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NHS app and covid vaccination

Announcing the changes, which come in on 17 May, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said people who have had both vaccine doses would be able to use the NHS app to show proof of their vaccination status. 

Government advice says: "Countries will decide whether they require proof of Covid vaccination for entry, and it is the traveller's responsibility to check individual requirements."

It says many countries will continue to follow other rules, such as requiring a negative Covid test before departure.

People who do not have the app can request a letter from the NHS proving their vaccination status by calling 119, from 17 May.

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Where we are with the Covid Vaccines as at 22/03/2021 Click here

Covid-19 : Recovery and Rehabilitation

If you have been affected by Covid-19 and are still recovering or struggling to do so, please see this website for advice and support on recovering and rehabilitating after Covid-19 infection https://www.dorsetccg.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/covid-19-recovery-and-rehabilitation.pdf

Covid vaccination update 12/2/21

If you are over 70 and have not been contacted by us to book your 1st Covid vaccination then please do give us a call.
If you are 65-69 you will be sent a letter from the NHS to book at the BIC
We are now using a text service to invite all eligible patients, as per previous post, please do not worry if you cannot open the link or you do not have a mobile number on your records, we will continue to phone patients to invite you to book

Covid vaccination update - 01/02/21

Covid update - We have now just started to contact patients in the 70-74 year old age group and also patients on the government high risk shielding group (you will have had a letter from the government). This will be by telephone and we will be in contact soon.

Covid Vaccination update - 18/01/21

 
We are delighted to have administered our first 1200+ Covid Vaccines at The Hamworthy Club last week, to our patients aged over 80, and to many frontline healthcare professionals.
 
Despite slight teething problems on the very first day, the whole operation ran very successfully. We are very grateful to all the patients who attended for their vaccine, most of them with big smiles to match our own staff’s who felt honoured to be part of this operation. We would also like to thank all the staff and managers that have been working tirelessly for weeks to set this up in order to offer our patients the vaccine as efficiently as possible.
 
As The Hamworthy site covers the patients of a whole PCN (Primary Care Network, which includes 4 GP surgeries), there are still many patients in the over-80’s cohort that are to be vaccinated. We are expecting a double delivery of vaccine this coming week and will therefore have 6 clinics running - our staff have been busy phoning hundreds of patients to book them into these clinics. Once again, we ask that you please DO NOT call the surgery about your Covid vaccination as it is important that we keep our lines available for our business as usual, and our unwell patients who are trying to reach us. We are working through all the eligible patients following the strict criteria we have been set, and will contact you as soon as we are able to offer you an appointment.
 
We have been made aware that people have been receiving letters from NHS England asking them to book their vaccine at the BIC or in Bristol.
This is unfortunately something that has nothing to do with our practice or PCN, and we realise that is has caused a great deal of confusion.
We are continuing our Covid vaccine program at the Hamworthy Club and will continue to call all our eligible patients to book them in as we have been doing!
You may of course chose to go to BIC or Bristol instead if you prefer, but please be assured that we WILL be vaccinating all our eligible patients as well.
 
In the meantime, please continue to follow the government guidance : stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives. Thank you.

Covid Vaccinations - Who is considered a “Front-Line Health Worker”?

 

In order to help aid the prioritisation of the Covid Vaccination, practices have been asked to find out from their patient population which of them are a “Front-Line Health Worker.”

This document will help you decide if this applies to you;

You should read this document CAREFULLY and then, if your work fits any of the following categories you should TEXT back the word HEALTH from the text we sent you (this will be sent today 11/01/21)

 

Please DO NOT call the practice to seek advice about this matter. WE WILL CALL YOU when the time arises. You will be asked to provide proof that you fit this employment criteria when we call and when you have the vaccination.

 

Front-Line Health Workers are:

 

Social care workers

This would include:

  • those working in long-stay residential and nursing care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality.
  • social care staff directly involved in the care of their patients or clients
  • others involved directly in delivering social care such that they and vulnerable patients/clients are at increased risk of exposure

 

Young people age 16-18 years, who are employed in, studying or in training for health and social care work should be offered vaccination alongside their colleagues if a suitable vaccine is available.

