Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latest Information
Week commencing 01/03/21 - Group 6, we will be vacinating any patients aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality (excluding any pregnant ladies). This also includes carers, registered at BMG . Please can we ask for your patience, this is an extremely large group. The expanded shielding list of patients will be also included in this cohort.
2nd Covid-19 vaccination programme starting 04/03/21
Bay Medical Group COVID-19 vaccination programme.
What you need to know about 2020/2021 Covid-19 vaccination campaign
We will be vaccinating our Morecambe population FREE OF CHARGE according to the very clear National guidance about the age groups (cohorts) who should receive it.
PLEASE IGNORE ANY COLD CALLS OR TEXTS,FROM ANY OTHER ORGANISATION OTHER THAN DIRECTLY FROM THE NHS,OFFERING TO VACCINATE FOR A FEE OR BEFORE YOUR AGE GROUP COHORT.
We will be using Morecambe Football Club, Mazuma Stadium (formerly the Globe Arena) as our Covid-19 vaccination Hub and foresee all our cohorts of patients (unless housebound) will be vaccinated here unless otherwise directed elsewhere. We will using the Mazuma Stadium as it has large open spaces, allowing us to safely vaccinate, large number of patients in a short period of time. This will be the designated primary care location for Morecambe .
***We will be vaccinating all frontline staff who are working in the Vaccination hub including anyone marshalling, helping in admin or managing the site as they clearly are at risk of being exposed to COVID***
We started the programme with The Pfizer vaccine and will also be using the Oxford AstraZeneca. It is vitally important that both your vaccinations are the same manufacturer, our Covid-19 admin team will ensure this happens.
We have have vaccinated over 80% of our patients and staff in our Care Homes with commendation from our Prime Minster Boris Johnson on Friday 15th January (click on the below link for full details)
We have offered the COVID vaccination to all our practice team and any other health care workers (vaccines permitting) and will continue to do so, as this is the best way for our staff and all other frontline health workers to feel safe at work and to protect our community here in the Morecambe Bay and your NHS for the months ahead.
Originally, the aim was to vaccinate patients twice with a 21 day interval, this has since been changed and patients will be contacted when the second dose will be administered.( see newly added section on 2nd vacinations)
We know some people may be anxious about their second vaccine being delayed. There has been very clear guidance given by the Chief Medical Officer on this issue. We will be following their guidance that says the good level of protection you get from one vaccination is reasonable enough to delay the second dose, maximising the amount of vulnerable patients we can vaccinate. It goes without saying when we are able/allowed we will ensure everyone can have their second vaccination.
To receive your FREE Covid-19 vaccine from ourselves, you will need to be registered with Bay Medical Group, we will let you know when it is your turn to have the vaccine as one of our dedicated Covid-19 admin team will contact you to make an appointment, this will be either phone or text and will clear it is from Bay Medical Group. It is vitally important you do not contact the surgery before this time, our phone lines are always extremely busy and this would put extra pressure on this service. Please can we ask that you be patient and wait your turn.
**Any other health, social care or other primary care worker, working in Morecambe, not registered at Bay Medical Group, will still be eligible for the vaccine. Please discuss with your employers to make arrangements**
What is the order of priority for COVID-19 vaccines?
Group 1: Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers 1st VACCINATION COMPLETED
Group 2: All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers 1st VACCINATION COMPLETED
Group 3: All those 75 years of age and over 1st VACCINATION COMPLETED
Group 4: All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals STARTED W/C 25/01/21
Group 5: All those 65 years of age and over. CONTACT THE NATIONAL BOOKING SERVICE ON 119 OR http://bit.ly/3dj0tuA
Group 6: All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality STARTED 15/02/21
Group 7: All those 60 years of age and over NO DATES GIVEN YET
Group 8: All those 55 years of age and over NO DATES GIVEN YET
Group 9: All those 50 years of age and over NO DATES GIVEN YET
How do I get an appointment for my Covid-19 vaccination?
We will be either ringing you on a landline telephone or texting you on your mobile number.
Calls to any landline telephone number will be from a with held number, apologies in advance for this, as we know this may be confusing and annoying for some patients to answer with held numbers as they are often cold callers or scams.
