Practice Covid update
‘In line with the Government’s announcement, the NHS is aiming to offer every eligible person the chance to book a COVID-19 booster vaccine by the end of the year. This means our practice is now prioritising the booster rollout.
As part of this, some of our routine services may be stood down temporarily to allow us to focus on protecting as many patients as possible.
We are still there for anyone who may need care for an urgent need, but would ask for patience and respect as we support this key national priority over the coming weeks. We hope to be able to stand back up any services as soon as possible and will update this page as soon as we know more.
Please don’t forget there are many services available for you, depending on your condition. These include:
- Self-care – This is the best choice to treat minor illnesses and injuries such as coughs, colds, grazes, small cuts, norovirus or sore throats. Many of these can be treated at home, simply with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest. For more information visit: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/find-a-service/you-and-your-gp-practice/
- Pharmacy – Pharmacists can give advice on and treat a range of symptoms. They can support you with things such as diarrhoea, earaches, painful coughs, sticky eyes, teething and rashes.
- NHS 111 – You can access 111 online or via the telephone. This is for any urgent but non-life threatening health concerns. They will be able to signpost you to the relevant service and provide advice where appropriate or arrange for a healthcare professional to call you.
- A&E / 999 – You should only attend A&E or dial 999 in a life-threatening emergency such as severe bleeding, breathing difficulties and severe chest pain.
If you are now eligible for your COVID-19 booster please book it as soon as you can. It is vital as many people as possible get boosted as soon as possible. Please do not ring the practice regarding your booster, instead visit www.nhs.uk or by calling 119.
If you are a housebound patient, there is a community team which will be coming out to you to vaccinate you, so please do not contact your GP as the team will be making contact with you.
Thank you for your patience towards our team who are continuing to work hard to support the vital vaccine booster programme roll out.
NHS COVID Pass for 12 to 15 year olds for international travel
Today, the NHS COVID pass will be rolled out to 12 to 15 year olds for international travel, allowing even more people to be able to prove their vaccination status.
Chronic Kidney Disease early detection service
The practice is working alongside a company called Healthy.i.o to improve screening for kidney disease for people living with diabetes and/or high blood pressure.
We have been sending out text messages and letters this week to all of our eligible patients and we would like to reassure you that this is not a scam.
If you have received a text message or letter, one of the Healthy.i.o team will be contacting you to help you download the Minuteful app and post your testing kit out to you.
If you have any questions about this service please ask the Healthy.i.o team when your receive your call.