We care currently trying hard to deliver the COVID-19 Vaccinations across the PCN in conjunction with the Teignmouth Practices. We are working in accordance with Public Health England and Government guidelines as outlined in the letter attached.
As you may have seen in the media this weekend we will be rescheduling anyone booked for their *SECOND* dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
This is due to new advice from the UK Chief Medical Officers which is outside of our control.
The new medical advice is that the second dose of the vaccine remains effective when given up to 12 weeks after the first dose, and should be given towards the end of this 12 week period.
Two doses of the vaccine are still needed to get the best protection from the virus, but significant protection is still provided at twenty two days after the first dose.
New guidance will therefore help ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the first dose of the vaccine as soon as possible.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and this is outside of our control.
The National Contact Centre shall be beginning to call patients today to confirm the cancellation of the second dose appointment.
Your GP Practice will be in touch to rebook these appointments once we have a revised delivery date.
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
This year due to COVID-19 our flu clinics are going to be a little different. We will be contacting eligible patients by either, text, email, letter or phone and inviting them to make an appointment. This will occur over a period of time so please wait for us to contact you in the first instance.
Various clinic dates from mid September to November will be made available. In line with Government recommendations we will only be vaccinating patients that are aged 65 and over on the 31st March 2021 or are under 65 and are in a clinically at risk group:
· Pregnant women
· Living in a residential care home, or long-stay care facility
· A carer in receipt of Carers allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
· Long term respiratory diseases such as asthma (that requires an inhaled steroid or tablet treatment, or has led to hospital admissions in the past), Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
· Chronic heart disease such as heart failure
· Chronic kidney disease
· Chronic liver disease such as hepatitis
· Chronic neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy
· Learning disability
· Problems with your spleen, such as sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
· A weakened immune system due to medicines such as steroids, chemotherapy or conditions such as HIV and AIDS
· Being seriously overweight (BMI over 40)
· Living with someone who was advised by the Government to shield during the pandemic
Full details on who is eligible for the flu jab can be found on the NHS website www.nhs.uk and common questions about the flu jab can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-vaccine-questions-answers
For those that are aged 50 – 64 and do not fall in to one of the categories listed above, we are awaiting further guidance from Government on when these vaccinations are likely to begin. We expect to have this information by mid-November, and will contact patients via text, email, phone or letter to invite them for the flu vaccination.
When arriving for your flu vaccination we ask our patients to adhere to the following guidance:
· Please attend at your allotted time, do not attend early as appointments have been spaced out to allow for social distancing
· Attend alone if possible, the clinics are reserved for people receiving their flu jab
· Wear loose fitting clothing to allow for easy access to the vaccination site (upper arm), this is to ensure that our contact is minimal and that the clinic runs on time
· If you are able to, please wear a face mask / covering whilst at the clinic
· If you feel unwell with symptoms associated with COVID-19 (new cough, temperature or change/loss of smell) please call to rearrange your appointment for a few weeks’ time when you are feeling better
· Whilst at the clinic, please adhere to social distancing
· Sanitise your hands on entry to and exit from the clinics
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 email@example.com
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.