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The Vale Of Neath Practice Are Recruiting!!

The Vale Of Neath Practice are looking to recruit 2 experienced receptionist/administrators to join our busy and friendly practice in Glynneath.

Please click on the link below for further information on the positions, and how you can apply.

Receptionist Job Vacancy - May 2021

Please also kindly note that the closing date is Wednesday 19th July 2021.

Safe Clinical Capacity At Vale Of Neath Practice

Dear Patients, from Wednesday 28th April 2021, the way appointments are made is changing. Owing to demand beyond our capacity, in order to maintain a safe service for all our patients we are having to limit the number of appointments per clinician in both morning and afternoon sessions. If capacity has been reached you will be asked to recontact us at an alternative session or send us a message via our email service AskMyGP. To request a consultation please contact us between 08:30 and 10:30 for a morning appointment, and 13:30 and 15:00 for an afternoon appointment.

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we implement these important safety changes.

COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME

If you have not yet received your first COVID-19 vaccine, then you MUST complete the Swansea Bay University Health Board vaccination reserve list form - which can be found HERE.

LATEST NEWS: Please click HERE to read the latest Swansea Bay Health Board COVID-19 vaccination newsletter.

This week's newsletter (12/05/2021) includes important information for any patients who have not received their first COVID-19 vaccination, and information on the restarting of hospital visits. 

The Vale Of Neath Practice has been approved by Swansea Bay University Health Board, to deliver the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in our community. We will shortly be sending invitation letters to patients in line with the Welsh Government's priority listing guidance, which is namely our registered patients in residential care homes and registered patients who are over 80 years of age (date of birth before 31/03/1941). Please do not call the surgery to enquire when you will be receiving a vaccination invite, you will be called automatically when your priority age category is due.

The Practice will be organising vaccination clinics at The Vale Of Neath Medical Centre, due to the added workload and pressure associated with delivering this programme, we will be operating with an "emergency or urgent only" GP Service on vaccination clinic afternoons - so please bear with us. 

When you receive your vaccination invitation letter and consent form, it is extremely important to follow the procedure below:

  1. On receipt of your letter, the registered patient (family member or carer) MUST attend the medical centre promptly at the allotted date and time. Please remember to bring your vaccination card when attending for your second dose.
  2. The consent form should be completed when received, and brought with the patient when they attend for their vaccine - we are unable to vaccinate any patient without a fully completed consent form.
  3. On the day of the vaccination clinic, it is vital that all patients are well and not demonstrating any covid-19 symptoms. If you are unwell on the morning of your scheduled vaccination, you must not attend the Medical Centre and contact the surgery so we can reschedule an appointment for you.
  4. All patients should attend promptly at their designated vaccination time, as we will be unable to allow access to the building until the previous group of patients have left.
  5. When patients attend for their vaccination please can you bring along your own pen, so you can complete a screening questionnaire which must be completed on the day.
  6. Housebound Patients: The Practice will be making provisions for patients who are genuinely housebound and who cannot attend the surgery to receive their vaccine, so please call the surgery on 01639 509050 for further information.

Two doses of the vaccine will be required, and these will be administered 12 weeks apart in line with Welsh Government guidance, the Practice will contact you again when the second dose is due.

Thank you for your cooperation and support as we help deliver this extremely important vaccination programme, by consenting and attending for your vaccination you will be playing your part in protecting your family and the wider community from catching and spreading COVID-19.

Drive Through Canopy & Work Cabin

Please click on the link below to read the good news story about the drive through canopy and work cabin, which has been financed by a very generous patient donation and grant funding from the Pen Y Cymoedd COVID-19 Community Grant Scheme.

NEWS STORY

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, please kindly note the following important messages:

  • We are now telephone triaging all appointments at the surgery, entry to the building is now only by prior arrangement by telephone.
  • Do not enter the building if you have a fever or cough.
  • Please deposit repeat prescriptions in the Practice letterbox outside the staff entrance.
  • We are not providing letters for employers or schools regarding self-isolation as per Government advice.

Further NHS advice about coronavirus, including what to do if you think you have it can be found via the following link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 

Isolation Note

Click the image above to be taken to the NHS-111 "Get An Isolation Note" page.

#CORONANXIETY SUPPORT

Please click on the link below to access a range of information, resources and support for helping you understand how to deal with your anxiety during these difficult times as Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting on our lives:

https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/coronanxiety-support-resources/ 

Extremely Vulnerable Category Patients

People who are extremely vulnerable to coronavirus due to an existing health condition will receive a letter from Wales’ Chief Medical Officer. If you have not received a letter by Monday 6 April then contact your GP.

Further information and advice can be found on the Welsh Government Support page, via the following link:

https://gov.wales/get-coronavirus-support-extremely-vulnerable-person 

We thank you for your patience during this challenging time for everyone.

Vale Of Neath Practice.

Free Prize Draw Winner Announced

 Poster Prize Winner

During the months of January and February 2020, The Vale Of Neath Practice called on the help of our patients to improve our weight recording data. The Vale Of Neath Pharmacy kindly donated their electronic weighing device, and as an added incentive for patients to handover their little printout our GP Partners kindly agreed to fund a £30.00 "One For All" Gift Voucher.

The draw was made earlier today (28/02/2020) by one of our playful registered children in the waiting room, and he picked out the lucky ticket which belonged to Mrs S.Handley from Glynneath.

The image above shows Mrs Handley being presented with her prize from Dr Hugh Gripper and our Practice Manager - Alex Davies.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this free prize draw.

Vale Of Neath Community Transport - DANSA (SUSPENDED)

Please kindly note that the Dansa Community Transport Service has been suspended a week earlier than anticipated, due to guidance over social distancing measures.

The patient uptake of the DANSA community bus (since its inception and changing of the routes) was discussed during a recent stakeholder meeting between representatives from Swansea Bay University Health Board, Vale Of Neath Practice, Local Community Councillors (Blaengwrach, Clyne/Melincourt) and DANSA Community Transport.

An analysis of the actual usage figures since the new Medical Centre opened on Monday 19th August 2019, can be found by clicking HERE.

The timetables for the current routes can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

GLYNNEATH                 RESOLVEN

The Health Board generously agreed to fund the Community Transport Scheme for six months, and have also just approved another one month extension to allow the scheme to continue until 31st March 2020.

Whilst it was widely accepted by the Stakeholder Group that the service provided by DANSA has been a valuable resource to some of our patients, the actual usage figures are insufficient to consider continuing to run a similar service schedule on a single "charge per trip" basis.

Unfortunately as there will be no further Health Board funding available after this date, the Community Transport service currently being provided by DANSA will cease operation.

Members of our Local Community Councils are currently seeking out other grant funding sources, and The Vale Of Neath Patient Participation Group (PPG) are attempting to establish a "Volunteer Driver" scheme, and are seeking expressions of interest for an unpaid "Volunteer Co-ordinator" - please click on link below for further information:

Volunteer Coordinator

                                               

 

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