Patient Info Sheet Issue No: 012 (March 2021)

Welcome to the Downland Practice patient info sheet.  This edition will concentrate on the following issues:

  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
  2. COVID-19 Vaccinations
  3. Volunteers COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The current COVID situation is still very unpredictable, the surgery is constantly monitoring this issue and will adjust the service according to the severity of the COVID-19 spread of infection.   The current situation is being managed as best as we can, all patients must wear a face mask when attending the surgery (unless they are exempt).  Updates on the Downland Practice can be found at the practice website news section  

COVID-19 Vaccinations  

This vaccination programme will continue from the Newbury Racecourse for the immediate future, please note the vaccines are sent to the site not requested, we do not know the arrival dates of the vaccine till about a week before the clinic, this is why we cannot book clinics too far in advance.  Patients who have been invited to the mass vaccination centres (Oxford/Reading/Basingstoke) for Covid-19 vaccination are strongly advised to take this offer up as soon as they can rather than waiting for the practice to offer a vaccination.  If you have received a vaccine at a mass vaccination centre then they will call you forward for your second dose too book your vaccination at the below link.  Updates on the Downland Practice can be found at the practice website news section

If you have had your first Covid-19 vaccination at the Racecourse or at a GP Practice then you will need to wait until you are called forward for your second vaccination by the GP Practice.  If you try and book your second vaccination with the above link this will not work unless you have had your first vaccination at the mass vaccination centre.  If you have a concern or any problems with the above link then contact or ring 0300 200 1000.  

Volunteers COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Thank you to all of the volunteers whom have come forward to assist in this project. 

Anyone who has contacted the practice about volunteering and has not received a reply should contact the Volunteer team at the below mail address.  Your help is much appreciated by the team at the Racecourse and the patients who are coming in for COVID-19 Vaccinations.

New Social Prescriber

Sadly Karen Thomas has resigned from her post of social prescriber, we wish her well in the future.  We do welcome Nicky Agar who will be taking up the post of social prescriber in April 2021.  This post will be based out of Compton and Nicky will be seeing patients who are in need of social care and input, we are looking forward to Nicky joining the team.

New Paramedic

Martin Hambling joins the Team in Mid-March 2021, Martin will be working closely with the GP’s to provide patients with on the day care.  Once Martin is established he will be screening all of the on the day requests from patients and he will be administering treatment with in his scope of practice, he will be fully supported by the Duty Doctor.  Martin will be undertaking the screening of patients via telephone call initially, if he then feels that they patient needs to attend the surgery then he will arrange for this to happen.  This is a big change for the surgery but the aim here is to free up GP time so that the GP’s can have more time for routine appointments.  Martin comes from a Primary Care background and is used to dealing with patients who need to be seen on the day for their primary health care needs.

Pharmacy Disruption June 2021

The Pharmacy will be undergoing some planned infrastructure work in June 2021.  This will involve the Pharmacy moving into a temporary accommodation that will be situated in the surgery car park.  It is anticipated that work will take about 6 weeks to be fully complete.  There will be some work required at the end of May and we will be updating our patients on the process that will change during this period.  We will still be processing medication from the Pharmacy during this planned infrastructure work in June 2021.  The temporary pharmacy will arrive around the 28 May 2021 and will be open for business on the 1 June 2021.   

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