 

Younger people who are taking part in health and social care work as volunteers, interns or for the purposes of work experience, should make all efforts to avoid exposure to infection; vaccination would not normally be required.

 

Healthcare staff

All frontline healthcare staff who are eligible for seasonal influenza vaccination should be offered COVID-19 vaccine.

 

This includes the following groups;

  • Staff involved in direct patient care.
  • Staff who have frequent face-to-face clinical contact with patients and who are directly involved in patient care in either secondary or primary care/community settings.
  • Doctors,
  • dentists,
  • midwives
  • nurses,
  • paramedics
  • ambulance drivers,
  • pharmacists,
  • optometrists,
  • occupational therapists,
  • physiotherapists
  • radiographers.

 

It should also include those working in independent, voluntary and non-standard healthcare settings such as;

  • hospices,
  • Community-based mental health or addiction services.
  • Temporary staff, including those working in the COVID-19 vaccination programme,

 

Students, trainees and volunteers who are working with patients must also be included.

 

Non-clinical staff in secondary or primary care/community healthcare settings;

This includes

  • non-clinical ancillary staff who may have social contact with patients but are not directly involved in patient care (such as receptionists, ward clerks, porters and cleaners.)
  • Laboratory and pathology staff
  • Hospital-based laboratory and mortuary staff who frequently handle SARS-CoV-2 or collect or handle potentially infected specimens, including respiratory, gastrointestinal and blood specimens should be eligible as they may also have social contact with patients. This may also include cleaners, porters, secretaries and receptionists in laboratories.
  • Frontline funeral operatives and mortuary technicians / embalmers are both at risk of exposure and likely to spend a considerable amount of time in care homes and hospital settings where they may also expose multiple patients.
  • Staff working in non-hospital-based laboratory and those academic or commercial research laboratories who handle clinical specimens or potentially infected samples will be able to use effective protective equipment in their work and should be at low risk of exposure.

Covid-19 vaccination update - 4/1/21

Covid-19 Vaccine update:
WHERE: We are pleased to be able to finally confirm that our site for the Covid Vaccination will be The Hamworthy Club (BH21 3AP).  As it is a non-NHS site it took a while longer to obtain the necessary stringent approval, but we feel this site will allow us to provide the vaccination as safely and conveniently as possible. 
WHEN: We have been told that we are likely to be sent our first batch of vaccines during the week commencing January 11th and will thus start vaccination as soon as possible from that date. 
WHO: There is a strict and clear order of prioritisation for the vaccine that we need to follow, based primarily on age. Those aged 80 years or over are in the first cohort that will be invited.  Within that cohort, patients will be prioritised based on severity and number of other health problems, but only once all those over 80 have been vaccinated will we then be inviting the subsequent groups, in order.  The next group will be those aged 75 years and over, then those 70 years and over, and so forth. 
Those aged between 16 and 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at extremely high risk of Covid-19 are currently in the cohort after those aged 65years and over.
Separate arrangements are being made for those in care/nursing homes, and those who are housebound. 
HOW: You will be contacted to arrange a vaccination.  Please do not call the surgery to book an appointment (these are not booked at our practice).  It is likely that the first group of patients will be contacted by telephone as there will be only a short notice between when the vaccine gets delivered and bringing patients in.  Thereafter you are likely to be contacted by letter. 
Which vaccine you receive will depend in great part on which one is available and in stock at the time.  It will also depend on whether you have a history of anaphylactic allergic reaction (in which case you will be offered the Astra Zeneca vaccine instead of the Pfizer vaccine). 
When you come in for your vaccination, a healthcare professional will obtain your consent for the vaccine, which will involve giving you the necessary information about the vaccine you will be receiving and giving you an opportunity to ask questions. 
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Healthy and Happy New Year.

