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Important Covid19 Information
Covid-19 vaccination programme
The Government has asked the NHS to get ready for a Covid-19 vaccination programme so we can begin offering the vaccine as soon as is it is available.
This is not likely to be in the next few days or weeks, however, and no timeline has yet been set.
Although a vaccine has not yet been approved for use in the UK, we are however, looking at how we might prioritise its delivery when it is.
This might mean that we prioritise the use of the test so that a smaller numbers of people – who are considered the most vulnerable – will be vaccinated first, with others being offered the vaccine in the new year.
The NHS will follow clinical guidance for who will be vaccinated first. Although there has been a recent and encouraging announcement about the use of a vaccine recently, there is currently no timeline for the roll-out of a vaccine and we will update our information as it becomes available.
In the meantime, we are encouraging people to have their flu vaccination as soon as possible in preparation for this winter. By protecting yourself against the flu virus, you will be also protecting family and friends.
Who will get the vaccine?
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recently published updated advice on the priority groups to receive COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available, advising that vaccines should first be given to care home residents and staff, followed by people aged over 80 and health and social workers, before being rolled out to the rest of the population in order of age and risk.
The JCVI will continue to update its advice as more information becomes available on vaccine effectiveness, safety and clinical characteristics. This will in turn be reflected in the NHS’s plans.
Exemption from Wearing a Face Covering - COVID-19
GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel they should be exempt from wearing a face covering.
The Cheshire Local Medical Committee (LMC) advises the following:
The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement to produce evidence for exemption therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this. If your request relates to a transport matter then it will be a matter for the transport operator to determine. The responsibility for issuing exemptions is with the transport provider not your GP.
Access to Fountains Health Building
From Monday 30 March the doors will be closed to the Fountains Health building. This is to reduce the spread of Covid-19 through people coming in who don't absolutely have to.
The Practice is still open.
If you have spoken to a clinician and have been booked in for an appointment, please use the buzzers by the front door to gain entry.
If you have been asked to bring in a sample, please use the buzzers by the front door to gain entry. Empty sample pots are available at the welcome desk on the ground floor. Please put full sample pots in the post box by the front door wherever possible - make sure that the lid is tightly fastened, your details are written on it, and put it in a plastic bag.
If you need to submit a prescription request or hand in a letter please use the post box by the front door.
Lift access to the building will be affected. If you need to use the lift to get from the car park to the building, please use the George Street lift and cross the courtyard for step-free access to the building. We apologise for this access impairment.
We appreciate your patience and co-operation during this time.
All appointments at the Practice can now only be booked after speaking with a Doctor or Nurse.
If you have an upcoming appointment, this will be replaced with a telephone consultation.
If the Doctor or Nurse feels you need to be seen, they will arrange for you to come in. If you are required to be seen, you will need to be wearing a face mask or covering before accessing the building.
Important information about the coronavirus (Covid-19)
The NHS in Cheshire and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to protect patients, our community and NHS staff while ensuring as many services as possible are available to the public.
If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days.
Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.
If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.
But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.
Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.
Fit Notes & Covid-19
We cannot issue fit notes to cover you for self-isolation. If you have symptoms of coronavirus and have used the 111 coronavirus service (111.nhs.uk/covid-19) OR if you are living with someone with symptoms of coronavirus, you can get an isolation note at: 111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
We strongly suggest that employers use their discretion around the need for medical evidence for a period of absence where an employee is advised to stay at home due to suspected Covid-19, in accordance with the public health advice being issued by the government.
If you are in an at-risk group and are self-isolating then your employer is responsible for putting arrangements in place for home or remote working. Where this is not possible then you may self-certify and your employer may authorise your absence as per government advice.
Do you need a evening or weekend appointment?
The Extended hours service is available to all patients to book a routine appointment outside of practice opening hours.
This includes GP and nurse appointments as well as blood test and physiotherapy assessments.
the service can be found at the 1829 Building at the Countess of Chester Health Park, and other locations around Cheshire.
Appointments are available:
- Monday - Friday from 6.30pm - 9.00pm
- Saturday - Sunday from 9.00am - 6.00pm
Please call 0300 123 7743 to book an appointment.
(Site updated 20/11/2020)