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COVID-19 Vaccinations - Please do not phone the surgery.

Please read this information first! 

Many people are phoning the surgery to ask about when they will be able to have their COVID-19 vaccination. The staff at the surgery will not be able to provide this information. Our phone lines are very busy and we would politely ask that you do not phone the surgery.

 

Linthorpe surgery is working with a group of 13 practices vaccinating patients from the North Ormesby branch surgery. To date, we have vaccinated almost 60,000 patients across Middlesbrough (week commencing 21st May). Our phone lines are very busy and please do not phone for general information or queries about the timing of your vaccination.

 

In line with Government guidance, all practices are inviting patients according to age and risk group. Please check the following link to see where we're up to with inviting the different age-groups.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/?utm_campaign=coronavirus_grants&utm_medium=paid_searchl&utm_source=google&utm_content=keyword&gclid=Cj0KCQjwna2FBhDPARIsACAEc_XHlYOhsA1s_Wp3WRrELWcCohsAvrxrLJHn15o1b5Ipj8qpY_HI6OAaAkGcEALw_wcB

 

Please do not phone the surgery for general enquires.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. I have had my first vaccination and waiting for my second vaccination. When will I be invited?

We are bringing forward all second dose vaccinations to 8-weeks after your first vaccination. If you have already received your first vaccination, then we will know this from your records. There is a dedicated team responsible for booking second appointments. We know when you are due your vaccination and will be touch with you to arrange this. If you are approaching 8 weeks since your last vaccination – then you can also turn up at one of the walk-in clinics without an appointment (see below).

 

2. Can I turn up to the North Ormesby Vaccination Clinic without an invitation? 

 

Yes – but only if you need an Astra-Zeneca vaccination.




COVID WALK-IN CLINICS available only for:

  

Aged 40 years and over who still need a first dose

Second-dose Astra Zeneca and it will be more than 8 weeks since your first AZ vaccination. 

 

If you meet the conditions above, you can turn up without an invitation at one of the following clinics:

  • Friday 11th June - 8.30am-10.30am; 11.00am-1.00pm; 2.00pm-4.00pm
  • Saturday 12th June - 8.30am-10.30am; 11.00am-1.00pm; 2.00pm-4.00pm
  • Sunday 13th June - 8.30am-10.30am; 11.00am-1.00pm; 2.00pm-4.00pm
  • Monday 14th June - 8.30am-10.30am; 11.00am-1.00pm; 2.00pm-4.00pm
  • Tuesday 15th June - 8.30am-10.30am; 11.00am-1.00pm; 2.00pm-4.00pm
  • Wednesday 16th June - 8.30am-10.30am; 11.00am-1.00pm; 2.00pm-4.00pm

 

Please be aware that queues may develop, and staff will try to get you seen as quickly as possible, while queuing we ask that everyone maintain social distancing, and remain off the road. 

 

Unfortunately we are not able to offer walk-in clinic for Pfizer vaccines but this may change in the future. 

 

3. I am over 40 years old and not had a first vaccination 

If you are over 40 years of age you should have had an invitation from the practice of the national booking system. If you still have not had your first vaccination, then please inform the surgery by completing an e-consult form. We will then book an appointment for you. 

Alternatively, you can use the walk-in service and see the available clinics above. Please note, the vaccine clinic is at:

Linthorpe Surgery @ North Ormesby Health Village

1 Trinity Mews, Middlesbrough. TS3 6AL

 

4. I have been advised to shield in the past and not had a first vaccination 

If you have previously been advised to shield and told you are in an extremely clinically vulnerable group you should have had an invitation from the practice of the national booking system. If you still have not had your first vaccination, then please inform the surgery by completing an e-consult form. We will then book an appointment for you. 

Alternatively, you can use the walk-in service and see the available clinics above. Please note, the vaccine clinic is at:

Linthorpe Surgery @ North Ormesby Health Village

1 Trinity Mews, Middlesbrough. TS3 6AL

 

5. I am under 40, have a long-term condition and not had a first vaccination 

If you are under 40 years of age and have a long-term condition (from the list below), then you should have had an invitation from the practice of the national booking system. You will be eligible for the Astra-Zeneca vaccine. If you still have not had your first vaccination, then please inform the surgery by completing an e-consult form. We will then book an appointment for you. 

Alternatively, you can use the walk-in service and see the available clinics above. Please note, the vaccine clinic is at:

Linthorpe Surgery @ North Ormesby Health Village

1 Trinity Mews, Middlesbrough. TS3 6AL

List of long term conditions comprising Cohort 6: 

 

  • chronic respiratory disease, COPD, cystic fibrosis and severe asthma
  • chronic heart disease 
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease
  • chronic neurological disease including epilepsy
  • Down’s syndrome
  • severe and profound learning disability
  • diabetes
  • solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients
  • people with specific cancers
  • immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
  • asplenia and splenic dysfunction
  • morbid obesity
  • severe mental illness

 

6. I have had my first vaccination and waiting for my second vaccination. When will I be invited?

We are bringing forward all second dose vaccinations to 8-weeks after your first vaccination. If you have already received your first vaccination, then we will know this from your records. There is a dedicated team responsible for booking second appointments. We know when you are due your vaccination and will be touch with you to arrange this. Please be patient with us and avoid phoning the surgery but see the information below. 

 

 

7. It is now more than 8 weeks since my first vaccination, is this a problem? 

No. There is no evidence that going beyond 8 weeks or even 12 weeks between your first and second vaccination will affect the vaccination from working. The vaccine will still be effective. Please see questions above as to if you should either contact the surgery or wait for the surgery to contact you.


PHONE FIRST! 

  • All GP practices across the UK are operating a telephone triage system.

  • We're calling it 'Phone First'

  • The vast majority of appointments will be carried out over the telephone first of all.

  • You will still be able to arrange a 'routine appointment' - but this will take place by phone first of all.

      

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

  

This practice is supporting vital and health care planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. For more information about this, please see the GP Practice Privacy Notice for General Practice Data for Planning and Research. 

If you wish to opt-out before data sharing starts with NHS Digital, please complete the form (click above link) and return it to the practice by 23 June 2021.  Alternatively you can 0300 3035678 for a form to be sent out to you

You will NOT BE ABLE TO COLLECT the following items from reception: 

1. Paper prescriptions 

  • ALL prescriptions will be sent electronically to a pharmacy of your choice.
  • If you have not nominated a pharmacy, then please see our PRESCRIPTION page for more information 
  • The quickest way to nominate a pharmacy is TO CONTACT THE PHARMACY directly and they will ensure your records are updated
  • Please do not not contact the surgery to nominate a pharmacy and contact the pharmacy directly instead

2. Medical Certificates (Med 3) / Fit-notes / 'Sick-notes'

  • Please see our Services page for more information 

3. Letters

  • ALL letters will be emailed or posted to you (if requested and a stamp-addressed enveloped provided) 

   

Dropping off samples, prescription requests or any other information 

  • We will be be providing a facility at the front door of each surgery to enable you to drop off forms, letters, or any other information you want to pass on to the surgery. Please label all correspondence clearly with your name, address and date of birth.

  • We will be providing a secure facility at the front door to allow you to drop off a sample that the GP has requested (e.g. urine sample).

 

Self-certification advice 

  • You will no longer be able to come and collect the Medical Certificate (Med 3 / Fit-note / 'Sick-note') from the surgery 
  • Please PHONE FIRST and speak to a care navigator or complete an on-line E-CONSULT FORM
  • ALL FIT-NOTES WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU 
  • If you do not have an email address, then alternatively you can provide a stamped addressed envelope and post this with your request IN THE SURGERY POSTBOX OUTSIDE. Please DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING
  • For advice regarding self-certification due to self-isolation or COVID-19 infection, please see 
  • For more information please see:
  • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees

 

(Site updated 09/06/2021)
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