Self Isolating at home Covid-19 leaflet

Isolating at home safely leaflet

FREE VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTS FOR HIGH RISK PATIENTS

 

The NHS and the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) are currently sending out letters to advise high risk members of the public to get free daily vitamin D supplements if they are ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ from Covid-19.

 

Please see this link (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/get-vitamin-d-supplements/) for important messaging from NHSE&I.

These individuals need to apply in person via the link above, where they will be asked to confirm if they are at high risk from coronavirus. Their status will be checked and their name and address shared with a partner working with DHSC who will then send the individual 4 months supply. Individuals MUST make a personal application via this route before 4 January 2021.

 

GPs have been advised not to issue prescriptions for the additional vitamins. Please direct all requests to the link above.

PATIENT ADVICE:

Please note that during the Coronavirus outbreak The Hadleigh Practice will not be offering any face to face appointments unless necessary. Patients will be offered a telephone triage appointment first, or they can use our eConsult service. Thank you

We are in the process of organising our flu clinics for this year, and are very pleased to have found a way of safely and conveniently accommodating the large numbers of people we expect (and hope!) to see this year. 

We will be sending out our flu vaccine invitation letters in a few weeks – they will contain all the details of where and when these will take place.  We hope to see all of those eligible for their vaccine there!  Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for future updates about the flu vaccination program and clinics.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

 

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, TO MINIMISE THE RISK TO OUR PATIENTS AND STAFF, THE HADLEIGH PRACTICE HAS TAKEN THE DECISION TO ONLY ALLOWING PATIENTS WHO HAVE A FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENT INTO ITS HADLEIGH HOUSE SITE AT BROADSTONE & IT'S HADLEIGH LODGE SITE IN CORFE MULLEN.                 

 

IF YOU NEED TO SPEAK TO THE PRACTICE, PATIENTS ARE ADVISED TO TELEPHONE US ON 01202 692268 FOR OUR BROADSTONE PRACTICE & 01202 694721 FOR OUR CORFE MULLEN PRACTICE OR ALTERNATIVELY YOU CAN USE OUR eCONSULT SERVICE ABOVE. 

 

IF YOU CALL THE PRACTICE AND NEED MEDICAL ATTENTION YOU WILL BE OFFERED A TELEPHONE TRIAGE APPOINTMENT.

CLINICIANS WILL ASSESS PATIENTS THROUGH THIS TRIAGE APPOINTMENT OR OUR eCONSULT SERVICE AND IF YOU NEED TO BE SEEN, THEY WILL ARRANGE THIS WITH YOU.

IF YOU ARE ASKED TO SEE A GP AT THE PRACTICE YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE MASK & HAVE YOUR TEMPERATURE CHECKED. IF YOUR TEMPERATURE IS HIGH YOU WILL BE ASKED TO RETURN HOME & WE WILL MAKE ALTERNATIVE ARRANGMENTS TO SEE TO YOUR MEDICAL NEEDS.

       

IF YOU WISH TO SIGN UP FOR ONLINE SERVICES AND ORDER REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS, THIS CAN BE DONE VIA THE NHS APP, WHICH CAN BE FOUND AT: https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/the-nhs-app/ 

 

REPEAT PRESCRIPTION REQUESTS AND LETTERS FOR THE PRACTICE CAN STILL BE POSTED THROUGH OUR LETTERBOXES.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

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Keep up to date with the latest Governments COVID-19 updates by Clicking Here

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COMPULSORY WEARING OF FACE COVERINGS ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT

For the groups of people that are exempt from wearing face coverings on Public Transport please click on the link - Face Coverings

 

CORONAVIRUS TESTING

We are not able to arrange any Coronavirus testing for patients, but if you are symptomatic you can request a test by going online to nhs.uk/coronavirus to request a test. Test are now  available to all symptomatic members of the public

