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Health Contact & Information

Health Contact & Information

Kevin Connell, Vice-chairman of the Winsford Parish Council, is the parish council representative on the Exmoor Patient Group.  Please select from the menu, Parish Council > Councillors for his contact details.

Latest Exmoor Patient Group Information Update – 17 February 2021
1.
The next tranche of vaccinations, which includes non-professional carers – that is people who provide a care service for a family member or neighbour.
As the criteria for this tranche appears to be complex it may be that there will be queries asking for clarification on who this includes. 
It is unlikely to include those who pop in to check on someone or who take/ deliver shopping.
Any inquiries as to a person’s eligibility in this group should be made to the Reception Team at Exmoor Medical Centre  and their case will be considered. 
 
2.
Anyone who was previously aware of roadworks closure relating to the planned roadwork to take place in Dunster at the beginning of March, we are now advised that this has been cancelled.
Any anticipated disruption to traveling to Minehead Hospital for vaccinations therefore will no longer be an issued and patients will be able to get to Minehead as usual.
 
3.
With regard to the yellow road sign which has appeared in Dulverton directing people to a “Covid Test Centre” at the Sports Ground in Milhams Lane, Dulverton, we understand that Somerset County Council Contingencies and Emergency Team, with the NHS, have arranged this.
This is a temporary outreach Covid-19 Test Centre once a week, currently planned for three or four weeks.
Continuation beyond that will depend on whether there is a need for testing people with the symptoms, and an appointment MUST be made before attending.
This appointment should be made through the Covid-19 website as for any other covid-19 appointment.
There is car parking for a maximum 20 cars. 
This will be taking place on one day a week only, but which day cannot be confirmed for every week as it depends what’s going on elsewhere with testing.
This week, beginning 15 February 2021, it will be Wednesday, 17/02/21.
Plans are made for the following week on each Friday for the day/date in the week ahead and an appointment can be booked on the website.

As any further news is received on who is running this, how to get a test booked and who is eligible, will be notified to you as soon as available.

Vaccination Message – 4th February 2021
“The GP surgeries in West Somerset are working hard to vaccinate as many of our population as vaccine supply allows.
To facilitate this a new system is being introduced to enable patients to book into the Minehead Hospital site via a text message invitation. 
The text message will take you to a link to book your appointment at Minehead Hospital site. 
It will require confirmation of your date of birth but will never ask for bank details. 
To assure you the message is genuine, it will state your GP surgery and the link when clicked on looks like the screen shot shown below.
Please share so that friends and family know this is a genuine invitation from your GP surgery.
We will continue to telephone patients without a mobile number registered so please do not call your surgery.

 

Open Letter – 5th November 2020

Somerset County Council have written an open letter to all Somerset residents detailing the Health and care services that are currently available throughout the county. The full document can be found here SCC Health Care Services 051120