PARKVIEW MEDICAL GROUP
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CORONAVIRUS VACCINATION NEWS UPDATE
A vaccine has now been approved to treat COVID-19, with more vaccines expected to be given the 'all clear' soon.
We all want some level of normality to return to our lives and the vaccine is an important step to achieve this but it will not happen overnight.
Vaccinations will be offered to patients based on their level of risk. The current priority categories are 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 those aged 16 to 64 years with health conditions presenting a 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
IF YOU ARE IN ONE OF THESE GROUPS, DO NOT CONTACT US. WE WILL CONTACT YOU WHEN VACCINES BECOME AVAILABLE
WARNING - A number of scam and fictitious invitations to receive a COVID VACCINATION are currently circulating. Responding to these can be a serious security risk and our advice is to delete these from your computer or smart phone without taking any action.
At present, there are no plans to vaccinate those under 50 who have no underlying health conditions. This is not within our control and we can only vaccinate patients in order of priority. It is likely to take several months to work through the categories, so those in the lower categories should not expect to hear from us for quite some time.
We will be working with our local colleagues to deliver the vaccines as they become available and due to the storage requirements of the vaccine, these will be delivered from a local hub. Please note, if you hear from us to receive a vaccination, the appointment time and location (where to attend) will be confirmed when we contact you.
To avoid queues and increased waiting times at the vaccination locations, patients MUST arrive no more than 5 minutes before their appointment time. Face coverings MUST be worn and patients MUST NOT attend if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 4 weeks.
Importantly, it is recommended that patients do not to drive themselves to the appointment. It is safer to arrange for someone else to drive you and we ask that drivers park with care, with no inconvenience to local residents.
It is expected the COVID-19 vaccination campaign will be long-term, running for many months and even those patients in the highest priority groups should not expect to hear from us immediately. Vaccines are arriving in batches and are shared equally across the country. We will also be working closely with other local practices to co-ordinate clinics and ensure that the housebound and those in care homes have access to vaccines.
This huge and demanding vaccination campaign is our highest priority and it will inevitably take some time to effectively vaccinate everyone but please be assured, as soon as we have a vaccine available for you, we will be in touch.
Whilst waiting for the vaccine we would remind everyone that it is more important than ever to follow the rules to protect each other as well as the NHS.
HANDS – frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitiser when you cannot access soap and water.
FACE – use a face covering in public whenever you can.
SPACE – stay 2m apart
TESTING – You must be tested when displaying symptoms (cough, fever 37.8+ or loss of taste/smell)
ISOLATE – If you or a close contact has tested positive, you MUST obey the isolation rules.
DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, PARKVIEW MEDICAL GROUP
IS OPERATING A TOTAL TELEPHONE FIRST, TRIAGE SYSTEM
Our surgeries are currently in a lockdown situation. We are however providing telephone consultations for NON SPECIFIC COVID-19 related illnesses in the first instance and should a face to face consultation be needed, patients will be asked to attend the surgery at a specifically appointed time.
All of our surgeries are operating a screening process and before access is allowed, visitors will be asked health questions relating to the COVID-19 outbreak and a temperature reading will be taken at the point of entry.
Our telephone lines are currently being operated under the standard core hours for each practice and may we ask you to bear with us if there is a delay in answering your call, there is an understandable significant increase in telephone contact.
REPEAT MEDICATION - Weoley Park and Grange Hill surgery patients to note that our Prescription Ordering Department is now closed and this service is no longer available.
Patients should make their repeat prescription requests using their preferred ordering method and whenever possible, we are sending prescriptions via the Electronic Prescription Service, direct to patients' chosen pharmacies. If any patient needs guidance regarding obtaining their repeat medication, our Reception Teams will be pleased to help.
Should you have any COVID-19 related questions, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service which will indicate if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
The NHS 111 service is constantly being updated and is the recommended contact point for all matters relating to COVID-19.
It is important for everyone to observe the latest Government instruction and NHS guidance regarding travelling restrictions and social distancing.
Social distancing applies even more specifically for pregnant ladies, the elderly and those with any other significant medical conditions.
WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE
We want your on-line experience with us to be helpful and uncomplicated.
To help achieve this, the link buttons above directly introduce you to OUR DOCTORS, OUR SERVICES and each of OUR SURGERIES.
INDIVIDUAL SURGERY NOTICE BOARDS
Accessing the link buttons will also reveal 'drop down' buttons which give access to other items of useful and often essential information. In particular, patients must note that any important information, which is specific to a particular surgery, will always be shown on the SURGERY NOTICE BOARD.
We hope you find our website helpful, it is our pleasure to share this with you.
ABOUT PARKVIEW MEDICAL GROUP
Parkview Medical Group comprises five well established medical practices delivering patient care in South Birmingham and Tamworth.
The combined clinical skills and shared resources achieved when several surgeries join together can bring great patient benefit and this is the prime reason underpinning the formation of our group.
With the inevitable advancement of medical knowledge and related treatments, we are confident that our doctors and their support teams are well equipped to deliver consistent and effective health care to our patients.
It is reassuring for our patients to know that the high standards of care we strive to achieve are under constant review by ongoing external assessment and valuable feedback from our patient group.
THE GROUP'S FIVE SURGERIES
WEOLEY PARK SURGERY - 112 Weoley Park Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 5HA
GRANGE HILL SURGERY - 41 Grange Hill Road, Kings Norton, Birmingham B38 8RF
HEATHVIEW MEDICAL PRACTICE - Glascote Health Centre, 60 Caledonian, Glascote Heath, Tamworth B77 2ED
WILNECOTE SURGERY - Parson Street, Wilnecote, Tamworth B77 5BD
DOSTHILL SURGERY - 45 Cadogan Road, Dosthill, Tamworth B77 1PQ
PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUPS
Patient Participation Groups are encouraged within our surgeries. These important teams are a valuable link between patient and practice and can play a significant part in the efficient running of a surgery and the well being of its patients. Further information about PPGs can be obtained by enquiry at individual surgeries.
PARKVIEW MEDICAL GROUP TEACHING SUPPORT
Our surgeries actively support the training of medical students and regularly welcome trainee doctors and medical personnel to temporarily join our teams as part of their medical educational experience.
We are proud to be associated with medical students from Birmingham University, Keele University and Aston University