COVID restriction update 16/07/2021
Throughout the pandemic we have strived to make the surgery as safe as possible for all our patients and staff. We will continue to do so going forward.
From the 19th July nothing will change at the surgery - patients will need to still wear a mask, socially distance and use hand sanitiser in the surgery and our staff will continue to wear PPE. We do understand that it can be frustrating but we know that when people come to us they are sick and vulnerable (and some cannot receive the covid vaccinations due to medical reasons) so we feel it would be wrong to not take these small precautions that can protect people.
In terms of opening up, as many of you know, we have never been shut and in fact have consulted with much higher numbers of patients than we did pre-covid (face to face, by phone, and by video), not counting vaccinating 90% of the adult population twice in the last 6 months.
The local community has come so far in trying to minimise the impact of Covid and we are sure you understand that we still need to keep the surgery as safe for ALL patients as we can.
COVID update 04/06/2021
We are still open and here for you. We are continuing to provide services as we have been doing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are prioritising delivering of care and services based on clinical needs.
How are we working?
COVID-19 has changed how patients access their GP. The pandemic has super charged the use of remote consultations in primary care. These will never replace face-to-face appointments which should be available to all patients where appropriate. However, remote consultations can be a convenient way for people to access medical advice and treatment.
Face-to-face appointments are available to all patients where there is a clinical need. You will be asked to first discuss your conditions over the phone or online with a member of the healthcare team to assess what would be most appropriate for you and which practice member would best provide it.
We may also still advise that you attend your local pharmacy for clinical advice on minor health concerns.
Please be assured that everyone who needs the vaccine will be offered it. The NHS will be in touch with you when it is your turn to be vaccinated. Please don’t call us before you are invited. In the meantime, you can get information about the COVID-19 Vaccination online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination.
You are currently eligible for a COVID vaccination if;
- you're aged 25 or over
- you'll turn 25 before 1 July 2021
- you're at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- you have a learning disability
- you're a frontline health or social care worker
- you get a Carer's Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you're a carer
COVID vaccination status requests
From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from:
- the NHS App which you can download from app stores · the NHS website www.nhs.uk
- 119 - by requesting a paper letter
You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.
If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose more than five working days ago. It may take up to seven working days for the letter to arrive.
This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.
**We would like to thank all of our patients for their continued support and understanding throughout the pandemic. Please be polite and respectful, we as a team are available and working hard to support you, your family and friend's health and care records**
Updated Guidance - Face Coverings 25/07/2020
In light of the implementation of the new government guidelines regarding face coverings we are recommending that patients and visitors wear face coverings when in the practice. Please note that this is preferable but not mandatory and we acknowledge that there will always be exceptions and exclusions - regardless you will continue to be welcomed as normal. We will continue to operate the intercom system for the foreseeable future, however will be able to accommodate more patients waiting inside with these new precautions. We thank you for your support.
Following the Governments most recent announcement we are receiving an increased number of requests, from patients, asking for letters of exemption from their GP to wear face coverings in various public settings.
The current Government guidance suggests that there is NO requirement for evidence of exemption and that is should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption directly with the person questioning them. Therefore Practices are NOT required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exceptions.
To help support patients we are created these links below:-
Patients are able to create their own personalised exception cards following this link Face Covering Exemption Cards
What to do if you have symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
DO NOT GO TO A GP SURGERY, PHARMACY OR HOSPITAL.
You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Read the advice about staying at home
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
USE THE 111 CORONAVIRUS SERVICE
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
PLEASE SEE ADVICE FOR PARENTS BELOW
Covid advice for parents when child unwell or injured.
COVID A book for children