Covid-19

Autumn Booster Programme 2022

We will be running flu and Covid vaccination clinics on Saturday 1st October and Saturday 15th October 2022. We will be offering COVID-19 booster vaccinations to people aged over 75, frontline health and social care workers and immunosuppressed* people. If you are eligible, you will be able to have your Covid booster at the same time as your flu vaccination.

We will be contacting eligible patients via SMS text messages and letters.

Further groups will become eligible later in the autumn, once announced by NHS England.

*Who is immunosuppressed?

Patients with:

  • HIV infection at all stages.
  • multiple myeloma or genetic disorders affecting the immune system (e.g. IRAK-4, NEMO, complement disorder, SCID).
  • a history of haematological malignancy, including leukaemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.

Patients who are:

  • solid organ transplant recipients.
  • bone marrow or stem cell transplant recipients.
  • undergoing chemotherapy.
  • undergoing radical radiotherapy.
  • receiving immunosuppressive or immunomodulating biological therapy (including, but not limited to, anti-TNF, alemtuzumab, ofatumumab, rituximab).
  • receiving protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors.
  • treated with steroid sparing agents such as cyclophosphamide and mycophenolate mofetil.
  • treated with or likely to be treated with systemic steroids for more than a month at a dose equivalent to prednisolone at 20mg or more per day for adults.
  • receiving long term immunosuppressive treatment for conditions including, but not limited to, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, scleroderma and psoriasis.

 

Covid-19 vaccinations given abroad

You can now add certain overseas Covid vaccinations to your NHS Covid Pass. You need to book an appointment at one of the selected vaccination centres. The nearest available centre is in Saxon Court, Central Milton Keynes. Visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/tell-nhs-about-coronavirus-vaccinations-abroad/

If you provide us with your vaccination details, we can add your overseas vaccinations to your GP records, but we are unable to update the national system (NIMS), NHS Covid Pass or NHS booking/invitation list.

 

Covid-19 vaccination given elsewhere in England & Wales

If there is an issue with your vaccinations given elsewhere in England or Wales (e.g. vaccine not recorded, wrong dose recorded), please call 119 and ask to be referred to the Vaccination Data Resolution Service.  This service has been set up specifically to deal with these issues. We are not able to make any changes to records of vaccinations that were not given at NPMC.

 

NHS Covid Pass/NHS App

The NHS Covid Pass is used to demonstrate proof of your vaccination status in when travelling or attending certain venues. It is available in the NHS app, which can be downloaded from: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-app/id1388411277 for iPhone/iOS https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.online.nhsonline for Android.

If you have not used it before, there is a self-registration process within the app to create an "NHS login" as per https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/nhs-log-in/

If you already have access/ login details for patient online services, for example "Patient Access", you may use this.

You may need to contact us to obtain your Account ID and Linkage Key/Third Party Passphrase. We are not able to assist with any other issues relating to the app.

Alternatively, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine.  The letter may to take another 5 days to reach you, or more if postal services are affected.  Please take account of this when making your plans.

For more details, visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-covid-pass

 

Information to keep you safe whilst isolating at home.

Please click HERE for information

Post Covid Fatigue Leaflets

Practical advice for people recovering at home - Post-viral fatigue - Practical advice for people who have recovered at home.pdf

Practical advice for people treated in hospital - Post_viral_fatigue_-_Practical_advice_for_people_treated_in_hospital.pdf

Conserving your energy - practical advise during and after Covid - Conserving your energy - Practical advice for people during and after having COVID-19.pdf

Latest information from the NHS for Covid-19

For any of our patients who are advised to attend for a face to face appointment at the Practice, please bring a face covering to protect yourself and others.   This may include a face mask or a scarf etc.  Thank you for your understanding and support. 

 

Information for patients when attending an appointment.docx

Face Covering Exemption Card

If you cannot wear a face mask because of a disability or health problem please print and cut out one of the cards to wear when you are out and about.

 

Face Covering Exemption Card (1).docx

What to do if you think you might have coronavirus

If you think you might have coronavirus or you've been in close contact with someone who has it:

  • Return home
  • Stay at home and avoid close contact with other people for 7 days or if you are a family 14 days
  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next

The 111 coronavirus service will tell you if you need to continue to stay at home (self-isolate) or if you need medical help.

Symptoms

  • Continuous cough and/or
  • Fever over 37.8 and/or
  • Loss of taste or sense of smell

 Information for patients:

 If you are suspected of having Coronavirus but not been admitted to hospital and will be self-isolating at home please see the information below:

C0719_COVID_Isolating_at_Home_Safety_Netting_Leaflet_Revised_FINAL_171220.pdf

Sick Notes and Certifying Absences

Requests for certification of absence from the workplace may fall into five categories:

  1. Personally affected so isolating for seven days
  2. Personally affected and remaining unwell for over seven days
  3. Household contact affected so isolating for fourteen days as per government advice
  4. At risk group so following government advice
  5. Those in full time education.
  1. Personally affected so isolating for seven days - Patients can and should self-certify for the first seven days as normal if you are unfit to work. You do not need to contact your GP.
  2. Personally affected and remaining unwell for over seven days - If you remain unwell and unfit to work after seven days the current advice is to visit 111.nhs.uk where there is an online self-assessment tool; you may be invited to call 111 and be given further advice and a MED3 certificate emailed to you. You do not need to contact your GP.
  3. Household contact affected so isolating for fourteen days as per government advice
  4. At risk group so following government advice - GPs cannot and are not the gatekeeper of the statutory sick pay system. Employers are responsible for putting in place arrangements for home/remote working where this is possible. Where it is not, the employee may self-certify and return to work following the relevant absence which their employer may authorise as per government advice. Where they do become unwell during or after this time, point 1 and 2 applies. You do not need to contact your GP.
  5. Those in full time education - there is no NHS requirement to issue certification to schools or colleges to confirm absence. These organisations must work with parents and students to ensure that any absence is appropriately recorded, obviating the need for a ‘doctor’s note’. You do not need to contact your GP.

Help and Support

Bereavement

Please follow the links below for special advice in the event of a bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dementia

For information around Dementia during Covid, click on this link:

 

covid-19-update - dementia flier.pdf

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • wear a face mask/face covering when travelling on public transport, when entering busy places where social distancing cannot be maintained and when visiting a health care setting
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

Coronavirus-Anxiety-Workbook.pdf