Covid Boosters – Please don’t phone us yet (read more)
We will be putting plans in place over the next week and you will be contacted if you are due for a booster:
- PLEASE do not phone the practice - we have no further details at present - help us to keep lines open for patients
- We will update this news page and our website when we know more.
Thank you for your help.
Covid Delta Variant – New symptoms
Find out more on our Covid-19 Symptoms page.
Experiencing any of these symptoms? Be safe – take a Covid test.
Covid rules to relax - BUT facemasks are still mandatory at Wye Surgery
Although official Covid restrictions have been relaxed, Wye Surgery is continuing with Covid-safe precautions as part of our duty of care to staff and vulnerable patients and to help minimise the spread of infection.
Please continue to wear facemasks inside Wye Surgery.
Why our continued caution?
- The threat of Covid has not gone away.
- Double vaccination offers excellent protection against Covid hospitalisation or death, but it does not stop you catching or spreading Covid – so you are still potentially a risk to others
- The higher the infection rate, the more chance of new Covid variants emerging.
- Minimising infection rates helps us to continue delivering routine care for our patients, including the elderly and vulnerable whilst also reducing the risk of unnecessary ICU admissions and Covid deaths.
We hope our careful approach will give all patients the confidence to seek medical care at Wye Surgery without delaying.
Thank you for co-operating.
Important changes to our COVID vaccination booking programme
There have recently been some important changes, including:
- Booking system – You must book both jabs at once, via the National Booking system
- Our Vaccination Clinics – Are now held at Musgrove Park Surgery (Ashford Stour PCN)
View full details
Vaccine passport update
‘Proof of vaccination’ documents have not yet been developed by the Government. We CANNOT offer you any proof of vaccination at the current time. As soon as more information becomes available to GPs, we will share it with you.
In the meantime - Please DO NOT ask us for a vaccination passport or letter to prove you have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
AstraZeneca vaccine - no cause for alarm (read more)
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said there is no evidence the vaccine had caused problems.
You should still go and get vaccinated when asked to do so.
"Blood clots can occur naturally and are not uncommon. More than 11 million doses of the Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine have now been administered across the UK," said Phil Bryan of the MHRA.
Read full statement at gov.uk.
Closing dates for staff training
We are closed for staff training on:
Wednesday 13 October - closed in the afternoon
Wednesday 3 November - closed in the afternoon.
IMPORTANT - Do we have your right phone number?
If you think we may have an old number for you please let us know as soon as possible. When contacting patients for their Covid Vaccinations we’ve found that quite a few numbers are no longer valid, which is causing worrying delays.
New Urgent Treatment Centres open in East Kent
Wye Surgery's Minor Injury Service closed on 31 October (along with those at other local GP practices and the rural weekend service at Hamstreet, Tenterden, Woodchurch and Charing surgeries), following a change in national NHS policy.
These services have been replaced by new GP-led, Urgent Treatment Centres (UTCs) across East Kent - including one at Ashford Hospital that’s open 24hrs a day, every day of the year including bank holidays.
Because UTCs offer such a comprehensive service, they aim to take the pressure off Hospital Emergency Depts, freeing them up to diagnose and treat acutely unwell patients and those with potentially life-threatening injuries and illnesses.
Find out more
Visit our UTC web page (for details of local UTCs)
NHS - About UTCs (watch the video)
NHS – When to visit an UTC