The first phase of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has begun. However, initially the vaccination will be prioritised for those aged 80 and over, care home workers and residents, and frontline health and care staff. These vaccinations will be delivered through a limited number of Hospital and GP Hubs. See this leaflet (EXTERNAL LINK) explaining who was chosen for the first group and why.
If you are in a priority group, when it is the right time, you will receive an invitation to come forward for your vaccination. For most people this will be a letter, (some might receive a text from their GP practice), the practice or the national NHS. This letter will include all the information you will need to book appointments, including your NHS number.
This is going to be a long-term programme and it will likely take until at least spring before all high-risk groups have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine.
Please help us and do not contact the practice or other NHS services to get an appointment for a COVID vaccination until you get this letter. Please also continue to follow the national guidance to control the virus and save lives.
Information on the vaccine is available on www.selondonccg.nhs.uk/what-we-do/covid-19/
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination
The age-based prioritisation for the COVID-19 vaccine will include around 99% of people at risk of dying from the disease:
- Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- All those 80 years of age and over; frontline health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over; clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- All those 65 years of age and over
- All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over
From Monday the 16th March all appointments will only be offered through econsult which is accessed through through the banner below.
If you do not have internet access please call our reception who will help you to have your appointment telephone triaged by a GP. No online appointments will be available.
If you have a runny nose, cough, fever -37.8 degrees centigrade or above, aches and pains or breathing problems do not come to the Surgery. Self-isolate for 7 days and if your condition deteriorates call 111.
The NHS app allows patients to have electronic access to book appointments with their GP, order repeat prescriptions and access their GP record. The app was developed by NHS Digital and NHS England.
For more information go to www.nhs.uk/nhsapp
Welcome To The Practice
The walks have been suspended due to Covid. We will post informastion here once it is safe to ressume the walk.
The Derry Down’s is improving the waiting time in the Surgery
You can help the doctors by discussing one problem per 10 minute slot.
Please be understanding that some patient’s need a little longer than the allocated 10 minutes.
All appointments are available for 1 month in advance.
Clinical Research at the Derry Downs Surgery
Derry Downs Surgery is proud to be a Research Ready Accredited Practice.
We work collaboratively with the NIHR Clinical Research Network which is the Research arm of the NHS.
Clinical Research is very important to improve care, treatments and ultimately patients’ quality of life.
Derry Downs Surgery supports several different types of Primary Care studies which have been ethically approved. Our GP Research Lead is Dr. Amrit Bindra.
If you are a patient at the Derry Downs Surgery, you may receive invitation letters to ask if you wish to take part in a research study. Joining in a research study is completely voluntary.
To find out more information about clinical research studies please visit:
Dr. Amit Bindra
You can order your repeat prescriptions online. You will need to contact reception first to sign up to use this service. You will need to bring a photographic ID and proof of address (e.g utility bill) with you. Click here to access the online service.
Repeat Prescriptions via EMAIL
You can send an email ordering your repeat prescriptions. Click here for more information.
How To Contact Us
29 Derry Downs
St Mary Cray
Tel: 01689 820 036
- Dr Amrit Pal Singh Bindra
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