Convalescent plasma materials

We need more people, especially men, who have recovered from COVID-19 to register and donate blood plasma which could save lives. Convalescent plasma is the antibody-rich plasma of people who have recovered from COVID-19, which can be transfused into people with COVID-19 who are struggling to develop their own immune response.

Anyone who has had coronavirus or the symptoms can offer to donate at a donor centre by calling 0300 123 23 23 or completing the online form at www.nhsbt.nhs.uk

Convalescent plasma materials

 

COVID-19 vaccine

Update 11 January 2021

With effect from 8 January 2021, the Government has asked all vaccination centres to reschedule all second dose appointments to 11 to 12 weeks after the first dose in line with the latest scientific advice they have received. This is to allow more people to receive their first dose of the vaccine.

If you already have your second dose booked, you will receive an appointment cancellation from our online booking system. Please do not try to rebook your appointment online as we will be in touch with your rescheduled appointment in due course which will be at 11 to 12 weeks from your first dose.

We appreciate that this will be disappointing and can only apologise for any inconvenience and distress caused, unfortunately we have been given no discretion on the application of this new arrangement for second doses.

Update 8 January 2021

Patients with second vaccinations booked up to and including 14 January 2021 should still attend their appointments, if you have a booking after this you should wait to be contacted by a member of the vaccination team.

Update 5 January 2021

Vaccination hubs will open at Broomfield Hospital and Southend Hospital this week, in addition to the existing vaccination hub at Basildon Hospital. We will continue to offer vaccinations to people over 80 as well as priority frontline health and care staff.

Vaccination programme at Basildon, Broomfield and Southend Hospitals

The following information may also be helpful to you:

Guide for older adults
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-guide-for-older-adults 

Women of childbearing age, currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-women-of-childbearing-age-currently-pregnant-planning-a-pregnancy-or-breastfeeding 

Guide for healthcare workers
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-guide-for-healthcare-workers 

Guide for social care staff
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-a-guide-for-social-care-staff 

What to expect after vaccination
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-what-to-expect-after-vaccination 

NHS.UK vaccination information

Some questions answered:

These questions and answers relate to the vaccination hubs at our Mid and South Essex Hospitals. We will add to these questions as the programme rolls out.

Q. I have received a text message – is it a scam? 

A. If you have received a text message from Basildon, Broomfield or Southend Hospital it means that you are eligible to have the COVID-19 vaccine. The text you have received will have clear NHS Mid and South Essex (MSE) branding with a link that allows you to book an appointment and there will also be a telephone line option. If you are concerned that the message is a scam, please call 01245 515 919.

The Government has asked us to initially focus on those who are at highest risk of serious COVID complications – this principally being people who are over 80 years old, alongside people who work in care homes and some people who work in health and care who are classified as ‘high risk’. 

Q. When will the second dose will be given?

With effect from 8 January 2021, the Government has asked all vaccination centres to reschedule all second dose appointments to 11 to 12 weeks after the first dose in line with the latest scientific advice they have received. This is to allow more people to receive their first dose of the vaccine.

If you already have your second dose booked, you will receive an appointment cancellation from our online booking system. Please do not try to rebook your appointment online as we will be in touch with your rescheduled appointment in due course which will be at 11 to 12 weeks from your first dose.

We appreciate that this will be disappointing and can only apologise for any inconvenience and distress caused, unfortunately we have been given no discretion on the application of this new arrangement for second doses.

Q. I have no transport to get to one of the hospital vaccination hubs, what can I do?

A. If you are unable to get to the hospital vaccination hub you will still be offered the vaccination, possibly in your own home, on another date by your primary care provider.  There are no patient transport services available for the vaccination programme. 

Q. I don’t want to travel to hospital for the vaccine as it’s a COVID risk.

A. Our hospital vaccination hubs are safe and COVID secure. Any person needing to come to hospital should attend if they possibly can. The Basildon vaccination hub is inside the main entrance to the hospital in a newly built vaccination centre. Southend and Broomfield Hospitals' hubs can be accessed without entering the main hospital buildings. Please follow the signs to the vaccination hubs. Those attending for their appointment must wear a mask and observe social distance guidelines.

Q. I am housebound – how can I get my jab? 

A. You will still be offered the vaccination even if you cannot get to hospital or your local medical centre.  Your primary care provider will arrange this for you, but it is likely to be in the New Year.  The initial roll out of the vaccination programme is being undertaken from special vaccination facilities only.

Q. I have not been invited – should I have been? 

A. The NHS will contact you when it's your turn to have the vaccination. Please act on your invite when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them. Continue to stay at home to protect the NHS and abide by social distancing and hand hygiene guidance when you make essential journeys.

The Government has asked us to initially focus on those who are at highest risk of serious COVID complications.  Everybody will be invited to have the vaccination but this programme will take several months.

If you have not been contacted about having the COVID-19 vaccination, please read the information in the leaflet why you are being asked to wait https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-why-you-are-being-asked-to-wait

Q. Should patients contact their medical practice about existing medicines clashing with the vaccination? 

A. It is important that anyone unsure about taking a particular type of vaccine should discuss it with their GP. All those people over 80 attending for a vaccine will receive a pre-assessment review by a doctor prior to having the vaccine.

Further general information about the vaccination programme may be found here https://www.england.nhs.uk/2020/12/hospitals-to-start-biggest-ever-nhs-vaccination-programme-this-week/

 

5 January 2021