IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – COVID-19 BOOSTERS
Statement on behalf of the Boston Primary Care Network GP Practices
The Sidings Medical Practice, Parkside Surgery, Greyfriars Surgery,
Liquorpond St Surgery, Kirton Medical Centre, Swineshead Medical Group
Earlier this year GP Practices in Boston worked together to provide a hugely successful Covid-19 vaccination centre. In the first 5 months of 2021 we gave over 31,000 first and second doses to the patients of Boston.
More recently we have also mobilised our teams to administer Covid Booster vaccines to all eligible Care Home residents and House Bound patients.
In line with the Government’s emergency announcement, the NHS is working to offer every adult the chance to book a COVID-19 booster vaccine by the end of the year. This means our practices now need to prioritise the booster rollout.
As part of this, some of our routine services may be stood down for a short period of time to allow us to focus on protecting as many patients as possible. If you have an existing appointment, please attend it as usual unless we contact you.
COVID booster. We will be contacting you by text message or phone call over the coming days.
We are still here for you if we feel you need to be seen urgently but would ask for patience as we support the booster programme over the coming weeks. We hope to be able to be back running normal services as soon as possible and will update this page as soon as we know more.
These measures are short-term, we are doing this with the full support of NHS England and Lincolnshire CCG to put up our best defence for you and your loved ones.
Please don’t forget there are many services available for you, depending on your condition. These include:
· Self-care – This is the best choice to treat minor illnesses and injuries such as hangovers, coughs, colds, grazes, small cuts, or sore throats. Many of these can be treated at home, simply with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest. For more information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/your-medicine-cabinet/
· Pharmacy – Pharmacists can give advice on and treat a range of symptoms. They can support you with things such as diarrhoea, earaches, painful coughs, sticky eyes, teething and rashes. To find your nearest pharmacy call 111 or visit https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/pharmacy/find-a-pharmacy
· NHS 111 – You can access 111 online or via the telephone. This is for any urgent but non-life threatening health concerns. They will be able to signpost you to the relevant service and provide advice where appropriate, or book you into an Urgent Treatment Centre.
· A&E / 999 – You should only attend A&E or dial 999 in a life-threatening emergency such as severe bleeding, breathing difficulties and severe chest pain.
We thank the community of Boston and surrounding areas for your ongoing support and ask that you continue to bear with us. Stay safe.