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Covid-19 & Children

“At this challenging time, it is extremely important for you to know that COVID-19 is unlikely to make your child unwell, but they like everyone else might be infectious so staying at home when well remains the message. However, all the ‘normal’ illnesses that can make children severely unwell still remain and there is a major risk that parents may delay bringing their child to the attention of a healthcare professionals even if they are unwell because of concerns about COVID-19. GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done for children . If you are not sure if your child is unwell and whether they need to be seen, click here https://www.what0-18.nhs.uk/national  call 111 or contact your GP. For information about crying babies, click here http://iconcope.org/parentsadvice/). If your child appears severely unwell and advice is not quickly available call 999 or take them to ED as you would in other times.”

Children and Test and Trace Information

 

INFORMATION ON HOW TO SELF MANAGE YOUR WOUNDS

 

During to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) we would like to help prevent our patients from unnecessary visits to the GP Practice

please use this link Skin Tears & Trauma Wound Care to assist you with your wound management

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Coronavirus (Wuhan Flu)

Stay at home if you have either:

 

A high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back

A new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly.

Loss or change of smell or taste

Do not attempt to come to the surgery or go to a pharmacy or hospital.

There is no need to contact 111 to tell them you are self-isolating.

Testing for Coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.

 

How long to stay at home

If you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days

 

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

 

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

 

If you feel that you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, your symptoms get worse, or you do not get better after 7 days, you should use the 111 online coronavirus service which can be found here:

https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 

Self Isolation Notes: 

If your employers require a sick certificate as you are self -isolating for 14 days, please follow the link below: 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

Sick certificates for those at risk following government advice:

The practice will not issue certificates for this, please download a letter for your employer here.

Social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults

 

The Government has issued advice on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is particularly important for those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

 

For more information on Social Distancing and who is at increased risk, please visit:

https://bit.ly/3jG19KU

Live Well Dorset

Have a look at their website and you can self refer to exercise help, stopping smoking and weight loss advice amongst other things. https://www.livewelldorset.co.uk/

New urgent eye triage service available

There is a new NHS service called eCARE. Telephone them on 0800 112 0700, they will then triage you and book you in an urgent appointment or direct you to an optician

New look waiting rooms and uniforms

Click here for a sneak peek

'Our Dorset' App Library

There is a new digital health & care app library of clinically assured apps and videos. Here is a link to our local site https://ourdorset.nhs.uk/apps

Physiotherapy Self-Referral Service

Self Manage information please read the information before referring yourself Click Here

If you have read the self manage information & you still need to refer yourself you can do so by using the new Physiotherapy Self-Referral service by Clicking Here        

TIP STUDY - Research for University of Southampton

Have you had an appointment with someone from the GP practice - over the phone, by video or in person - in the past 2 weeks? Researchers at the University of Southampton are looking for people to take part in a study looking at how doctors talk to patients about their medical condition or treatment. This would involve filling in some questionnaires about your appointment and possibly a chat with a researcher on the telephone (this is optional).

To find out more, visit https://sotonpsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3wTXPKLfBANYW2h?source=gpsurgery3

 

Text Messaging Service

The Hadleigh Practice operate a text messaging service to patients which includes appointment reminders. If you do not wish for the practice to send messages to your registered mobile number, please speak to Reception to Opt out of this service.  

Patient Participation Group - Improvement Plan

The Practice, together with the Patient Participation group, have reviewed feedback to the practice from the past year from a number of different sources and agreed 3 areas for improvement. The three areas were:  

  1. Becoming a Dementia Friendly Practice
  2. Creating better disabled access at Hadleigh House
  3. Improving Confidentiality at the Reception desks

 You can view the full report and action plan here.  

Friends and Family - Have Your Say Results

We would like to hear your thoughts on your recent experience of our services here at The Hadleigh Practice.  Please take a few minutes to answer two questions and give us your feedback.

Please click here for the questionnaire. For the latest results, please click here: 

F & F Results for Hadleigh House December 2018

F & F Results for Hadleigh Lodge December 2018

 

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