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Covid Vaccinations – Second Appointments

For all patients booked for their second Covid vaccinations at Balham Health Centre from Tuesday 5th January to Saturday 9th January, appointments will go ahead as previously planned.

Please contact the reception team if you have forgotten details of your appointment

Services on Friday 1st January, Saturday 2nd January and Sunday 3rd January

On Friday 1 January, Saturday 2 January and Sunday 3 January between 08:00-20:00, we have put on extra services over the new year’s bank holiday weekend if you need urgent medical help that is not a life-threatening 999 emergency.

This is to help local hospitals and the ambulance service as they are extremely busy at the moment. To access these services in Wandsworth Borough please telephone 0203 973 9363 where you will be assessed by a clinician and offered an appointment if clinically required. This may be a video appointment or a face to face appointment.

Outside of these hours please call 111.

You could also consider using your local pharmacy for non-urgent health advice.

Please only call 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency.

We are open as usual on Saturday 2nd, from 09:00 and 13:00, for pre-bookable appointments only.

Wandsworth Access Hubs and COVID Site Opening times

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours 2020

 Monday 21st December Normal hours
 Tuesday 22nd December Normal hours (last day to order repeat prescriptions)
 Wednesday 23rd December Normal hours
Thursday 24th December Normal hours
Friday 25th December CLOSED
Saturday 26th December CLOSED
Sunday 27th December CLOSED
Monday 28th December CLOSED
Tuesday 29th December Normal hours (last day to order repeat prescriptions)
Wednesday 30th December Normal hours
Thursday 31st December Normal hours
Friday 1st January CLOSED
Saturday 2nd January Normal hours

Key information for patients about the coronavirus vaccine

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

We will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then. Please wait to be contacted.

At this time, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals to:

  • Some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
  • People who work in care homes
  • Health care workers at high risk

The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Meanwhile, we must all continue to adhere to the local tier restriction rules and remember hands, face, space.

For more information visit the NHS England website and view the information documents below:

We’re Here For You

Please be assured Tooting South Medical Centre is open and here to help you when needed. In line with national guidance, we are operating differently in order to protect patients and staff.

All GP appointments are operated by telephone triage system. This means the reception team will book you in for a telephone consultation with a GP. The GP will determine if they can help you remotely or if you need to be assessed face to face. If the GP feels you need to be seen, they will give you a date and time of when to come into the surgery.

If you are attending the surgery, please wear a face covering and respect social distancing. If you are asked to wait outside or in the car, please do so. Please sanitise your hands upon entering and leaving the building.

In order to keep you safe whilst in the building, the waiting areas have been marked so you know where it is safe to sit. You will need to check in for your appointment with the receptionist rather than the self check in screen. Our reception team are wearing face coverings and your clinician will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

We ask that patients do not come into the surgery to book an appointment. Please contact us on 020 8682 0521 to arrange an appointment or alternatively, via online such as Doctorlink, Patient Access, MyGP etc.

We continue to provide home visits to those that need them. Please be aware this service is only available for patients who are housebound or those unable to attend the surgery. If you think you may need a home visit, please contact the surgery before 10am to book your request.

Changes to Emergency Appointments

We wish to inform you that we have made changes to our emergency appointments as per your feedback. Please note that any requests for emergency appointments will now be triaged over the phone by a Doctor first.

This will come into effect on Monday 10th February 2020.