COVID - 19

Symptom checking

Do you have COVID-19 symptoms? 

If you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste please click on the link below for further guidance and how to book a test.

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

 

Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status

COVID-19 vaccination status is available to people who live in England.  You can get your vaccination status in digital or paper format.

The service, provided by HM Government, went live in May 2021. Click here to go to the website.

Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters or certificates showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.

If you have checked your vaccination status online and it does NOT show you have had two doses then please complete an e-Consult for Administrative Help and state your vaccine record does not show your two vaccinations, you must attach a photo of your vaccination record card. We will aim to respond to your query within 7-10 days.

COVID vaccinations - Updated 28th June 2021

Please do not contact the Surgery to book your vaccine - all vaccine bookings are made through the National Booking Service website here or by calling 119.

You are eligible for a Covid Vaccine if:

  • you're aged 18 or over
  • 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


Priority Groups:

Priority Group 1: Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers - Completed 1st vaccinations

Priority Group 2: All those 80 years of age and over Frontline health and social care workers* - Completed 1st vaccinations

Priority Group 3: All those 75 years of age and over - All patients have been invited. Patients to call 119 or book online here

Priority Group 4: All those 70 years of age and over and Clinically Extremely Vulnerable individuals (Shielding letter) - All patients have been invited. Patients to call 119 or book online here

Priority Group 5: All those 65 years of age and over - All patients have been invited. Patients to call 119 or book online here

Priority Group 6: All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality (please see below for specific guidance regarding Asthma) - All patients have been invited (unless out of date contact details). Patients to call 119 or book online here

Priority Group 7 and higher: All those aged 40 by 1st July 2021 - Patients to call 119 or book online here

Please note that you will not have a choice of type of which vaccine you have, it will depend on what is delivered on the day.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

 

Clinically vulnerable: The JCVI defines clinically vulnerable people as those with:

  • chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma (see below)
  • chronic heart disease (and vascular disease)
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease
  • chronic neurological disease including epilepsy
  • Down’s syndrome
  • severe and profound learning disability
  • diabetes
  • solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients
  • people with specific cancers
  • immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
  • asplenia and splenic dysfunction
  • morbid obesity
  • severe mental illness


Asthma and the COVID-19 vaccine

Coronavirus is a different virus to the flu, and it affects people in different ways. As well as age, obesity and certain medical conditions all play their part when assessing a person’s risk of becoming seriously ill from coronavirus.

If you received a letter asking you to shield during the first or second wave of the virus, it means you are defined as clinically extremely vulnerable and are in priority group 4. This group should include some people who live with severe asthma.

For most people with well-controlled asthma that is not severe, the risk isn’t increased. Data is very reassuring that the risk of death for these people is no worse than if they didn’t have asthma. Because of this, not everyone with asthma is classed as clinically vulnerable.

There will be some people with asthma who will be included in priority group 6 (severe asthma). These are people who have had 3 prescriptions for oral steroids over a 3-month period, or people who have had an emergency admission specifically with their asthma (this does not include admissions due to viral respiratory infections).

Information

What is it? 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face. 

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. The WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available. 

 What do we need you to do? 

Most importantly please remember that we are open and here for you. The way that we are running is just a bit different. We are not currently running our drop in clinic and ask you to please consider using eConsult. We also recommend you download the NHS App which you can use to check symptoms, order repeat prescriptions, use eConsult, access your notes and more. If you care for a child we recommend that you download the HANDI App.

Our opening times remain unchanged.

For NHS guidelines re the Coronavirus please click here

We are only giving surgery access to patients who have a pre-booked appointment or have been requested to attend by a clinician. When you do arrive at either surgery you will need to be wearing a face mask and we may have some questions for you on arrival.  Click the below image for information on how to make a face mask.

Who's at higher risk from coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) can make anyone seriously ill. But for some people, the risk is higher.

There are 2 levels of higher risk:

  • high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • moderate risk (clinically vulnerable)

Full details of the risk groups, as well as how to access support if you are 'high risk', are available on the Government Website:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/whos-at-higher-risk-from-coronavirus/