NEWS ON THE COVID VACCINE
If you are over 70 or classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and a patient at one of the below practices, you may be contacted by your practice to book in for a Covid-19 vaccine at Church Walk Surgery this Friday 5th and Saturday 6th February:
Please do not turn up to Church Walk Surgery if you are not eligible to be vaccinated or if you do not have an appointment booked. Please also do not go to your GP practice as vaccinations are being carried out at Church Walk Surgery only.
If you are eligible, please call your GP practice to book in for an appointment.
If you already have a Covid-19 vaccine appointment booked elsewhere, it is extremely important that you keep your exisitin appointment and do not cancel it.
If you have already had your Covid-19 vaccination, there is nothing for you to do.
THE COVID VACCINATION PROGRAMME
The Covid-19 vaccination programme has begun. When it is your turn to be vaccinated, the NHS will contact you. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE NHS.
In Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, a few different health and care organisations including hospitals, GP practices, care homes and others are working together on the Covid-19 vaccination programme. This means when it is your turn to be vaccinated, this may not be at your GP practice. You will be told where to go for your appointment and how to book.
In line with expert guidance, the first priority for vaccination is care home residents and staff, people over the age of 80 and frontline health and care workers.
We understand a lot of people want to be vaccinated and would like to reassure you this will happen. Please be patient and wait to be contacted.
For further information on why you are being asked to wait for your Covid-19 vaccine, please read the information on the GOV.UK website or this leaflet
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, how you contact us will be different at the moment. This is to limit face-to-face contact whenever possible and help stop the spread of coronavirus.
We are open and if you need to see a GP, please ring us on 0115 9382101. Our opening hours of 7.30 am to 6.30 pm Monday to Friday.
You can also call NHS 111. Please do not come to the surgery unless you have an appointment.
If you are waiting for a check-up, please be assured we will be in touch.
Appointments are being delivered face-to-face, online and over the telephone. If you are asked to come into the surgery for a face-to-face appointment, please remember to wear a face covering. Measures are in place to keep you safe from infection during your visit to the surgery.
Covid-19 - The compulsory wearing of face covering in shops
The introduction of the requirement for people to wear face covering in shops is intended to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
There are certain groups of people who are exempt fro this requirement and they include:
Children under the age of 11
People with disabilities
those with breathing difficulties or
those who are travelling with someone who relies on lip reading.
These groups of people, their parents or guardians are able to indicate the reason, if required, as to why they are not wearing a face covering.
General practice is under considerable pressure as a direct result of the current challenges they are faced with with delivering a service to patients at the same time as coping with the consequences of this virus.
There is no requirement for general practice to issue letters for patients who are unable to wear face coverings, as the Government have clearly defined the exemptions of this requirement.
General practice needs to focus all its time and effort managing those who need their help and not be diverted from this by unnecessary tasks.
Many thanks for your help and support in this matter.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK FAQs - What you can and can't do
Information can be found here
Do you have family, friends or neighbours that can help and support you? If not thenplease see the following information showing which groups are offering help according to your address:
Kimberley and surrounding area 0115 6480916
Awsworth 0115 9441839 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Eastwood, Newthorpe and Giltbrook 01773 292029 (10-2 every day, voicemail facility outside these hours) or via the ENGMA website.
Please see this link for the latest Sick Note information
Help the fight against COVID-19 - PRINCIPLE is a priority study for every single general practice in the country. Patients can sign up to see if they are eligible by visiting the PRINCIPLE website. Please click for details