April 2022 - Covid Update
We are not currently vaccinating 5-11 year olds, please book your child into a mass vaccination site. This can be booked through the following link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/.
We are planning on inviting our patients that are over 75 for there Spring Covid Booster towards the end of April 2022.
Please see the link below on available walk in days at Worcestershire Mass Vaccination centres: www.swhealthcare.org.uk/walk-ins
We are aware that, following a Government announcement that Covid restrictions were to be eased further from 19th July 2021, the wearing of face masks or face coverings is no longer mandatory in certain settings such as supermarkets. However, this is not the case when attending a healthcare environment.
We would therefore like to remind patients that the Infection Control guidelines and instructions issued to the NHS still remain in place for anyone attending any healthcare setting, which means that anyone attending the Practice for any reason is still required to wear a face mask, face covering or plastic visor and to maintain social distancing.
We understand that some patients may not be able to tolerate face masks or face coverings, in which case a clear plastic visor is an acceptable alternative – there are very few people who cannot wear at least one of the required items whilst in the Practice premises.
The reason why patients attending the surgery must wear some form of face covering or visor is to make sure that the most vulnerable people can continue to access health services safely and to reduce as far as possible the risks to anyone visiting our premises and to our staff. There are still high levels of Covid circulating in the community and, whilst immunisation is proving to reduce the severity of infection for most people, it is by no means the case that immunisation offers 100% protection.
If you attend the Practice without a face mask, face covering or visor then please understand that our staff may well ask you to wear one and will offer you a type IIR fluid resistant disposable mask.
We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support given to us by our patients and we are continuing to look at ways in which we can safely reinstate more services and open up our waiting room. However, until that becomes possible, your kind co-operation in terms of wearing a face mask or visor is very much appreciated.
How to access your COVID-19 vaccination status
You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.
If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 working days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 7 working days to reach you.
The letter will be sent automatically to the address registered with your GP. The 119 call handler you speak to will not be able to see your address to check this with you. If you’ve recently moved house, make sure you’ve given your new address to your GP practice before calling 119.
Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
Coronavirus / Covid19 Advice
Delivering the NHS Covid-19 vaccination
Covid vaccine info for patients.
Under current public health guidance we are currently not offering face to face appointments without patients being assessed first. Please read this carefully as the way we provide care has changed:
- If you need to speak to a GP we will book you in for an appointment on the telephone. If then the GP wishes to see you they will book you in themselves.
-If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever or temperature, a new cough and/or loss of sense of taste or smell) or if you have been in contact with any known or suspected COVID-19 cases then please do not come to the surgery but telephone us for further advice.
-To assist us in managing risk, please attend alone unless you need to be accompanied by a carer.
- Any patients attending for a face to face appointment should ensure they wear a face covering to the appointment.
-Please be aware that you may need to wait outside the surgery as we are still unable to permit patients to wait in the waiting room. You are welcome to wait nearby in your car where possible, but if waiting near the surgery please maintain social distancing.
-Please contact the reception team when you arrive for your appointment so we know you are waiting. We will contact you to ask you to come into the surgery when the clinician is ready.
-Please be aware that you may be asked several times if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, and we ask for your patience and co-operation in this - this is for the safety of staff and other patients.
We are most grateful for your kind assistance.