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Northampton General Hospital – Outpatient Appointment

If you are a patient at Northampton General Hospital and have any questions or queries about an outpatient appointment, when your planned operation is expected to take place, or if you want to cancel or rearrange an appointment with the hospital, please contact their Outpatient Contact Centre on 01604 545555. We do not have access to the hospital booking system and will not be able to provide you with the information you need. Thank you for your support.

The surgery would like to say a big Thank You!

The surgery would like to say a big Thank You! For all of your support and lovely messages we have received since the Coronavirus started.

We would like to reassure you that we are all here working hard to keep you all well and safe.

The way in which the GPs and nurses are working has changed and will remain this way until the risk of Coronavirus is no longer with us.

If you need to see a GP or nurse you will be offered a telephone consultation in the first instance. They may ask to consult with you via Video, to send in a photo or do some online assessments to help diagnose how we can best help you, but if they feel they need to see you in person they generally arrange this

You will need to wear a mask when attending the Surgery.

The GP and Nurse appointments are taking longer as the room has to be cleaned and Nurses need to change the Protective clothing before seeing the next patient.

Thank you for your understanding and keeping everyone safe at this time.

Important Information Relating To The COVID-19 Vaccine

We are pleased to inform you that we will be part of the “Wave Four” Practices in the country to provide the first COVID-19 vaccination programme. Moulton Surgery is working with other Practices in the local area to deliver vaccinations to all residents; this is a part of the Primary Care Network (MWEB) collaborative working.

Please see below some very important information for you to read:

When the Surgery has received a supply of the vaccinations, we will be contacting patients to invite them to be vaccinated in accordance with Government guidance.

We are unable to deviate from this guidance.

Moulton Surgery Patient Service Advisors/Receptionists are NOT able to answer any COVID-19 vaccine enquiries.

Please do not call the Surgery with a covid vaccination query, please visit www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination for further information.

It is imperative that the phone lines are available for sick patients and medical emergencies. We therefore ask patients to not telephone the Surgery as call volumes are extremely high resulting in delays answering the telephone and patients unable to book appointments.

Who can have the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Eligible groups are:

You should have the vaccine when it is offered if you are:

  • living in a care home for older adults
  • a frontline health care worker
  • a frontline social care worker
  • a carer working in a care home for older residents

Then the vaccine will also be offered in age order to:

  • those aged over 80 years
  • those aged over 75 years
  • those aged over 70 year
  • adults on the NHS shielded patient list
  • those aged over 65 years
  • adults under 65 years with long term conditions (see conditions below)

Those aged 50 to 64 will be offered it later.

Clinical conditions list:

  • a blood cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
  • diabetes
  • dementia
  • a heart problem
  • a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
  • a kidney disease
  • a liver disease
  • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as HIV infection, steroid medication, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
  • rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or psoriasis
  • have had an organ transplant
  • had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • a neurological or muscle wasting condition
  • a severe or profound learning disability
  • a problem with your spleen, example sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
  • are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
  • are severely mentally ill

At the same time as the adults under 65 years with long term conditions the vaccine will also be offered to:

  • adults who provide regular care for an elderly or disabled person
  • younger adults in long stay nursing and residential settings

Please wait your turn. If you are not in the groups above, you will have to wait for a COVID-19 vaccination until more supplies are available. When more vaccine becomes available we will be offering it to more groups of the population.

How you book your appointment

The Practice will be contacting the patients to invite them to be vaccinated. This will be via text message or a phone call.

If you receive a text message, please click on the link and book the appointment needed. You will also receive a text reminder before the booked appointment. For those who receive a phone call, a member of Surgery with book the relevant appointment for you. Please ensure you write down the details of the appointment and keep it in a safe place.

Should you not wish to have the vaccine, please contact the Surgery immediately so we may note this is your medical record.

I would like to reassure all of our patients that over the coming months, everyone will be contacted. Please do not contact the Surgery asking for an appointment.

Attending your appointment

Patients will need to attend Moulton Community Centre for their appointments.
The address is Moulton Community Centre, Sandy Hill Lane, The Reedings, Moulton, Northants, NN3 7AX.

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the location.

There are car parking facilities at Moulton Community Centre and marshals will be on hand to direct you to the clinic. We ask all patients to arrive no more than 5 minutes before their appointment time ensuring a face mask is worn to protect our staff and other patients.

Please DO NOT attend your appointment if you have any COVID symptoms. Contact Moulton Surgery and reschedule your appointment. Your temperature will be taken when you arrive for your vaccination appointment and if this is above the required range, you will not be able to attend your appointment. Should this happen you will have to contact Moulton Surgery to reschedule the appointment.

We ask all patients to attend their appointments. It is imperative that we do not waste these vaccinations due to no shows. If you do not turn up for your appointment, we are unable to guarantee when we will be able to accommodate another appointment for you.

During the appointment

It may well be that clinicians are running slightly behind and we apologise in advance if this is the case. Everyone will be working hard to keep appointment times.

We have very short appointment times and ask patients to wear clothing that is appropriate to quickly remove enabling easy access to your arm.

You will be asked to give your consent to have the vaccination and check if you have any allergies. Your vaccination will then be administered.

IMPORTANT Covid Vaccination Public Message

In light of new advice from the UK Chief Medical Officers with regard to the vaccine for covid-19, the NHS in Northamptonshire intends to reschedule the majority of second vaccinations. The new medical advice is that the second dose of the vaccine remains effective when given up to 12 weeks after the first dose, and should be given towards the end of this 12 week period.

People will need two doses of the vaccine to get the best long-term protection from the virus, but will still have a significant level of protection at 22 days after receiving the first dose. The new guidance will also help ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the first dose of the vaccine as soon as possible. Please be reassured that there are no safety concerns in the new guidance, and it will not impact on how effective the vaccination is in protecting you from Covid-19 once the course is complete.

This means changing large numbers of appointments. If an appointment is going to be changed we will get in touch with you. If you do not hear from us, then please attend your appointment as planned. Given the numbers of people we need to contact and the time it will take, please do not contact the hospitals or GP practices as they are extremely busy. Your call may prevent one that is more critical from getting through.

We thank you for your understanding and patience.