We have started to invite some of our eligible patients for their COVID-19 vaccination via text messages, which allows you to book your own appointment, avoiding having to ring the main surgery number.
If you receive a message from us it will look like the below picture, so you know its genuine as there are fake texts circulating, please be vigilant!
Any patients who do not have a mobile phone and cannot receive text messages from us, you will be invited by telephone call from our dedicated Covid-19 admin team to make an appointment, please be advised this will be from a withheld number.
It is vitally important we have correct contact details, if you have internet access and you need to update your contact details, please visit our webpage and complete the online form,https://www.baymedicalgroup.co.uk/update-address-mobile-num…
Please phone the surgery if your details have changed.
Trouble getting to the Mazuma Stadium?
We understand that there may be members of the who community may find it troubling to get to the vaccination clinics. Lancaster City Council have been busy behind the scenes creating a volunteer driver scheme. We're pleased to announce this is now LIVE. Members of the community who need transport can contact the council hub on 01524 582000 and book a volunteer driver. We must mention that this isn't a free taxi service for all, but for those who are vulnerable within our community. Once the council have triaged the patient on the phone, the job will go live and a driver will accept. Drivers will also wait for patients whilst they have their vaccination and then return them home safely. If you know someone in the community who is vulnerable and needs community transport, please do let them know about this service. If you want to volunteer as a marshal or volunteer driver - please register here
When do I get my Covid-19 vaccination?
We will be following national guidance on when to vaccinate our patients. We will only be inviting the cohorts of patients in specific age groups. Your age depicts which group you are in.
This is the priority list as outlined by the JCVI: https://bit.ly/3i3rVwC
Please also consider that we are reliant on the supply of vaccines for the speed at which we vaccinate our population.
Is it safe to attend my Covid-19 vaccination appointment?
Our teams have worked hard to produce a safe environment for our patients to attend. Our aim is for you to arrive no more than 5 minutes prior to your appointment on your own, unless you need a chaperone or helper, to minimise cross contamination. Our staff will be wearing correct PPE.
I have allergies, can I still have the Covid-19 vaccination?
Yes you can, please can you advise the admin team when they ring to make you an appointment. They will ask a series of questions about your allergy and advise you about whether you are eligible for the vaccine or not. A GP will review your medical history and advise further.
Medical history: contraindications and precautions
Please tell any of staff before you are vaccinated if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)
You should not have the vaccine if you`ve ever had a serious allergic reaction to:
•a previous vaccine
• a previous dose of the same Covid-19 vaccine
• some medicines, household products or cosmetics
Serious allergic reactions are rare. If you do have a reaction to the vaccine, it usually happens in minutes. Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and will treat immediately.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
There's no evidence the COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe if you're pregnant. But more evidence is needed before you can be routinely offered the vaccine.
The JCVI has updated its advice to recommend you may be able to have the vaccine if you're pregnant and:
- at high risk of getting coronavirus because of where you work
- have a health condition that means you're at high risk of serious complications of coronavirus
You can have the COVID-19 vaccine if you're breastfeeding.
Speak to a healthcare professional before you have the vaccination. They will discuss the benefits and risks of the COVID-19 vaccine with you.
You do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.
How do I know if I am classed as extremely clinical vunerable?
Those who have been instructed by the Government to shield and have received written confirmation. Bay Medical Group will also have been informed of your status and this will appear on your medical record.
*** A second cohort of patients have been added (19.02.21) we will be contacting these patients inviting them for the Covid-19 vaccine)
Weblinks for information from AstraZenica about its vaccine
Weblinks for information on the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine
COVID-19 vaccine side effects
Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:
- a sore arm where the needle went in
- feeling tired
- a headache
- feeling achy
- feeling or being sick
You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.
If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.
If your symptoms get worse and you are worried that you may need medical attention, please call 111.
Additional Vacination Centres planned from 20/01/2021
Now that more doses of Covid-19 vaccines are available, the NHS is able to open more vaccination services in Lancashire and South Cumbria, including large Vaccination Centres and some pharmacies.
People who are eligible, who live near these new vaccination services and who haven’t already been vaccinated by their local GP led vaccination services(BMG) or hospital hub (UHMBT), will receive letters from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling them how they can book their appointment.
