Thank you for your continued understanding and support for the work we’re doing to keep patients, the general public and healthcare staff as safe as possible throughout the Coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak.
You will be aware that the Prime Minister announced his ‘four-step plan’ to ease England out of lockdown on 22 February.
A critical part of this plan is the COVID vaccination programme. We are proud of the role that Herefordshire General Practice is playing (via Primary Care Network vaccination hubs) in the roll-out of the vaccine and would urge you to accept the opportunity to have a vaccination, when invited.
As well as the Primary Care Network vaccination hubs, you may be aware that there are also four Mass Vaccination sites in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. These include one in Hereford City Centre and another at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern.
NHS England is sending out the invitations to attend the Mass Vaccination sites. When it’s your turn, you will receive a letter inviting you to book an appointment online.
Please note, you do not have to accept this invitation.
If you prefer, you can wait to receive an invitation from your GP.
Your GP Surgery will contact you by telephone or text to invite you to attend your local GP-run Primary Care Network vaccination centre. This invitation will usually arrive later than the NHS England Mass Vaccination site invitation.
This dual system has caused some confusion with patients. Please rest assured that your GP will be in touch to arrange your local appointment as soon as possible. In the meantime, we would ask you not to telephone your GP to check on the date for your injection, unless you are aged 70 or above and have still not received a GP appointment.
Second COVID vaccinations are also now beginning to be rolled out. You will be contacted by a local GP practice when it is time for you to receive your second vaccination. You do not need to contact your GP practice or the National Booking System to arrange a second vaccination.
If you are worried about any medical symptoms you should continue to contact your GP (or NHS111 if out of hours). If you have children, it’s also vitally important that they attend any appointments for routine immunisations in order to prevent the spread of preventable disease.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and support during these challenging times. We can now see light at the end of the tunnel, but please can we ask that you do not relax your guard just yet and continue to follow Government Hands | Face | Space guidelines.
Taurus Healthcare is a Federation comprised of all 19 GP practices in Herefordshire.
If you are registered with a GP practice in the county, you can be sure that it is a member of Taurus Healthcare.
We support GP practices to be safer, more effective, efficient and resilient. We do this by offering a range of services to GP surgeries, for example back office functions such as Recruitment, Human Resources and Finance, all the way through to stepping in, on request, to run a GP surgery. The exact nature of the services we provide will be dependent on the needs and requirements of the surgery.
We also support GP practices by delivering a number of clinical services on their behalf. For example, the 7 day GP and GP Out of Hours Services are both operated by Taurus Healthcare. Taurus also provides the Covid Management Service and offers many supporting roles in the community, including pharmacists, social prescribers, dieticians and care coordinators.
A final important role of Taurus Healthcare is to represent all 19 GP practices and to act as a ‘single voice’ in discussions about current and future healthcare provision. For example, at meetings of the NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, local NHS trusts or other strategic bodies such as Herefordshire and Worcestershire GP Practice Provider Board.
Ultimately our aim is to help patients have more control over their own wellbeing and healthcare, promote the prevention of illness, and to improve access to general practice so that your GP service is consistent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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