30/11/21 - Boosters from 3 months?
The news yesterday was news to us also. We are trying to increase our vaccination appointments this side of Christmas but we still have plenty of people who need their boosters at 6 months. Various national documents need updating before we can give boosters earlier than 6 months and we do not know when this work will be completed.
Please do not contact your surgery about getting a booster dose before 6 months. We need to keep our phonelines clear for unwell people.
You may be able to book sooner elsewhere using the National Booking Service.
29/11/21 - Housebound COVID boosters almost complete
Our housebound booster doses are now almost complete. This has been quite the undertaking with a 15 minute observation period needed after each patient.
Text invites which do not include a booking link - 7/11/21
Text invites which do not include a booking link are not from us. Please do not contact the surgery to book if you get one of these messages. For more information check out this page.
No walk-in appointments available at Milford War Memorial Hospital - 1/11/21
Please be aware that we have no availability for walk-in appointments at Milford Hospital for COVID vaccinations. All appointments need to be prebooked. If we give any walk in doses then we risk running out of vaccine for booked clinics. You may not receive a booking link until more than 6 months after your second dose. We have a limited supply of vaccine. If you want to get your booster sooner you can book elsewhere via this link. If you think you have missed out on an invite from us you can use this form.
12-15 year olds (updated 31/10/21)
The school nursing team have been out and vaccinated many of our population in this group but a number missed out. People in this age group can only be vaccinated on a Saturday morning clinic. The young person needs to bring a parent or someone with parental responsibility with them. Please use this online form to request a booking link. We would also recommend reading this leaflet before you attend. Both child and parent/guardian should be in agreement to undergo vaccination. You must not have had COVID within the last 4 weeks.
Housebound vaccinations - 20/10/21
We are sorry for the delay in our housebound population receiving COVID vaccination boosters and flu vaccinations. This is due to factors outside our control. We hope to have an update on this service soon.
Come and join us! - 19/10/21
We are looking for more volunteers with paid and unpaid roles available. To express an interest please complete this form.
Booking system showing no availability? - 5/10/21
If you try and book using a link you have been sent but find there is no availability then please check back every few days. The system will not let you book anything over three weeks in advance. We do not have that many clincs on the system at the moment as we are still focusing on nursing homes and care homes over the next few weeks. Booster doses can be given anytime after 6 months but if you want to get your dose sooner rather than later you do have the option of booking elsewhere by calling 119.
Booster doses not appearing in medical records - 28/9/21
Booster doses are not yet appearing in the medical records of those who have recieved them. Do not worry, this is a temporary national issue which hopefully will be sorted next week. Those already given should then be added in bulk to medical records and will show in your online medical record if you have access from home.
Booster programme - 23/9/21 (UPDATED)
We are now booking booster doses to be given at Milford War Memorial Hospital. Invites will be sent by text message. Please do not contact the surgery to ask about booking booster doses at this time. Boosters will be available for all those 50 and over or 18 and over with underlying medical problems. You become eligible for a booster once you are 6 months after your second dose. Any invitation letters you recieve by post will not offer the option of booking with us so you can choose to ignore these postal invites.
If it is over 6 months since your second dose and have not recieved an invite then you can request one via email using this form.
18/8/21 - Information for young people
An information leaflet has been published for young people coming for their COVID vaccine. We would recommend this is read before attending as we are not sure if we will get physical copies of this in time. You can find the content of the leaflet here.
11/8/21 (updated) - Vaccinating 16 and 17 year olds & 12-15 with underlying health problems
Invites have gone out by text message for 16 and 17 year olds. Those aged 16 - 17 and three quarters are advised to have one dose only. If you get an invite letter by post then this will be to book via the National Booking Service who will not be able to offer you appointments with us. If you would like an appointment with us but have not received a text invite you can use this form to request an invite (it may be that we do not have a mobile number for you and you can use this method to tell us your number).
For 12-15 year olds with medical conditions which make them eligible for vaccination we will be contacting families individually. These appointments need to be at specific times when we have the correct staff on site.
7/8/21 (updated) - Walk in options
Sometimes planning something a few weeks in advance can be difficult. For the next few weeks we will be offering some walk in capacity at Milford War Memorial Hospital for first or second dose COVID-19 vaccinations. Second doses must be 8 weeks since the first dose. You can just turn up on the following dates/times and we will try our best to accommodate you.
Remember a 15 minute observation period is needed following vaccination with Pfizer which is being used as first doses for all under 40's.
25/6/21 - NHS app issues for vaccines not given by us
A number of people are having problems getting one or more of their vaccination doses listed on the NHS app. For doses given elsewhere in England you need to contact the place which gave your vaccination. For doses given abroad (including Scotland) we have made enquires to the COVID Vaccination Service Desk regarding this issue and had the following response:
"There is currently no capability to have the data for vaccinations administered abroad (including Scotland) entered into the Point of Care systems. Please do not add data from vaccinations administered abroad into any Point of Care system.
Please also advise the patients to keep/obtain any physical proof that they have had these vaccines.
The NHS App uses data from NHSD DPS (Data Processing Service) which is usually entered through Pinnacle, NIVS or NIMS. However, as previously stated, there is currently no capability to have the data for vaccinations administered abroad entered into the Point of Care systems. Therefore, patient's vaccinations from abroad cannot be visible on the NHS App."
We are sorry that there is nothing we can do about this at this time. You may want to try the Patient Access app (or SystmOne app for Chawton House patients) instead which should list both your vaccinations.
28/5/21 - Request an invitation online
If you are registered with one of our practices (Wistaria & Milford, Chawton House, Lyndhurst and New Forest Medical Group) and are aged 18 or over you are eligible to book in. If you have not received an invite you can use this form. We are finding lots of younger patients have incorrect mobile numbers and no email addresses. You can use this form to give us your up to date details so we can invite you.
You can also use the same form if you have not heard anything about your second dose and it is 8 weeks since your first. We are struggling to contact some people who had their first dose with us. Use the form to tell us the best way to contact you.
19/5/21 - Anyone over 18 now booking
We are now booking anyone aged 18 and over. If you are aged under 40 this will automatically be with the Pfizer vaccine.
16/5/21 - Cancelling an appointment
You can cancel an appointment made using the national booking service by phoning 119. We are not using the national booking service. To cancel a booking with us you should click on the link in your text message regarding the appointment and follow the options on there to cancel. If you did not get a text message then you will need to phone your surgery to rearrange.
14/5/21 - Our Vaccination Centre in the local paper
We have now given over 26,000 doses with this achievement featured in this article in the local paper. Well done to the whole team especially our wonderful volunteers.
13/5/21 - Proof of vaccination
Are you looking for proof you have been vaccinated? This is not something your GP surgery can help you with. You have various options which you will find detailed here.
6/5/21 - Second doses
Please be aware that second dose appointments may be from 8 weeks after the first dose so do not be concerned if you get your invite for a second dose sooner than you were expecting. If you have not heard anything by 12 weeks please contact your surgery to make sure you have not been missed.
26/4/21 - Oakhaven Donations
For the past two weeks Oakhaven Hospice has provided lamination pouches for completed vaccination cards for a suggested donation. So far you have raised £1770.26. Thank you so much for your generosity. The pouches are located at the exit door of the observation room.
22/4/21 - Vaccination and Pregnancy update
New guidance has been released which advises that those who are pregnant should have their vaccination along with other people in their age group (unless in an at risk group when they should have been vaccinated already). It is advised that the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine should be used in this group. We will be contacting our patients who are aged over 30 and pregnant shortly. Those under 30 will need to wait until all the over 30's have been offered a vaccine.
22/4/21 - AstraZeneca Update
A new leaflet has been released which helps outline the risks and benefits of vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine. For those aged 30 and above vaccination with AstraZeneca is strongly recommended apart from in some very rare cases.
8/4/21 - AstraZeneca Update
Following the news yesterday we are cancelling all first dose AstraZeneca appointments for those aged under 30. Second doses in this group are still advised. We do not have alternative vaccine available for this group at the moment so you will need to wait for an update. The vaccination of those aged over 30 with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is still strongly recommended.
1/4/21 - Immunocompromised Households
Do you have a weakened immune system and have people aged 16 or above in your household who need prioritising for vaccination? Let us know by using this form.
27/3/21 - Apologies & Thanks
The team would like to apologise for the queues yesterday afternoon. A number of factors conspired to create an unusual situation with a longer queue than normal. Thanks for everyone's patience, we will take steps to try and avoid this occurring in the future. We would also like to thank people for their generosity with various treats for the staff and volunteers being very gratefully received over recent months.
17/3/21 - UPDATED AGAIN - National Booking Available for those aged 50 and above
We are now booking anyone over 50, please do not phone the surgery, we will call you or repond to a text link from us to book. If you are aged 50 and above you can also book using the national booking service via this link or by phoning 119. If you use the national booking service this will not be for an appointment at Milford War Memorial Hospital.
19/2/21 - Shielding update
Have you received a letter to shield which you were not expecting?
The QCovid system which has been used to identify additional high risk people. These letters have not come from your GP surgery. If you have any queries please visit COVID-19 Population Risk Assessment - NHS Digital which has a lot of detail about the tool which has been used. If this does not answer your question about the COVID-19 Population Risk Assessment, please email email@example.com.
18/2/21 - Recommended video:
15/2/21 - Some new updates:
4/2/21 - New FAQ page added
We have added a new page of Frequently Asked Questions. Please avoid phoning the surgery about the vaccination programme if possible as we need to maintain our normal services for patients. The British Society for Immunology have published "A guide to vaccinations for COVID-19" which is available here.
28/1/21 - A couple of updates:
18/1/21 - Want to discuss an invitation from Bournemouth for vaccination?
Please do not phone your surgery to discuss these letters which were not sent by us. We need to keep phone lines available for unwell patients. We plan to vaccinate all over 80's this week and are in the process of phoning those without appointments to book them in. Those under 80 and in Shielding groups are unlikely to be offered an appointment with us for at least a week so you should consider going to Bournemouth if you would like to.
17/1/21 - Have you received an invitation for vaccination at the BIC in Bournemouth?
It has come to our attention that some of our patients have received invitations to book their vaccinations in Bournemouth. We will be phoning and inviting all those aged over 80 and plan to vaccinate the whole of this population within the next 7 days at Milford. Please take this into account before responding to any written invite.
14/1/21 - We are now booking appointments via text message.
We are sending out booking links via text message to those with mobile phone numbers when they are eligible to book their injection. We will then be phoning those without mobile numbers and those who don't respond to the texts. More information is found on our Appointment Booking Page.
23/9/21 - Boosters in progress
12/3/21 - The start of second doses