COVID-19 Update – 08 January 2021 Nearly 4000 vaccinations have been given and nearly all of those over 80 have been vaccinated and all care home staff in our area and residents of care homes have been vaccinated.
Shortly we will start to vaccinate the 75-80 year old age group and aim to have them all vaccinated as quickly as possible. We have the capacity to vaccinate 3000 people per week. The limiting factor at the moment is availability of the vaccine, not doctors and nurses to vaccinate.
COVID vaccinations will start to be available for eligible patients from week commencing 14 December. Due to the nature of the COVID vaccine, it is not currently possible for all practices to vaccinate their own patients, as we do for other conditions such as seasonal flu.
Phase 1 of the national vaccination programme is focused on the direct prevention of mortality and supporting the NHS and social care system. Patients have been prioritised into groups, starting with patients residing in care homes and patients aged over 80.
There will be one designated vaccination site for each Primary Care Network (PCN) grouping. The designated site for Saxon Spires patients to attend will be at Weedon Medical Practice.
You will appreciate this programme is being rolled out quickly and we are still working our the details, including awaiting to hear about the dates when the vaccinations will be delivered, and the appointment booking system we will use. This is the first time our practice has participated in a collaborative arrangement with other practices in this way, and we are working through all the practicalities as quickly as we can.
The decision about the priority order for which patients receive the vaccination first is made by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
You can read the full guidance on the prioritisation cohorts here.
We are taking bookings for our flu clinics on Saturday 5 December and Sunday 6 December. All eligible patients have been contacted via SMS text message and invited to book an appointment to get the vaccine.
We are dependent on securing supplies of the vaccine from the Department of Health and Social Care’s central stockpile of additional flu vaccines, and have secured enough stock to put these clinics on. Future clinics will be scheduled after we are able to order more supply, once we have used up the additional stocks.
We are working as hard as we can to get everyone who is eligible for a flu vaccine an appointment as soon as we can, within the restrictions placed on us by the rules of the scheme.
Welcome to the latest edition If you have contacted us by phone recently, you may have noticed a change with the telephone line, we now have just one number: 01933 677907 When calling, you will have a list of options to press which are: Press 1. for General Enquiries Press 2. Carers Support Line Press 3. Young Carers Press 4. Overnight and Regulated Care Team Press 5. Breathing Space Press 6. Kettering & Northampton General Hospital Carers Support Team Press 7. Any other enquiries If when you go through to the number pressed, you should then talk straight to someone in that Team, however, if they are not available please leave a message with the number you would like them to call you back on and they will do so, just as soon as they can. So far this new system has worked well with no teething problems and has resulted in people getting to the person they need to efficiently.
BIG GIVE CHRISTMAS 2020 our fourth year of this exciting programme to help raise funds and this year any money we raise will go towards helping Bereaved Carers.
As with many voluntary sector organisations and registered charity’s 2020 has been a year where we have been prevented from our usual Fundraising actives. Between 1st-8th December we’re raising funds for Bereaved Carers – donations made during the Christmas Challenge will be doubled through match funding and If you are a UK taxpayer, gift aid can add an extra 25p for every £1 you give. Donations can be as small as £10 and will be doubled up to a total of £26.10. Many people choose to donate to charities in lieu of sending Christmas Cards, can we ask if this is you, please consider Northamptonshire Carers. One Donation, Twice the Impact The Big Give have put together an excellent video on YouTube for Christmas Challenge – certainly worth a view and please share to family and friends to help support charities this year ONE DONATION, TWICE THE IMPACT
Memory Matters Groups The Memory Matters Groups are still running, albeit in a different format. For Full details, please download the latest leaflet from here
NORTHAMPTON & KETTERING GENERAL HOSPITALS Northamptonshire Carers have Support Workers at both Northampton and Kettering Hospitals.
