Abuse and tolerence within the NHS
We are aware that there has been a lot of noise and misconceptions in the media regarding Primary Care reopening its doors and returning to seeing patients. This is the latest instalment of what we see as a persistent and consistent message to discredit General Practice, and, as a result, our staff (both clinical and administrative) are experiencing unprecedented levels of aggression and abuse.
A Practice Index survey revealed more than 75% of staff suffer daily abuse from patients. With the majority (78%) facing threatening behaviour, racist or sexist abuse from patients, and 83% reporting having called the police for help (Practice Index, 2021). Because of these staggering figures, on the 20th May 2021, the Institute of General Practice Management (IGPM) launched their campaign “If I die it will be your fault” to end all abuse towards general practice staff.
The video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ru4QhVZ2a8&t=5s
We would like to remind our patients that we will not tolerate any abuse towards our staff. Our practice remained open throughout the COVID pandemic and we continued to see patients face to face whenever there was a need.
Between January and November 2020, Field house Medical Group nurses and GPs made over 28,000 face to face contacts with patients and over 25,000 telephone contacts. Despite their own personal concerns and anxieties, our staff have worked relentlessly to ensure you and your family were safe. We risk assessed all of our staff, put measures throughout our offices and, with the exception of a handful of staff who needed shielding, we were here, working in the building for the whole of the pandemic. Remember: NHS staff are not heroes, they are humans, just like you. Please treat them with the kindness and respect they deserve.
Most people will be aware of the news about the approval of one of the COVID Vaccines (the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine) announced nationally today. This is very welcome news and we will be working with our NHS and council colleagues to get the vaccine to those eligible as soon as it is available. Patients will be contacted when the vaccine is available to them. Please do not contact your GP practice regarding the COVID vaccine.
The UK vaccination programme is being rolled out in phases and over the next few weeks and months many more clinics will be established to provide vaccinations.
The national Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has determined the priority order for people receiving vaccinations and in this initial phase we are focusing on the over 80s, care home residents and care home staff. Vaccinations of the over 80s and care home staff are underway and the vaccination of care home residents will also begin soon. Everyone in the UK will be offered a vaccination, however the whole programme of work will take months to complete due to its scale and complexity.
We appreciate that many people are enthusiastic about having a vaccination and in the Humber Coast and vale region we are working hard to vaccinate people as quickly as we can in line with the JCVI prioritisation.
We are delighted to be offering the COVID-19 vaccine to our patients, with the rollout well underway as we vaccinate our more vulnerable patients, care home residents and staff first.
We understand there is a huge amount of interest in the vaccine however, please do not contact the Practice to book an appointment. The vaccination programme will take months, it will not happen in a few days. Please be patient, do not worry, no one will be excluded from the programme and when it is the right time for you to be vaccinated, we will contact you to book your appointments. In the meantime, do continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.
You can get information about the COVID-19 Vaccination online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination.
How to get your COVID-19 vaccination
Currently those people at risk of serious illness from coronavirus in the priority groups 1 – 4 are being contacted by the NHS in a range of ways to book an appointment.
You may already have been contacted by your own practice or somebody working on their behalf to offer you an appointment at one of the local designated primary care centres. They are currently working through the eligible cohorts and you will be contacted when it is your turn.
However, local people may also receive a letter from the National NHS Vaccination Booking Service offering them to book their vaccine with the national system at a nearby vaccination centre or community pharmacy. If you have not already got an appointment, you can book in this way if you wish to.
If you receive a letter from the NHS to book with the national system and you have already had your vaccination, or you already have an appointment booked at a local primary care centre, then please ignore the letter. Please ensure that you keep any appointments that you have already booked.