Coronavirus Information

Covid -19 Passport

The NHS App will be the UK Official App for proof of Covid-19 Vaccination where a specific section for this purpose will be available from May 17.
This shows only where the user has had both vaccinations and is being made available from NIMMS data.
For upto date information, please visit the gov.uk website here <https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad>
Please note that the NHS app is different to the NHS Covid-19 app.
**Information for patients**
Please visit the gov.uk website <https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad> for information on how to demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status to show that you’ve had the full course of the COVID-19 vaccine and access this status when travelling abroad. This also includes details of how to obtain a letter to show your vaccination status.
Please DO NOT contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GP's cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHSapp, (which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions) .
The NHSapp can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play
Alternatively you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 7 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 7 days to reach you.

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 offered a telephone or video appointment to discuss your conditions and they will assess if a face to face assessment is essential in order to make a key decision on the next appropriate step. 

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.