Their aim is to help make a positive difference to the lives of informal Carers who experience a journey through the hospital system. In most cases the Carer will be a relative of a patient but Carers themselves can become ill and be admitted. The workers’ key priorities are to improve the support for informal Carers not just during hospital admission but also in the weeks after discharge and beyond. This support includes offering emotional help and reassurance, giving practical advice and information, liaising with other services and referring on for Carers Assessments where appropriate. Being based in a hospital does allow the workers to develop close links with the wards, therapists, palliative care nurses and care management teams. Close partnership working is especially important within hospitals, as they can be confusing places. Carer Support Workers can explain processes, in particular discharge, to Carers. This may help reduce a Carer’s anxiety. All Carers are welcome to access this service:The Hospital Carer Support Services call, 01933 677907 option 6Further details of the service are also on our WEBSITE
Temporary Carers Support Line Opening hours will continue: Mornings 9am – 12 noon Afternoons 1pm – 4pm Monday – Friday. An answer phone is in operation outside of these times, please leave a message with your number and we will return your call. We are there for information and advice as well as just someone to talk to for emotional support and a listening ear.You are not alone – call us on 01933 677907
Do you know what to do if an adult is at risk of harm and abuse?
Northamptonshire Safeguarding Adults Board has launched an online survey to find out people’s understanding of safeguarding and if they know how to raise a concern if someone they know is at risk of harm and abuse. The survey has been launched to coincide with National Safeguarding Adults Week (16th to 22nd November) which aims to highlight adult safeguarding and the role everyone can play in helping to prevent abuse. The survey will be available via Northamptonshire Safeguarding Adults Board website until Friday 18th December. During this time the survey can be accessed from any part of the site. Please try to find the time to complete the SURVEY
Don’t Forget your Flu vaccination. Unpaid Carers are on the priority list to receive one
Adult Learning Courses Download the list to see what is available free to members of the community, many would be suitable for you and the person you care for?
What a better way to look after our mental health by taking part in something new. These course maybe on line but are all free, therefore open to many people. Examples include: Art History, Line Dancing, History, Print making, Complementary Therapies, Winter Flower arranging and lots more…… Download the full list FROM HERE
Carers Rights DayThursday 26th November 2020 The Theme for 2020 is: Know your Rights
Don’t forget our regular Zoom Music Groups for female CarersThe Carers Choir, including the Ukulele and Dementia Choir still also meet on a weekly basis, contact the office on on 01933 677907 (option 1 for details)
Carers Sitting Service The Carers Sitting Service can offer a befriending Service for Carers who are becoming isolated, we are also looking for volunteers who can offer that call to prevent Carers from becoming totally isolated. If you are interested in the service, either to receive the call or give the call – contact the Office on: Tel 01933 677907, option 1
Community Lotteries We are registered with 3 of the local Community Lotteries, these Lotteries ensure that local money supports the local communities. You don’t need to live in the area to play so if you play the Lottery, we ask if you would consider supporting our organisation? Corby – Click hereDaventry – click hereNorthampton – click here
If you do gamble, we ask that you do so responsibly
Northamptonshire Carers are pleased to have received funding to put on this great event, which is the second in a series of ‘gigs’ for Carers and the Cared for to enjoy in the comfort of their home via Zoom.
It will be held on Friday 4th December, 2.00pm-3.00pm
The HOPE programme (helping to overcome problems effectively) can help you to get more out of life.
HOPE is a licensed programme developed by Coventry University and Macmillan Cancer Support. It is an interactive, group based, self-management course which runs for 6 weeks with each session 2 hours. The sessions are run by trained HOPE facilitators who are either health and social care professionals or trained volunteers who have had a cancer experience.
We have multiple flu clinics running in the month of October- please call us to book your NHS flu jab ONLY if you fall into one of the following groups:
a. Eligible patients are those who are registered at the practice, who are:
i. aged 65 and over
ii. Diagnosed as pregnant
iii. aged six months to 64 years (inclusive) and defined as at-risk (See below for screenshots of the full list)
iv. locum GPs (to be vaccinated by the GP practice where they are registered as a patient)
vi. household contacts of an individual on the Shielded Patient List
vii. household contacts of immunocompromised individuals
viii.those in long-stay in residential or nursing homes or other long-stay health or social care facility (NB WE WILL ARRANGE A HOME VISIT FOR THESE PATIENTS TO RECEIVE THEIR JAB)
ix. health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider (to be vaccinated by the GP practice where they are registered as a patient) and;
x. health and care staff employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider (to be vaccinated by the GP practice where they are registered as a patient).
xi. health and social care workers employed through Direct Payments and/or Personal Health Budgets (such as personal assistant) to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users (to be vaccinated by the GP practice where they are registered as a patient).
The programme may be further extended in November and December to include those in the 50-64 year old age group subject to vaccine supply and after existing eligible groups have been prioritised.
Here is the full list of which conditions quality patients for an NHS flu jab: