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Welcome to the family Practice BArrow
The Family Practice Barrow
26-30 Hartington Street,
T : 01229 402900
Monday 8:00 – 18:30
Tuesday 8:00 – 20:30
Wednesday 8:00 – 18:30
Thursday 8:00 – 18:30
Friday 8:00 – 18:30
When we are closed
Outside of normal surgery hours, emergency cover is provided by ‘NHS 111’ by dialling 111.
For hearing-impaired users please call (Typetalk) 18001 111.
covid-19 vaccine FAQ
Below is some information which may answer some of your questions.
Who will be vaccinated?
The vaccination will be prioritised to those most in need, particularly the elderly and those who are vulnerable and with pre-existing medical conditions. We are in the process of contacting the most vulnerable in category 1 & 2 to invite them for a vaccination. Due to many in this group not having mobile phones, we are calling these patients. We are working down our priority list, starting with the oldest. For the ﬁrst batch of the vaccine, we only have a few days notice, so to ensure no vaccine was wasted, if we aren’t able to contact a person by phone, we continue down the list. Those who we couldn’t reach will be contacted for the next batch.
Further more detailed Government Guidance is available. This priority list is as follows:
1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3. all those 75 years of age and over
4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5. all those 65 years of age and over
6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7. all those 60 years of age and over
8. all those 55 years of age and over
9. all those 50 years of age and over
What do I need to do if I want to get vaccinated?
Our Covid team will contact you and invite you to an appointment to be vaccinated when you are eligible based on your age and health. It may be worth updating your contact details with your surgery to make sure we can send your invitation.
Do I have to get vaccinated?
The vaccine is optional but highly recommended.
Can I just turn up on the day without an appointment?
No. We have limited amounts of vaccine and plan the clinics around this. We will invite all our patients in the priority order as per NHS guidance.
How many vaccinations will I need?
Based on the latest government guidance, both Pﬁzer and Oxford vaccines require two doses, and these will now be given 12 weeks apart.
Where will the Vaccination be given?
The vaccination clinics will be held at Barrow Health Centre. Signage and volunteers will be on site to help direct you to the entrance.
Will there be parking?
Yes we will have designated parking for the clinics and have volunteers to direct cars.
What do I need to wear for my appointment?
You will be vaccinated in the upper arm. When you arrive at the vaccination room, please remove your coat and come wearing a short sleeved top, so the clinician can easily access your arm. You MUST ARRIVE WEARING A FACE MASK.
What happens if I am delayed for my appointment?
Don’t worry if you are delayed and miss your time slot. Please just arrive as soon as you can and our volunteers will be able to help you on arrival.
Do I need to pay for my vaccination?
The vaccination will be provided free of charge through the NHS.
Why would a vaccine be needed if we can do other things, like social distancing and wearing masks, to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from spreading?
Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to ﬁght the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask and staying at least 2 metres away from others, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following NHS guidance to protect yourself and others will oﬀer the best protection from COVID-19.
Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have received the vaccine?
Yes. The situation is evolving, but the current focus is to vaccinate as many people as possible, in order of priority based on medical need. The current guidance remains regarding social distancing and personal protective equipment. This will be reviewed in time and may be amended.
What should I do if I experience any side eﬀects from the vaccine?
Patients will be provided with information on the vaccine they have received, how to look-out for any side eﬀects, and what to do if they do occur, including reporting them to the MHRA.
Our reception area is closed
If you or any member of your household have had any symptoms of Covid 19 in the past 14 days, or have been advised by NHS Track and Trace to self- isolate for 14 days you must not attend the surgery.
All our GP appointments are initially a telephone appointment. If the GP feels you should be seen, they will arrange that.
If you have a pre-booked appointment with a Nurse or Health Care Assistant they will be in touch with you regarding arrangements.
If attending surgery for an appointment please arrive just a minute or two before your allotted time and wait in your car or outside the building. Ring from a mobile if possible to let us know you are here. Your clinician will then ring you back and tell you to come up as soon as they are free so keep your phone line clear. If you don’t have a mobile phone, please contact reception before leaving home for advice.
We require patients to wear a face covering whilst at the practice.If you need to drop off a prescription request please post in the box.If you have anything urgent to collect from reception please call 01229 402900 to arrange this.
Any future prescriptions will be issued electronically directly to a pharmacy so please ensure you have told us where you would like yours sending.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Please visit NHS UK for more information.
Support for people currently self-isolating
Cumbria County Council and partners have launched a new emergency support service for people at high risk of becoming seriously ill, as a result of COVID-19, and who do not have support available from friends, family or neighbours.
The helpline is there to support those at ‘high risk’ and include people over 70 years old, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions who should be protecting themselves by staying at home. If they do not have support, these people will now be able to call a Freephone number to request help with getting food, medicines, essential supplies and home deliveries.
The emergency telephone support line is 0800 783 1966.
Or you can email your request for help to COVID19support@cumbria.gov.uk.
The telephone ‘call’ centre will operate Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and 10am to 2pm at weekends. The service will also accept referrals from members of the public who may be concerned about people in their community.
We now have some appointments available to book for OVER 65 ﬂu vaccinations. You can book online or call the surgery after 10:30am. The clinics are running a little differently this year and we are working hard to ensure we keep them safe for patients and staff. We will be adding more clinics at varying times and days in the near future.
Please wear a short sleeved shirt under your coat so it’s is quick an easy to access your upper arm.
Arrive within a 15 minute window of your allotted time and join the queue at the front door of the building, maintaining social distance.
We will have admin staff on hand and once you reach the front of the queue a receptionist will take your details.
You will then go to the next available clinician for your injection.
The injection for under 65s who are at risk and the children’s nasal vaccine are not available until at least October (2020).
Pharmacies and ordering prescriptions
From the 23rd November 2020, pharmacies will no longer be able to order prescriptions on behalf of patients.
You will need to order repeat medication directly via your GP practice, not via your pharmacy, online pharmacy or medical equipment supplier. You can order in the following ways:
- Online via approved Patient Access or MyGP apps.
- Tick off what you need on the repeat order slip and drop the request into our letterbox or send via post.
- Repeat requests may also be sent via email to cuccg.Reception.TFP@nhs.net.
If you can’t order by these means and don’t have a family member, friend or carer able to order for you, please contact us on 01229 402900. Please note this only affects the ordering of your prescription. When you order your repeat prescription directly through your GP practice, your pharmacy will continue to collect or receive your prescription as before. Pharmacies may also continue to deliver your prescription if you currently receive this service.
Changes to Out of Hours services when we are closed
To access ‘Out of Hours’ services when we are closed please telephone NHS 111 by dialling 111. Your call will be answered by the NHS 111 service at a contact centre, which will direct you to an appropriate department. For those with a hearing impairment you can use the NHS 111 service by calling 18001 111.