Covid-19 Vaccine update
The NHS in NW London has started to deliver the Covid-19 vaccine, in line with the government’s priority list of which people will get it first.
This is a very exciting development and we want to be clear about how it will work for local people. The NHS will get in touch with you directly when it is your turn to be vaccinated.
Please don’t contact your doctor or the NHS asking about vaccination; this is not a service that you are able to book in advance. The NHS will contact you when your turn comes in the months ahead. If you are contacted, please do attend the appointment.
We would encourage those over 80 and in the government’s priority list to be ready to accept their invite when called by their GP, reading the covid19 vaccination guide for adults leaflet is a good way to prepare – Please click on the link: https://www.salujaclinic.co.uk/covid-vaccine-guide-for-adults/
It will take time to vaccinate everyone in this first group. The phased vaccine supply means the bulk of vaccinations for high risk groups will inevitably take place between January and April – so please be aware you may not be called until then.
In the meantime, it is vitally important that we all continue to follow the national
public health guidance: wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and maintain safe social distancing. Covid-19 is still very prevalent and highly infectious: the risk of catching it is the same as ever for people who have not been vaccinated.”
Primary care staff across each borough will be able to access your full medical record without consent during COVID-19 pandemic but will only do so when this is necessary to provide you with care. They will be required to use a smartcard which confirms their identity, and which limits their access and actions to those appropriate for their role. They will all have been trained to understand their professional and legal responsibilities in providing you with care.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 13/3/20
NHS England has issued guidance to GP practices about the use of online appointments in relation to the current coronavirus outbreak.
In order to protect patients, all unnecessary visits to the surgery are to be avoided. You can no longer book a face to face routine appointment without speaking to a clinician. Telephone consultations will be available via our reception. Telephone triage will be available for urgent medical problems that cannot wait until the next telephone consultation. If you are displaying flu like symptoms, please access NHS 111 services online https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or via telephone, as this WILL NOT be managed by the medical centre. We appreciate your patience at this challenging time.
Please see link below regarding information for the public about coronavirus https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.
If you are suffering with flu like symptoms, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
PLEASE SEE THIS LINK TO COMPLETE AN ONLINE RISK ASSESSMENT
People are being urged to keep an extra special eye on themselves and the people they care for over the winter period so minor illnesses don’t become more serious.
People who are older or have long term conditions may be particularly vulnerable to winter bugs which could become serious and require hospital treatment. Getting help earlier may prevent this from happening.
To make sure winter bugs don’t become more serious:
- Have your flu jab
- If you start to feel ill, get help from your pharmacy straight away
- Keep your home warm, at least 18 degrees
- Make sure you take any medicines as directed
- Get any repeat prescriptions filled in advance as many surgeries and pharmacies close over Christmas
- Keep a supply of cold and flu remedies in the house so you don’t need to go out if the weather is bad
- If you are prescribed antibiotics finish the course
- Don’t go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS 111 can help you get the right treatment