AZ Vaccine manufactured in India –additional information from DHSC
Following on from the additional queries raised around the AZ vaccine that has been manufactured in India, we have been in touch with DHSC (who are leading on this piece of work) again. They have now provided us with the following additional lines regarding this issue:
- All AstraZeneca vaccines given in the UK are the same product and appear on the NHS COVID Pass as Vaxzevria.
- The European Medicines Agency, as well as our own medicines regulator, has authorised this vaccine and travel should not be affected.
- No Covishield vaccines have been administered in the UK.
- All doses used in the UK have been subject to rigorous safety and quality checks, including individual batch testing and physical site inspections, by the UK medicine’s regulator, the MHRA.
- Ensuring safe and open travel with our global partners is a clear priority and we are engaging with international partners on certification to ensure travel for vaccinated people is unhindered in the future.
- We have spoken to the EU Commission who have confirmed that neither the Commission nor the EMA has advised Member States against accepting travellers vaccinated with ‘SII doses’.
- Our High Commission in Malta has been discussing this issue with the Maltese Government, who have agreed that they will accept the NHS certificate with the EMA approved AZ Vaxzevria dose.
- Astra Zeneca vaccine will be recognised in the same way as any other.
On the stories specifically about Malta last week:
- The Maltese authorities have agreed to amend their travel advice so this should not happen again.
- The government of Malta has advised they will recognise an NHS Covid Pass as valid evidence for entry. They set this out themselves here: https://foreignandeu.gov.mt/en/Pages/Travel-Advice.aspx
- Anyone who has had their second dose of Astra Zeneca vaccine two weeks or more ago can get an NHS Covid Pass, as set out here: https://foreignandeu.gov.mt/en/Pages/Travel-Advice.aspx
- The Malta Deputy PM / Health Minister’s page also links directly to our own travel advice and the Malta International Airport page has been updated to reflect the change: https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Pages/travel.aspx and https://www.maltairport.com/covid19/arrival/
NHS Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings after the 15 July 2021
England’s Chief Nurse has today reminded the public that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.
Covid restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday.
However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.
That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.
Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.
The NHS will continue to support staff in ensuring that the guidance is followed in all healthcare settings.
Chief Nursing Officer for England, Ruth May said: “Face coverings and social distancing measures will remain in place across healthcare settings so that the most vulnerable people can continue to safely attend hospital, their GP surgery, pharmacy or any other healthcare settings for advice, care and treatment.
In Hughenden Valley Surgeries we will be keeping Face coverings and social distancing rules so if you need to come and see us please bring a face covering and keep to a social distance this is for the protection of both our patients and staff and your support is greatly appreciated.
Are you COVID-19 Vaccination details correct? 26-06-2021
How COVID-19 vaccinations are recorded
1. When a patient is vaccinated, a record is made in a clinical system at the point of care:
at a GP practice, primary care network (PCN), or community pharmacy, the point of care system is Outcomes4Health (Pinnacle)
at a vaccination centre, the point of care system is either Outcomes4Health (Pinnacle) or the National Immunisation Vaccination System (NIVS) app
hospitals use the NIVS or the National Immunisation Management System (NIMS) app to record when they have vaccinated staff members or patients
This data then comes either directly to the GP system or via the Data Processing Service (DPS).
Hughenden Valley Surgery is using EMIS, data from all point of care systems is currently sent via the DPS
Once the vaccination record has been added to the your medical records, it will appear in the vaccinations section of your record.
What if my data was incorrectly recorded?
Your surgery can correct your data in EMIS (the surgery clinical software) this will make your data on your clinical record correct.
I contacted the surgery and they said they had updated my data on their clinical system (EMIS) but on my NHS App vaccination passport has not been updated I am about to book my holiday and I am worried there will be an issue at the airport what do I do now?
The NHS App Covid-19 vaccination passport information does not come from the GP surgery clinical system (EMIS) this comes from the vaccination centre, point of care system Outcomes4Health (Pinnacle) or the National Immunisation Vaccination System (NIVS) app to update this data you will need to contact the vaccination centre where you had your vaccination and explain your situation and ask them to correct your data.
What should I do to see if this effects me?
