WALK-IN COVID VACCINATION CLINIC
Do you still need a first, second or booster COVID-19 vaccination? If so please click here for details of our walk-in clinic on 9th January 2022 from 8.30am to 2.30pm.
Visiting our practice?
Please continue to wear a face covering and social distance
All of our COVID-19 secure measures remain in place and this will not change when Government guidance changes on 19 July 2021.
Patients are asked to continue to wear a face covering, unless they are exempt, and to follow social distancing when visiting our GP Practice.
This follows the national Infection Prevention Control (IPC) Guidance for all healthcare settings and will help to ensure the safety of our staff and patients at all times.
Thank you for your continued support.
COVID-19 Vaccination programme – update 13.12.2021
Message to our patients – update on the COVID-19 booster programme
Across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough the NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.
All adults are eligible from Monday 13 December, and you will be able to book via the National Booking System from Wednesday 15 December.
You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months.
We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services may also contact patients directly.
New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. Further availability will come online from Wednesday 15 December.
We will be working with all of our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days.
All of these appointments will be added to the National Booking System and so we encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.
In terms of any planned appointments with The Health Centre Practice, there are no changes at the current time and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.
See more about the vaccination programme in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, including the vaccination services: COVID-19 national vaccination programme | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk)
We will not be offering the COVID-19 booster vaccination at our practice. Instead please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-booster-vaccine/ for more information.
We are currently no longer running a Covid-19 vaccination service at this practice. Please find information below for patients on to access vaccine services locally.
Once eligible, patients will be invited by the National Booking Service to book an appointment at one of the local Vaccination Centres or Pharmacy sites online via nhs.uk/covidvaccination or by calling 119.
For people under 40 without other health conditions, it's currently advised that it's preferable to have another COVID-19 vaccine instead of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. You can find out further information in the latest patient information leaflet.
Any patient who received their first dose at the practice but has not yet taken up their invite for their second dose can still book their appointment online at nhs.uk/covidvaccination or by calling 119.
You will be asked for your name, postcode and NHS number (patients can still book if do not have this) and then you will be offered a choice of appointments at one of the local Vaccination Centres or Pharmacy sites that is offering the same vaccine as you received for your first dose.
JCVI guidance recommends you receive your second dose between eight and 12 weeks after your first dose. However, if it has been over 12 weeks you are still encouraged to book an appointment to receive your second dose to ensure you have maximum protection.
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and protects you and those around you. It’s the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history and has already saved thousands of lives by preventing the spread of Covid-19. Please book your second dose today.
For further information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit nhs.uk/covidvaccine
Have you recovered from COVID-19 – Could you help someone else recover too?
The NHS Blood and Transplant Service need people who have had coronavirus (COVID-19) to donate blood plasma to potentially help others. They welcome all donations but are seeking donations in particular from recovering male patients as they are more likely to have high levels of antibodies against the COVID virus. Therefore if you are aged 18-65 years old and recovering from COVID-19 please consider plasma donation.
For more information please see the attached poster by clicking here, telephone 0300 123 23 23, visit https://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/ or register your interest at: https://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/covid-19-research/plasma-donors/who-can-donate-plasma/
PEOPLE AT HIGHER RISK FROM CORONAVIRUS
The Department of Health and Social Care have identified a new cohort of patients with an increased risk from COVID-19.
A new data-driven risk assessment called COVID-19 Population Risk Assessment has been developed to help identify people who may be at high risk from COVID-19. As a precautionary measure these patients will be added to the Shielded Patient List to enable them to be prioritised for vaccination (offered vaccines at the top of Cohort 6) and to provide them with additional advice and support.
Patients will be advised to follow Government guidance for those who are high risk which currently includes shielding as a precaution.
If you receive a letter it means that you have been identified by the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS Digital as being of similar risk to a clinically extremely vulnerable patient. You will be offered priority COVID-19 vaccination and will give details of the support available and additional shielding advice to those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. The letter will state that by adding people to the Shielded Patient List is the easiest way to ensure earlier vaccination and will emphasise that following shielding advise is voluntary.
All NHS services are under severe pressure at the moment, as we look after increasing numbers of patients who are sick with covid-19 in the community, and other deteriorating conditions too.
We are also delivering the huge and vitally important covid-19 vaccination programme. Please do not contact us unless you are one of the patients above regarding a vaccine, we will contact you.
So that we can focus on these really important issues, we will understandably be prioritising urgent care.
This means that when you contact us, we may have an initial conversation with you to understand how urgent your health needs are.
If you have an issue that is not urgent, you may to wait longer than usual until your problem or concern can be dealt with. You may be asked to rebook at a later date, or at a safer time (e.g. attending for a non-urgent blood test).
Do please make sure that you continue to get in touch with us if you need to. This is particularly important if:
- your problem is genuinely urgent
- you have a long term condition that is getting worse
- you are worried about symptoms that might indicate cancer
Please also remember you can call NHS 111 for urgent concerns, and 999 for serious emergencies. Your local pharmacist can also help with minor complaints too.
For adults with mental health problems including depression and anxiety, you can refer yourself directly to the local wellbeing service, via 0300 300 0055.
If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis, call the First Response Service by calling 111 and select option 2 (in Wisbech call 111, select option 1 and ask to be put through to the First Response Service).
A local CCG has produced an excellent childhood illnesses leaflet free to download here, full of advice and information for parents and carers of young children:
The Cambridgeshire County Council has a range of support and information to help in times of urgent need: telephone 0345 045 5202 8am-6pm weekdays 9am-1pm Saturdays. Outside office hours if someone is in danger telephone 01733 234724. In an emergency, call 999. Also see www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/adults.
Thank you very much for helping us all manage under these very difficult circumstances.
CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT IN ROYSTON
Royston vs Coronavirus
The Royston vs Coronavirus support group has re-opened. They can provide vulnerable people in the community with extra help following the latest government restrictions. Volunteers are on hand to help those in need and if you feel you need the support of the Royston vs Coronavirus team, there are various ways to contact them.
call: 01763 259203 or 07973 853065
or search: 'Royston vs Coronavirus' on Facebook
This practice is supporting vital coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. For more information about this see the General Practice Transparency Notice for GPES Data for Pandemic Planning and Research (COVID-19)
It is now compulsory to wear face coverings on public transport and in hospitals in England.
The Health Centre Practice would like to follow suit and urge patients to provide and wear their own face coverings in the surgery while continuing to follow social distancing guidelines and hand washing.
Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 3, disabled patients and those with breathing difficulties who may find it difficult to manage them correctly.
STAY AT HOME - SAVE LIVES
Need a general practice appointment about something other than coronavirus?
Here's what to do:
- Contact the practice, either online, by an app or by phone
- You will be assessed and as far as possible you will receive advice or care online or over the phone
- If a face-to-face appointment is necessary, you will be advised on what to do
PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE PRACTICE UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO. THIS WILL ENSURE WE CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE ESSENTIAL CARE SAFELY.
Please contact reception on 01763 242981 if you would like to receive a phone call.
Please note we will not provide a medical certificate for patients requiring self-isolation for coronavirus. Please use the request for a medical certificate below.
Request for a Medical Certificate
Advice for parents if child becomes unwell
Please click here for advice if your child is unwell during the current Coronavirus pandemic.