Saxon Spires Practice

Northampton Road, Brixworth, Northants, NN6 9WU
West Haddon Road, Guilsborough, Northamptonshire, NN6 8QE

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

COVID-19 Vaccine: We will get in touch with you when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.
The first phase of the vaccination programme has started and is prioritised by age. The Covid-19 vaccinations are only available to the NHS through a limited number of hospital and GP vaccination hubs. These vaccinations are free of charge.
To find out which priority group you are in, click on the link below…/covid-19-vaccination-first-phase…
When we are ready to deliver the vaccine for your priority group, you will receive a text message (if we have a mobile number on record) inviting you to make an appointment for your vaccination. The text message will contain a link which takes you to the appointment booking page, after you have confirmed your I.D. We will telephone those patients for whom we do not have a mobile telephone number to make you an appointment.
PLEASE NOTE: we will not ask for any personal information such as name, address or bank details. We will not charge a fee for the vaccine or its administration. If you are asked for this information, do not enter any personal information, it is a scam!
This is a long term programme and it is likely to take until at least Spring before all the priority groups (there are 9 of them) have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine.
Please help us to help you:
We ask patients not to contact the practice regarding when they will receive their vaccine and we want to reassure you that we will be in touch with eligible patients as soon as vaccines become available to us,
We appreciate many of you would prefer to have your vaccination at your surgery however; we are delivering the programme as a Primary Care Network (PCN – a group of practices) from our designated site in Weedon. The vaccination will be administered by a fully trained Medical Professional.
Further information is available from the Gov.UK website

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.

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Flu vaccination for 50-64 year old age group

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.

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Northamptonshire Carers – E-Newsletter

Northamptonshire Carers 
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 6 Further 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
Job Vacancy: Carers’ Voice Coordinator and Project Support Officer   For more information please visit the Connected Together website where you can download a copy of the application pack. If you require an application pack to be sent to you, please call 0300 002 0010 or email [email protected]. If you would like to speak to someone about this post please contact Kate at [email protected]
Ideal for a Carer wanting a change of direction with flexibility, Closing date for applications is 30 November 2020. Interviews will be held on 10 December.
Carers Rights Day Thursday 26th November 2020   The Theme for 2020 is:   Know your Rights
Don’t forget our regular Zoom Music Groups for female Carers   The 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 here Daventry – click here Northampton – click here
If you do gamble, we ask that you do so responsibly
Contact us Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm               Office & Carers Support Line: 01933 677907               Email: [email protected]               Website:               Fundraising donations:
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Northamptonshire Carers Drop-in Session

The next drop-in session for Carers is on

Tuesday 1st December at 1.30pm via Zoom

Please contact Northamptonshire Carers, 01933 677907 for the passcode

Meeting ID: 940 0582 4756

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Christmas with the Crooners

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

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Flu Vaccination, 50-64 age group

If you’re aged 50-64, we will contact you about getting your free flu vaccine from December.

Please wait until you are invited to come forward for your flu vaccine, unless you are in a vulnerable group.

For more information, visit:

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HOPE- living with cancer or after treatment ends- no one should have to face those feelings alone

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.

Read more about it and how to enrol here:

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Relax and take some ‘active rest’ at the park

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All carers are entitled to an NHS Flu Jab

Please see the letter from Public Health Northamptonshire. We urge all carers to book into one of our many flu clinics to protect themselves and their loved ones from flu this winter.

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The following patients should book their flu jab by calling the practice

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)

v. carers

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

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

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:

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