UPDATE - 19.7.2021 - MASK WEA\RING IN HEALTHCARE SETTINGS
Visiting our practice? Please continue to wear a face covering and social distance
All of our COVID-19 secure measures remain in place and this will not change when Government guidance changes on 19 July 2021.
Patients are asked to continue to wear a face covering, unless they are exempt, and to follow social distancing when visiting our GP Practice.
This follows the national Infection Prevention Control (IPC) Guidance for all healthcare settings and will help to ensure the safety of our staff and patients at all times.
Thank you for your continued support.
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COVID-19 VACCINE - WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT LEAFLET
Why you have to wait for your COVID-19 vaccine
Updated 13 January 2021
- Eligible groups
- I am in one of the listed groups, why do I have to wait?
- Where you can get the COVID-19 vaccination
- If the centre you are offered is not easy to get to
- Can I pay for a COVID-19 vaccine privately or at a pharmacy?
- Further information
People most at risk from the complications of COVID-19 are being offered the vaccine first.
In the UK, there are 2 approved COVID-19 vaccines. They both require 2 doses to provide longer-lasting protection. Both have been shown to be effective in clinical trials and have a good safety record.
An independent group of experts has recommended that the NHS first offers these vaccines to those at highest risk of catching the disease and of suffering serious complications or dying from COVID-19. This includes older adults in care homes and frontline health and social care workers.
When more vaccine becomes available, the vaccines will be offered to other people at risk as soon as possible.
You should have the vaccine when it is offered if you are:
- living in a care home for older adults
- a frontline health care worker
- a frontline social care worker
- a carer working in a care home for older residents
Then the vaccine will also be offered in age order to:
- those aged over 80 years
- those aged over 75 years
- those aged over 70 years
- adults on the NHS shielded patient list
- those aged over 65 years
- adults under 65 years with long-term conditions (see conditions below)
Those aged 50 to 64 will be offered it later.
Clinical conditions list:
- a blood cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
- a heart problem
- a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
- a kidney disease
- a liver disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as HIV infection, steroid medication, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
- rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or psoriasis
- have had an organ transplant
- had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- a neurological or muscle wasting condition
- a severe or profound learning disability
- a problem with your spleen, example sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
- are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
- are severely mentally ill
At the same time as the adults under 65 years with long-term conditions the vaccine will also be offered to:
- adults who provide regular care for an elderly or disabled person
- younger adults in long stay nursing and residential settings
Please wait your turn. If you are not in the groups above, you will have to wait for a COVID-19 vaccination until more supplies are available. When more vaccine becomes available we will be offering it to more groups of the population.
I am in one of the listed groups, why do I have to wait?
The COVID-19 vaccines will become available as they are approved for use and as each batch is manufactured. So every dose is needed to protect those at highest risk. You will be called in as soon as there is enough vaccine available.
Some people who are housebound or live in a care home and who can’t get to a local vaccination centre may have to wait for supply of the right type of vaccine. This is because only some vaccines can be transported between people’s homes.
Where you can get the COVID-19 vaccination
Vaccines will be offered in a range of settings. Some vaccination teams will visit people to offer the vaccine, for example in care homes, other people may have to go to the nearest centre. Because some of the vaccine has to be stored in a very low temperature freezer, you may not be able to get the vaccine in your normal GP surgery.
If the centre you are offered is not easy to get to
Please try to attend the vaccination centre you are offered. If you cannot attend that centre you may have to wait to get the vaccine in a more convenient location.
Can I pay for a COVID-19 vaccine privately or at a pharmacy?
The COVID-19 vaccination is only available through the NHS to eligible groups and it is a free vaccination.
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Headlines last week spoke of “Covid vaccine by Xmas from GPs”. What does this mean for me?
Whilst we certainly would want to be involved in any vaccination campaign, we don’t have any information ourselves yet and contrary to media reports no ‘deals’ have yet been done, but we expect more information soon.
Will you be getting paid to vaccinate us?
GPs hold a contract with the NHS to provide certain services. The money from that contract pays for the building, the heating and electricity, the nurses, receptionists and staff, clinical equipment and a variety of other expenses that go with providing services to patients.
If the government wants GPs to do something new, (e.g. deliver a new vaccine) it will buy that service from the GP to pay for the extra staff, clinics and hours to cover expenses. It is very unlikely that GPs will make a profit out of the Covid vaccine. Based on current information they may make a loss, but recognise that it is the right thing to do for their patients and communities.
But what we don’t know, if what we might have to consider stop doing, to free up time to provide this vaccination service, given that we are working at 150% compared with this time last year, according to our LMC’s survey.
But isn’t it just like a flu jab?
No, not by a long stretch.
Flu jabs are delivered in their own little syringes, and kept refrigerated. They can safely last in a vaccine fridge for several months. We can keep them and use them, either in dedicated flu clinics or opportunistically if we see you for something else. We can run the clinics a bit like a conveyor belt, as I’m sure many of you will have experienced. We can get a large number of people vaccinated in a very short period of time. People then leave the practice immediately. Once a year, job done.
So what’s different about a new Covid vaccine compared with the flu jab?
These new vaccines are not yet ready, and we don’t know when they will be. They are completely different. They need to be stored frozen in special dry ice, colder than a home freezer (about -70°C). Surgeries don’t have those freezers. So they will be delivered whilst they are defrosting for use. However they can only be stored in a vaccine fridge for a few days before expiring. They don’t come in their own little syringes. We will have to carefully draw them up from a main vial, dilute and mix them for each individual which will probably take from start to finish about 20 minutes, needing two members of staff (one to draw up, one to check - this is established safe practise with these preparations to minimise error). Once the patient has received their Covid-jab they must wait for 15 minutes to ensure no serious reaction -these vaccines are brand new, and whilst there is a huge regulatory framework to ensure their safety, we will have to take extra care. This in itself will be difficult as we have to maintain social distancing and we don’t know how quickly these clinics will take place. It will be nowhere near as quick as a flu clinic.
