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Booster Programme Update

The UK government & JCVI have announced this morning (15/11) that the Covid booster programme is to be rolled out to over 40's, and that 16-17yr olds are to be offered a second dose.

Please can we ask that you DO NOT call your surgery to enquire about this.  All eligible patients will receive an invitation once we have received the formal go ahead.

FACE MASKS.

While certain COVID-19 restrictions are set to ease from the 19th of July as a health provider we politely ask that all patient attending St. Vincent Medical Centre or Hollybush Health Centre continue to wear face covering until further notice.  This is to ensure that we are taking every possible precaution to protect our patients and team members.

We would like to update you on how are services are running here at the surgery.

For the foreseeable future, many GP appointments will continue to be carried out over the phone through e-consultation or video consultation, if there is a clinical need for you to come into the practice you WILL be booked a face to face appointment.  We have also begun to introduce routine face to face appointments to our rotas.  You will be asked which appointment you would prefer when you call the surgery.

The Nursing Team are working hard to ensure their service is running as normally as possible.

Covid vaccines are now available to everybody over 18, all patients will be contacted in due course.

If you have an appointment to come into the surgery please:

Attend alone

Wear a face covering

Come as close to your appointment time as possible

DO NOT attend if you have any signs or symptoms of Covid-19

We appreciate that the telephone lines can be busy, we are working as hard as possible to keep any delay to a minimum, alternatively please email non-urgent queries to donccg.77thorneroadreception@nhs.net

Face Coverings 

We are beginning to increase the patients coming to the Practice, if you are attend we ask that you wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose ,such as multi layered scarf, if you do not have a mask. This is to protect both you and our staff. Please bear with the staff when attending, they are doing their very best to keep both you and us as safe as possible.

 

Face coverings do NOT replace social distancing. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, and/or high temperature, and/or loss of, or change in your normal sense of smell or taste – anosmia), do NOT attend the surgery, you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does NOT change this. You should arrange to have a test for COVID-19 via gov.uk or calling 119.

CORONAVIRUS ADVICE / INFORMATION

Booster Programme Update

The UK government & JCVI have announced this morning that the Covid booster programme is to be rolled out to over 40's, and that 16-17yr olds are to be offered a second dose.

Please can we ask that you DO NOT call your surgery to enquire about this.  All eligible patients will receive an invitation once we have received the formal go ahead.

Demonstrating Vaccination Status For Travel.

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from: 

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores 

  • the NHS website (from 17 May 2021)

It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use these services.

If you cannot access these online services, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.

When you're planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get  proof of your vaccination status before you leave.

Covid Vaccinations

Please DO NOT ring the surgery enquiring about the vaccine, these calls are blocking our telephone lines for those people who need to speak to us urgently.

We are currently inviting patients all patients aged 18 and over.

We will be in touch with you as soon as our vaccine supply allows.

If you have received a letter from the Government regarding booking into one of the Vaccine Hubs, in Sheffield for example, it is your choice whether to book in with the hub or wait and be booked in with us, if you would prefer to book in with us you DO NOT need to let us know our searches will pick you up and you will be called in due course.

Help control the virus

To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:

  • wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
  • cover face - wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
  • make space - stay at least a metre away from people not in your household

Coronavirus Symptoms

If you develop any of these:-

    • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
    • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss of/change in smell or taste

book a coronavirus test immediately by visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or, if you do not have access to the internet, ringing 119. Do not leave home for at least 10 days after your test.

Find more information on Coronavirus at

gov.uk/coronavirus and https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

If you are a parent or carer of a school aged child and have questions about coronavirus in a school setting the Doncaster Council website has a helpful page of frequently asked questions available with answers to a range of common questions, such as isolation or getting a test. Please click on this link to access the page Doncaster Council FAQs

COVID-19 recovery website.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a new website to support individuals recovering from Coronavirus; it includes hints, tips, information and advice about lasting effects and where support is available.



 
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