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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:

 

  • 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.

  • Fully vaccinated 12 to 15 year olds are now able to access a NHS COVID Pass letter for international travel
  • Follows government decision to extend the vaccination programme to include offer of both doses of vaccine to all 12 to 15 year olds
  • Children remain exempt from certification in domestic settings and at the UK border

Children in England who have had a full course of a COVID-19 vaccination will be eligible for an NHS COVID Pass letter for travel from Monday 13 December.

This will allow those children who have had both doses of an approved vaccine to travel to countries, including Spain and Canada, which now require 12 to 15 year olds to be fully vaccinated in order to gain entry, avoid isolation, or access venues or services.

Proof of vaccination will initially be provided via a letter service including an internationally recognised 2D barcode, with a digital solution via NHS.UK to be rolled out early next year.             The letter service can be accessed by calling 119 or via NHS.UK

Health and Social Care secretary Sajid Javid said:

From today, I can confirm the NHS COVID Pass is being rolled out to 12 to 15 year olds for international travel, allowing even more people to be able to prove their vaccination status for travel where it’s needed.

The move will enable families to plan holidays in 2022 with greater confidence, as parents can be reassured they will be able to evidence their child’s vaccination status once they have had both doses of the vaccine.

It can take up to 7 days to receive a COVID Pass letter.

Children will remain exempt from domestic certification policy in England and will not require an NHS COVID Pass to gain entry to venues.

Chief Executive of NHSX, Matthew Gould, said:

This is another example of the NHS COVID Pass service responding to the changing situation, while maintaining the integrity of the NHS COVID Pass itself.

The vaccination programme will be extended to offer all children aged 12 to 15 a second dose of an approved vaccine no sooner than 12 weeks after the first dose following the government’s acceptance of JCVI advice on 29 November.

In the last year the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has delivered over 100 million life-saving doses, preventing at least 24 million infections, hundreds of thousands of hospitalisations and almost 130,000 deaths.

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.