We need to continue to do what we can to keep people safe from catching Covid-19. One way we can all help with this is by continuing to wear a face-covering in our practice and we are asking all patients to do that, as well as our staff. Keeping our staff safe is essential to keep operating efficiently.
We are also continuing to make sure we don’t have large numbers of patients in our waiting areas and on the premises – again this is about reducing the chance of infection when there are rising rates in the community.
The various measures we have taken, including increased use of personal protective equipment, patients wearing face masks, holding more virtual consultations, social distancing and extra premises cleans have helped protect staff, patients and visitors over the past year. Taking these steps has also enabled us to continue providing many of the non-urgent services that would otherwise have been postponed.
We want to make sure you can all be confident about accessing or visiting local healthcare services safely.
Thank you for your understanding and your cooperation with this – it makes a huge difference.
As per government guidance, all patients should wear face masks or a face covering when attending the surgery in order to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.
Please note the following groups are exempt:
Children under 11
People with disabilities
Those with breathing difficulties
Anyone travelling with someone who relies on lip reading
For further information please visit the GOV.UK website via the link below:
Exemptions for Face Coverings
The government guidance on exemptions for face coverings suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption, therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this. GPs are not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask/covering.
Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:
The NHS COVID-19 Vaccination programme
All patients over 18 years can book their Covid vaccination online at any mass vaccination site or call 119 for advice.
Herts & West Essex Healthier Future website https://covid.healthierfuture.org.uk/ provides useful information.
New guidance has been issued for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
This follows further reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, and the Commission for Human Medicines, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
The MHRA and Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations have emphasised that the risk of this condition is extremely small and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people. They have recommended that:
· Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they have had a blood clot or have an existing risk of thrombosis (blood clotting)
· People aged 30 and over or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.
· People aged 18-29 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. (This has been recommended as a precaution as people under 30 are at less risk from Covid-19 and not because they are considered to be at particular risk of developing the rare blood clot.)
· People under 30 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.
Please see the leaflet below that has been produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have
- The NHS was the first in the world to deliver both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines, and has continued to make strong progress.
- Over thirty-one million people have now had a vaccine in England, putting us way ahead of comparable countries.
- With supplies available increasing we continue to accelerate, and as part of that the first community pharmacies are now opening, providing another option people can choose to get protected alongside a thousand other hospitals and GP-led services now running.
- Many more facilities will follow over the coming days and weeks, providing extra capacity to give people who need it that crucial first dose – which the evidence shows gives you the vast majority of your protection from the virus - as quickly as possible.
- NHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver what it is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as continuing to be there for everyone who needs care, but we need the public to play their part too:
- please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you;
- when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments at exactly the time you’re asked to, so that we can avoid queues in this cold weather;
- and please continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus and save lives, even if you have already had your vaccine.
People who received their first dose covid vaccination at St Margaret's Hospital will be contacted to book their second dose approximately 11 weeks after their first dose was given. We are not able to book these more than 1 week advance, because the exact day that the vaccine will be supplied is usually confirmed the week before.
The surgery is now contacting patients who are in cohorts 1 - 9 to offer them the COVID-19 vaccination.
The vaccine will be available at St Margaret's Hopsital, Epping, and will be on a pre-booked appointment basis. If you have a family member over 50 or under 50 but with serious underlying health conditions, you can call us on 01992 260002 to book an appointment on their behalf during opening hours.
Majority of our housebound patients have already been vaccinated and we are compiling a list for others. This is a new vaccine so for safety reasons we are trying to deliver it in a healthcare setting for as many people that can reach there.
We appreciate your patience as we manage the additional demand the vaccination programme presents.
If you have any questions about the vaccine please go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-guide-for-older-adults
If a parent /carer has concerns about the welfare of a child or young person:
Call 0345 603 7627 or click on link below for further information
If you have concerns about the welfare of an adult:
Call 0345 6037630 or click on link below for further information
For advice and support regarding domestic abuse:
Call Compass Essex Domestic Abuse Helpline on
0330 333 7 444 or click on link below for further information
Welcome to The Market Square Surgery
The Market Square GP surgery in Waltham Abbey provides high quality healthcare to patients in the West Essex area. Our doctors, nurses and all our other staff are dedicated to offering a professional service.
The practice is located in the Waltham Abbey Health Centre which is purpose built and is accessible to all patients as it meets current requirements for disabled/wheelchair users.
As well as a source of information about our practice and the services we provide, we hope you will use this website as a useful resource for other health-related information.
We will always respect your privacy, dignity and your religious and cultural beliefs particularly when intimate examinations are advisable - these will only be carried out with your express agreement and you will be offered a chaperone to attend the examination if you so wish.
You may also request a chaperone when making the appointment or on arrival at the surgery (please let the receptionist know) or at any time during the consultation.
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