COVID-19 Statement 01.04.20

Dear Community,

The COVID 19 pandemic is currently putting NHS services under considerable pressure with an increasing number of patients who have contracted the virus. General Practice across East Lancashire has been working tirelessly to ensure that systems and processes are in place to protect those who are most vulnerable whilst also maintaining a good quality service for patients who have medical problems unrelated to the pandemic.

General Practice services in the Ribble Valley have been curtailed in the last few weeks in line with government policy to help reduce patient contact and hopefully reduce the spread of COVID 19. Routine appointments have therefore been affected most and medical problems which are not deemed urgent have been postponed. Currently any enquiries into General Practices are vetted initially by our care navigators but if necessary is then passed on to GP’s who either utilise a video or telephone consultation.

A ‘Hub’ has been set up at Clitheroe Community Hospital in the last 9 days which houses core staff along with the treatment room service. If patients are deemed to require a face to face consultation or indeed if there is an urgent need for a home visit for someone that is housebound, then this will be facilitated by the doctors based in the Hub.

Dispensing patients will have noted in the last few days that their medications are either being delivered to their door or a centralised community location. The Clitheroe Dispensary has also utilised Clitheroe Pharmacy as a drop off location for repeat prescriptions and for collection.

I appreciate that these are hugely stressful times with the forthcoming weeks likely to place further strain on our health care system and community. Rest assured that if you have a medical problem, this will be addressed albeit perhaps in a slightly different way initially but if you need to see a doctor, this is still possible!

Dr Russell Robb

Clinical Director, Ribblesdale Primary Care Network

GP Principal, The Castle Medical Group

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Updates

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We are aware of letters being sent out by NHS England with an invite to have your COVID vaccination at Blackburn Cathedral.
If you do not wish to take up this offer for any reason, please wait for our phone call to invite you to book an appointment here at the health centre.
At the moment we have no timescale, but please be aware we will contact you with an appointment as soon as we possibly can.
Please could we remind all patients not to contact the surgery regarding the COVID vaccination.
We are in the process of contacting patients in the following order of group priority:
  • all those 80 years of age and over
  • all those 75 years of age and over
  • all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  • all those 65 years of age and over
  • all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  • all those 60 years of age and over
  • all those 55 years of age and over
  • all those 50 years of age and over
This is a staggered process, so please can we ask again that you wait to be contacted.
Thank you for your co-operation.