7th July 2021 update (including appointments and flu and covid booster vaccinations)
Please remember that if you develop symptoms of Covid-19 you must get a PCR test at a testing centre. The home kits should only be used if you do not have symptoms. Please see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/get-tested-for-coronavirus/ for details.
Access to the surgery and GP appointments
Our doors are now open. Please do not enter if you have Covid-19 symptoms, have been told to isolate or are awaiting a test result. If you do not have an appointment, please ring the bell and wait outside, please be patient. If you have an appointment, please enter, sanitise your hands and proceed straight to reception. Do not arrive early for your appointment due to limited space in the waiting room. Please wear a mask.
If you have an urgent matter if possible please call before 10am and you will receive a call back from the duty doctor. By calling before 10am it allows the doctors to manage their workload and for our team to process any medication necessary on the same day. Thank you.
We are very aware that some patients would like to see their GP without a telephone call first. The doctors would also prefer this and we hope to return to this as soon as possible. The reintroduction of face to face appointments bookable directly by patients will be introduced gradually. These appointments take longer due to the cleaning requirements so we must balance the overall number of appointments we can provide. We must also control the number of patients in the waiting room in order to protect our vulnerable patients. Open Access will unfortunately have to remain as telephone appointments for now. Please be assured that our GPs are seeing every patient that needs to be seen. Please be patient while we go through this period of adjustment. Any abuse of our staff may lead to removal from our surgery and from our registered list.
Flu and Covid booster vaccinations
Flu eligibility 2021/22: everyone over 50 years old (on 31/3/2022) and everyone classed as At-risk for influenza
Covid booster eligibility, Stage 1: 16 years and over who are immunosuppressed or clinically extremely vulnerable, care and residential homes, 70 years and over, frontline health and social care workers
Covid booster eligibility, Stage 2: 50 years and over, 16-49 years in flu or covid at-risk group
Our flu vaccines are scheduled to arrive in mid-September. Covid booster vaccines will be given over three months in two stages as above. If we receive enough Covid booster vaccines in September we may be able to give these at the same time as the flu vaccines. However if this is not the case we will hold flu only clinics as soon as possible. While this may mean two trips to the surgery we must balance the inconvenience against the risk of delaying protection against flu while we wait for Covid booster vaccines.
All eligible patients will be invited for flu vaccination by 10th September and we anticipate holding clinics on Saturdays starting 18th September. Covid booster vaccination invites will be sent when we have confirmation of delivery of these vaccines.
Covid vaccination status (passport)
We are unable to issue vaccination status certificates at the practice. Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for further information.
Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHSapp. The NHSapp can be downloaded from https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-app/id1388411277 for iPhone or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.online.nhsonline for android.
Alternatively you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.
If you need a medical certificate due to self-isolation, please do not call the surgery. Please visit https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
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