The NHS is rolling out additional services quickly, but it remains important that the public don’t try to book or go to these services before they receive their booking letter.
If you receive a letter from the national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service and you book an appointment, please make sure you attend it. The sooner you get your vaccination, when eligible, the earlier you will be protected from Covid-19.
Vaccination centres offer an important additional option for people who are eligible, and we expect more sites to be available across Lancashire and South Cumbria in the coming days and weeks.
Please don’t delay having your vaccine, but if you can’t travel to a vaccination centre or you would rather wait for an appointment closer to home, you can choose to do that, and your local GP-led service (BMG) will be in touch soon to offer an alternative.
In Lancashire and South Cumbria, we expect to put in place additional Vaccination Centres over the coming weeks in Central Lancashire, Fylde Coast, Morecambe Bay and Pennine Lancashire. As soon as these are ready and available they will appear on the national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service.
Currently in the Morecambe & Lancaster area, we have
Morecambe Cricket Club Woodhill Lane Morecambe LA4 4NL
Lancaster Town Hall, Dalton Square Lancaster LA1 1PL
Like the rest of the NHS we are working to offer vaccines to everyone in the top priority groups by the middle of February.
Please do not contact us if you haven’t received an invite yet. As you can appreciate demand is very high, by ringing sooner than your age cohort allows, you could be preventing a patient who needs our help, from getting through. We will contact you when it is the right time for you to book your appointment. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
The Myths about the Covid-19 vaccine - separating the Facts from the Fiction
Dr David Wrigley who is a GP at Ashtrees Surgery and Deputy Chair of BMA UK Council, recently did a live chat with Lancs Live and has kindly said we could display the questions and answers from this show
- We can't trust the Covid-19 vaccines because they were rushed.
FALSE. - While it is true the COVID-19 vaccines were produced in a compressed timeframe, this in no way means they were rushed. The COVID-19 vaccines were put through the same rigorous testing on safety and efficacy that all other vaccines and medicine go through, and would not have been approved by the MHRA were this not the case; you can find safety and efficacy data from the trials available online. The fact that the vaccines were produced so quickly is a testament to what science can do when it has adequate resources and manpower.
- The vaccines will give me Covid-19.
FALSE. – Firstly, there is a difference between SARS COV 2 and COVID-19, one is the virus and the other is the disease caused by the virus. So, all of the vaccines currently licenced in the UK work in essence by getting your body to produce the spike protein – the small crown bit - found on the SARS-COV 2 virus. Your body recognises this spike protein as an invader, this triggers an immune response which then in turn means your body will fight off the virus. Your body fighting off the virus will in the overwhelming majority of cases – according to the very robust clinical trial data – prevent you from getting COVID-19 or at least if you do it be will be a very mild version of the disease.
- The vaccines will alter my DNA.
FALSE – This is categorically false, maybe this notion comes from the fact that the vaccines work by injecting a small piece of genetic material into your body, but this is done to trigger your body’s natural immune response, it has absolutely no impact on your DNA. The vaccines licenced in the UK either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine both mRNA vaccines and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine both work by – through different mechanisms – getting your body to produce the spike protein found on the SARS-COV 2 vaccine. The genetic material used dies in your body and has no further impact than the one it was designed for.
- We don't know what is in the vaccines.
FALSE - We know exactly what is in the vaccines, how they are made, what they do and how they ought to be stored and for how long. You can find the exact ingredients in the vaccines online but essentially it’s a mixture of the active agents and excipients, the active agents is the modified adenovirus/mRNA respectively and the excipients could be referred to as stabilizers and they are there to improve shelf life and transportability etc, they includes things like salts and magnesium or potassium.
- The vaccines may cause fertility problems.
UNKNOWN – There is no reason to expect the vaccine will cause fertility problems and it is not a known side effect of vaccines but simply put we don’t have the kind of robust clinical evidence that would allow me to definitively say this is false. For the moment, Public Health England have advised against the routine vaccination of pregnant women, they do advise however that where there is a clear clinical need such as clinical vulnerability or increased likelihood of exposure, pregnant women should be vaccinated if it is thought it will severely damage the health of the mother to be.