1) First take a picture of your Vaccination card on your phone the information on this is helpful to correct any issues going forward this way if you lose your vaccination card you will have a copy.
2) if you have not already download the NHS App do this now to confirm your data is correct (on the way to the airport may be a little to late)
The NHS have been working tirelessly in vaccinating the whole nation in a very short period and mistakes can happen and I am pleased to say this issue is very few are far between.
Type 1 opt-out: medical records held at your GP practice
Covid-19 Vaccination Site in Hughenden 18-05-2021
We understand that trying to contact us has been challenging at times. The entire NHS has been overwhelmed by the pandemic, and this has caused much frustration. On behalf of Hughenden Valley Surgeries, I would like to sincerely apologise but also thank you for your support at this most difficult time.
Presently, there are several issues converging on General Practice. Approximately 10% of the UK population is chasing overdue NHS services, 75% of the population is awaiting vaccination and locally, some services are already advising waiting times for appointments of several years.
There appears to be a near infinite demand for face to face GP appointments across the UK. Each day, requests for appointments are several hundred times higher than the maximum number of appointments possible. We are all working our socks off to clear the backlog, however, it seems very unlikely that the NHS will be able to return to the pre-COVID model of General Practice in the foreseeable future, if ever at all. There are simply not enough people qualified as GPs in the world to meet current levels of demand.
At Hughenden Surgeries, we have not stopped for a moment during the pandemic. We have continued to see our patients face to face throughout, taking steps to minimise your exposure to the virus as much as humanly possible. Having the first half of your appointment on the telephone and only being in the building when you need to be examined is nobody’s first choice, but it has protected our patients and our staff.
Our team has worked tirelessly, late into the nights, at weekends and through bank holidays to keep you safe and we will not hold back now. If you have struggled to get through on the phonelines it is only because hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of patients were ahead of you in the queue. That is all.
From Downley to Great Missenden, demand for access to our services has increased more than tenfold since the national lockdown measures eased. At the same time, worries about the virus and the vaccinations have skyrocketed
but there is good news ahead.
We have set in place a Roadmap to help our patients access our services, not just back to pre-COVID levels, but faster, easier, and better than ever before.
You have given us your feedback, and we have listened.
Changes of this magnitude cannot be made suddenly. We are working closely with our PPG to provide you with the service you want, while also continuing to provide the care that you need.
At Hughenden Valley Surgeries, we have a belief that communication is key to our success. We have a plan, and will keep you informed via our website, via social-media and via our PPG.
We are blessed with a particularly fantastic Patient Participation Group, who have also been working relentlessly to help you through this pandemic. Our vaccination efforts could not have succeeded as they have, without their astonishing support and volunteer workforce. We will continue to work with them throughout this next chapter and beyond.
Clearly there are challenging times ahead for us all, however, we are doing everything possible to see as many patients as possible as quickly and as safely as possible. Our trained Care Navigators will continue to allocate the resources made available to us on the basis of clinical need, so that we are here when you need us.
In January 2020 we initiated our Patient Shield, protecting you from a “new potentially serious, upcoming virus”. Our protective plans have worked. Our barriers and patient distancing measures are sound and reliable and will remain in place.
As the first wave approached, we gave you unprecedented 24h/day 7 days/week access to our Admin and Clinical Teams with eConsult, our Online Consultations platform and we have continued that same level of service throughout the entire pandemic. At Hughenden Surgeries, online GP access and eConsult are here to stay and are in addition to all other services that we offer.
You have needed to contact us in previously unimaginable numbers, and we installed a dozen new phone lines and expanded our Care Navigation Hub to take the strain, ensuring we could meet your health needs while also shielding you from the dangers.
We also brought you Video Consultations, SMS Consultations and Picture Message Consultations so that you can still access your GP without needing to leave the safety of your home. All of these services are here to stay.
For the very many people who have still needed to see a GP face to face, we have gone to extraordinary lengths to keep you safe whenever we visited you at home or have seen you in our surgeries.
Since January 2021, following the vaccination success in Chesham Town Hall and our Prestwood Surgery, we have been able to allow more people into the buildings at once. Our waiting room conversions also allow more people to wait safely at the same time and we continue to clean thoroughly between every patient contact.
At Hughenden Surgeries, we have never stopped seeing our patients; we will not stop seeing patients, and we are not slowing down now. Every patient that has needed to see a doctor for clinical reasons, has been seen by a doctor.
But there is more to come…
- Additional GP sessions
- More Appointments
- More calls answered simultaneously
- Improved Access
- Greater Flexibility
- Rapid Access Services
Watch this space, for the big reveal….
Keeping you safe,
Prescription delivery service
With the easing of lockdown and Covid-19 restrictions being lifted we will not be delivering medicines routinely as when covid-19 restrictions was in place.
Coronavirus scam calls and texts
Hughhenden Valley Surgeries
Keeping you safe - Keeping you informed
New JCVI guidance around household contacts of patients with severe immunosuppression
COVID-19: NHS app to be used as coronavirus passport for international travel.
COVID-19: NHS app to be used as coronavirus passport for international travel.
Access your NHS services
Use NHS App online to access services on your desktop or laptop computer, through your web browser. You do not need to install anything to get started.
Use this service to:
book and manage appointments at your GP surgery
order repeat prescriptions
get health information and advice
view your medical record securely
view your NHS number
At the moment it will not automatically show your vaccination status but NHS England are working in the background to fix this sometime in May.
My advice would be to download the NHS app before the 17th of May when international travel restrictions are due to end.
Keeping you safe - Keeping you informed
2nd Covid-19 Vaccination
A) Look for the date nearest to when you recived your 1st vaccination your 2nd will be on or around this date.
Q) I had my 1st vaccination at the Prestwood surgery where will be my 2nd?
A) Chesham Town Hall.
Pfizer second dose update 21-04-2021
Please be aware Chesham Town Hall will have NO MORE Pfizer vaccine deliveries after may 6th so if you are in need of a Pfizer 2nd dose (your fist does was a Pfizer) and you have not already booked please contact the surgery after 11am to book your appointment with out delay.
Covid-19 Vaccination Program 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination Update 21-03-2021
The UK has seen a new record for the most coronavirus jabs given out over 24 hours, the second time in consecutive days that figure has been broken.
A total of 711,156 doses were given across the UK on Friday, 589,675 of those were first doses and 121,481 were second.
If you are over 50 years of age (or in groups 1-9) and not yet had your vaccination please call the surgery after 11am on 01494 562189 or go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination
Issues with our clinic system 19-04-2021 9:31am
Good morning, we are currently experiencing connectivity issues with our clinic system. This is a national issue and is being worked on by our provider. We ask that whilst we are experiencing these problems please do not contact the surgery for routine matters. If you are expecting a telephone call from a clinician today please rest assured they will call but it may be at a slightly different time. We will keep you informed of any changes. Thank you,
COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting Information about your vaccination
COVID-19 2nd Vaccination Update 14-03-2021
I am pleased to confirm we have been given notice of the date 2nd COVID-19 vaccinations will start an this will be from Tuesday the 23rd of March 2021.
Some usual questions and answers
Should I call the surgery to book my vaccination?
No we will contact you via text or telephone. (Also keep an eye on our website and Facebook group)
I have not had my first vaccination yet why are you inviting patients for their second?
The NHSE guidance at the moment is for patients to have their 2nd vaccination on or around the 12 weeks mark.
Have you stopped giving the 1st vaccination?
At the moment we are still continuing to do 1st vaccinations
I have not been invited for any COVID-19 vaccination but normally I receive a Flu jab I must be in the wrong group should I write or call you to ask you to check my group?
We are unable to change your group NHSE and our software providers setup the group lists and can not change them so please do not contact us to make a change.
I have been sent a text to ask to book but it must be wrong as I am fit and healthy, I do not want to take someone else’s vaccination should I contact the surgery to cancel. (We all need a vaccination at some point)
No please do not contact the surgery as this will take up valuable care navigation or clinical time that could be used to help other patients with other non COVID-19 problems.
We are now 1/3 of the way through the Covid-19 vaccination programme and still have a long way to go, We thank every one of you for standing by us and helping us drive our COVID-19 vaccination Bus on our journey to a if not the same destination as before a better place than we are in now.
I would also like to thank all the surgery staff including Admin, Dispensary, Care navigation, Pharmacy and clinical team that without them this exit strategy would not be possible.
Also a big thank you to Elizabeth Carless and the PPG family that send teams of volunteers out in all weathers to help.
I would also request that any patients with any conditions they are worried about please do not put off coming to see the surgery team as we are still here and open for other conditions that are not COVID-19 related.
Covid-19 Vaccination Program 2021
Your medical record
your GP surgery will send you a text invite.
your GP surgery will telephone you.
NHSE will send you a letter (these are not from your GP surgery)
Your GP surgery
A Primary Care Network (Group of local surgeries)
NHSE in mass vaccination centres
News update 02-03-2021
COVID VACCINATION PROGRAM UPDATE 02-03-2021
*** Vaccination appointments available NOW Group 1-6 and not had your first jab please call us NOW***
Hughenden Valley Surgeries are happy to confirm we are able to offer the Astra Zeneca vaccine at our Chequers drive site in Prestwood once again on Friday the 12th of March 2021.
We are thrilled to be able to offer the vaccine to our patients locally.
What are the Groups?
Priority Risk group
1 Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes 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 (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
5 All those 65 years of age and over
6 Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group (see clinical conditions below) [footnote 1]
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
10 Rest of the population (to be determined)
Clinical conditions list:
• a blood cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
• a heart problem
• a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
• a kidney disease
• a liver disease
• lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as HIV infection, steroid medication, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
• rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or psoriasis (who may require long-term immunosuppressive treatments)
• have had an organ transplant
• had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
• a neurological or muscle wasting condition
• a severe or profound learning disability
• a problem with your spleen, example sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
• are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
• are severely mentally ill
Further detailed information on priority groups is available in the COVID-19 Green Book, chapter 14a.
- At the same time as adults under 65 years with long-term conditions, the vaccine will also be offered to unpaid adult carers – those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. ↩
Vaccine deliveries are sent to our Chesham main site based on stock levels at the main distribution centres (Hughenden Valley Surgeries or the Chesham Main Site do place orders) and when any Vaccines arrive our PCN grouping jump into action and administer them post haste.
(our number one priority is never to waste time or vaccine)
We will not be posting figures of how many left in each group to be vaccinated as we believe clock watching is not helpful to our patients and it is also not helpful to add more pressure to our workforce.
We do not have any details of when these will take place this is directed by NHSE and when we have vaccine stock.
We would like to thank the PPG for arranging volunteers for our vaccination clinics and the continued hard work from the staff in the enormous task of vaccinating our patients.
Hughenden Pharmacy is in the process being vetted to deliver Covid-19 vaccinations from Hughenden.
Please see any previous frequently asked questions in previous posts and please join us on Facebook for updates
Eat well, exercise well and live well Can you ?
I CAN !!!
(eat well, exercise well and live well)
Can you ?
Please join me on a ZOOM meeting to look at LIVING WELL to STAY WELL.
Friday 26th March at 10.30am. A Zoom link will be sent from your GP surgery prior to the event.
