health) and Simon Chant (consultant in public health).

While cases in Devon are relatively low compared with other parts of the country, they are rising on a daily basis.

Steve added, “We cannot afford to be complacent. I urge people to follow the new national lockdown restrictions – stay at home and only go out when you absolutely need to.”

The NHS’ message to local people is:

  • Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine – we will contact you
  • When the NHS contacts you, please attend your booked appointments
  • Please continue to follow the national lockdown guidelines.

For the latest information about the coronavirus – including the vaccine, frequently asked questions, and publications – visit the Together for Devon (Devon’s health and care system) website.

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Covid vaccinations

January 12, 2021

Along with 14 other GP surgeries in North Devon we are continuing to run our covid vaccination clinics and inviting patients in the set categories we have been given as priority.

We have had calls from a number of groups such as dentists, opticians, osteopaths, funeral directors to name a few. We are limited by the number of vaccine deliveries we get and at the moment are still focusing on over 80 year olds and care homes.

Our practices are busy with our normal patient care and running the vaccination clinics so please don’t contact us but please keep checking our Facebook and website pages where we will share more information on other categories of eligible people and what they need to do to be vaccinated when we have it.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we are going as fast as we possibly can to roll out the vaccination programme.

Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives

January 7, 2021

England has entered a new national lockdown until mid-February at the earliest, the Prime Minister has announced.

The measures are in response to rising coronavirus cases and a new more infectious variant.

The UK has also moved to threat level 5, the highest level, which means there is a danger of the NHS being overwhelmed.

Boris Johnson has asked everyone to stay at home, except for specific reasons, including essential shopping, to work, if they cannot work from home, to exercise, to seek medical help, and to escape domestic abuse.

People can exercise in a public outdoor place by themselves, with people they live with or their support bubble, or on their own with one person from another household.

All schools and colleagues will return to remote learning for most pupils and those who are clinical extremely vulnerable will be advised to begin shielding again.

The government has now published full guidance on what people are allowed to do in England

Warning about vaccination text scam

January 7, 2021

There have been reports of a new scam where a person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment and it takes them to a fake NHS form, which then asks for their bank details to prove their identity. 

The NHS will never ask for peoples banking information. 

There is an information leaflet available to download here.

Important Information about COVID19 Vaccinations

December 30, 2020

COVID19 vaccination clinics have started for North Devon patients at North Devon Leisure Centre, currently we are fielding a number of calls from patients around various questions and queries about this vaccine and the process for obtaining one.  Information about the COVID19 vaccination programme can be found here:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

Please do not contact the practice about these vaccinations as we will contact patients directly and we will share all the information as it develops on our websites and social media to keep you as informed as possible.

We are delighted that there is a vaccination and we will be playing our part in the NHS wide roll out over the coming months but it will take some time to vaccinate everyone as and when more vaccines become available – we thank you for your patience and understanding.

The Combe Coastal Practice Team

Covid-19 Vaccination roll out.

December 29, 2020

We are pleased to be able to offer the coronavirus vaccination here in North Devon and we have 14 GP surgeries who quickly worked together over the last few weeks with great dedication, skill and efficiency to ensure that these life changing vaccinations are delivered to our communities.  

From Tuesday 29th December onwards we are holding clinics in the Barnstaple Leisure Centre where we can provide the vaccines in a safe and socially distanced way.  We have had a lot of local support and would like to thank North Devon Council and Lex Leisure for working with us so we could use the Leisure Centre and a thank you to the Bowling Club for giving up their space for us. 

We have managed to recruit a dedicated local volunteer group who will be marshalling the site and helping us coordinate the vaccination programme, we would like to thank them for their time and assistance in being part of the team who made this happen. 

Lastly we would like to thank all those who have been waiting patiently to be contacted for their invitation. We are working through our patient lists in priority order, as set out in the national guidance, and will make contact with everyone who is eligible in due course. This process is being managed by a central team not the GP’s or reception team so we would ask that you do not contact the surgery for information on the vaccine programme”

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COVID Vaccination programme – Combe Coastal Practice.

December 17, 2020

You may have heard through national media reports that GP practices will start COVID-19 vaccination of priority groups (over 80s) from Dec 14 onwards.
In North Devon all the practices are working together to be able to provide the vaccines in a safe and coordinated way.  Due to the nature of the first Pfizer vaccine and its cold storage restraints we are not able to split the vaccine and send it to individual practices; we are working hard with our colleagues across North Devon to ensure we get an approved central site set up as soon as possible.

We are preparing everything so we have a safe and effective process for inviting eligible patients, have all the staff trained and everything we need ready for this site.  As soon as we get the go ahead we will then be in a position to start the invitation process for the first group of patients who are 80 and over and able to attend a clinic.  It is likely that this will potentially begin at the end of December and we will contact patients directly.
For residents of care homes or all other groups of patients we do not yet have the details for rolling out vaccines due to the above reasons.

