** Covid-19 Vaccination Programme **
The Covid-19 Vaccination programme has commenced it is a schedule of 2 vaccinations up to 12 weeks apart. Local practices are working together to provide this important vaccine to all eligible patients across Scarborough and Ryedale, the clinics may be provided in GP Surgeries or other venues.
We are working under strict guidelines from NHS England regarding eligibility and the order of invitations. If you are eligible you will be contacted by the practice and should expect to book your appointment. Please note the location of your appointment as this may not be your usual surgery.
The practice has deployed staff to deliver the Covid-19 Vaccination programme so have less staff available in the practice to assist you. We ask that you only contact the surgery if you feel it is absolutely necessary and cannot be dealt with by a pharmacy, over the counter medicines or can wait. You can also use our online service via this website.
These are challenging times and we thank you for remaining patient and respectful with our staff whilst they try to assist you.
** Latest Updates**
16th April 2021:
After a flurry of activity over Easter with second doses in our care homes and a large number of housebound patients, we are now well underway with second dose clinics for patients entering the 11th week from their first vaccination.
We have an Astrazeneca clinic on this coming Sunday at Scarborough Rugby Club for patients in the 11th week following their first dose. The next second dose clinics for patients falling in their 11th week (w/c 19th ), will be on Fri 23rd and we will start contacting these patients early next week.
With regards to first dose clinics, we are now re-booking for 45-49years old who could not make our first clinics for their cohort before Easter. If you are in this category of patient and you have not already heard from us please contact the surgery.
For patients attending their vaccine appointment at the rugby club please bear in mind there is a new patient flow, due to the gym now being back open which is accessed by its members via the cafe. Please enter via the main doors as normal from the car park and you will be directed out via the side and rear of the building where you can walk round to the car park. Those with mobility issues will be permitted to exit a more convenient route.
For those attending the rugby club this coming Sunday please take extra care in the car park as mini rugby will be commencing and there will be a number of children being escorted by their parents through the car park. Mini rugby attendees will use a completely separate entrance to the venue.
Please be assured we are working very closely with the rugby club to ensure the safety of our patients and their members. As ever we will have plenty of marshalls to help direct traffic and patient flow.
24th March 2021:
Apologies for the late update this week, there has been lots of changes around deliveries which has impacted our supply.
Yesterday our teams commenced second dose vaccinating in care homes and this will continue well into next week.
On this coming Saturday 27th March, we will be holding a vaccination clinic for any remaining first doses for those aged 50 and over. If you are aged over 50 and haven't had your vaccine please contact the practice.
Looking forward, the latest position from the national team is that no first dose vaccines will be delivered during the month of April. In addition to this, going forward we understand there will no longer be any Pfizer vaccines sent for first doses.
Second dose deliveries of both Astrazeneca and Pfizer vaccines will continue as planned, working to 77 - 84 days post first vaccine. At this time, we do not have any exact dates of deliveries, but will contact patients as soon as we know more.
9th March 2021:
Last Tues (2nd) we held a clinic at the rugby club and were thoroughly spoilt! A beautiful cake delivered by Bramwell Tea Rooms and chocolate Easter eggs delivered for all the staff courtesy of the Teapot and Reg Dennis & Co Ltd! Thank you so much we thoroughly enjoyed them!
To top it off we also vaccinated our 15,000th patient for this programme across the four practices in our Primary Care Network, (SMG, Hackness, Filey and Hunmanby Surgeries).
On Friday 5th we had teams out visiting housebound patients, new residents in care homes and ran a very small clinic for around 30 patients, who for some reason or another had not been able to be vaccinated the first time around for their cohorts.
This week we have been told not to expect any deliveries of vaccines but from w/c 15th volumes are due to see volumes massively increase for a matter of weeks. We are imminently awaiting the dates of deliveries so we can get rotas on and start booking patients in. We have had a large number of enquiries into the Practice today around this and we are frustrated not to be able to have this information already but will update more when we are informed. Please do not contact the surgery, we will contact you.
The letters that come out from the National teams inviting patients to book online are for you to book into the Mass Vacc Centres at York, Hull and Middlesbrough. Please be advised that there is no option for you to book into the Scarborough rugby club site on the National Booking portal as it is classed as a local site and not a mass vac site.
