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Covid Vaccinations

For COVID-19 vaccinations please contact the National Booking Service to make an appointment - not your GP practice.  All local sites are now available through the National Booking Service online or by calling 119 and it's the best way to get an appointment for both 1st and 2nd doses if you don’t have an appointment already.  Please don't hesitate, when it's your turn to be vaccinated please do so as soon as possible.  The NHS appreciates that at times the system can be busy and but be assured we will make sure everyone is offered the opportunity to be immunised so please keep trying.  New clinics are being set up all the time at various locations including some community pharmacies so your patience is appreciated.  

General Practice Data for Planning and Research GPDPR

Please click on the link below for information about the new General Practice data process being implemented by NHS Digital from 1st July 2021.

The data held in the GP medical records of patients is used every day to support health and care planning and research in England, helping to find better treatments and improve patient outcomes for everyone. NHS Digital has developed a new way to collect this data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.

The new data collection reduces burden on GP practices, allowing doctors and other staff to focus on patient care.  

NHS Digital has engaged with the British Medical Association (BMA), Royal College of GPs (RCGP) and the National Data Guardian (NDG) to ensure relevant safeguards are in place for patients and GP practices. 

General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) - NHS Digital

Having read the guidance, should you wish to opt out, please print off the form, complete this, and return to the practice.  Thank you.  Click here

NHS App to show COVID vaccination status

COVID-19 vaccination status can be accessed through the NHS App from 17 May. The service will not require data provided through the GP record.  

People should register with the NHS App before booking international travel, at least two weeks before their departure date once they’ve completed a full course of vaccinations.

Those without a smartphone are being asked to call the NHS helpline on 119 from 17 May and ask for a letter to be posted to them.

We are encouraging the public not to contact their GP surgery about this as GPs will not be providing letters to show COVID-19 vaccination status.

You can find out more about demonstrating COVID-19 vaccination status and how the NHS App protects data here.

NHS App


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

https://what0-18.nhs.uk/ 

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.


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

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

or https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/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


 

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