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Covid-19

Covid-19 Vaccinations – March 2021

The Practice is working as part of The Coastal Network (Primary Care Network) to deliver the COVID Vaccination Programme to the population of Teignmouth & Dawlish, at Dawlish Community Hospital.

WE ARE USING AN ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM FOR FIRST DOSES ONLY. PATIENTS WILL RECEIVE A TEXT MESSAGE WITH A LINK THAT TAKES THEM TO A PAGE CALLED SYSTMONLINE. THE TEXT  WILL STATE GP SURGERY:  GLENDEVON MEDICAL CENTRE ON BEHALF OF BARTON SURGERY.  THIS IS BECAUSE GLENDEVON MEDICAL PRACTICE ARE SENDING OUT TEXTS ON BEHALF OF BARTON SURGERY AND CHANNEL VIEW MEDICAL GROUP. 

ON THIS PAGE YOU WILL BE ASKED TO CONFIRM YOUR DATE OF BIRTH. YOU WILL THEN BE PROMPTED TO SELECT A DAY, TIME AND BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT. THESE INVITATION TEXTS WILL COME FROM “GP-SURGERY GLENDEVON MEDICAL CENTRE ON BEHALF OF BARTON SURGERY ” AND ARE LEGITIMATE.

WE ASK THAT PATIENTS WAIT TO BE CONTACTED BY THE PRACTICE FOR THEIR COVID VACCINE, PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT US UNLESS WE HAVE TRIED TO CONTACT YOU TO BOOK IN FOR THE VACCINE. You can help us by ensuring that we have a mobile number for yourself or a nominated representative (i.e. family member) so that we can contact you via text message.

NHS urges people not to contact their GP practice about a vaccination – March 2021

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 60 and over.

When practices move to vaccinate people in different cohorts, they will contact them.

Minimising the risk of Coronavirus when visiting the surgery – October 2020

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

Research for potential treatments for COVID-19 – July 2020

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 principle@phc.ox.ac.uk

Main symptoms of coronavirus

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 nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-COVID-19/

Fit Note Guidance

From Friday 20 March 2020 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.