Please do not contact the practice about these vaccinations as we will contact patients directly and we will share all the information as it develops on our websites and social media to keep you as informed as possible.

We are delighted that there is a vaccination and we will be playing our part in the NHS wide roll out over the coming months as it will take some time to vaccinate everyone as and when more vaccines become available – we thank you for your patience and understanding.

For more information on the COVID vaccination programme please see the links below:

NHS England: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIx4uQvbnN7QIVJz6tBh2mEwqvEAAYASAAEgItlvD_BwE

Devon CCG: https://devonccg.nhs.uk/health-services/coronavirus/delivering-an-nhs-covid-19-vaccination-programme

Don’t contact the NHS to seek a COVID19 vaccine – we will contact you

December 15, 2020

“Don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine – we will contact you” is the message from local GP and CCG clinical chair, Dr Paul Johnson, as the first coronavirus vaccines were given to local people this week.

Paul was speaking today in a weekly video alongside Steve Brown, Devon County Council’s director of public health. It aims to keep patients, professionals and the public up to date with the latest information.

The NHS’ message to local people is:

  • Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine – we will contact you
  • When the NHS contacts you, please attend your booked appointments
  • Please continue to wear a face covering in public, maintain space from others, and wash your hands regularly.

For the latest information about the coronavirus – including the vaccine – visit the CCG’s website.

COVID-19 Vaccination programme – message to patients

December 10, 2020

The news regarding the vaccination programme is very exciting for the UK, the way in which Primary Care will offer this has not yet been finalised but we are all working with the Devon Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England to plan how to roll this out. The vaccine is in the UK and the first dose was administered on the 8th December 2020, further vaccination centres will be identified and going live in the next week. At the moment due to the very strict cold chain regulations this is limited to major acute secondary care locations, we are hoping that this will be expanded to other locations including local surgeries and we are awaiting confirmation of this in this over the coming days. 

The following statement was sent out from Devon CCG on the 7th December 2020:

You may have heard through national media reports that GPs will start COVID-19 vaccination of priority groups (over 80s) from Dec 14. Please note NHS staff will contact patients who have been identified as priority to be offered the vaccine first. Please do not contact the hospital or your GP, but please do continue to adhere to the Hands, Face, Space measures that are helping us limit the transmission of the virus. Thank you.​”

The link to the national NHS England press release can be found here:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/2020/12/hospitals-to-start-biggest-ever-nhs-vaccination-programme-this-week/

At this current time Combe Coastal Practice is working with all of the other surgeries in Devon to prepare to support this major rollout. At the moment this vaccination cannot be done legally at individual surgeries due to the cold chain constraints, hence why it is being delivered at the acute centres initially.   We would kindly ask all of our patients not to call the surgery asking for appointments or updates as this is changing on a daily basis and restricts other patients getting through to the surgery. Combe Coastal Practice will be fully involved in the COVID 19 vaccination programme and once we have confirmation on the approved process we will be letting our patients know how this vaccine will be offered.  

Please remember we still have some Seasonal Flu vaccinations available on the 12th December in advance of the COVID -19 rollout.

Many thanks Combe Coastal Team

Recruitment of Vaccinators for the delivery of COVID19 Vaccines

December 4, 2020

Could you help deliver COVID-19 vaccines? Your NHS needs you

The release of a COVID-19 vaccination is highly anticipated.

When available, it will be our best defence against the virus alongside effective social distancing, wearing a mask and hand hygiene.

With clinical trials progressing well, the NHS across Devon is preparing extensively to be ready to deliver vaccines as soon as they become available.

As part of this they are recruiting heavily, to ensure that the NHS can continue to provide other vital services that we all rely on.

Parliament recently changed the law to allow a wider group of people to undertake training to deliver vaccines, including many allied health professionals, pharmacy and dental professionals, and healthcare scientists – as well as others with first aid qualifications who can complete appropriate training.

On behalf of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, we are now calling on individuals who have experience of vaccinating, or are willing to be trained, to put themselves forward to support the vital next phase in the health service’s COVID-19 response.

There will be a range of paid roles offered on a flexible basis, including outside of usual working hours to fit with other responsibilities. Important non-clinical supporting roles will also be available. In all roles, appropriate training, supervision and PPE will be provided to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and patients.

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You may work in a variety of local settings set up to vaccinate eligible groups of people. Briefing and training on the specific COVID-19 vaccines used will be provided.

If you want to help, please register your interest with [email protected]  and the team will be in touch shortly to explain next steps.

In the meantime, registered vaccinators can get ahead by completing annual training now – either via e-learning or locally provided training.

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