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UPDATE: Covid Booster Programme

URGENT MESSAGE FOR ALL PATIENTS

Wednesday 15th December 2021

Dear all,

On Sunday evening the Prime Minister announced that the Covid Booster programme was to be the national priority over the coming weeks. General Practice and the wider NHS including Secondary Care and Community Pharmacy was to divert available resources and manpower to support the ambitious target to vaccinate all over 18’s with a booster by 31st December 2021.

This is an immense task and has taken significant planning and resources to achieve. Leeds Road Practice together with Yorkshire Health Network and all 17 practices and our band of volunteers across the area have since last week, significantly increased our outputs at the Yorkshire Event Centre and Ripon Racecourse. We have now had to take the decision to delay or divert some of our routine services to support the national mission and priority. This will mean that we may need to cancel or delay a proportion of our routine work and your routine appointments may be delayed till a later date in the new year. We appreciate that health needs can cause anxiety and whilst some health needs may seem urgent to the individual we are having to prioritise and sort looking at the total demand of all our patients with the resources available. We also hope that this will not affect too many of our patients.

Our colleagues in A&E, 111, 999 are also seeing unprecedented levels of demand and we ask that everyone considers carefully about the services they use and ensure that it is appropriate for the need. Calling 999 and getting an ambulance to hospital will not get people seen sooner in A&E and will just cause delays for those that need more urgent care.

Please feel free to use the link below to find approriate service for your health needs: https://northyorkshireccg.nhs.uk/

Community Pharmacy is often a good place to start for managing minor ailments and this link explains what they can help with: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/prescriptions-and-pharmacies/pharmacies/how-your-pharmacy-can-help/

We will continue to manage Acute demand in the same way as previously however follow-ups may be delayed. There may also be delays in administrative requests that are deemed non-urgent. Support information for travel purposes is not deemed a priority and is non-NHS work and may not be actioned at this time

We thank all our patients for their consideration and understanding at this time and importantly we ask all to be patient and civil to each other. #BEKIND

We would like to wish all our patients a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year

The Partners and Staff at Leeds Road Practice