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Important Patient Information - As from Wednesday 13th July 2022

We are currently experiencing pressures within our GP team, due to sickness (including Covid, which is on the rise). As a result, we can only deal with urgent problems.

To support us in striving to continue to deliver a high quality standard of care and service, with the limited staffing that we have, we ask you to,

- Use our online service (eConsult) accessible by clicking on 'Appointments & eConsult Icon' above or via the NHS app, if you have access to technology.

- Telephone the practice if, you have an urgent problem; do not have access to technology or, where you have been advised to call. 

Please note, that our patient services team will ask a number of questions of you to help our team signpost your request to the most appropriate person or service. Please answer them as fully as possible.

All calls, incoming and outgoing are recorded for monitoring and training purposes.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and hope to resume normal service as soon as possible.

 

Dr Anish Radia          Dr Jonathan Sheldon       Donna Joseph 

GP Partner                  GP Partner                  Practice Manager 

Vaccination strategy for ongoing polio incident

Following the discovery of a type of vaccine-derived poliovirus in sewage in North and East London, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that a targeted inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) booster dose should be offered to all children between the ages of 1 and 9 in all London boroughs. 

This will ensure that these patient groups have a higher level of protection than they would have already from their childhood immunisations.  

This initiative is to reduce the spread of polio and to prevent some of the serious complications that could arise from the infection. 

Nationally the overall risk of polio and its complications is considered low because most people are protected from this by vaccination; however, booster doses are required to provide additional protection. 

Parents of children who are overdue their immunisations, and children eligible for booster or catch-up doses, will be contacted in due course to come in for an appointment. We would encourage parents to take up this offer as soon as possible.  

We are waiting on more information on how children will be invited, and how this process will operate, including how appointments will be booked. 

The programme will start with the areas affected, where the poliovirus has been detected and vaccination rates are low. This will be followed by rapid rollout across all boroughs. 

There are no further details at this stage. Please be reassured that parents will be contacted in due course. 

Please see the links below for more information on Polio and updates from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation: 

Polio - NHS (www.nhs.uk) 

Vaccination strategy for ongoing polio incident: JCVI statement - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

 

 

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