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COVID vaccination update 17th March 2021

In the UK 2 types of COVID-19 vaccine are being currently used. Both require 2 doses to provide the best protection and have been shown to be safe and effective in clinical trials.

Response to COVID-19 Vaccine Oxford-AstraZeneca media reports

The UK Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, which is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe, have said that evidence DOES NOT suggest that the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab is linked to blood clots.

People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

Please read more here: MHRA Response to Temporary Suspension

We are currently delivering the covid vaccination programme in collaboration with other GP practices within our Primary Care Network (PCN).  All patients identified in line with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance will be offered an appointment.

We know patients are very keen to have their COVID vaccine and for convenience it may be easier for you to have this within the surgery.  We are currently working through the NHS approved cohorts, please do not contact the surgery, we will be in contact with you when the time is right for you to be invited for your vaccine.

Patients who have already had their first vaccine dose between the dates of 18th January 2021 and 27th February 2021 will be contacted to confirm the date/time of your second dose appointment.  All patients who attended vaccination clinics after the 27th February have already been issued with the second dose information on your appointment card, if you have any queries please contact us.

Individuals displaying COVID-19 symptoms should arrange a COVID test via and stay at home along with all other household members (self-isolate) for 10 days.

NOTE: We cannot test for COVID 19.

Important links:

Flu vaccination #ProtectYourself and #DoYourBit

It’s never been more important to have your flu vaccination, remember flu kills. Don’t take the risk. 

Appointments for flu vaccination are available up to 31st March 2021, please be aware there needs to be a 7 day gap between any vaccine.


We are facing extremely high demand for our services and you may experience a longer telephone queue when contacting us, when your call is answered please;

  • Press 1 to speak to a receptionist (for appointments, prescription requests, blood results)

  • Press 2 to speak to a secretary (for referral queries, letters or reports)

Appointments continue to be via an initial telephone consultation, from this triage the clinician may ask you to attend the surgery for a face to face appointment, please remember to wear a face covering.

Contact Details It is really important you update us if you change your address, telephone number(s) or email address so you can receive information by letter, text message or email. 

Please use NHS 111 online to try to self manage first. 

Please register for online services which allow you to order repeat medications, make telephone appointments and cancel appointments you no longer require, this service is available 24/7. 

To arrange to use the services, please call the surgery, and one of our Reception Team will be able to set it up for you. You will receive a unique username and password (please keep them secure). The website is . There is also an app, SystmOnline which can be downloaded on iOS (Apple) or Android devices. 

For patients who are unable to use online tools, all self care measures have been exhausted or your symptoms are worsening or you have a significant health concern, please call the surgery. 


Prescription orders placed online will be processed during working hours (8am-6pm) and electronically transferred to your nominated pharmacy.  We can also automatically transfer prescriptions for repeat dispensing (for patients who are stable on suitable medications). 

In order to reduced the volume of printed prescriptions, wherever possible prescriptions will be sent electronically to your nominated pharmacy. 

Please allow a little longer than the normal 48 hours for pharmacies to prepare prescriptions during the current pandemic.

PLEASE DO NOT ORDER ANY MORE THAN YOUR USUAL PRESCRIPTION REQUIREMENTS - this is NHS guidance to protect continuity of supplies for everybody.


This service allows patients to consult with NHS GPs by completing a quick online form.  The service also directs patients to self-help, pharmacy advice and local self-referral services.  Click on the picture below to get started (please note this service does not guarantee liaison with a particular GP).


Veterans' Support

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Connect veterans and their families with a range of local support organisations – both within and outside the Armed Forces sector. The services have been grouped into categories such as Education and Training, Employment, Finances etc.

Navigate through the categories to find the support you need, or use the search function by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in the map toolbar;

  • On the map home screen, the search function searches all organisations in the directory.
  • When you have a category open, the search function searches all data within that category



Public Consultation outcome

At the Primary Care Committee on 21/1/20 Option 1 was fully approved.  This enables Skerne Medical Group to remain in and extend Harbinson House surgery, Sedgefield, remain in and extend Trimdon Colliery surgery and ultimately to close Fishburn surgery. Work on this option will now be progressed.

When we're closed - Between the hours of 18:00 and 08:00 including weekends and Bank Holidays, assistance is available from the out-of-hours service, please contact NHS 111.

For further information relating to these services please press here to Find out more. For Information relating to Pharmacies that are open over the Holiday weekend in this area, please choose Darlington.doc or Durham.doc. For information relating to Hospitals and Dentists, please click on the NHS Choices Icon at the bottom of this page. To find out about our Practice Values Find out more

Accessible Information Standard

If you, or anyone you know, has a communication difficulty and needs information in a different format, e.g. large text or easy read, please let us know.   For more information about the accessible information standard, please visit NHS England's website:


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