The GP's are now triaging all requests for a GP appointment. Therefore please do not attend the surgery unless you have a confirmed appointment, but ring the Practice first. 01279 418136
Please do not contact us for your COVID-19 vaccination – wait to be called.
UPDATED TIMINGS ON THE SECOND DOSE OF THE VACCINE
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is well underway in Hertfordshire and west Essex, starting as planned with the most vulnerable groups. This will continue, with some changes to the timing of the second dose of the vaccine meaning more people will be protected sooner.
Updated guidance has been issued on the second dose of both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines. Both vaccines need two doses to be fully effective, although both offer considerable protection against COVID-19 after the first dose. By delaying the second doses it’s possible to offer first doses to more people more quickly.
In Hertfordshire and west Essex, each group of practices will decide based on their local situation whether to go ahead with second vaccinations that have already been booked, or whether to reschedule them to another time within 12 weeks of the first vaccination.
It is therefore really important that everyone who has already booked an appointment for their second dose of the vaccine still attends at that time, unless they have been contacted to re-schedule their appointment.
All new bookings will be scheduled in line with the new guidance, which says that the second dose should be provided up to 12 weeks after the first vaccine. It is important that people receive both doses to be fully protected against COVID-19. Please note that it takes a few weeks after getting the second dose for the person’s antibodies to reach their optimum level.
We are continuing to immunise as many people as possible with their first dose and will be extending the vaccination programme as supply of the vaccines increases.
Vaccinating people on this scale is a huge challenge and new vaccination centres will open across our area this month. People in the priority groups will be contacted as soon as possible – in the meantime please do not contact your GP practice or local hospital about the vaccine at this stage as staff are extremely busy working on their vaccination plans as well as continuing to offer their usual services.
If you need medical help please continue to contact your GP practice or call 111 if you need urgent help or outside of GP practice hours or 999 in an emergency.
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What to do when you are unwell
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Welcome to Old Harlow Health Centre
With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.
Download our Practice Leaflet here....Practice Leaflet
Patients over the age of 16 years can now access a care navigation service. This free service is delivered in partnership by Community Agents Essex, Age UK Essex and the Provide Lifestyle Service. If you are struggling with a non-clinical issue and it is impacting on your health and well being - you can self refer to the service. This leaflet explains more...... Care Navigator poster
Get Well, Keep Well
Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.
We hope you enjoy having a look around the site and familiarising yourself with some of the online features such as ordering a repeat prescription. Whatever your thoughts, be sure to let us know via our feedback function. Comments and suggestions are always a great way of helping us continue to enhance the way we look after you.
The health centre is all on ground floor level with adequate access for disabled patients and there are also specific toilet facilities.
(Site updated 08/01/2021)