Coronavirus Information

visiting your GP after covid

NHS COVID Pass

People in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can use the NHS COVID Pass to demonstrate their COVID-19 status.

If you’re aged 18 or over, you can get an NHS COVID Pass for domestic venues and events.

If you’re aged 16 or over you can get an NHS COVID Pass for travel abroad but you should follow the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to.

A full course is currently two doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine, or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine. Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from: 

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores 

  • the NHS website 

  • 119 - by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose (or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine) more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 5 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.

At The Surgery

We need to continue to do everything we can to protect the vulnerable members of the community and protect your surgery team so that we can continue to offer you an effective service.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, your appointments at the surgery continue to be different for the moment. Your GP practice is open and appointments are being delivered face-to-face, online and over the telephone.

Face-to-face appointments, when an intervention is essential for your care, continue to be available to all patients.  Appointments with the nursing/HCA team for things such as blood tests, injections, including contraceptive injections and childhood immunisations, baby checks and cervical smears can be booked online or with the reception team. For the foreseeable future the vast majority of appointments with the GP/ANPs and long term condition reviews with the nurses, will be via telephone or video.

For appointments with the GP/ANP team you will initially be triaged by the reception team using guidelines from the clinicans in order to make a key decision on whether to offer a telephone,video or face to face consultation. 

The safety of our patients remains a key priority, so we will continue to do what is necessary to achieve the right balance between keeping you away from the surgery and asking you to attend. Limiting face-to-face contact whenever possible is an important part of reducing the numbers attending the surgery and thereby reducing risk of virus transmission and keeping the surgery as safe as possible for those who need to attend. 

If you need an appointment, please ring us on 01772 214700 or book online. Please download the My GP to order repeat prescriptions, book appointments and check your symptoms.

 You can also call NHS 111 or go online to seek advice https://111.nhs.uk/.

Our opening hours are Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm. 

Please do not come to the surgery unless you have an appointment. If you are asked to come into the surgery for a face-to-face appointment, please remember to wear a face covering. Measures are in place to keep you safe from infection during your visit to the surgery.

If you are waiting for a check-up, please be assured we will be in touch.

Please continue to work with us so that together we can all stay safe.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Coronavirus - General Information

For all up to date information on the Coronavirus please follow the links below 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Information for employers and businesses

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

If you need a sick note relating to coronavirus

111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/isolation-note

Information on social distancing and vulnerable people

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people

Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and requests for sick notes (Med3)

Dear Patient/s 

We are receiving a lot of enquiries about sick notes from patients.  This is meaning that our telephone lines are blocked for patients who are unwell.  We have produced the following guidance that we hope will answer your questions.

You may want to obtain information about the following categories:

Personally affected – isolating

For any period of illness less than seven days, you are able to complete a self-certification certificate and provide this to your employer. A SC2 form can be downloaded from the internet. You do not need to contact your GP.

Personally affected - remaining unwell for over seven days

If patients remain unwell and unfit to work over seven days, advice is to visit www.111.nhs.uk and complete an online self-assessment. The patient may be asked to call 111 for further advice on the next steps regarding their illness/ fitness to work. You do not need to contact their GP.

Isolating as per government advice

In light of the current Coronavirus situation, it is inevitable that a number of patients may be required to isolate themselves at home, for example due to the nature of recent travel, or because other members of the household are showing symptoms even in the absence of any symptoms of an illness. In these cases, your GP will not be able to issue a sick note as the time off work is not due to an illness, and isn’t affecting your ability to work, but rather is a precaution to avoid transmission of any illness that is yet to produce symptoms.

We therefore expect your employer to be sympathetic if you are required to self-isolate for 14 days and to understand that the reason for this is to protect the welfare of your work colleagues and the wider community.

In these circumstances you can obtain a sick note for your employer if needed from the NHS 111 online service:

 https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note

At risk group – following government advice

Employers are responsible for putting in place arrangements for home/remote working where this is possible. Where it is not, the employee may self-certify and return to work following the relevant absence which their employer may authorise as per government advice. Where they do become unwell during or after this time, point 1 and 2 applies. You do not need to contact your GP.

Whilst we appreciate this may cause some difficulties between you and your employer, equally GPs have a responsibility to prioritise the assessment and management of the healthcare needs of patients who are acutely unwell, rather than spending time dealing with requests for sick notes, particularly when they aren’t in a position to issue one.

Further guidance for employees and employers can be found on the gov.uk website.

We hope that this information is useful.