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COVID VACCINATION CLINICS – Sept 2021

There are a number of Pfizer clinics running during the week on the following days and times at the Primary Care Centres.

You can walk-in (no appointment needed) for your first Pfizer if you are aged 16 and over. You can also walk-in for a Pfizer even if your first vaccine was an Astra Zeneca and you had it over 7-8 weeks ago.

Thursday 16th September, 9am – 5.30pm at Bunnyhill

Thursday 16th September, 2pm – 5.30pm at Riverview

Friday 17th September, 9am – 12.30pm at Houghton

Friday 17th September, 9am – 5.30pm at Grindon

Saturday 18th September, 9am – 12.30pm at Washington

Sunday 19th September, 9am – 5.30pm at Millfield         

Monday 20th September, 9am – 5.30pm, Grindon

Tuesday 21st September, 2pm – 5.30pm, Houghton

Wednesday 22nd September, 9am – 5.30pm, Bunnyhill

Wednesday 22nd September, 9am – 5.30pm, Washington

Wednesday 22nd September, 9am – 12.30pm, Riverview

Friday 24th September, 9am – 12.30pm, Grindon

Saturday 25th September, 9am – 12.30pm, Houghton

Saturday 25th September, 2pm – 5.30pm, Riverview

Sunday 26th September, 9am – 5.30pm, Millfield

July 2021 Covid Information in healthcare settings:-

Despite the rules regarding social distancing and mask wearing changing nationally, the practice is keeping its safety measures in place to protect patients and staff.  Please continue to:

Wear facemasks/face coverings when entering healthcare premises eg, GP practices, hospitals etc.

Attend all GP and hospital appointments alone where possible.

Regularly wash your hands and use hand sanitiser

Maintain social distancing

Please get the Covid vaccination ASAP

If you suspect you have Covid 19 please stay at home, arrange for a PCR test by calling 119 or visit http://www.nhs.uk

 Covid Vaccination Status for International Travel Purposes

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

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

If you cannot access this online service, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel abroad in the near future and have 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.

 

IMPORTANT COVID-19 VACCINE NOTICE

Important Patient Information regarding new advice from the UK Chief Medical Officers regarding the second dose of the Covid vaccination:

  1. We are now being asked to prioritise 1st dose vaccinations over 2nd doses to help ensure as many people as possible benefit from the 1st dose
  2. New advice is that the 2nd dose of the vaccine is still effective when given up to 12 weeks after the 1st dose
  3. Patients will be contacted directly if their appointments for 2nd vaccines needs to be rescheduled
  4. If you are a patient and have not been contacted, please attend your appointment as planned
  5. If you are a health or social care worker, your 2nd appointment will be rescheduled so please do not attend and you’ll be contacted to reschedule this
  6.  You will be contacted in group priority, initially by text message. Please be aware this may show up as an unknown number on your phone. If you have not been contacted and are due a vaccination, please contact the surgery or dial 119.

We hope this is of some help.  Please note the practice is unable to offer any additional advice regarding the second dose at this time.

Important Coronavirus Update

For the latest Covid-19 advice please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus. If you have a new persistent cough, a high temperature, or loss of sense of taste or smell, please stay at home for 10 days. If your symptoms are serious or get worse visit the NHS 111 online service. Under no circumstances should you come to the surgery.

How To Seek Healthcare Advice from a GP

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, how you contact your GP surgery will be different at the moment. This is to limit face-face contact where possible and help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Face to face appointments are available but only at the request of a GP or nurse after you have discussed your conditions over the telephone or via our online service.

Telephone and online consultations can be a more convenient, safer and flexible way to receive healthcare:

  • Call the surgery to book a telephone appointment.   (The admin staff will need to triage the call by asking the reason for the appointment in order to be able to offer advice or book you for a telephone consultation with the appropriate person). Please note that telephone access has increased significantly and we can assure you our staff are constantly trying to answer calls as quickly and as efficently as possible.
  • Visit the surgery website (eConsult) and complete a confidential online form to receive a response before the end of the next working day
  • Visit NHS 111 online to seek advice
  • Download the NHS App to order repeat prescriptions, and check your symptoms

Please do not attend the practice unless you have spoken to a GP or nurse and have been allocated an appointment.

If you are asked to attend the practice for a face to face appointment, a face covering MUST be worn when entering the surgery.   These do not need to be medical grade masks but this is essential for patient and staff safety.

We also kindly ask for all patients to maintain social distancing whilst within the surgery where possible.

Thank you for your co-operation during this difficult time.

Additional resources

Video explaining how to contact your GP remotely:

 

Our Practice is highly patient focused and we have a multidisciplinary approach to patients’ health care. We aim to deliver the best for our patients by combining the skills of the practice team with other health and social care workers in the community.

We provide modern health care facilities and focus on continually improving the health of our patients and residents of the community.

This website is aimed at providing you the important information about our practice, our services and our staff in addition to some other useful information and tools available for you to use. Please have a look around and send us any comments or suggestions if you like. We can use your comments and ideas to improve our online services and develop the content of this site accordingly.

A ‘healthy lifestyle’ is what we recommend:

  • Stop smoking
  • Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and veg
  • Exercise regularly
  • Keep alcohol intake within recommended limits

 

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