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Message to our patients – update on the COVID-19 booster programme

Across Sussex the NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.

All adults are eligible from Monday 13 December, and you will be able to book via the National Booking System from Wednesday 15 December.

You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months. 

We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly.

New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. We have been offering more than 80,000 appointments a week and in the last two weeks we have increased the number of available appointments by more than 10,000 a week. Further availability will come online from Wednesday 15 December. 

We will be working with all of our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days. 

All of these appointments will be added to the National Booking System and so we encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.

In terms of any planned appointments with <insert name of the GP practice>, there are no changes at the current time and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.

See more about the vaccination programme in Sussex, including the vaccination services: COVID-19 vaccinations - Sussex Health & Care Partnership (sussexhealthandcare.uk)

BOOK YOUR FLU VACCINATION APPOINTMENT NOW

The GP’s at The Haven seek to encourage every eligible patient to have their free flu jab this year. Perhaps you are delaying booking an appointment until more is known about the Covid-19 booster programme, or you are hesitant because there were very few cases of flu last year and you feel fit and well at the moment? You may be waiting for more information from the government or from other reputable sources? In any case, our sincere advice to our patients ,is that you should pre-book your flu vaccination appointment as soon as possible.

Our receptionists are waiting to hear from you.

Data Sharing Opt-Out.  You can choose whether your confidential information is used for research and planning. Please refer to the Tab Data Opt-Opts to find out more about what types of opt-outs and visit: https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/ or click here to watch the video.

Important:  Data Extraction has been postponed by NHS Digital and we will post new date when information is known no current date is planned. 

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NHS App - if you are downloading the App and you need your Linkage Key you must be registered with Patient Access.  If you are it can be found under My Account>Account Settings>My Practice (bottom right on screen)

The NHS App and the NHS COVID-19 app are two different apps.

The NHS App lets you share your COVID-19 status, order repeat prescriptions and a range of NHS services.

The NHS COVID-19 app is a contact tracing app, which also lets you check in to places like bars and restaurants

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Any patients who are seen in the Practice now need to wear a face covering or mask if asked to attend an appointment. 

We are now offering  Video Consultations as well as Telephone Consultations to our patients.  When your appointment is booked we will send simple instructions on how to use.  Please refer to our Online Services tab with step by step instructions.

Carers Hub

Carers Rights Day - Thursday 25th November 21 ....please click here:  https://www.thecarerscentre.org/event/carers-rights-day-in-person-event/

The Carers Centre for Brighton and Hove is leading the delivery of the Carers Hub.  They support adult carers and young carers in the city.

Are you a Carer click here

An unpaid family friend carer is a person of any age, includes young carers, who provide unpaid support to a partner, family member, or friend who could not manage without their help and support due to their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem, an addiction, or it could be someone who has dementia or a learning disability.

There is no one size fits all, you can be offering support a few hours a week, or round the clock care, you may be living in the same house with the person you care for, or you maybe be living separately

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Who is a young carer?

Young carers are children and young people under 18 years old who help to care for someone in their family.  Most young carers help to care for one of their patients or care for a sibling and help with extra jobs around the home, with their family member would find difficult without their support

 What you can do to look after yourself

Ask a member of staff to refer you, speak with our Carers Champion.  You can also download a Family  Friend Carer Form here and send to the Practice:

Family Friend Carer Form

Take a look at the Carers Hub information pack – also available in paper format

https://www.thecarerscentre.org/information-pack/

 Get in touch with the Carers Hub 

https://carershub.co.uk/services/services-for-adult-carers/self-referral/

Look after your own health and wellbeing

Let people know you are a carer, including your GP and at work

  • Plan for emergencies

  • Ask family and friends for help

  • Take a break

  • Think about the future

For more information on looking after yourself please take a look here at the information:

https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2019-06/Do%20you%20look%20after%20someone%2006.06.19.pdf

The Carers Hub can be contacted on 

01273 977000 Monday to Friday 9am  - 5pm 

info@carershub.co.uk 

The Young Carers team can be contacted on 

01273 746222

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