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COVID Vaccinations for 16 & 17 Year Old

We are aware that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has recommended the extension of the Covid-19 vaccination programme to 16 and 17 year olds. We are awaiting further guidance from NHS England on when the programme will commence and how the vaccinations will be administered to this age group. Please do not contact your GP – eligible young people will be contacted when the programme commences to advise on the next steps.

Visiting The Surgery From 19th July

Throughout the pandemic the safety of staff and patients has been at the forefront of everything we do.

As of 19th July we will still require everyone to play their part in order continue with this important work.

We will still require: All patients and staff to wear face coverings inside the building, continued use of hand sanitizer, keeping a safe distance from other and telephone triaged appointments. The pandemic hasn't gone away. Please continue to help us, help you.

2nd Dose Vaccines

In the light of the government announcement about shortening the time between first and second doses of the Covid-19 vaccination for those aged 50 and over and others in cohorts 1 – 9 of the JCVI priority list, we are awaiting information on vaccine supply in order to plan clinics. Please don't contact your GP – they will be in touch with your new appointment date and time if this is needed. Second doses are effective when administered anytime between 3 and 12 weeks after the first so don't worry if your second dose appointment is scheduled beyond 8 weeks. This will not affect the protection provided by your vaccination

Proof of Vaccine Status

From 17th May 2021 international travel will be permitted to a limited number of countries and in some cases proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required. The mechanism for proving your vaccine status is through the NHS app. For those who cannot access the NHS app you can request written proof that you have received your Covid-19 vaccination by contacting the NHS on 119. Please do not contact your GP practice. You can find out more at:

Crisis Helpline

We are asking our patients to make a note of the freephone crisis helpline number in case you should need it in the event of a mental health crisis. The freephone crisis helpline number, 0800 0516171, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for anyone, of any age, living in North Yorkshire. Callers are diverted to local crisis teams by following a series of options. Further information is available at

Changes to prescribing over-the-counter medications

Our GPs will no longer prescribe medicines that can bought over the counter from your pharmacy or supermarket for minor, short-term health concerns like coughs and colds.

By visiting your local pharmacy instead, you can save yourself time and help to free up GP appointments for those most in need.

Find out more at

Changes to GP surgery services during COVID-19

An open letter to patients from North Yorkshire CCG:

Protected Time for Learning (PTL) Dates: 

The Practice is supported by NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group to provide and facilitate important training and learning events for practice staff to help them keep up to date with relevant information to carry out their jobs and continue to deliver the services at the practice.

When the practice is closed, there will be an On-Call GP service running during these events and the date will be displayed in the surgery premises, on the main entrance door, main reception areas and on the NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group website.

Patients will need to collect repeat prescriptions outside of these times and any awaited test results will be available the following day after 14.00pm.

In cases of medically urgent problems, please phone the practice and your call will be forwarded onto the On-Call GP service.


OOH contact number: 0300 123 0762.

Named Accountable GP

For many years we have run a "Usual Doctor" system where one of the Doctors in the practice takes responsibility for your care. Recently the Government has wanted this extending to all practices and so this has been changed to the "named accountable GP".

From our and your point of view this has made no difference, however so that you are aware of who is responsible for your care  your prescription repeat ordering slip will tell you.
If you do not have repeat prescriptions you can contact the surgery and ask one of the receptionists.

You are of course free to see any of the GPs, but it is helpful to know who is "your doctor" as any queries or letters or messages will go to that person.

Care Home Choices

Please find a link below to Care Choices, here you will find a list of registered care homes in the area:

Eastfield Medical Centre does not endorse any of the care homes listed, it is provided as a helpful tool should you need it.


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