8th April 2021

Many of you will have seen recent news re: further statements from MHRA and JCVI about use of the AstraZeneca Vaccine.

• There is a possible but not yet proven link between AZ and cerebral venous sinus thrombus and other thrombus in major blood vessels

• In the UK there have been 79 cases of thrombotic events reported after a first dose of AZ amongst 20,000,000 given, 19 resulted in death, approximately 4 per million

• As yet there is no proven link to age, gender or pre-existing medical condition.

• It is important to note that this type of blood clot together with lowered platelets can rarely occur naturally in unvaccinated people as well as in people with COVID-19 disease.

• The conditions appear to be similar to heparin induced thrombocytopenia with low platelets, clots and presence of antibodies (so is an immune-mediated condition)

• Benefits of vaccination still outweighs risk (4 per million) - to put in context with those who catch COVID

• In situations where there is low risk of exposure or of severe illness with Covid-19, the risk potentially outweigh benefits for under 30s, in terms of comparing possible ITU admission with COVID against significant side effects (i.e. healthy under 30s).

Patients who have had a 1st dose of AstraZeneca already without any problems should still attend for their 2nd dose.

Please follow the links below for information ⬇️⬇️⬇️

15th December 2020

You may be aware that practices are required to provide all of their patients with a named GP, who will have overall responsibility for the care and support that our surgery provides to them.

As one of our patients, your new GP will be the Doctor identified in the text we have sent to you.

This Doctor will have overall responsibility for the care and support that our surgery provides to you.

This does not prevent you from seeing any GP in the practice as you currently do.


For information:

  1. The named GP is largely a role of oversight. It reassures patients that they have one GP who is responsible for their care.
  2. Patients do not need to see their named GP when they book an appointment with the practice.
  3. Patients are entitled to choose to see any GP or Nurse in the practice.
  4. The named GP works with relevent health and social care professionals to deliver a multi-disciplinary care package that meets the needs of the patient.
  5. The named GP ensures that these patients have access to a health check as set out in section 7.9 of the standard GMS contract.
  6. The named GP will not take on 24 hour responsibility for the patient, or have to change their working hours.

You do not need to take any further action, but if you have any questions, or wish to discuss this further with us, please contact us to: or 01509 274430.

25th August 2020

We have been working hard at the surgery to create a one way system that adheres to social distancing and enables us to open our main doors.

We appreciate that this will make attending appointments easier for our patients.

To be able to facilitate our main door re-opening there are some strict steps that must be followed, to keep our patients and staff safe at all times.

  1. To make an appointment you MUST telephone the surgery on 01509 274430 and be added to the telephone triage list.
  2. If the clinician that calls you wishes to see you face to face then an appointment will be booked for you and you will need to attend AT YOUR APPOINTMENT TIME.
  3. You MUST NOT attend early for appointments as we will not be able accommodate you in the waiting room and you WILL be asked to wait outside.
  4. Please hand sanitise as you enter the surgery and wear a face mask.
  5. We can ONLY allow 6 people in the waiting room at any one time to enable social distancing.
  6. When you arrive please use the self-check in by the main doors so that we are aware that you are here.
  7. Once checked in if there are already 6 people waiting in reception then please wait outside of the main doors until somebody has left the waiting area.
  8. Please DO NOT WORRY that you will be missed, as long as you have checked in, your clinician will come to reception to collect you and call your name by the main doors, so it is important that you listen out for your appointment.
  9. Sometimes it is out of our control if we have an emergency which makes us run over time, if this happens please support us if we ask you to wait in your car or inform you that an alternative clinician may need to see you. We will do our very best to keep you informed and seen as soon as possible.
  10. Once you have seen your clinician they will escort you to the nearest exit point to leave the surgery, following our newly structured one way system.
  11. As you exit the building there will be a hand sanitiser next to the door, please hand sanitise on the way out of the surgery.

Prescriptions & Collections (including registration forms/letters)

  1. We strongly encourage patient’s to sign up to use our online ordering system for prescriptions, please phone reception on 01509 274430 to enquire about this service.
  3. We strongly urge that you nominate a pharmacy so that your prescription can be automatically sent to the chemist for your collection, if you collect from the practice you must wait in the queue to be assisted, following our strict guidelines on entering the practice (as above).
  4. Please queue to speak to reception if you need to collect a letter/document or new patient registration form etc
  5. If you are a returning a completed registration form, please post the completed paperwork through the letterbox, our team will contact you if there are any issues that may need further discussion.
  6. Please use the hand sanitiser provided on the way in and out of the practice, you will need to exit via our one way system.


  1. If you have a query PLEASE DO NOT attend the practice. Please call reception on 01509 274430 and they will assist you.
  2. Alternatively you can visit our website and use the online contact tool on the front page which is called Engage Consult.


  1. Please only drop a sample in to the practice if you have been asked to do so by a clinician.
  2. ALL samples must be in by 10:30am as some may need to be sent to the lab for testing.
  3. Please only bring a sample in, in a sample pot obtained from the surgery as any other containers may cause contamination.
  4. Please queue if required and hand your sample in to reception so that they can ensure it is named, dated and your DOB is included along with a reason why the sample requires testing.
  5. Please use the hand sanitiser provided on the way in and out of the practice, you will need to exit via our one way system.

Thank you for your support

Barrow Health Centre

Practice Management