Our Covid vaccination programme is now underway and we are currently contacting patients to book appointments as we work through the age groups and ‘at risk’ categories as defined by the Department of Health (click here for details).
We ask that you please do not contact us or our GPs to discuss your eligibility because we do not have the staffing capacity to deal with all of these queries. Please wait until we call you to discuss the arrangements. Patients who are in nursing or residential homes and those who are housebound will be offered the vaccination at home once arrangements for this have been agreed.
Reduce the Spread of Infection
The Germ Defence website gives scientifically proven practical advice on how you can reduce the spread of coronavirus in the home. Simply follow the link below and click on ‘Start Now’
Regulations on the wearing of face masks
The latest information on the wearing of face coverings is available here
This link also lists those people who are exempt from the wearing of face coverings. For those who would prefer to carry something explaining this exemption a face covering exemption toolkit for patients can be found here which includes:
- Exemption badge for use on mobile phone
- Exemption badge to print and use
- Exemption card to print and cut
Please do not ask the GP to provide evidence of your exemption.
Patients who are shielding
The latest information and guidance for Shielded patients can be found on the government website by clicking on the link here. Recent changes to the guidance for shielded patients and the definitions of shielding are also summarised there.
From the early days of the COVID pandemic it was clear that the virus was likely to be most dangerous to patients in certain risk groups and, as a result, arrangements were made to ‘shield’ these patients from the disease. The criteria for identifying these patients has changed over time so some patients were initially identified by the Department of Health whilst others were identified by Hospital Consultants and GPs.
Help is available for those who are shielding and may be struggling to access shopping, medications or other support services. Please contact the surgery and we can put you in touch with organisations who can help.