The NHS is urging people who have received a letter from the National Booking System not to contact their GP practice about a vaccination.
Anyone who has received a letter from the National Booking System inviting them to book an appointment should use the website or 119 (free, 7am-11pm, seven days a week) to book an appointment.
Please don’t contact your GP practice about a vaccination.
Practices are reporting a significant number of calls which are preventing people who need medical help getting through to the practice.
It also slows down the vaccination programme as it makes it harder to book appointments for people in priority groups.
There are several locations for vaccination – appointments are regularly added so if there are not any available, keep checking the website for availability in coming weeks.
GP practices are currently vaccinating people aged 65 and over, or those aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions.
Practices are not yet focussing their efforts on inviting people under 65 without underlying health issues for vaccination and are therefore asking people not to contact them about an appointment.
When practices move to vaccinate people under 65, they will contact them.
If you have received a letter from the national NHS booking system, please book an appointment through their website or by calling 119. New appointments are regularly added to the system, so please keep checking back with the site if you need to.
Our practice is currently vaccinating people aged 65 and over, or those aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions. We aren’t yet vaccinating people under 65 without underlying health issues. Please do not contact us about an appointment. When we move to vaccinating this group, we will contact you.”
We have recently sent out a text message with a link to Germ Defence, this is not a scam, however we can see that this may look concern
MINIMISING THE RISK OF CORONAVIRUS WHILST VISITING THE SURGERY
We are trying to keep the flow of patients through the surgery as safe as we can, so could you please:
• Arrive literally at your appointment time, i.e. if you are early please stay in your car or outside until your appointment time and not in the surgery.
• Please wear a face covering when in surgery.
• Do not wear multiple layers of clothing that will need to be removed for the procedure/examination to be performed as this will also help to minimise any risk.
Thank you for your co-operation
The practice is working in partnership with Public Health England and the University of Oxford to deliver a new research study to patients with symptoms of COVID-19. ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE TESTED FOR COVID-19 AS PART OF THE STUDY PROTOCOL.
If you have developed a temperature (hot to touch) or a new cough in the last 14 days, the Research Team at Oxford University would like you to consider taking part in their research trial which is investigating potential treatments for coronavirus. Please note that the time frame has been extended to 14 days.
More information about the study can be found in the PRINCIPLE Participation Information Leaflet.
Alternatively, if you have developed EITHER of the above symptoms in the LAST 14 DAYS, and would like to take part, you can ENROLL YOURSELF INTO THE STUDY HERE.
Eligible patients will be randomised to usual care or to start a drug called Hydroxychloroquine.
If you have any questions relating to the study, please visit the study website here, or alternatively email the Principle Study Team on firstname.lastname@example.org
The main symptoms of coronavirus are either:
•a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
•a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
•loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Use the 111 online coronavirus service. It will ask about your symptoms and tell you what to do. The website address is www.111.nhs.uk
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. The telephone number is 111
If your symptoms are mild, you’ll usually be advised to not leave your home for at least 10 days.
Anyone you live with should not leave your home for 14 days.
For further information go to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
From Friday 20 March onwards, those who have COVID-19 or are advised to self-isolate will be able to obtain an “isolation note” by visiting NHS 111 online and completing an online form, rather than visiting a doctor. For COVID-19 cases this replaces the usual need see a GP to provide a “fit note” after seven days of sickness absence. Isolation notes will also be accepted by Jobcentre Plus as evidence of a patients inability to attend.
The Barton Surgery is the only GP practice in Dawlish and is situated in the upper part of the main car park in the town, adjacent to Dawlish Community Hospital.
The Warren Surgery is a small branch surgery situated in the centre of Dawlish Warren and is open for part of every day, Monday to Friday.