COVID Vaccine Update
We are all excited to hear that there is 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 vaccine is new so all the answers are not yet known – but as soon as we know more, we will tell you
- The Covid Vaccines are not yet licensed to be used on patients in the UK – but we are expecting them to be licensed very soon.
- It has not yet been decided which patients will get the vaccine first and where they will need to go to get it but we expect that those most clinically at risk of the virus will be prioritised.
- The expectation is that the vaccinations will not start for most people until 2021 and it will take some time to vaccinate everyone who is eligible
- Lots of doctors and nurses are volunteering to come back into the workforce to enable the vaccinations to be given over a quicker time span to patients
Meanwhile, we all need to keep to the advice of hand-washing, face masks and social distancing but we all look forward to the time when we will return to life as normal.
Thank you for your patience
Get Volunteer Support During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Help is available from NHS Volunteer Responders during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Find out if you’re eligible and how to get in touch.
If you, or someone you know, or someone you care for would like to register for support from the volunteers or have any questions about the NHS Volunteer Responder programme please call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week).
Alternatively, please consider the following options if you have hearing loss:
- Our Support Team is set up to accept and utilise the Relay UK service
- BSL Health Access, which can connect a British Sign Language (BSL) user with the programme.
If you’re already getting support from our team of NHS Volunteer Responders, then find out more about what happens next on our I’m getting support page.
Appointments & eConsult Update
Flu Vaccines - 50-64 years olds
We are now accepting bookings for this new age group (not normally at clinical risk)
Please call 0118 981 4166 or use online access if you have an account
We regret that we cannot organise or fast track Covid tests for our patients. To arrange a test visit Covid Testing or call 119. This applies to both adults and children.
Joint, Muscle & Back Problems
Self-refer, visit our Musculoskeletal Page
Online Medication Review
If your medication review is overdue please be assured that we will cotinue to issue your repeat prescriptions. We are currently prioritising urgent care and plan to catch up with medication reviews in the New Year.
Visit our online Medication Review page
Face Coverings - COVID-19 Pandemic
Please follow Government guidance regarding when to wear a face covering & exemptions to wearing a face covering where they are mandated
A GP exemption letter is not required. You are able to print your own exemption cards if you wish: