Secure Email - Egress
In order to protect your sensitive and confidential data the practice has begun to encrypt all emails that contain sensitive or confidential data to patients using the approved NHSMail encryption service - Egress.
When you receive such email from the practice you will be required to create an Egress account, which can then be used for all future email correspondence.
Please look at the NHSMail guidance for accessing encrypted emails at https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/comms-mat/Comms-Archive/Accessing+Encrypted+Emails+Guide.pdf
If you experience trouble registering your account or subsequent access then please contact the Egress support desk on 0844 800 0172 or visit their support pages at https://supportcentre.egress.com/s/.
The Mum and Baby App
The Mum and baby app provides extra information and support throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal time. It is designed to enhance your maternity experience, including a library of almost 1000 free to download videos covering a wide range of topics.
You can search for your local maternity unit and compare to others in the area. You will be able to self-refer, complete personal care plans and access information throughout your maternity journey.
The app is free to download on Apple and Android.
South Lincolnshire COVID-19 Vaccination programme - Press Release 2 - 26th January 2021
Over the last couple of weeks all our practices have been extremely busy, not only continuing to offer our regular service, but working together at Springfields offering as many people as we possibly can access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
We look forward to seeing many more of you in the coming days and weeks.
The kind words and thanks we have received from you have been truly touching and we are very grateful to everyone in our community for supporting us with this huge undertaking, especially the wonderful volunteers who have given up their time to help us.
We have made huge progress and we want to keep you updated with our plans to get the vaccine to as many people as possible quickly.
In line with Government instructions we have initially focused our efforts on supporting those over 80 years of age and thanks to the dedication of our teams over the weekend we were able to offer vaccines to all care home residents as well. If you are over 80 and we haven’t contacted you yet, please be assured we have not forgotten you and we are doing all we can to get you in the coming days.
This is of course just the start, we are determined to do more, and this week we are pleased to be able to offer twice as many vaccines as last week.
We will be working even harder to reach as many of you as we can as quickly as vaccine supply allows and this means long days and weekends working for our teams, and we cannot thank them enough for their dedication to our local community.
We also recognise that travelling to Springfields in Spalding is not ideal and indeed not possible for some people, however given the constraints placed upon us both by the Government and the specifics of the vaccines themselves we feel we have done everything we can to make the experience as easy as possible, and have appreciated your kind comments and praise for our teams who have worked so hard.
We have also been working hard as practices alongside our NHS colleagues to find more convenient and easy ways to offer you the vaccine, and as such we are delighted that we will this week begin to offer access to the vaccine directly from our practices as well.
Alongside this and to reach as many people as possible, and due to the complexity of the vaccine, we will continue to deliver a large number of vaccines from Springfields. We would ask for you to support us and others in your community by taking an appointment there if you possibly can travel as soon as it is offered.
This will allow us to offer the limited amount of appointments in our practices to people who may not be able to get to Springfields and we would like to thank you in advance for your understanding and help with this.
We will of course continue to try to find ways to ensure as many of you have access to the vaccine quickly and as close to home as possible, but we would ask that if we contact you to offer you a vaccine that you please do all you can to take up the opportunity and not wait.
We hope supply continues to increase to allow us to offer more and more of you the vaccine, and so we can play our part in meeting the national target to offer the vaccine to everyone in the first four cohorts by the middle of February, something that if everyone plays their part we should be able to achieve.
Practices will be contacting you directly and will confirm the location, time and date, as well as everything you need to know in advance. Please do not contact your practice directly; we will be in touch as soon as we can.
Alongside this you may receive communication from NHS England offering you the opportunity to book an appointment at one of the large sites around the country. You do not have to take this option, but if you’d like to and you are able to travel you are very welcome to, but please note you will also receive your second vaccination at the same location in due course.
We have learnt so much in these past few weeks and we will continue to do so to help us improve, but please be assured that we will always put the interests of our communities at the heart of everything we do.
Finally, we would like to thank our teams for their dedication, the volunteers and support teams who have helped and of course our community for your patience.
On behalf of the South Lincolnshire Rural, Market Deeping & Spalding Primary Care Networks.
Comment from Age Concern Regarding Vaccine Roll Out
Urgent COVID 19 Vaccination invitation update.
It has come to our attention that letters have been sent out to a number of our patients from an alternative NHS source asking our patients to ring and book COVID 19 vaccination appointments as far as Norwich and Bedford.
These letters have not been generated from our practice, we have our own population invitation system in place and we are inviting as per the JCVI guidelines cohort.
We will contact you via text message or telephone; we WILL NOT send a letter.
The practice is providing our vaccination services from Springfields Events Centre in Spalding along with all other South Lincolnshire practices.
If patients would like to have their vaccinations done locally at the designated vaccination site in Spalding then please do not feel pressured to book an appointment elsewhere, however the choice is yours.
As for all patients, please do not call the practice to enquire about your vaccine, we will contact you when it is your turn to be vaccinated as per the priority groups list.
Many thanks for your patience and understanding.
Good News for Lincolnshire – Covid-19 vaccination Programme has begun in earnest
Healthwatch Lincolnshire is pleased to confirm the positive news that with the opening of more vaccination sites this week, it will mean there are 15 local sites available in Lincolnshire for residents to access their Covid-19 vaccination.
The public will be asked to attend one of the vaccination centres listed below, these most importantly have been set up to comply with health and safety requirements including social distancing. It is worth noting that unfortunately at this stage not all 85 GP surgeries in Lincolnshire are able to offer the vaccination at their surgery.
