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)

 

COVID vaccinations - Updated 4th May 2021

 First Doses

If you are aged 40 or over (aged 40 by 1st July 2021) and have not yet had your first dose you can book through the national booking service by calling 119 or book online here. Please note that the surgery does not have stocks here, or at Plymuth Pavilions, to provide further first doses. This applies to all relevant ages and priority groups.


Second Doses
If you had your first dose at Plymouth Pavilions we will contact you to arrange your 2nd dose. If at 11 weeks after your first vaccination you have not heard from us then please contact the surgery. There is no choice of date for second doses at Plymouth Pavilions and you will need to attend on the date offered. Anyone who had their first dose of Astra Zenica vaccine at Plymouth Pavilions before 28th February should now book their second dose for 14th/15th May.
If you had your first dose at Derriford Health & Wellbeing Centre they will send you an appointment letter for your second dose, please do not contact the surgery as we have no access to their booking system, call the number on the letter if you have a question about your appointment.
If you had your first dose anywhere else you should have already booked your second dose appointment - please contact whoever you booked through if you have any questions or book through the national booking service.
If you had your first dose at home you will be on the list to receive your second dose at home, please wait to be contacted. If we have not been in touch and it has been 12 weeks since your first dose then please let us know.


Priority Groups:
If you think you should be in one of the Priority Groups, but the National Booking Services advises you are not eligible to book, please complete an eConsult with details of which group you believe you should be in and we will look into this for you.

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.

 

*Covid Vaccinations for Health and Social Care Workers

Health and Social Care workers to book online here, you will need to take proof of employment with you to your vaccination appointment.


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 current 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 will be in the first 9 priority groups. Your risk might be increased by other factors, such as age.

There will be some people with asthma who will be included in priority group 6. 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).

Because the numbers in each priority group are getting bigger, it will take a while to get everyone in these groups invited and vaccinated. Please wait until you are contacted by us or you get a letter from the National Booking System.

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/