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Important information for visitors and patients
Update on the COVID-19 booster programme and impact upon your GP services
Woodlands Family Medical Centre along with GP colleagues around the country, are once again being asked to step to the forefront to deliver a record number (20 million) COVID vaccinations before the end of the year.
We appreciate the concerns you may have and that you want to understand how the government statement that routine services may need to be stood down to allow us to focus on providing COVID vaccinations may impact on you and your care.
Our practice is open, and it is important that you continue to put your health first and seek urgent medical help when you need it. You may find that our phonelines are overwhelmed by the volume of calls we are receiving, and it is more difficult than usual to reach us, so we kindly ask you to only ring the surgery when it is essential. That way we can respond to our patients with the highest need. We have tried our utmost to continue to care for you and your loved ones through challenging circumstances, but winter has always seen a lot more illness and higher demand for services. COVID has made it even harder, and the new booster campaign makes it impossible for us to maintain normal services.
We do understand that this may be worrying for you and we will do our very best to meet our patient needs but there may be times, in the extreme circumstances we are now in, that we must prioritise those in greatest need. It may feel that our team is asking a lot of questions when you contact the practice but that is to help us help you so please be patient. Understanding the need and urgency will help us get you to the best person first time, that person may not always be a GP.
If you need routine care and your condition is stable, we may need to be delay check-ups for a while, but if you do feel your condition has worsened and is causing you great concern please do contact the practice.
Thank you again for your understanding, consideration, and kindness; it truly is appreciated by the whole team