“At the start of 2021, this is the news we all wanted to hear” said Pauline Mountain, MBE, Chair of Healthwatch Steering Group. Pauline went on to say, “getting our most vulnerable residents vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as possible is vital, not only helping them, their families and carers to stay safe but also helping to reduce the pressures on all our frontline workers, with the opening up of these 15 vaccination centres this should now be possible”.
Healthwatch is urging residents not to telephone their GP Surgery for information about when they are likely to be invited to receive their vaccination. “We understand that many people are keen to get vaccinated but please don’t call your GP surgery, all this is doing is blocking the phone lines of already stretched services” said Dean Odell, Healthwatch Contract Co-ordinator. Dean went on to say, “Please don’t worry, everyone will be offered a vaccination and when it is your turn you will definitely be contacted and given a date, time and venue where to go”. Also, we recommend that you don’t just turn up at one of the vaccination centres without receiving your booking confirmation, if you do you will be turned away.
The 15 local sites (as of 12/01/2021) will all be up and running by the end of this week and will include:
- Louth County Hospital, Louth
- Meres Leisure Centre, Grantham
- Waddington Branch Surgery, South Lincoln
- St Marys Practice, Stamford
- Franklin Hall, Spilsby
- Ruston’s Sports and Social Club, Lincoln
- The Sidings Medical Practice, Boston
- Portland Medical Practice, Lincoln
- Lincoln County Hospital
- Pilgrim Hospital, Boston
- The Storehouse, Skegness
- Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln
- Springfield’s Conference Centre, Spalding
- John Coupland Hospital, Gainsborough
- Marisco Medical Practice, Mablethorpe
We are also aware that one of the larger vaccination sites that is still to be announced will be in Boston, this should be up and running within the next couple of weeks.
If you want to read more about the vaccination programme. Healthwatch England have produced a useful factsheet. This should provide you with much more information about the various vaccines being administered and should provide answers to many of your questions. You can download it here.
More information about getting vaccinated will also be found on your own GP Surgery website or by visiting:
Latest update on Covid-19 vaccine sites in Lincolnshire – Lincolnshire CCG
Lincolnshire Resilience Forum | Facebook
If you have any further queries or concerns please contact:
Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
The service can be contacted at; Tel: 0300 123 9553
Calls via Text relay are welcome
The service is open 0900 to 1700 Monday to Friday (Except Bank Holidays).
Alternatively you can contact Healthwatch Lincolnshire on 01205 820892
or email: email@example.com
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South Lincolnshire COVID-19 Vaccination programme – Press Release
Since the approval of the first vaccine was received practices across South Lincolnshire have been working closely together to prepare to roll it out to as many people as possible as quickly as possible, and we had hoped that this would allow us to begin vaccinations prior to Christmas. Unfortunately despite practices being ready this was not possible due to issues outside of our control at a national level.
Obviously rolling out a vaccine programme quickly on this scale across the country was always going to be difficult; however huge progress has been made. Like patients we have been frustrated that we have not been able to begin sooner, but we are delighted that we can begin this weekend.
Unlike a normal vaccine clinic that all practices are hugely experienced in running, because of the specific requirements of the first vaccine to be become available (Pfizer/Biontech) it is simply not possible at present to deliver the vaccine to every GP surgery in the country and get this rolled out quickly, and as such we’ve been asked to work together and deliver from one local site initially, and to ensure this is as accessible as possible for as many people as possible, this site will be in Spalding.
The site will be staffed by teams from all our local practices, so you will hopefully see familiar faces! Practices will be contacting people eligible for the vaccine directly and will confirm the location, time and date, as well as everything you need to know in advance.
If you or a relative are offered an appointment, please arrive at your allotted time, and note we will not be able to offer a vaccine without an appointment so please do not come without one and wait until you are contacted by the NHS.
We’d ask for people to be accompanied within the site only if it is essential, to keep the number of people on site as small as possible and make social distancing as easy as possible as safety is our priority. We would recommend that you bring a list of current medication (or your yellow book if you have one!) with you as this will help during the process.
After you’ve been checked in, and had your vaccine you will be asked to wait for 15 minutes before you can leave and as such we hope that the whole process will take no longer than 30 minutes.
Whilst we appreciate that asking our patients to travel is not ideal and it is our hope that as the vaccine becomes more readily available, and following the introduction of the second vaccine (Oxford/Astrazneca) which can be transported more easily we will soon be able to offer more options, more times, and more importantly more people the vaccine, including from your local practice, but rest assured we are doing all we can to support our community to get access to the vaccine.
For the next couple of weeks though our priority is to reach the first two cohorts identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisations (JCVI). These are care home residents and staff (mainly using the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine) and the over 80’s and Health and Social Care staff (mainly using the Pfizer vaccine), but we hope to quickly move on to more cohorts in line with the timelines the Government has laid out and supply of vaccine.
In developing our response and plans we always consider the best interests of our patients, and have continued to fight the case for our community to have fast, convenient and safe access to the vaccines. We hope we will be able to provide more regular and detailed updates on the programme in the future, something which has also been out of our control.
We are extremely proud of all the people around the world who have made this vaccine programme possible, and whilst we had hoped to be one of the first areas in the country to be delivering it, we feel a huge sense of relief and optimism that soon the vaccine will be here, as we feel this marks the beginning of the end. For now, we urge everyone to keep following the Government guidelines, and we will call you forward for your vaccination as soon as possible.
Following on from yesterday’s Vaccine update
we are still receiving lots of calls about when you will be called for your appointment.
Please do not call us - we will contact you to make the appointment.
We have now received notification of our first delivery of Covid vaccinations, which will arrive at the designated hub site week ending 15th January to administer alongside other South Lincolnshire practices.
There are limited supplies of the vaccine at the present time and roll out to our total patient population is going to take some time.