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

We are working with other central Plymouth GP Practices to deliver the vaccine at Plymouth Pavilions as well as some directly to care homes. There is also now a vaccination centre at Home Park and at Derriford Health & Wellbing Centre. It does not matter where you go if you have been booked into one please don’t accept and invitation for another.

The vaccines are not like the flu vaccines that come fully prepared for use. There are complexities around transport and storage, their preparation and the observation time required after receiving the jab. As such, larger centres with more space and working at scale is currently more effective, that may change over time with different vaccines becoming available.

We understand many people are eager to be vaccinated but kindly request that patients do not contact the surgery to book or enquire about the vaccination. We will be in contact directly with patients who are eligible, to arrange dates as soon as they have been confirmed.

Please see end for the order that we are working through people as centrally directed, but please note across Plymouth there are many thousands in each category.

It will take time to get to everyone in each group, please rest assured that you will be on the list and you will get an invite.

Please do be aware you may get a call inviting you quickly if we get a delivery. If you are unable to make a clinic at short notice you will remain on the list until we get another delivery.

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

Order that people will be called - please note there may be further risk breakdowns within these 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 (Sheilding 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) - This is a large group and Patients are being contacted in order of priortity as defined in the JCVI guidance, we have started to vaccinate patients in this group and ask that Patients wait to be called.

Priority Group 7: All those 60 years of age and over - Please wait to be contacted - vacines not yet being offered

Priority Group 8: All those 55 years of age and over - Please wait to be contacted - vacines not yet being offered

Priority Group 9: All those 50 years of age and over - Please wait to be contacted - vacines not yet being offered

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

 

*Covid Vaccinations for Health and Social Care Workers 

Health and Social Care workers to book online:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

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/