- I've already had Covid-19 so the vaccines won't benefit me.
FALSE – Primary infection is associated with a robust level of immunity from reinfection we have seen this in studies from PHE, however this level of immune response is variable from person to person. Vaccines will provide a more consistent and potentially longer lasting protection across the population.
7. Once I get the vaccine, I won't have to follow Covid/social distancing rules anymore.
FALSE - We have very good evidence that the vaccine prevents severe COVID-19 however as yet we do not know the effect the vaccine will have on transmission. PHE is currently collecting this data and you can find out how they intend to do this in their vaccine surveillance strategy. It will likely be the case that the vaccines will have an effect on reducing transmission but until we know this for sure and to what degree we must all follow national rules and social distancing protocols to reduce the spread and reduce pressures on our NHS which is under incredible pressure at the moment.
8. Because the Covid-19 survival rate is so high, I don't need the vaccine.
FALSE – COVID-19 is by far and away the most serious infectious disease that most people will have ever caught. We don’t truly know the case fatality rate yet as we don’t have a full understanding of how many people have had COVID-19 but so far 93,290 people have died, this is tragically high and it is important we do everything we can to prevent further deaths.
COVID-19 can equally have a serious impact of people’s health, even those who are at a relatively low risk of dying. The ONS estimates that around 1 in 5 people still experience symptoms 5 weeks after initial infection and 1 in 10 people experience symptoms up to 12 weeks afterwards and ‘Long COVID’ as this is now known can have a seriously debilitating impact on people’s health in the longer term.
Lastly, the vaccine is a collective intervention against COVID-19 and the higher the vaccine coverage the more equipped we will be to eventually beat the virus. In short it is extremely important that when offered the vaccine everyone takes this up.
What to expect when I arrive at the Mazuma Stadium- our Covid-19 vaccination Hub
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU HAVE ANY COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, STAY AT HOME.
We would expect you to attend your invite appointment alone unless you need a chaperone or help, to avoid cross contamination and to arrive no more than 5 minutes prior to this time. You will be greeted by the first of many of the staff at the vaccination Hub.
You will be asked if you have an appointment and at what time, if early you will be directed to a car park space if you have arrived by car, or another designated waiting area if by foot and advised to wait until 5 minutes prior to your appointment.
At the entrance to the vaccination Hub, you will be greeted again by the Mazuma Stadium staff, where you will asked to join an orderly socially distanced queue.
When it is safe to go inside the stadium, you will be invited inside the building, where our Bay Medical Group team member will officially greet you and ask you a series of questions about your general health, whilst being asked to sanitize your hands.
We have 2 areas where our team can vaccinate you, if you are able to use the stairs or lift you will be asked to go to the 1st floor. The ground floor is available for anyone who cannot use the stairs or lift.
There is signage on both floors where to go with additional floor staff available for advice.
When you arrive at the clinician who will administer the vaccine, they will have a short discussion with you about the vaccination and which arm the injection will be administered and ask you if you are alright with this.
After the vaccination you will be required to wait in a designated area for a period of 15 minutes for observations. This will be in a setting that has full resuscitation facilities in case of any allergy to the vaccine.
You will be advised that you can leave the Hub after this 15 minute observation period, through a different exit. This will take you back to the car park or the main exit from the Mazuma Stadium.
Below is a short video which guides you through one of our COVID Vaccination clinics:
Sceptical whether Covid -19 is real or not?
Read all about James` story published on LancsLIve
Healthy dad feels 'lucky to be alive' as he wakes from 60-day coma after catching Covid-19
"I just want to get the message out there to people who say this virus doesn't exist. I can firmly say that it's real"
A young dad says he feels 'very lucky to be alive' after catching Covid-19, with the virus bringing him close to death, not once, but three times.
Previously fit and healthy James Lawless, 35, spent over 60 days in a coma, with doctors fearing he had around a five per cent chance of survival at one point.
James had to be placed on a ventilator at Wythenshawe Hospital after developing pneumonia.
On three occasions, his girlfriend Melissa was told to say goodbye to her partner, as doctors believed the dad-of-two wouldn't pull through.
