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Covid- 19 Vaccination update 14.01.2021

We have started to vaccinate the priority list, we are following government guidance on whom to prioritise and we will be targeting groups. We are not able to vaccinate couples/households together, unless they are within the same risk group.

Please see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020/joint-committee-on-vaccination-and-immunisation-advice-on-priority-groups-for-covid-19-vaccination-30-december-2020 for further information on the groups.

As I am sure you can appreciate, the practice (like all GP practices) are under tremendous strain at the moment to address patients’ normal queries and appointment requests, which are increased during the winter period. Therefore, we would ask you to follow NHS guidelines and wait to be contacted by us. At the stage you are contacted by us, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions.

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

You may have received a letter from the NHS inviting you to book an appointment for your vaccination at Millennium Point in Birmingham. If you choose to do so, please note you will be required to attend that site for your 1st and 2nd vaccines. If you choose to wait for the local vaccinations, you do not need to do anything further as you will still be contacted by the Surgery.

We believe that we are aiming to vaccinate all within the first 4 groups between now and the end February 2021. This will be dependent on vaccine supply, but if you are within these groups and haven’t heard from us by 22nd February, then please contact the surgery.

Thank you for your patience and support.

WHAT IF I AM FEELING ILL AND THINK I HAVE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19?

 

  • If you are worried you may have Coronavirus (COVID-19),  you should cancel your appointment with us by phone (Do NOT come to the Surgery) and for advice and help go to NHS111 website  https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or if you don’t have internet access CALL 119. Staff at 119 have been specifically trained to manage COVID-19 and should be your first port of call.

 

  • If you have got either a high temperature - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back or a new continuous cough - this means you've started coughing repeatedly:

 You need to stay at home.

Stay away from other people for at least the next 10 days. If your high temperature lasts longer than 10 days, stay at home until it's back to normal.

If you are on public transport, go home by the most direct route.

Stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from people if you can.

To protect others, do not go to a GP, pharmacy or hospital.

 For full details please download and read the COVID 19 statement to patients that can be found here:

Covid-19 Fit/Sick Note Policy

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

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

 

19th September 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENTS

Dear patients,

You may have seen in the news this week about GPs being asked to provide more face-to-face appointments and we wanted to give you an update on the current situation.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have remained open and seeing patients. To help keep both you and our own staff safe, we have changed the way our appointments work: you may have been offered a telephone appointment or even a video appointment instead of being asked to come in to the practice. Offering these types of appointments has helped some patients to access appointments they wouldn’t normally have been able to attend due to their commitments, such as their work or caring responsibilities.

We understand that some of you may prefer face-to-face appointments, but hopefully you understand why we have had to make these changes. Where someone has needed to come into practice, either because it was medically necessary or important for their care, we have and will continue to ask them to come in and see us.

COVID-19 is still an ongoing problem and we need to keep our focus on keeping you safe and reducing your risk of catching the virus. Here are some of the ways we’ve been doing this:

  • Regularly cleaning to a high standard all areas of the practice;
  • Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE);
  • Maintaining social distancing in the practice.

We also need to look after our staff, who are people just like you. Some may have health issues or other factors that can potentially put them more at risk, so it is vital we keep them safe so that we can keep providing a good quality service to you.

Increasing the number of patients in the surgery means we increase the risk for everyone. We want to do the best we can for our patients because we care about you and the people we look after.

As always, we are available to talk to patients, and we want to hear from those who need us. While we understand patients’ frustrations with the current situation, we hope that you will continue to help and support us, as you have always supported the NHS, so that we can go on providing you with care and support in the coming weeks and months.

Yours faithfully,

Your Practice Team

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