We are currently contacting all eligible patients to arrange an appointment for their Covid vaccine, either here at the surgery or at one of the 3 local hubs. The local hubs are located at Apollo Court (Dodworth), Priory Campus (Lundwood) and Goldthorpe.
We are working through the groups of eligible patients in order of risk and priority, as advised by NHS England and the local CCG. We will contact all patients who are eligible, as soon as we are able to. Please do not contact the surgery to book, we will contact you.
Clinics for Covid vaccines are determined by vaccine deliveries, so we may not always be able to give you definitive information around dates of future clinics if you ring to enquire about this.
In most cases, you will be expected to return to the same site for your 2nd dose as you went to for your 1st dose.
In Barnsley, we are currently giving 2nd doses around the 11 week mark. If you reach 11 weeks since your first dose and you have not been contacted to make an appointment for your 2nd dose, please contact the surgery if you had the vaccine locally.
If you had your first dose at a mass vaccination site (Sheffield Arena, Wakefield, Huddersfield etc), please contact 119 with any queries about your 2nd dose.
Mass Vaccination Sites
Please be aware that the surgery cannot arrange, cancel or change any appointments arranged at the mass vaccination sites, these are managed centrally by their staff. If you attended a mass vaccination site for your 1st dose, you will have to attend the same site for your 2nd dose.
If you have made an appointment at the mass vaccination site and are able to get there, please keep this appointment. If for any reason you can no longer attend the mass vaccination site, please try and cancel your appointment.
Missed appointments for the vaccine, result in doses being wasted, as they cannot be saved for another clinic. Please cancel if you cannot keep your appointment.
Message to our Patients
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, ways of accessing the surgery have been different. We would like to remind our patients that:
- Face-to-face appointments are available to all patients, but you will be asked to discuss your conditions over the phone first to assess what would be most appropriate for you.
- You can also call NHS 111.
Some face to face appointments with the nurse are available to book without telephone triage first, our reception team will be able to help you with your nurses appoinment before booking.
Please avoid coming into the surgery unless you have an appointment.
Please note: Our reception staff and administration team are experiencing a high volume of calls and as a result your wait time might be longer than normal.
We are dealing with an unprecedented amount of queries - please consider whether your call to the surgery is absolutely necessary.
Please be assured that all our staff are working extremely hard to maintain service levels.
Please follow this link to read the latest advice from the NHS regarding Coronavirus... www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
We thank you for your patience.
Your visit to the surgery during COVID-19
Whilst we encourage our patients to contact the surgery via telephone in the first instance, and any requests for appointments should always be made this way, we are here to provide medical care which means patients will need to come into the building.
For the safety of our patients and staff we have made some changes in our waiting room. We have the capacity to hold a number of patients (max 12) at any one time whilst still adhering to social distancing guidance. There are clear markers on the floor and chairs have been positioned at a safe distance from each other. In addition to this, a safety screen has been installed on our reception counter and we have upgraded our cleaning schedules by introducing regular sanitisation of the communal areas.
Face Masks - If you need to attend the surgery for any reasone, you must wear a face covering whilst inside the building. Please remember to bring one with you.
We would like to reassure all our patients, including those who are shielding, that by introducing these measure we can offer you a safe environment to receive the medical care you need.
Please remember – only visit the surgery if your problem cannot be dealt with any other way.
Please help us to help you stay safe.
The Walderslade Surgery Team