Sutton Coldfield Group Practice Newsletter January 2021

Following on from our first newsletter of the year a few weeks ago we thought that we should update you on the change of arrangements for the SCGP Covid vaccine delivery that will be taking place as of Monday 1st February 2021. After a lot of work behind the scenes aided by University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) Trust, Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (BSOL CCG), Sutton Coldfield Town Council and the Rt Hon. Andrew Mitchell, we have been granted permission by NHS England to change our designated Covid vaccination site from the Falcon Lodge Medical Centre to The Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Hall. This means that the Falcon site will go back to being a surgery and will again become available for the patients of that site to be seen there again when necessary. Once again we are indebted to the patience of the patients of that site for the loan of their medical facilities. To avoid any confusion we are continuing to vaccinate at Falcon Lodge right up to Sunday 31st January 2021 so please turn up if you have an appointment for vaccination this weekend!

This move will enable us to deliver more vaccines per week tripling our current capacity of around 2300 per week out of Falcon Lodge practice. Both vaccines (Pfizer and Astra Zeneca ‘Oxford’) are very effective and which one we give on any day depends on the deliveries we receive. There will be also be free parking in the pay and display car park on Anchorage Road opposite the Town Hall and we are grateful that The Townhouse (Royal) pub has also granted free parking there for people attending for vaccination. A temporary pedestrian crossing will be put in place in the vicinity in the next few days. We have a wide pool of vaccinators including retired doctors and nurses, paramedics, nurses seconded from different organisations, physios, podiatrists etc to enable us to continue to deliver medical services from our individual sites. The site will be active for 9 hours per day 7 days a week vaccine supply permitting.

We are pleased to report that Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust (BCHC) staff have also begun doing home visits to vaccinate our housebound patients who are not able to travel to any vaccination centres.

A word on the mass vaccination centre at Millenium point in Birmingham City Centre. We have received positive feedback from patients who have had their vaccinations done there. There is free parking right next to the centre and it is well signposted and marshalled with short waits. So if you are invited to be vaccinated there you should do so if you are able to travel there fairly easily but if you cannot then we will be calling for you to have your vaccine given locally so please don’t worry. Also some patients are being invited to M W Phillips pharmacy in Great Barr for their vaccinations. We will issue further updates in due course but do keep an eye out for interim updates on our Facebook, Instagram and twitter pages!

With very best wishes
Dr Jean-Claude Desveaux of SCGP