A Letter to All Our Patients on the COVID-19 Vaccination
We are all excited to hear about the progress on a Covid vaccine and that this should improve the quality of life for all of us.
We know that you, like us, are struggling with the confines imposed upon us all due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Everyone is trying to make the best of the situation and, as a practice, we are committed to caring for you in the best possible way whilst keeping both you and our team safe.
To keep you as informed as possible, we will update these messages frequently as we become aware of more information from NHS England:
The approval of the Oxford/Astra-Zeneca vaccine provides a major boost to our plans to offer protection to our patients.
The new guidance from the JCVI on the period between doses also means that we will be able to get the maximum benefit for the most people in the shortest possible time and will help save lives.
The large increase in Covid cases hospitals are seeing and the emergence of a new variant of the virus also shows that we cannot let our guard down now and even those who have received a vaccine still need to follow social distancing guidance.
Please do not contact the surgery nor the hospital to seek a vaccine, we will contact you in the order that the NHS has instructed us to.
Please do not contact the surgery or GP to discuss where you are in relation to the priority for receiving the COVID Vaccine. These are defined by the JCVI and the Government and cannot be influenced by your GP.
Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.
Thank you for your patience
Beaufort Road Surgery
A Letter to our Patients
As you will be aware, the NHS is currently dealing with the Coronavirus Pandemic which has drastically altered how we see patients. A concern with these new arrangements is that patients who would normally be attending to discuss symptoms are now staying away in order to allow us to focus on Pandemic related healthcare.
Whilst we understand and are grateful for this, we would still encourage you to contact the surgery to discuss any new medical problems not related to the coronavirus illness. We can usually make an assessment over the telephone as to whether we can safely delay further assessments or investigations and are happy to give advice. Alternatively, it may be prudent to see you in person, in which case, strict infection control measures are in place in the surgery to protect both staff and patients. The aim of this is to identify and treat any more serious illnesses in a timely fashion rather than allow problems to worsen before the end of the social distancing period.
Further good advice about symptoms is available through the NHS Website, www.nhs.uk and you can also find relevant help, here, on our website.
This letter can be downloaded here: COVID-19 letter to patients
Self Isolation Note
If you require an Isolation note for your employer please follow this link for a down loadable letter from NHS 111 , a copy of which you can then supply to your employer.
Please help your Surgery at this very difficult time with self-help items such as this. Thank you.
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Stay at home advice can be found here
You can also download this leaflet: COVID-19 Advice Leaflet
Click the link below for Up-to-Date information about Coronavirus
There is separate advice about:
staying at home if you’re at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus
staying at home if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus
Dear Patients – 18 March 2020
We appreciate that at a time of heightened national uncertainty you may have a number of questions regarding the coronavirus and it’s potential impact on your health. As you will be aware from national reports the situation is evolving on a daily basis.
We would encourage you to download and read the following document to determine if you are in an at-risk group and follow the recommended advice if you are.