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Over 80’s Covid vaccine you will get a letter in the next few weeks – please do not phone the Practice – see our Covid page for further information

Due to the Coronavirus we have decided to temporarily suspend the online appointment system. The facility to order prescriptions online has not been affected. The sit and wait blood clinic has also been suspended and will operate on a pre booked appointment basis. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience at this time.

Please check with reception if you have a nominated pharmacy as from 12th March all prescriptions will be sent electronically

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CORONAVIRUS INFO

Covid - 19 Vaccination Roll Out

The Covid-19 vaccination programme has begun, but it is not currently being given at this Practice. When it is your turn to be vaccinated, the NHS will contact you. Please do not contact the NHS.

 

In Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, a few different health and care organisations are working together on the Covid-19 vaccination programme. This means when it is your turn to be vaccinated, you will be told where to go for your appointment and how to book. This will not currently be at your GP Practice.

 

In line with expert guidance, the first priority for vaccination is care homes residents and staff, people over the age of 80 and frontline health and care workers.

 

We understand a lot of people want to be vaccinated and would like to reassure you this will happen.

Please be patient and wait to be contacted.

 

For further information on why you are being asked to wait for your Covid-19 vaccine, please read the information on the GOV.UK website or this leaflet.

 


Covid Vaccination Roll Out - OVER 80's

Across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire people over the age of 80 are being contacted to book their Covid-19 vaccination.

In the next few weeks, over 80s will receive a letter from the NHS explaining how to book their appointment.

Health bosses have asked the public to wait until they have received their letter before contacting the NHS, their GP or local hospital hub – the letter will have full details of how to make an appointment.  Do not call your GP or turn up at A&E or your doctor’s surgery – the only way to get an appointment and the jab is to follow the instructions in the letter.

 

For further information please click the link below:

Covid-19 Vaccinations in Nottinghamshire: Letters being sent to over 80s, look out for yours - NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG (nottsccg.nhs.uk)

 


Covid Vaccine Information - 12/11/2020

There has been huge coverage in the media recently about the Covid vaccine, and we understand that our patients are curious and would like to know how it relates to being a patient here at Castle.

We understand that the roll out of the vaccine will start in December, but more likely the New Year onwards.

The Government will decide how many vaccines are allocated to patients across Nottinghamshire, with priority going to those classed at being high risk of contracting Covid 19.

We understand that two doses of the vaccine will be required.

We will post updates to our website as and when we have more information, so we kindly ask you keep checking our website and please do not contact reception for an update.

Patients who are eligible will be contacted in due course. You do not need to contact us.

Please ensure we have your up to date contact details.


Introduction - Coronavirus

The COVID pandemic has been a difficult time for everyone.   We hope that all our patients are keeping safe and well during this turbulent time. We hope that you are keeping abreast of the latest government guidance regarding the measure that each of us should put into to ensure that we limit our chance of contracting the virus and passing it on to others.

Throughout the pandemic, the guidance of how we should provide patient care has changed dramatically and the Practice has had situation the Practice has been open Monday to Friday 8.00 – 18.30 each day. However we have had to modify the delivery of our service based on Department of Health advice and guidance.


What you can expect from us?

  • We have been and will continue to be open Monday-Friday from 8.00am - 6.30pm

  • We are providing GP, Nursing, Health Care Assistant and Phlebotomy services.
  • In line with local and national guidance, online pre-bookable appointments have been suspended.
  • We have now moved, predominately to telephone consultations, in the first instance we will try and help you over the telephone. If we need to look at something during the consultation, the clinician will talk you thorough setting up our electronic remote video consultation via your PC or mobile phone. If we cannot help you fully via phone or remote video, we will take the history of your complaint over the phone and then invite you to attend the practice.
  • We are asking patients to stick to one problem per one appointment, so that appointments do not over run and we minimise patient contact in the waiting area.
  • From 24th July all of our patients must wear a face covering if you come into the practice, this could be a face mask or a scarf. We are sorry, but the practice does not have access to sufficient PPE to be able to provide patients with a mask.
  • If you are asked by one of our clinicians to attend the surgery, then please follow the directions that they have given you.
  • Please do not arrive early for you appointment, please wait outside or in your car, until your appointment time. We are asking you to do this to minimise the amount of time that you spend in our waiting area. If you arrive more than 5 minutes early you will be asked to wait outside and return 5 minutes before your appointment.
  • All of our clinical staff will be wearing PPE during a face to face consultation
  • Our reception team will be working behind a protective screen
  • We are now allowing some pre-bookable appointment for both GP and Nursing services; these appointments must be booked via our reception team. However these are only for a few of our services, where we feel that we have to see the patient, rather than dealing with the condition over the phone.
  • Our aim is to limit and stagger the number of patients that we have entering the practice to prevent the risk of infection to patients and staff, we are working in a modified system so as such please bear in mind the below factors:
  • You may not be able to see your usual clinician
  • You may not have as much choice as previously with appointment times
  • We are encouraging patients to still attend for routine childhood immunisations and smear tests.
  • If possible, please order your repeat medication via your local pharmacy or if you are registered to access online services, you can still use our online prescription ordering facility.
  • Where possible, all prescriptions will be sent electronically back to the pharmacy of your choice. This will prevent you from having to come to the Practice. If you have not nominated a pharmacy of your choice, then please tell one of our reception team, who will record it on your clinical record.
  • The sit and wait blood clinic has also temporarily been suspended and will operate on a pre-booked appointment basis.
  • All patients must wear a face covering before entering the building
  • We do not provide Covid 19 fit to fly letters or certificates for international travel purposes

 


 

 

What can you do for us?

  • We do please ask that during these stressful and uncertain times you bear with our staff as we all try to serve you to the best of our abilities with the restrictions we are working within. Our staff have continued to work extremely hard during these challenging times and we do ask that you are patient and polite with all NHS workers.

Please only enter the building for the below reasons:

You have a pre-booked face to face appointment

Dropping off a sample

Picking up a sample bottle

 

Pharmacy – please use the entrance at the top of the steps outside the building, there is no access from within the building

 

Prescriptions:

  • To drop off a repeat prescription request please use the designated Castle post box outside the Physio entrance to the building
  • Order direct from your designated pharmacy
  • Order via the online ordering facility on our website if you are registered for this service

 

  • If you’re attending the Practice for an appointment:

  • Should you have an appointment booked to come into the Practice, and then start to feel unwell with suspected COVID symptoms please telephone us, and inform us before coming to the Practice.
  • Please maintain a safe social distance between yourself, other patients and Practice staff.
  • Please use the toilet and have a bath/shower before coming in for your appointment and wear a fresh set of clothes.
  • Please do not arrive early, if you are early please wait outside until your appointment time. We are asking you to do this to minimise the amount of time that you spend in our waiting area. If you enter the Practice more than 5 minutes before your appointment time you will be asked to wait outside or in your car and return 5 minutes before your appointment is due
  • The self-check in screens are available for use but we would encourage washing your hands or using gel after touching the screen.
  • Unless absolutely necessary please attend your appointment alone, if this isn’t possible please only bring one other person. Should you arrive with additional people please note that they will be asked to wait for you outside or in the car. These measures are to ensure the safety of our staff, other patients and the person (s) accompanying you.

The reception team are passing on this advice and direction from the GP team.

Home visits are very limited and come with additional risk factors, so where possible patients are asked to attend the Practice.


Guidance Coming from the Press

  • Patient antibody testing – You may have seen articles about having antibody testing done with other blood tests, at present (July) this facility is not available as yet, when it is, we will publish some additional information on this web page.
  • Letters for non-shielding patients – we are not able to do a letter for your employer if you have concerns about returning to work. We encourage you to have a discussion with your employer about your concerns and see if there are any reasonable measures that can be put in place to help ensure a smooth return to work.

 


General Covid Information

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/


 

Suspected COVID-19 Symptoms

 

If you suspect that you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please log on to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 and complete the online Coronavirus symptom checker. If you do not have online access, then please call 111.

 

For patients concerned that they may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 online service has created coronavirus pages that tell patients what they should do based on their particular circumstances.  These can be accessed at: https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19

 

PRESS RELEASE 09/10/2020

NOTTINGHAM GP’S MESSAGE TO OVER 50s AS FLU SEASON GETS UNDERWAY

A Nottingham GP has shared an important message to those aged 50-64 years old as flu season gets underway.

Earlier this year, the 50-64 age group was added to those eligible for a free flu vaccine however, this age group is being asked to wait to have a flu jab until later this year. This is to make sure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.

Dr Stephen Shortt, GP at East Leake Medical Group and Joint Clinical Leader at the NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG, explained why this was the case.

He said: “With winter approaching and the additional pressure of having the flu virus and coronavirus co-circulating this year, we understand that many patients are keen to book in for their flu vaccines.

“Our priority first and foremost is to ensure that those who are the highest risk from flu are vaccinated first and this is already underway. Once we have vaccinated those most at risk, we can then look to vaccinate further patients later in the year, providing there are sufficient vaccines available. 

“We understand that that some people will feel anxious about not being able to get a vaccine as soon as they would have hoped to but we would encourage the public to be patient and when those most vulnerable have been vaccinated we will be able to start vaccinating the 50-64 cohort.”

As a result, people in the 50 to 64 year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there are sufficient vaccines, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then.

If you are 50 to 64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from flu, you will be invited earlier.

Flu can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups, as well as complications like bronchitis and pneumonia, so it is particularly important to have the flu vaccine. The vaccine is available free of charge on the NHS, if you:

  • Are 65 years or over
  • Are pregnant
  • Have certain medical conditions
  • Are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay facility
  • Receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • Live with someone who’s at risk of coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list) or you expect to be with them on most days over winter

PRINCIPLE STUDY - HELP THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19.

DO YOU HAVE SUSPECTED OR CONFIRMED COVID-19?

(Symptoms may include cough, high temperature, loss/change in smell/taste)

Are you aged 65 and above?

Or,

Aged 65 to 64 with high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma or lung disease, weakened immune system due to serious illness or medication (eg chemotherapy), known diabetes, stroke or neurological problems or liver disease.

Then, you could be eligible to join the PRINCIPLE trial and help the fight against

COVID-19.

To find out more or register for the study, please visit:

www.principletrial.org or telephone 0800 138 0880 or email principle@phc.ox.ac.uk




 
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