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 21st September 2021

Booster Jabs – please wait to be called by the NHS

Please do not call the Surgery as you cannot be booked in for a covid booster jab.

Anybody who has not had their first or second covid jabs can book via https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or on the national ‘grab a jab’ site https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site/

We would encourage everyone aged 16 or over to ensure they have both first and second jabs – there must be an eight week gap between jabs.

People will be offered boosters – jab 3 – in line with the priority cohorts identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccines and Immunisations (JCVI). Boosters will be offered at least 6 months after you have received your second dose. As of 20th September 2021 we do not have details on how and when Patients will be contacted.

 
COVID-19 vaccination: a guide to booster vaccination - Published 16 September 2021

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-booster-dose-resources/covid-19-vaccination-a-guide-to-booster-vaccination

 

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 (adults only)
  • 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/