His condition became so severe that at one point, he was the youngest and sickest patient being cared for at the hospital's intensive care unit.
Miraculously, nearly four months after contracting coronavirus, James was finally discharged to his home in Wythenshawe this week, reports the MEN.
Since his health battle, he has lost four stone and is having to teach himself to walk again. His lungs may never fully recover from the damage they've endured.
James wants his story to change the misconception that the virus 'only affects older people.'
He hopes that his terrifying brush with death may cause people to think twice about how they react to the threat of the disease.
His symptoms began on October 25 last year when he complained of a typical flu-like illness.
Three days later, the dad found himself in intensive care and being told by doctors that he was being sedated and placed on a ventilator.
"The doctor predicted he would be on a ventilator for around seven to fourteen days maximum," said his partner, Melissa Carter, 31.
"But his condition deteriorated and he developed a chest infection called Klebsiella and he caught sepsis and his kidneys also began to fail.
"The doctors at one point were giving him hours and said he had around a five per cent chance of survival."
Melissa said she was allowed onto the ward with James most of the time due to the severity of his condition, and the fact she had just recovered from having the virus.
"James is 35 and has no underlying health conditions. He has never been unwell," she said.
"Yet he was still the youngest and most sick person in the intensive care unit at one point."
The couple remain unaware of how they contracted Covid-19, but predict it may have been through Melissa's work as a carer, or the fact their two young children attend school.
"James followed the rules completely and he didn't really leave the house to go out apart from the school run or food shopping," she said.
"It was really difficult.
"Going to the hospital all the time and seeing him like that and then going home to the children and trying to stay positive for them."
James was in on a ventilator from October 31 until December 15 in total, when he had a tracheotomy tube fitted.
The turning point for him was around January 1 this year, Melissa said, when James started to show signs of improvement.
"He was very delirious and confused. It took a few weeks for him to come round properly," she said.
"James was discharged home on Monday.
"He could talk but in terms of walking he's lost four stone and all his muscle. He is building himself back up and that is going to take a lot of time."
Melissa said she was called on three or four occasions by the doctors, who told her she needed to say goodbye to James.
"It was awful. He was catching infection after infection. It was just knocking him back constantly," she said.
"They were struggling to get his CO2 down, they were proning him, he was just struggling so much with his oxygen.
"He feels very lucky to be alive. If someone asks what a miracle is it is him and his story. All the staff at the hospital were so surprised he made it through."
Melissa said she owes the 'amazing' hospital staff her partner's life and thanked them for saving James and her family.
"It was literally the worst time any of us have been through. It was all through Christmas and New Year so it has just been really hard," she said.
"Everyone thinks this virus just affects older people but James had no conditions and was a generally fit man.
"I had Covid at the exact same time and I just lost my sense of taste and smell."
James may never return to the man he was before he was struck down by the virus, due to the serious damage to his lungs.
"I just want to get the message out there to people who say this virus doesn't exist. I can firmly say that it's real," he said.
"I was a young, fit, healthy man with no underlying health problems and it nearly killed me three times."
Guidance for Shielding Patients
BMG patients, the country is in a new national lockdown from 6th January 2021
The government announced new details for those patients who are extremely clinically vulnerable. Details can be found here: https://bit.ly/2TWpq3Z
You should receive a letter/ text from Public Health England if you are being advised to shield. Please note BMG does not generate these letters.
Please also note that most children originally identified as clinically extremely vulnerable no longer need to follow this advice. We have no input into your decision to send your children to school. More advice and details are on the government website.
Please can we politely ask that you keep the phone lines free for patients seeking medical attention and for any advice or other information regarding shielding, please refer to the UK Government website.
Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Bay Medical Group have suspended all online appointments.
To protect our patients we will not be offering any face to face routine or urgent GP appointments unless necessary. We will be providing essential services only and will manage contacts over the phone where possible.
Please do not come into Practice Sites unless you have requested to do so by a GP or other staff member.
How long to stay at home if you develop symptoms or live with someone who has symptoms
- if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you'll need to stay at home for 10 days
- if you live with someone who has symptoms, you'll need to stay at home for 10 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 10 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get back home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean