Covid Vaccine Myths and Truths

We have created a document to help dispel any potential worries or unanswered questions you may have about the Covid vaccines. This document is evidence based and is supported by all our clinicians. It can be found here.

Covid Vaccination News

We appreciate you have been waiting patiently for some update on the vaccinations, particularly after hearing about other parts of the country. This has been an immense project which has had to be done whilst trying to maintain at least some element of routine medical care in these trying times.
! Patients do not need to contact the NHS to arrange their booster vaccine, the NHS will be in touch when they become eligible for the jab. 
❗️ 🤔⏱ As it stands, the COVID-19 vaccine administration will begin from the 18th of January in Aylesbury.
❗️9 local practices have formed to deliver this vaccine from a central point at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.
❗️This will be rolled out in line with the government priority group system. Click here to see the priority groups as decided nationally for the roll out. This is more or less the order you will receive your vaccines.
❗️How do we book it?✉️
If you fit into one of these groups, you will be contacted when it is your turn to have it (if you so wish to). Please do not contact the surgery to book in, we will invite you when ready for you.
You will receive an invite via text which will provide you with a link to a portal where you will directly book yourself in. For our patients where this is not appropriate; please do not worry, we will call you and book you in.
❗️Anything else?🤔⚠️
You will require two vaccines, and you must commit to getting the second one. This will be given approximately 11-12 weeks after your first one. You need this for long-term immunity.
We hope that when the Oxford Vaccine becomes available we may be able to deliver this more locally and this will also help speed up vaccinations too.
We will keep you updated where we can.
Please ensure if you have changed your phone number, you update us.

Further Advice on Covid & Vaccinations

We appreciate we have a variety of patients within our catchment area. Here are some links and web pages which should hopefully explain more about the vaccines, their safety and why it is so so important as many people as possible are vaccinated.




Supporting You During COVID-19

This is an immensely challenging time for us all but we are keen to provide safe and appropriate care for you. We will continue to keep this page updated with any information we think may help. We want to assure you that whilst a number of routine appointments have been suspended we are open to provide clinical support for all medical needs you have except the testing for COVID-19. 

For more tips and updates - please also see our Facebook page.


COVID-19 Symptoms

Please do NOT come into the surgery if you suspect you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with anyone who has. Instead contact the NHS 111 online service.


Caring for you safely

We are not allowing patients to directly book face to face appointments at the moment to help stop the spread of the virus. But we can discuss your case over the phone offering advice and guidance. In some cases we may be able to use video consultations.

Please use the AskNHS App to book a call back if you are 16 or over or call the surgery to arrange a telephone consultation. If clinically appropriate, we will invite you to attend the surgery for an appointment at a designated time. If you are asked to attend please ring the bell at the surgery when you arrive or call us to tell us you have arrived and then wait in your car until called by the clinician.



Please contact us if your child is poorly with ANY symptoms that cause you concern. It is important you continue to use your GP practice - especially if your child is feeling unwell or has a condition like asthma or diabetes. The staff at Meadowcroft Surgery are still here for you, even though we are having to do things a little differently. Please do not be afraid to call us if you are concerned about your child's health. 


Managing an ongoing condition

If you have a long-term condition, please call us if you have any concerns or are due your review. We are trying to continue our review systems in a safe way during this pandemic.

Guidance During COVID-19

Guidance during the COVID pandemic has recently changed.



You can find more information here.

This is important for everyone, but even more so for anyone over 70 and any adult under 70 who receives a free yearly NHS flu jab for medical reasons. You can also book a flu jab if you are over 50 (even if you have no medical conditions). Please contact reception for this.

This handy BBC news page will help explain the new changes -

The guidance for very high risk patients has also recently changed (see below)





You will have seen that on 31 May 2020, the Government has updated its guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 and have been advised to shield. The update from Government comes into effect from 1 June 2020. In summary the changes are:

  • The advice for people identified as clinically extremely vulnerable is that they should continue to shield until at least the 30 June but from 1 June, they can spend a short period of time outdoors each day with members of their household, still maintaining 2 metre distance from others.
  • If the shielded person lives alone, the Government is advising they can meet one other person from a different household, maintaining strict social distancing. The advice is that this be the same person each time.
  • Important aspects of Government’s policy and guidance remain the same. Apart from going outside once per day, a shielded person should continue to avoid all non-essential face to face contact. This means they should still not go shopping or to pharmacies.
  • The support for shielded people remains in place and unchanged – You can ask for help from volunteers here.

The Government has also confirmed that it will be reviewing shielding guidance alongside wider changes to social distancing, including plans to write to those on the shielding patients list with information about next steps on shielding after the next review on 15 June 2020.

Please do note that as a practice we are unable to:

  • Put in “special requests” for shielding for patients who do not meet the medical criteria.
  • Write individual letters for patients.
  • Provide “sick notes” for patients who are isolating. Isolation notes can be requested via NHS 111 here.
  • Provide letters to employers regarding home working advice. Employers should follow Government advice or consult their occupational health department.
  • Prescribe more than one month of medication at a time

Bereavement Support

Community Support

Buckinghamshire County Council have set up a website to give information about additional support to help those most needy or unable to get the support they need.  The link to these pages is at:

The Government also offers practical advice to patients who are affected in some way by COVID-19. Including payment of bills, access to support etc. at 


NHS Volunteer Scheme

How to request help:

Registering A Death

The process for registering a death has changed due to COVID-19. It should, where possible, be completed online.

Please see a message from the Registrar:

From Tuesday 31st March 2020 death registrations can only be made by families completing an on-line form on the Buckinghamshire Council website. This will be checked against the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) before registering.  For families without access to on-line facilities, please contact 01296 395 000 for an advisor to complete the form with you over the phone.


If you are being abused and need immediate help call 999. If you are calling from a mobile and cannot talk - please stay silent and press 55 to alert the service that you cannot talk.

Here are some other links that maybe helpful:

Please see an update about Wycombe Women’s Aid services

The Safe Lives website also has some helpful information.

Patients with Disabilities and Learning Difficulties

Learning Disability England has produced website designed to explain, provide essential information and keep people in touch with each other.

Are You A Carer?

It is sensible you make an emergency plan to give details of the care you and others are providing in case you are taken unwell yourself. Here is a link to an Emergency Plan you can complete. Please forward any queries to Carers Bucks.

Please also let us know you are a carer by phoning reception and asking for our Carers Champion so that we can help you in the best way we can.

COVID And Mental Health

Bucks 24/7 Mental Health Helpline

Residents of all ages can call for advice about how to manage symptoms, to find out when and where to get help and to access support from mental health professionals. During office hours - people who already use Mental Health Services should contact services directly using the phone numbers in their care plan.

Adult helpline: 01865 904997

Children and Young People: 01865 904998.


CAMHS 24/7 Helpline now live

CAMHS have opened a 24/7 helpline to support the NHS 111 line. Calls will be diverted to this helpline where there are mental health concerns for children/ young people.

The Single Point of Access (SPA) for CAMHS is also open from Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm on 01865 901951.​

Alternatively families can call direct to: 01865 904998. Please note this number is temporary to help cope with the current COVID-19 crisis. has also developed some rescources that can help during this time. Please see their website here