FAO all frontline health and social care workers
You fall into a priority group for COVID vaccination (group 2b). However the practices in Trowbridge making up the Primary Care Network (PCN) have been asked to focus on other priority groups such as the elderly and care homes whilst the default sites for health care staff to access vaccination are the hospital hubs and possibly mass vaccination sites as these come on line.
If you require a vaccination because of your work, please speak to your line manager about organising this through BSW CCG and you can find further information at https://www.bswccg.nhs.uk/latest-covid-19-updates. We will vaccinate anyone from this group if we are asked to do so by the CCG but please do not contact the practice directly. The staff are extremely busy setting up and running weekly vaccination clinics at short notice and cannot respond to individual queries at this time.
CHANGE OF PATIENT REGISTRATION
Dr Sarah Lytra is changing her role within the practice. She will no longer have a patient list, but will continue to be a GP in the practice. Patients who have Dr Lytra as their named GP have been transferred - please see below:
Surname A – C have been moved to Dr Simon Cleave
Surname D – G have been moved to Dr Lucy Thompson
Surname H – J have been moved to Dr Elizabeth Reece
Surname K – L have been moved to Dr Katherine Downey
Surname M – N have been moved to Dr Joanna Harden
Surname 0 – Q have been moved to Dr Marianne Hales
Surname R – S have been moved to Dr James Gordon
Surname T – Z have been moved to Dr Catrinel Wright
You can still request to see Dr Lytra, especially if you have a medical condition that is ongoing and have been seeing her for some time.
COVID INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
This is a very challenging time we find ourselves in and there is understandably a lot of anxiety in the community around school age children, their risk from COVID-19 and the potential impact of school absence both for that child and for the family as a whole. The information below is to try to help you access good, up-to-date information to help us all work together over the next few months.
1. Symptoms of coronavirus in children
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Please be reassured that if your child has symptoms of the usual winter bugs eg: runny nose or sore throat but DOES NOT have any of the symptoms listed above then they can still go to school.
2. What to do if your child has the above symptoms
If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
- Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible - please be aware that you cannot under any circumstances get a test through your GP surgery so please do not ring for this purpose alone. You can ONLY get a test through 'NHS 111 online' OR by ringing 119 if you do not have access to the internet.
- Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test. Please only order a test for the person in your household who has symptoms. These tests are NOT for individuals who do not have symptoms.
Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get the result.
What you can do to decide if your child needs to see a GP
If you are worried about your child please click on the link below to an excellent website called 'Healthier Together' where there is lots of very useful information about managing illness in children:
It is important to remember that COVID-19 appears to generally cause mild illness in children. Only about 1 in every 100 cases diagnosed in the UK have been in children and infection is generally far milder in children than it is in adults, although we do not yet understand exactly why this is the case. Once you have looked at your child's symptoms if you are still concerned and think they need to be seen then please either:
- access NHS 111 online OR ring 111 for COVID-19 symptoms
- if you do not think your child's illness is due to COVID-19 then please contact the surgery.
Flu Campaign 2020
For information about this year's flu campaign, please click here
50-64 year olds regarding free flu vaccination.
All 50-64 year olds may be eligible for a free flu vaccination as part of plans to protect more people against seasonal flu, these free vaccinations will be subject to delivery later in the year.
This allows GP’s and community pharmacists to focus on those who are in an at risk group, such as pregnant women and people with long term health conditions. They will be given priority and offered the vaccine first; if you are in this category you will be contacted.
If you are aged 50-64 and not in one of the at risk categories you will be made aware in the coming months if you will be able to attend for vaccination. If the programme is extended this is likely to be November or December. Of course if you wish to access a vaccine prior to this date you can pay to have this at your local pharmacy as in previous years, otherwise please wait for more information.
Refurbishment of Waiting Room
Our waiting room and reception is now open again. We apologise for the inconvenience during this essential building work and hope you like our new look!
Wearing of Face Masks
We respectfully request that patients who have pre-booked appointments with any of our staff wear a suitable face covering when they attend the surgery to protect themselves and our staff. Thank you.
For Exemption Information regarding Face Masks - please click here
Dr Catrinel Wright's Blog
Dr Wright has written some helpful advice for those struggling with mental health issues during the current pandemic. Please click here to read it.
CORONAVIRUS COVID 2019
During the current pandemic our main aim is to prevent our patients catching the Coronavirus.
ALL appointments will now be via the telephone, if the clinician feels that a further appointment is necessary they will arrange this for you.
PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY unless you have a pre-arranged face to face appointment.
All general enquiries or requests should be made over the telephone.
This situation is likely to continue for a number of weeks, thank you for your understanding.
Information remains subject to regular change and updates.
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
For asthma advice - visit https://www.asthma.org.uk/coronavirus
If you need to self-certificate for 7 days you can find information about this here https://roundstonesurgery.co.uk/page1.aspx?p=2&t=4