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28th Apr

NHS COVID Pass

People in England who have satisfied vaccine requirements 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 use where certain venues and events in England choose to use COVID-19 certification.

If you’re aged 12 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. See the GOV.UK website for more information about the NHS COVID Pass for children.

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 7 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.

Do not contact the surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.

 

28th Apr

Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site.

Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site

If you live in England, you can use this service to find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site. You can get a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from a walk-in site without an appointment.

You can get these at walk-in sites:

  • 1st and 2nd doses for people aged 5 years old and over

  • boosters for people aged 16 years old and over, plus at-risk children aged 12 to 15 years old

  • spring boosters for people aged 75 years old and over, plus people aged 12 years old and over with a weakened immune system

  • additional primary doses for people with a severely weakened immune system aged 12 years old and over

You do not need to be registered with a GP to use a walk-in vaccination site. Go on to the website below to find your nearest centre;

www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site

28th Apr

PANORAMIC Study

What is PANORAMIC?

The study aims to find out if new antiviral treatments for COVID-19 in the community reduce the need for hospital admission and help people to get better sooner.

The study is open to people in the UK who:

  • have tested positive for COVID-19 using a PCR or lateral flow test
  • have COVID-19 symptoms that started within the last 5 days
  • are aged 50 and over, or are aged 18 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19

Find out more about the University of Oxford COVID-19 antiviral study on the PANORAMIC trial website


Participating in PANORAMIC

There are two ways patients can join the national study:

  1. Volunteers can sign up independently. More on this on the PANORAMIC trial website.
  2. GPs can use NHS Digital’s Population Health platform to view a list of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are potentially eligible to take part in the study. More on this in the Our role in PANORAMIC section below.

Our role in PANORAMIC

NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care commissioned NHS Digital to provide a solution to find people who would be eligible for the PANORAMIC study. 

The NHS Digital Population Health platform gives GPs access to a list of their patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and may be eligible for the study. GPs use this information to make contact with the patient to offer information about taking part.

See more Guidance for NHS staff about coronavirus treatments.

 
28th Apr

NHS COVID Pass letter

Use this service to get an NHS COVID Pass letter for travel sent to you by post, and in other formats such as audio, big print or Braille.

You can apply for yourself or for someone else.

You can get a digital NHS COVID Pass to download and print using the NHS App or online NHS COVID Pass service if you prefer. You cannot get audio, big print or Braille with a digital NHS COVID Pass.

Who can use this service

To use this service, you need to:

  • be aged 12 or over
  • have an NHS number
  • be vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine recognised in the UK
  • wait 5 days after your 2nd dose (or 1st dose of Janssen)

If you had your vaccination in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales you can use this service if you're registered with a GP in England.

Vaccines recognised in the UK
 

You can also use this service if you:

Contact your clinical trial site if you cannot get your NHS COVID Pass letter.

You cannot use this service if you have successfully applied for your NHS record to be flagged as sensitive.

Before you start

We'll ask you some questions, so we can look up your vaccination record. If we can find your vaccination record, we'll send a letter to the address the NHS has for you.

What address the NHS has for you
 

Find out:

Start now

By using this service you're agreeing to our terms of use and privacy policy.

Ask for a letter by phone

You can ask for a letter by calling:

  • 119
  • +44 151 905 0119 if you're abroad (you'll be charged according to your carrier's rates)
  • 0808 162 4119 free from any Isle of Man landline or mobile phone (dial the full 11-digit number)

Do not call if you're travelling in more than 4 weeks' time.

 
28th Apr

NHS Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings

The government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.

From Thursday 27 January face coverings are no longer required by law in any setting however, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.

That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.

Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.

The NHS will continue to support staff in ensuring that the guidance is followed in all healthcare settings.

28th Apr

COVID-19 vaccination: spring booster

People aged 75 years and older, residents in care homes for older people, and those with weakened immune systems will be offered a spring booster of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. Appointments will be available from the National Booking Service shortly.

Who is being offered a spring booster?

COVID-19 is more serious in older people and those with a weakened immune system. Protection from the vaccine may be lower and may decline more quickly in these people. For this reason people aged 75 years and over, those in care homes and those aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system are being offered the spring booster.

Although vaccines are expected to provide good protection against severe COVID-19 disease, protection against mild infection with the Omicron variant seems to decline quickly, even after the booster dose.

This spring booster is being offered as a precaution to those at extremely high risk, most of whom received their first booster around 6 months ago. If the number of infections increases over the summer, this booster should help to reduce your risk of being admitted to hospital with COVID-19.

Timing of the spring booster

You should be offered an appointment around 6 months (and not before 3 months) since your last dose of vaccine.

Which vaccine will you be offered?

You will be given a booster dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine [footnote 1]. Both vaccines boost well and have already been given to millions of people in the UK.

Studies have shown that you only need a half dose of Moderna to boost the immune system well. This half dose of Moderna is expected to have a low rate of side effects including myocarditis.

You will be offered the right vaccine for you, which may be the same or different from the vaccines that you had before.

Who cannot take up the offer of a spring booster

There are very few people who should not have this booster.

If you have had a severe reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine you should discuss this with your doctor.

28th Apr

Covid Vaccination appointment hub

Covid Vaccination Hub - appointment booking
 
The Appointment Hub and phone lines is now closed due to reduced demand. 
From Friday 29th April patients can call the surgery they are registered with to make an appointment for a Covid vaccination.
The next vaccination clinic at North Cotswolds Hospital, in Moreton is on Wednesday 4th May. 1st, 2nd, 3rd doses for patients over 12 years and spring boosters (over 75's) can be accommodated in this clinic.
28th Apr

Covid Vaccination appointment booking hub

The Appointment Hub and phone lines is now closed due to reduced demand.
From Friday 29th April patients can call the surgery they are registered with to make an appointment for a Covid vaccination.
The next vaccination clinic at North Cotswolds Hospital, in Moreton is on Wednesday 4th May. 1st, 2nd, 3rd doses for patients over 12 years and spring boosters (over 75's) can be accommodated in this clinic.
23rd Feb

Prescription prepayment certificate

You can buy prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) from the NHS which may make your prescriptions cheaper.

You can only get a PPC if you live in England.

A 3 or 12 month PPC covers all your prescriptions for that period, no matter how many you need.

A prescription costs £9.35 per item, but a PPC costs:

  • £30.25 for 3 months
  • £108.10 for 12 months

This means if you’re going to buy 4 or more prescriptions in 3 months, or 12 or more prescriptions in 12 months, it may be cheaper to buy a PPC.

You can pay in 10 monthly instalments if you buy a 12 month PPC.

How to buy

You canbuy PPCs online or call the order line and pay by debit or credit card.

PPC order line
Telephone: 0300 330 1341
Find out about call charges

3rd Dec 2021

Have you got the NHS App?

At home or on the move, with the new NHS App you can conveniently order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical records, manage appointments at your GP surgery, set organ donation preferences, and check symptoms.

The app has been developed by the NHS and has been designed to help people get more information about their health and care - and more control of how they use NHS services. New functions and services will also be added in the coming months. Why not download it and try it out? 

The app is convenient, gives you more control of your health at all times, and is owned and run by the NHS.

What does the NHS App do?

The NHS App allows you to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. A desktop version is launching soon too.

You can use it wherever you are, at any time. It puts valuable information about your health and treatments at your fingertips.

You can:

  • order repeat prescriptions
  • view your GP medical record
  • book and cancel appointments at your GP surgery
  • register for organ donation and change your donation preferences
  • use the symptoms checker, including an A to Z of conditions and treatment advice from the NHS website
  • access 111 Online, for advice on self-care and whether urgent help is needed

Is my information safe?

Just like a banking app, your identity will be carefully checked during the simple registration process. The app has been designed, built and tested so that your personal information is always safe and secure.

How to register through the NHS App

Download the app from your mobile device’s app store and follow the easy step-by-step registration instructions. It will help if you know your NHS number (though this isn’t essential), and you will need to have a form of ID (passport or driving license) to hand.

If you want to learn more, visit the NHS App page on the NHS UK website.

3rd Dec 2021

Green Impact for Health

The Practice has committed to the Green Impact for Health Scheme which has been set up to accredit practices who are aiming to reduce our impact on the environment and work in a more sustainable way.

This successful scheme has been set up by the National Union of Students and has been running since 2006, but has been expanded in recent years to include the Royal College of General Practitioners.

We use an online system targeting energy use, waste disposal, water usage, procurement, prescribing and travel, with points awarded for achievements in reducing our impact on the environment. These achievements are recognised with Bronze, Silver and Gold awards which we are currently working towards.

Our Practice is aware of the importance of working in a greener way to ensure that we leave the planet in good condition for future generations and by joining this national scheme, we hope we can continue to make positive changes.

3rd Dec 2021

Common Childhood Illnesses and Their Treatments

You can treat many common childhood illnesses at home. You can also get advice from your GP, pharmacist or health visitor. It can be difficult to tell when a baby or toddler is seriously ill, get immediate help if you feel your child is seriously unwell.

Click the link below for common illnesses, how to care and when to seek urgent medical attention.

https://what0-18.nhs.uk/parentscarers/worried-your-child-unwell

15th Jul 2021

Help your GP Surgery to help you

The surgery is experiencing a very high demand for services at present. Please watch this video.

Thank you  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OMmFc8CRFY

 

14th Jun 2021

National Data Opt Out

The national data opt-out is a service that allows patients to opt out of their confidential patient information being used for research and planning.

For more information and to opt out, please go to the following website:

https://digital.nhs.uk/services/national-data-opt-out

 

 

25th Jun 2020

How you can help us to maintain your health

How you can help us maintain your health

We are encouraging patients to purchase a thermometer to have it at home to enable the GPs to make an assessment remotely when appropriate.

It is also useful to have a Blood Pressure Monitor to have at home if you are suffering from any cardio vascular disease, diabetes or are being treated for blood pressure management. Some information about blood pressure monitors is here :

Choosing a BP Machine and Measuring at home

5th Mar 2020

Are you suffering from a minor ailment?

Think Pharmacy First

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