If you choose not to book the mass vac sites, we will be in touch with you when it is your turn to be booked into one of our own clinics. Please do not contact the surgery, we will contact you.
Should you book your first appointment at the mass vac sites then you will need to attend these for your second dose too. We are due to finish a small number of cohort 5,6 and 7 patients and also to move on to the next cohort 8 (55-59yrs) w/c 15th.
1st March 2021:
Our teams held another large clinic at Scarborough Rugby Club on Friday last week for patients in cohorts 5 and 6. Following a further delivery of vaccines today we will return to the rugby club again tomorrow Tuesday 2nd March. This clinic will be for the remaining patients in co-horts 5 and 6 and to make a start on those in co-hort 7 (patients 60+ yrs)
We have been given no other information on any further deliveries of vaccines beyond today’s delivery, including the scheduling of second doses.
As many of our staff will be deployed tomorrow to the vaccination clinic, we will again be running an “urgents” only system for enquiries at the Practice. Please consider contacting us on another day in the week if your enquiry is routine.
15th February 2021:
The COVID vaccination programme here and across North Yorkshire continues to progress at pace and we’re delighted to say that the vast majority of our patients in the first four priority groups, as determined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), have been offered a vaccine.
We are now turning our attention to patients in the next two priority groups – cohort 5 - all those aged 65 and over, and co-hort 6 all individuals aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality, together with carers and young adults in residential settings.
Following a very late announcement of vaccine supplies, we will now be running two large clinics for patients in these groups on Wednesday 17th and Friday 19th of this week at Scarborough Rugby Club, with a further clinic the following Friday 26th.
If you are a patient in the fifth priority group (patients aged 65 and over), you may receive a letter from the NHS national booking service (NBS) inviting you to have your jab at a regional vaccination centre or a participating pharmacy.
You can choose to access this service (the nearest ‘regional’ site is at Askham Bar, York), or you may prefer to wait to be contacted by the practice for an appointment closer to home. If you choose to decline the offer from the national service and wait for an appointment at one of our GP-led clinics, please be assured, you won’t be missed. We’ll be in touch with you at the appropriate time – you don’t need to call us.
We will be deploying a significant number of staff to the rugby club clinics on Weds and Friday this week and along with also having some staff on leave for half term, it will mean we will need to run an “urgents” only appointment system back at the Practice. We would urge patients to be mindful of this please when ringing the Practice for a routine enquiry.
Thank you once again for your continued patience as we work hard to get through our patients lists.
11th February 2021:
Good afternoon, Yesterday we had teams out braving the snow and visiting our over 70’s and Clinically Extremely Vulnerable housebound patients. We also vaccinated a care home that we could not go into earlier in the year. This Friday we have a number of new residents in care homes who we will be vaccinating. On Saturday 13th we return to Scarborough rugby club for a further 1200 over 70’s and Clinically Extremely Vulnerable patients. This means that by next week we will have vaccinated the majority of our over 70 and clinically extremely vulnerable patients.
As yet we have heard nothing about any vaccine deliveries for w/c 15th February, but will obviously plan these clinics in as soon we are informed and will update this page.
5th February 2021:
Good afternoon, on Saturday 6th
Feb we will be vaccinating over 1200 patients across our Primary Care Network once again at Scarborough Rugby Club. We ask patients to be prompt for their appointments and to avoid coming early to help prevent queues forming.
We have been informed of another 1200 vaccines arriving next Friday and are therefore continuing to contact patients in co-horts 1-4 to book appointments into our clinics. By the beginning of w/c 15th Feb we should have only a very small number of patients in co-horts 1-4 still to contact.
Next week we also go out to some of our most vulnerable, housebound patients and complete a care home that could not be fully vaccinated due to an outbreak of covid four weeks ago, (we cannot give vaccines to patients who have tested positive for covid within the last four weeks).
We hope you understand we are working as quickly as we can once vaccines arrive to get them out to patients.
Finally we are aware of an article in the Scarborough News that has caused some confusion with patients today and has generated a number of calls into the surgery. The clinic that is being run on Sunday 7th at the rugby club is for Central Healthcare patients only and we understand the article has now been updated to reflect this.