There is a lot of confusing information out there and to try and help our patients we are trying to summarise as much of it as possible, as simply as possible.
We are still operating as normal a service as possible. Most GP appointments will continue to be triaged by the doctors by telephone in order to help manage your query as efficiently and safely as possible. We have staggered face to face appointments in order to minimise the number of people in the waiting room at one time, and we are opening up online booking – please note most of these will be telephone call appointments for now to minimise risk of overcrowding in the waiting room.
The last update to this page was 6/4/21.
There is a single point of resources available via the government website. We ask that you make this your primary source of information regarding Covid 19
PLEASE WEAR A FACE COVERING WHEN ATTENDING THE SURGERY to help maintain the health of other patients and staff. This is not obligatory, but we are grateful for your cooperation.
Vaccine news – Please wait for the surgery to contact you as part of our rolling vaccination programme. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE SURGERY ABOUT COVID VACCINATION – WE WILL CONTACT YOU WHEN YOUR VACCINATION IS AVAILABLE AND DUE. You may also be offered and be able to attend the Westpoint Vaccination Centre, but please do not phone them unless you receive an invitation to do so
For more information on the main types of vaccine in use in the UK currently, this is a useful summary comparison:
By necessity, some people will need to wait longer than others – please see the information below for more detail.
Patient information leaflets:
Pregnant women who are at high risk or work in a high risk environment are now being encouraged to consider having the vaccination.
This priority list is as follows:
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals[footnote 1]
- all those 65 years of age and over
- all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality; unpaid carers
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
Current Guidelines can be found here
There is still access to support.
Local groups include PINHOE COMMUNITY SUPPORT (07387 614896) and BROADCLYST PARISH SUPPORT (01392 360269)
NHS Volunteer Responders will also continue to offer support to those who need it, including collecting and delivering food and medicines.
The NHS Volunteer Responders Scheme has been expanded to offer a new Check in and Chat Plus role. This new role has been designed to provide peer support and companionship to people who are shielding as they adapt to a more normal way of life.
If you are vulnerable or at risk and need help with shopping, medication or other essential supplies, please call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm).
Details of the support and advice available from the Government can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-support
Mental health support It has been a trying time for everyone, and there is self guided support available via the Every Mind Matters website, or of course, you can contact us to discuss things further or self refer to Talk Works
TESTING Testing is available for anyone with symptoms of COVID 19 or who lives with someone who has symptoms. To arrange testing, click here, OR CALL 119
(Please note, the practice does not perform Covid 19 testing)
You should self isolate until you have your test result. Once you have had a negative test you do not need to continue self isolating.
SELF ISOLATION (5/8/20) rules have changed and you should now self isolate for 10 days if you have a positive Covid 19 test (14 days if you have been in hospital)
If you have persisting symptoms beyond 10 days, you should continue to self isolate
- Household contacts of those with positive contacts need to stay at home for 10 days (from Monday 14 December)
- If a household contact becomes unwell in the second half of their isolation period they need to stay at home for 7 days from the day that they became unwell
FACE MASKS (undated due to frequent updates) are now obligatory on public transport, shops and many enclosed spaces. Guidance can be found here. You are able to create your own exemption card using this link. There are other links available below:
FLIGHTS/TRAVEL (5/8/20): We are not able to provide a certificate or proof that a patient is ‘covid free’ or has had a covid negative test within a certain timeframe of a flight. By the time the test result is returned, there is no guarantee you have not been infected, and therefore we cannot provide this service.
ANTIBODY TESTING (14/7/20) Population based antibody testing (to identify those who have had coronavirus) has been mentioned in the news recently. This is not currently available, and we will keep patients updated of any local plans to offer this. Current information can be found here
SYMPTOMS OF COVID 19 The commonest symptoms are a persistent new cough (coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24hrs (if you have a cough normally, it may be worse than usual) and/or temperature, and /or a change or loss of sense of smell or taste. Some people develop shortness of breath or a sore throat. Please contact 111online if you think you have COVID 19, or telephone 119.
PREGNANCY AND COVID There is clear advice available here
SICK NOTES FOR self-isolation?
There is a request by government to employers to be sensible about requesting sick notes in order to not overburden the health service with unnecessary requests. Please follow the guidance and share this with your employer if they are still asking for it.
You can complete the relevant information online for an ISOLATION NOTE if you have been diagnosed with COVID 19 or have been advised to self isolate
There is no current guidance on this, and we will update as information becomes available