Cranborne Practice Community Vaccination Information Service

The latest information for patients can be viewed by following this link:>> The information will load as a PDF file enabling you to download and print off if required to give to someone who does not have access to the internet or can be displayed on community notice boards.Community Vaccination Information Line 01202 283695

PLEASE call our Vaccination Information line on 01202 283695 for information about COVID-19 vaccinations rather than the surgery.

Read our open letter:>> to understand more about why we ask you NOT to phone the surgery with your vaccination enquiries but call our Vaccination Information Line instead.

Members of our Patient Participation Group have also helped us develop video and audio versions of some of these frequently asked questions.  Please click on the images below to view or hear these.

YouTube Videos

SoundCloud Audio Clips

Link to Audio Version of COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs - Volume 2Link to Audio Version of COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs - Volume 1


The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

COVID-19 Vaccination Notice

Locally, the vaccine is being offered at the area vaccination centre at St Leonards Hospital in Ferndown run by GPs in Verwood, West Moors, Ferndown and Wimborne. 

Please do not contact us to ask when our patients will be vaccinated.  The Practice will make contact with patients individually when supplies allow.  The vaccine will be offered more widely, as soon as possible. However the order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI).

JCVI advice on Priority Groups 30 Dec 2020

Updates from the Practice

27 January 2021

BE VIGILANT OF COVID SCAMS

Criminals continue to take advantage of coronavirus vaccine roll-out as phishing email reports soar. Action Fraud, Ofcom, Trading Standards and the Police are raising awareness of a significant number of coronavirus vaccine scams.

We are currently using text messages to contact patients about appointments - not emails. Our texts will come from LakeRoad GP and look like this:

Example Text Message from Lake Road Surgery

22 January 2021

Tomorrow we start our programme of vaccination of patients who are registered as housebound and have started contacting those in the 70-74 yr age group to offer appointments. To speed up contact with our patients, we will be contacting patients via text message to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments, providing they have registered a mobile number with us.

We have noted the recent local social media chatter with people wondering when those in other priority groups can expect to receive a vaccine. The answer is that we do not yet know. Vaccine supplies are allocated nationally, and we are usually advised at very short notice.  This is because the NHS is responding to a constantly changing situation and health needs in regions across the country. 

What can you do? 

Locally we are much further ahead in our programme than other parts of the UK. Please be patient, and we WILL get to everyone as supplies become available. 

 

21 January 2021

From today, to speed up contact with our patients, we will be contacting patients via text message to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments, providing we have your mobile number.

If you receive a text, please use the weblink to book your first vaccine. Currently, we are planning to book a second vaccine twelve weeks later.

What do you need to do?

If you receive a text message, please do not phone us. Use the weblink to book your appointment.

If you already have an appointment, please do not phone us. Just ignore the text – as you can appreciate, we are booking appointments as quickly as possible, and patient records may still be in the process of being updated.

If you have not received a text, please do not phone us. We will contact you when it is your turn. The Government have set the priority as to which people are vaccinated and when. We are constrained by this guidance and the availability of the vaccine.

If you are unsure if you have your mobile number registered with us or that it is up to date, please do not phone us. If you use online services, you can check that your contact details are up to date on Systmonline>>

If details need updating, please use the Change of Contact Details form on our website>>

Or email us at cranborne.reception@dorsetgp.nhs.uk with the subject title "Contact Details" and a message to include full name and date of birth and mobile telephone number.

19 January 2021

The Cranborne Practice continues to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine to the local community in line with the priorities set out nationally by the NHS and the availability of vaccine supplies. We have completed the vaccination of patients aged 80 and are currently contacting our patients aged 75 to 79 to advise them of appointment slots.

Those aged over 75 may receive a letter offering them an appointment at one of the many new vaccination centres that have recently opened, including the Bournemouth mass vaccination site at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC). These letters are part of the national initiative. If you have already been offered an appointment by your GP Practice to attend at St Leonard's Hospital, please attend that appointment and disregard the letter offering a different appointment. Doing so will prevent wasted appointments that cannot be filled at short notice.

18 January 2021

The new vaccination centre in Bournemouth opens today, adding capacity to the county's network of centres. The centre will initially focus on vaccinating people aged 80 and over priority group. We are pleased to confirm that all of our patients aged 75 and over have already been offered an appointment to attend at the St Leonards Hospital centre. However, due to mobility or infirmity, it may not be possible for some patients to travel to St Leonard's: so we will make separate arrangements to vaccinate them when sufficient supplies of the Astra Zeneca vaccine are made available to us.

Housebound patients may receive a letter offering an appointment at the BIC centre. If they can't travel to St Leonard's, it is unlikely they will be able to attend in Bournemouth. So, our message is: continue to wait for us to contact you. We WILL be in touch, and there is no need to call us regarding the vaccination.

15 January 2021

We continue to make good progress through the COVID-19 vaccination programme to vaccinate patients based on the Government defined order of priority. Currently, we are working our way through the over 75s, as supplies become available to us. As the Oxford/AstraZeneca becomes available, its more flexible storage properties will enable us to start vaccination to our residents and staff in local care homes.

10 January 2021

You may have seen reports in the news about the opening of new vaccination centres across the country and the availability of a new online booking service.  The seven new sites are based in Birmingham, Bristol, Epsom, London, Manchester, Newcastle Upon Tyne and Stevenage. This approach is in addition to the 100s of local vaccination sites lead by primary care networks and hospital hubs which are already up and running, including our local centre at St Leonards Hospital in Ferndown.
Letters are being sent to people aged 80 or over who have not yet received a vaccination and live 30 to 45 minutes drive from one of the seven new sites. The letters explain how they can book a slot – over the phone or online through the national booking service.
We have already made efforts to contact our patients aged 80 and over. Therefore, this national initiative should NOT affect us locally, but if any patient receives a letter offering this service, please contact us to let us know.
In the meantime, if you have received a letter from us with an appointment date and time for a COVID-19 vaccine at St Leonards, please attend as requested.

06 January 2021Thank you to our patients for NOT calling us to ask when to expect a COVID-19 vaccine.

Having made good progress with our vaccinations of the over 80yrs age group, we are pleased to advise that commencing next week, our staff will start contacting patients aged 75 through to 79 to advise them of COVID-19 vaccination appointment details. This is in line with the advice on the order of priority given by the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI).
Their full advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination dated 30 December 2020 can be found by following this link:>> https://thecranbornepractice.co.uk/.../jcvi-advice-on..."

For our latest message to patients, please follow this link:>>COVID-19 Vaccination Message to Patients 5 Jan 2021 or click on the image below. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Message to Patients 5 Jan 2021

04 January 2021 - Please note we will be re-scheduling next week's follow up COVID-19 vaccine appointments for our patients who have received their first dose. This change from previous advice for an interval of 3 weeks to one of up to 12 weeks comes as the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that as many people as possible in the top priority groups should sequentially be offered a first vaccine dose as the initial priority.

Appointments scheduled for 5th 6th and 7th January will not change.  Please don't ring the surgery to find out when you can expect to have a COVID vaccine.

Practice staff will call patients to re-arrange follow up appointments booked for this week and subsequently be contacting patients aged 80 and over to arrange their first vaccination appointment.

Your patience will be appreciated as we respond to these changes as the health authorities direct us. For more information on the latest advice follow this link:>>Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers 30 Dec 2020

31 December 2020As part of the joint Crane Valley, Ferndown and Wimborne Primary Care Network programme, we have vaccinated or are in the process of vaccinating patients aged 83 and over. There are some remaining patients aged 80-83 to address and we also are waiting to hear about further supplies. So please do not contact the Practice to ask when you will be vaccinated. We will contact patients individually in line with Government guidance as and when appointments can be made. This is a huge programme which will last well into 2021 and your patience will be appreciated.

16 December 2020Locally, the COVID-19 vaccine is being offered at the area vaccination centre at St Leonards Hospital in Ferndown run by GPs in Verwood, West Moors, Ferndown and Wimborne.  It's currently being given to some patients aged 80 and over.  We have updated our Vaccinations Information page to include information about the vaccination, who is eligible and who needs to have the vaccine for protect them from the virus.  Follow this link:>>Vaccinations Information

A reminder:  PLEASE don't ring the surgery to find out when you when you can expect to have a COVID vaccine. The Practice will make contact with patients individually when supplies allow us to vaccinate patients against the programme being directed nationally by NHS England.

15 December 2020We were pleased to have been involved in a successful first day of Covid-19 vaccinations at St Leonards Hospital for priority over 80s in East Dorset along with other GP surgeries from Verwood, West Moors, Ferndown and Wimborne. We will keep you up to date as we progress so keep an eye on our News page or follow us on Facebook.

09 December 2020 - The Cranborne Practice will start vaccinating patients aged 80 and over next week! Please do NOT phone the surgery as we are contacting each eligible patient individually to book an appointment along with the required second vaccination appointment 21 days later. Arrangements are followed up with a letter and an information booklet.

The aim of the COVID-19 vaccination programme is to protect those who are at most risk from serious illness or death from COVID-19. We have to follow strict Government guidelines which instruct us in the order of priority in which we should vaccinate our various patient groups.

We have many patients to vaccinate, so we ask for your patience as we work through this vaccination programme which will last well into 2021.

In the meantime, please keep to the advice of washing your hands, covering your face and practice social distancing. Thank you.

08 December 2020 - As you may have seen in the News, 50 hospital hubs will be the first to receive the Pfizer vaccine this week. To keep you as informed as possible, we will update messages on this topic frequently as we become aware of more information from NHS England. Please keep an eye on the Practice website News page or "Follow" us on Facebook to get notifications as we update our page.

In the meantime, please follow this link:>> COVID-19 Vaccination Message to Patients 8 Dec 20 or click on the image below to see our first update.

COVID-19 Vaccination Message to Patients 8 Dec 2020

Follow this link:>> COVID-19 Vaccination Information Leaflet for Adults or click on the image below for a leaflet which explains about the vaccination, who is eligible and who needs to have the vaccine to protect them from coronavirus. 

Image of COVID-19 Vaccination Information Leaflet for Adults


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