Joining me will be ;
Hannah Live Well Stay Well “What’s the point ? “
Tejal Buckinghamshire Healthcare Good eating habits & “Food for Mood”
Benson The Fitness Garden Some gentle exercise
LEAP Learn more about this new initiative
Fiona Simply Walks Get involved as a walker or a VOLUNTEER
PLUS Food and exercise challenges
I look forward to seeing you there. June ( Community Link Worker for Mid-Chilterns PCN )
Hughenden Valley Surgery
John Hampden Surgery
Amersham Health Clinic
Rectory Meadows Surgery
No Smoking Day 3rd March 2021
Stopping smoking is one of the best things you'll ever do for your health. When you stop, you give your lungs the chance to repair and you'll be able to breathe easier. There are lots of other benefits too - and they start almost immediately. It's never too late to quit. Let's do this! Many people try to quit smoking with willpower alone, but it's much easier with the right help. There are lots of support options available, try a combination that works for you. The sooner you quit, the sooner you'll notice changes to your body and health. Look at what happens when you quit for good. Check your pulse rate, it will already be starting to return to normal. Your oxygen levels are recovering, and the harmful carbon monoxide level in your blood will have reduced by half. All carbon monoxide is flushed out. Your lungs are clearing out mucus and your senses of taste and smell are improving. If you notice that breathing feels easier, it's because your bronchial tubes have started to relax. Also your energy will be increasing. Blood will be pumping through to your heart and muscles much better because your circulation will have improved. Any coughs, wheezing or breathing problems will be improving as your lung function increases by up to 10%. Great news! Your risk of heart attack will have halved compared with a smoker's. More great news! Your risk of death from lung cancer will have halved compared with a smoker's. Stopping smoking not only improves your physical health but also is proven to boost your mental health and wellbeing. Quitting can improve mood, and help relieve stress, anxiety and depression. You have made a great decision to give up smoking. Here are some tips to help you succeed. Once you have picked your quit date, remember to add it to your calendar. Good luck. Throw away all your cigarettes before you start. Remember, there is never "just 1 cigarette". You can do it! A lot of people think nicotine is very harmful, but in fact it's the thousands of other chemicals in tobacco smoke that cause almost all of the harm from smoking. If you would like some extra support, you can sign up for 28 days of stop smoking advice and tips – delivered straight to your inbox. You do not have to do it alone – join others going through the same thing in a friendly and supportive environment. Call the free National Smokefree Helpline on 0300 123 1044 (England only). Talk to a trained adviser for advice and support. Monday to Friday: 9am to 8pm Your mental wellbeing is just as important as your physical health. Answer 5 quick questions to get your free mind plan from Every Mind Matters – including tips to help you deal with stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, boost your mood and feel more in control.
Ways to quit
What happens when you quit?
After 20 minutes
After 8 hours
After 48 hours
After 72 hours
After 2 to 12 weeks
After 3 to 9 months
After 1 year
After 10 years
Did you know?
Did you know?
Get daily email support
Find your online community
Want to talk to someone?
Saturday and Sunday: 11am to 4pm
Take care of your mind
Stopping smoking is one of the best things you'll ever do for your health.
When you stop, you give your lungs the chance to repair and you'll be able to breathe easier. There are lots of other benefits too - and they start almost immediately.
It's never too late to quit. Let's do this!
Many people try to quit smoking with willpower alone, but it's much easier with the right help. There are lots of support options available, try a combination that works for you.
The sooner you quit, the sooner you'll notice changes to your body and health. Look at what happens when you quit for good.
Check your pulse rate, it will already be starting to return to normal.
Your oxygen levels are recovering, and the harmful carbon monoxide level in your blood will have reduced by half.
All carbon monoxide is flushed out. Your lungs are clearing out mucus and your senses of taste and smell are improving.
If you notice that breathing feels easier, it's because your bronchial tubes have started to relax. Also your energy will be increasing.
Blood will be pumping through to your heart and muscles much better because your circulation will have improved.
Any coughs, wheezing or breathing problems will be improving as your lung function increases by up to 10%.
Great news! Your risk of heart attack will have halved compared with a smoker's.
More great news! Your risk of death from lung cancer will have halved compared with a smoker's.
Stopping smoking not only improves your physical health but also is proven to boost your mental health and wellbeing. Quitting can improve mood, and help relieve stress, anxiety and depression.
You have made a great decision to give up smoking. Here are some tips to help you succeed.
Once you have picked your quit date, remember to add it to your calendar.
Good luck. Throw away all your cigarettes before you start. Remember, there is never "just 1 cigarette". You can do it!
A lot of people think nicotine is very harmful, but in fact it's the thousands of other chemicals in tobacco smoke that cause almost all of the harm from smoking.
If you would like some extra support, you can sign up for 28 days of stop smoking advice and tips – delivered straight to your inbox.
You do not have to do it alone – join others going through the same thing in a friendly and supportive environment.
Call the free National Smokefree Helpline on 0300 123 1044 (England only). Talk to a trained adviser for advice and support.
Monday to Friday: 9am to 8pm
Your mental wellbeing is just as important as your physical health.
Answer 5 quick questions to get your free mind plan from Every Mind Matters – including tips to help you deal with stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, boost your mood and feel more in control.