Will this be at my local GP surgery?
To begin with, NHS England thinks that areas will have one central Covid-jab centre. This might be in a local practice. It might be yours, it might not. You may have to travel. How the chosen centre will continue to look after its patients ongoing and urgent health needs, we don’t yet know. No details of those plans have been shared yet.
Is it just one jab?
No. You will need two. They will be 3-4 weeks apart but you must not have had any other vaccinations in the previous week.
How many patients will get it the vaccine when it’s ready?
Government says it wants 40 million people vaccinated (that’s 80 million appointments). Putting that into context, every year there are 40 million A&E attendances and 360 million GP appointments. This is going to take a long time. There are no spare GPs or practice nurses. We don’t yet know how we are going to plan for this on top of what we are doing now - managing hundreds of acute and chronic patients every day: on the phone, over video and being brought into the surgery by invitation.
Will it be available by Christmas?
No one knows. But if it is, there will be a very small number of doses and we think the Government might suggest protecting Care Home residents first.
Whatever you read in the paper or online, don’t forget - this is going to be very difficult. We need to make sure there is a safe system and a safe vaccine first.
Even when it comes, it won’t prevent Covid, it will only make its effects milder. So please bear with us - we are in the dark too.
And there is still every reason to think ‘Hands, Space, Safe’ for a long time to come.
COVID-19 UPDATE 16.7.2020 - Face Masks & Mask Exemption Cards
You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes:
- young children under the age of 11
- not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
- if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
- if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
- to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
- to avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you
- to eat or drink, but only if you need to
- to take medication
- if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering
There are also scenarios when you are permitted to remove a face covering when asked:
- If asked to do so by shop staff for the purpose of age identification
- If speaking with people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions and clear sound. Some may ask you, either verbally or in writing, to remove a covering to help with communication
Click HERE to take you to the Covid-19 Mask Exemption Cards
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - 27.05.2020 (2)
Notice To Patients
We are asking all patient who attend the surgery during this current situation to wear a face covering / mask. Face coverings are things like scarves for example. Face coverings / mask must stay on at all times covering both your nose and mouth whilst attending the surgery.
We are also adhering to strict social distancing when arriving, leaving and during your visit.
Please help us to help you to keep safe.
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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - 14.4.2020
If you are self-isolating and require a certificate for your employer please download the document from the link below:
For the foreseeable future the surgery will not be offering all of our routine services, in an attempt to protect our patients and staff from Coronavirus
WHERE POSSIBLE USE THE NHS APP
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY WITHOUT TELEPHONING IN ADVANCE
THE SURGERY DOORS WILL BE LOCKED AND ACCESS WILL ONLY BE POSSIBLE IF YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT
ALL APPOINTMENT REQUESTS WILL BE TRIAGED OVER THE TELEPHONE BY A DOCTOR OR NURSE PRACTITIONER - IF YOU NEED TO BE SEEN AT THE SURGERY WE ASK THAT YOU DON’T BRING ANYONE WITH YOU UNLESS THIS IS ESSENTIAL
WE INTEND WHERE POSSIBLE TO MANAGE YOUR PROBLEM VIA THE TELEPHONE OR USING VIDEO CONSULTATIONS
YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BOOK A FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENT VIA SYTMONLINE OR DOCTORLINK
REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS CAN BE REQUESTED BY POSTING YOUR REQUEST THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR OR ELECTRONICALLY VIA THE NHS APP OR EMAIL AND WILL BE MANAGED IN THE USUAL WAY AND WILL BE SENT DIRECTLY TO THE PHARMACY OF YOUR CHOICE
PLEASE USE THE DOCTORLINK SERVICE IF YOU ARE ABLE TO
(SEE INFORMATION BELOW) PRIOR TO CONTACTING THE SURGERY DIRECTLY
DOCTORLINK ALLOWS YOU TO CHECK YOUR SYMPTOMS 24/7 AND WILL SEND THE SURGERY A MESSAGE IF WE NEED TO CONTACT YOU
ESSENTIAL NURSING WORK SUCH AS DRESSINGS, SOME BLOOD TESTS, INJECTIONS AND IMMUNISATIONS WILL CONTINUE BUT YOU SHOULD CANCEL YOUR APPOINTMENT IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS
IF YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SELF-ISOLATE YOU DO NOT REQUIRE A FIT-NOTE
We appreciate that this will cause disruption but hope that you understand the necessity for these changes
Disruption to Normal Services
For the foreseeable future the surgery will not be offering all of our routine services, in an attempt to protect our patients and staff from Coronavirus.
Where possible use the NHS App
Please do not attend the surgery without telephoning in advance
The surgery doors will be locked and access will only be possible if you have an appointment
All appointment requests will be triaged over the telephone by a doctor or nurse practitioner - if you need to be seen at the surgery we ask that you don’t bring anyone with you unless this is essential
We intend where possible to manage your problem via the telephone or using video consultations
Repeat prescriptions can be requested by posting your request through the front door or electronically via the NHS App or email and will be managed in the usual way and will be sent directly to the pharmacy of your choice
Essential nursing work such as dressings, some blood tests, injections and immunisations will continue but you should cancel your appointment if you have any symptoms of coronavirus.
If you are required to self-isolate you do not require a fit-note
If you are self-isolating and require a certificate for your employer please download the document from the link below: