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COVID-19 Vaccine: Please read

COVID-19 Vaccine: The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated – please do not contact the Surgery before then

The first phase of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has begun in Bromley! Initially the vaccination is being prioritised for those aged 80 years and over, care home workers and residents, and frontline health and care staff. See the leaflet at the end of this page explaining the reasons behind the priority groups.

Vaccinations will be delivered at a small number of hospital and GP sites. Practices in Bromley are working together to provide the vaccinations at the GP sites; no single practice is undertaking this by themselves. Logistically, it takes a long time to set up the clinics and vaccine deliveries are being coordinated nationally so we are asking our patients to be patient. 

When you become eligible for vaccination, you will receive an invitation to come forward for your vaccination. For most people this will be a letter either from the GP practice or the national NHS. Some people might receive a text or phone call from the GP practice.

This is going to be a long-term programme and it will likely take until at least spring 2021 before all high-risk groups have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine.

Please help us and do not contact the practice or other NHS services to get an appointment for a COVID vaccination until you are contacted. Practice phone lines are very busy and your support is appreciated to keep phone lines open for people who need to make appointments for other health matters.

Information on the vaccine is available on www.selondonccg.nhs.uk/what-we-do/covid-19/

Leaflet on Covid Vaccine

One Bromley Covid-19 Recovery Plan leaflet for Practice Websites

One Bromley has developed a comprehensive recovery plan which describes how we will restart services paused in the pandemic, take steps to reduce the risk and manage any second wave of Covid-19. We have produced a summary of the plan and a simplified leaflet for Bromley residents. The flyer can be used on GP practice websites and/or printed to share with patients and members of staff.

We have produced a One Bromley recovery plan summary leaflet to share our learning and next steps to stay well over winter with Bromley residents.

The leaflet includes:

  • How Covid-19 affected Bromley
  • The response to Covid-19 in Bromley
  • Changes to services (this section includes information on online, video and telephone

consultations for outpatient services, fewer face to face appointments, infection control measures in all face to face services, appointment only blood testing services and changes to the location of some services (to meet social distancing guidelines and keep Bromley residents and staff safe)

  • Tips on keeping safe and well over winter

More information on the One Bromley Covid-19 Recovery Plan is available (see link) including the full Recovery Plan, public summary (for stakeholders and the public) and simplified leaflet.

https://selondonccg.nhs.uk/in-your-area/bromley/working-together/managing-covid-19-in-bromley/

Flu 2020

Dear Patients,

Due to COVID we will be providing flu jabs a bit differently this year.

All eligible patients will receive a letter in due course with information on when our clinics will be and how you arrange an appointment.

In the meantime, we have noticed that a high number of queries to econsult is about when we start our flu programme, please can we ask you not to use econsult for this purpose, as we are currently waiting for the vaccinations to be delivered.

Thank you

Pauline Rowe
Practice Manager

16th September 2020

Keeping well with a long term health condition during Covid-19

A 10-minute video tutorial from the Bromley Well Mental Health and Wellbeing Service looks at ways people with a long-term health condition can manage their mental wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Watch now on YouTube and find the accompanying support pack on Bromley Well’s website.

To use Bromley Well Services, people can:

Call Bromley Well on 0300 330 9039 or email spa@bromleywell.org.uk. Open seven days a week from 9am-5pm.

Follow for the latest updates on social media:

Twitter: @bromleywell
Facebook: @bromleywellservice

Face coverings when using NHS Services

All patients and visitors to NHS services must wear a face covering at all times. This includes hospitals, community clinics and GP services. Evidence has confirmed that face coverings can help reduce the risk of transmission if you are suffering from coronavirus, but not showing symptoms.

The government has set out advice for people on how to make their own face coverings easily at home, using scarves or other textile items. These face coverings should cover the mouth and nose, whilst allowing the wearer to breathe comfortably and can be as simple as a scarf or bandanna that ties behind the head to give a snug fit.

Please wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting on a face covering and after taking it off. Please avoid touching your face covering whilst wearing it to avoid transmission of the virus.

If you attend an appointment without a face covering, you will be provided with a face mask in an emergency.

Bromley Well offers free support for people worried about their finances

Date: 21 May 2020

Worried about your finances?
Bromley Well is urging residents to get in touch with any concerns about their finances, housing issues, employment and debt
During the current Covid-19 outbreak, Bromley Well is still operating its information, legal advice and guidance service. Residents can get advice by email, telephone and an online webchat service.

Currently, the service has good availability and is urging people not to leave it too late, take control and get in touch now.

Gulsah Tatvan, Operations Manager said “With the uncertainty in the current climate, it’s important to seek advice. Debt especially is likely to be a big concern for people in the forthcoming months. People can talk to one of our advisors by phone, email or via our online webchat.”

Bromley Well advisers will:

> never judge you or make you feel bad about your situation
> always be happy to talk to you, however big or small your problem might be
> find and suggest ways to manage your issues.

You can get advice now:
Call or email Bromley Well: 0300 330 9039 or via spa@bromleywell.org.uk. Open 7 days a week, 9am-5pm.

Visit our website to find out more about help available: https://www.bromleywell.org.uk/our-services/advice-service/ and at https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/debt-and-money/

Follow us for the latest updates on social media:
Twitter: @bromleywell
Facebook: @bromleywellservice