Noticeboard

24th December 2021 update 

Covid vaccination clinics are taking place at Grey Gable Surgery.  You will be sent a text from us with an 'accurx' link for booking (or called if you do not have a mobile number). Please be patient and await your invite.

Covid vaccinations booster eligibility - for details please see: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-booster-vaccine/

Flu vaccination eligibility 2021/22:  everyone over 50 years old (on 31/3/2022) and everyone classed as At-risk for influenza

Covid-19 testing

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

Please do not enter if the surgery you have Covid-19 symptoms, have been told to isolate or are awaiting a test result.  When entering the surgery please wear a mask, sanitise your hands. Do not arrive early for your appointment due to limited space in the waiting room. 

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.

Face to face appointments with the GPs without a prior telephone call are available however they can no longer be booked online due to untested patients with covid symptoms booking online and arriving at the surgery.  This puts our clinicians and our ability to provide a service to all our patients at risk.

We are trialling a half and half model of telephone and face to face appointments as we appreciate that many patients prefer telephone calls. Additionally we must still control the number of patients in the waiting room in order to protect our vulnerable patients.  This model will be under constant review.

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. 

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.

 

Advice about Sick Notes / Fit Notes during Covid-19

If you need a medical certificate due to self-isolation, please do not call the surgery. Please visit https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note

Parents of school age children - Guidance for parents of school children showing Coronavirus symptoms 

Staying alert and safe - Easy Read information

Updated 7 July 2021

Covid-19 Vaccinations (provided by The Vale of Evesham Primary Care Network)

Before booking your appointment please read the information leaflets here:

Covid-19 Vaccination - a guide for adults

What to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination

Covid-19 Vaccination and blood clotting

Covid-19 Vaccination - guide for women of childbearing age, currently pregnant or breastfeeding

Remember that it takes up to three weeks after vaccination for your body to build immunity.  You must continue to follow government guidelines.

You may not be able to have the vaccine if:

  • You are pregnant or planning pregnancy
  • You have a history of Severe Allergy or Anaphylaxis to any part of the vaccine or medicines
  • You have had a positive COVID swab in the last 28 days
  • You have taken part in a coronavirus vaccine trial

If any of these apply please speak to your usual GP before attending.

Booking your appointment

Please note that our Primary Care Network consists of seven surgeries across the Vale of Evesham.  Riverside Surgery in Evesham is our main vaccination site. In time we hope to provide vaccinations at Grey Gable Surgery also and these will be only the AstraZeneca vaccine due to storage criteria.  When booking please be aware that appointments may only be available at Riverside Surgery. Thank you.

Please take care to note WHERE your vaccination is taking place.

Attending your appointment

IF YOU ARE ACUTELY UNWELL OR FEVERISH, OR ARE ISOLATING DUE TO A POSITIVE COVID SWAB OR BECAUSE OF A CONTACT – PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND YOUR APPOINTMENT

For all vaccination sites:

  • Arrive 2 minutes before your appointment time. Please do not enter early.  This will help with the flow of patients and social distancing inside and outside our buildings
  • Wear a face mask and gel your hands
  • Wear clothing which is easy to remove and expose the top of your arm
  • If you have the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine you will wait under observation for 15 minutes following your vaccination
  • Whichever vaccine you have, you cannot drive for 15 minutes following your vaccination

Appointments at Riverside Surgery

  • Parking is in the Community Hospital Car Park and is free
  • The car park is very busy so please vacate the car park as soon as possible after 15 minutes after your vaccination

By following these guidelines we will be able to keep everyone safe and continue to run a safe and efficient service. We want to vaccinate as many people as quickly and safely as we can. Your patience and co-operation is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

 
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