Covid Vaccinations UPDATE February 2021
Patients who are OVER 75 by the 31st March 2021 if you have not been contacted please call and book your Covid vaccination appointment. We will be running further clinics due to our large number of patients to vaccinate.
We want to thank our patients for your understanding and patience allowing us to focus and offer the covid vaccine reducing routine queries on Wednesday 10th February.
We are so grateful for your positive feedback and patience to allow our staff to plan, organise and prioritise our clinics for vaccination. Please do not phone reception for enquiries about the vaccine. We do need to keep our phone lines free for you to have access should you require any medical attention or advice. The national helpline is there for advice and we ask you to please call should you require any further information or advice on the covid vaccination -
0800 030 8013 OR 0800 028 2816
Where patients receive an appointment by letter and cannot make it or wish to rearrange they are advised to contact the national helpline on 0800 030 8013 or 0800 028 2816. If they are housebound, the national helpline should take their details and pass those back to the Board for arrangements to be made with local housebound teams. There is no expectation that GP practices make arrangements for this group. Where patients have transport difficulties and need support to get to the venue, each of the Local Authorities have put in place arrangements for this which are described at the links below including contacts for advice on public transport and support for those with mobility issues. Additional information for the public on the Covid Vaccination Programme is also available at https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine
We aim to do this as quickly and as efficiently as possible, but invitations will be dependent on the speed of delivery of the vaccine required.
Our weekend and mid week clinics have been a huge success and we look forward to offering further clinics throughout this week and at the weekends to cover our full cohort of patients in this group.
Patients will be advised that -
- they must wear a mask and bring as few belongings as possible
- they should not attend if the have COVID symptoms
- Wear a short sleeve under outer clothing where possible
Patients cannot have the vaccination if -
- they have had COVID within the last 4 weeks
- if they have received any other vaccine in the last 7 days
Please follow this link for the most up to date advice - NHS Inform
Or phone the NHS Inform Coronavirus help line number on -
0800 030 8013
DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID-19 SITUATION, WE ARE TRYING TO REDUCE THE RISK OF SPREADING THIS VIRUS SO WE ARE ONLY SEEING PATIENTS IN THE SURGERY WHO HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND BY TELEPHONE. Please arrive as near to your appointment time, press the INTERCOM to speak with a receptionist who will alert the clinician that you have arrived.
All consultations are carried out by clinicians wearing PPE. Rooms are cleaned after each appointment. Due to these changes our appointments are significantly reduced. We are continuing to provide a safe and effective service and ask for your understanding and patience shown to ALL our staff working very hard under difficult circumstances.
ANY PRESCRIPTIONS TO BE COLLECTED WILL BE SENT TO YOUR DESIGNATED PHARMACY. DO NOT TURN UP FOR COLLECTION AT THE SURGERY
There is no requirement to obtain evidence in the form of a letter from a doctor or government that you are exempt to wear a face mask.
See link https://accessibletravel.scot/face-mask-exemption-not-everyone-can-wear-one/
If you have symptoms of COVID-19
If you’ve developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature in the last 7 days, stay at home for 10 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild. Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital.
Phone 111 if your symptoms:
- have not improved after 7 days
- are severe or you have shortness of breath
- worsen during home isolation
You should also phone 111 if you develop breathlessness or it worsens, especially if you:
- are 70 years old or over
- have underlying poor health
- have heart or lung problems
- have a weakened immune system, including cancer
- have diabetes
If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.
If you live with others, then the person who has symptoms of COVID-19 (new continuous cough and /or fever/high temperature) should stay at home for 7 days from the start of their symptoms AND ALL OTHER HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS WHO DON'T DEVELOP SYMPTOMS SHOULD STAY AT HOME FOR 14 DAYS in line with new guidance. The 14-day period starts from the day illness began in the first person to become ill.
If others in the household develop symptoms within the 14 days then they will need to stay at home for 10 days from the day their symptoms began, even if this takes them over the 14-day isolation period.
The only people who are being tested for Coronavirus are those with symptoms
Please follow this link if you require an isolation note because you are unable to work for more than 7 days. www.111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
If you have a received a letter from the Scottish Government advising you that your health problem means that you self-isolate for 12 weeks and you need additional practical support or assistance with collecting prescriptions or shopping then you can contact East Renfewshire Council on 0141 557 3093 or email them at email@example.com.
Other resources that could help you are The Community Hub or phone 0141 876 9555
Government guidance for employer
We assume that most responsible employers will follow this advice and not expect you to ask us for a certificate as this will generate a significant amount of work for our team and will significantly detract from our ability to care for those that are unwell.
We may also contact you by text message if there is any information that is necessary.
We will change our opening time to 9 am from 8:30am to allow us to co-ordinate our response to the changing situation on a daily basis.
If you think you have received a call or text message related to Coronavirus that you think is fraudulent please refer to the Action Fraud website. https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/coronavirus-scam-costsvictims-over-800k-in-one-month
IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY OUTWITH THE SURGERY OPENING TIMES PLEASE CALL 111
Please note that between 12-2pm and 5-6pm Monday to Friday only emergency calls can be taken
USEFUL LINKS BELOW FOR SELF REFERRAL AND USEFUL RESOURCES FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HEALTH SERVICES
www.nhsinform.scot is a great website with detailed information on medical problems and how to manage them.
www.nhsinform.scot/scotlands-service-directory is really useful resource giving advice on which health professional in the local area is the best person to deal with your medical problem and how to contact them.
Follow this link for other community services in the East Renfrewshire area
Aliss - Community Health & Wellbeing information is another service to help you find help and support close to you when you need it the most.
OTHER USEFUL LINKS
Ready Steady Baby! - NHS inform:Your guide to pregnancy, labour and birth and early parenthood up to 8 weeks
Urinary Tract Infections
Your local pharmacy can now provide antibiotic treatment for this. If you are female and aged 16-65 and think you may have a Urinary Tract Infection you should now contact your nearest pharmacy where they will assess you and provide necessary treatment.
Follow the link above for "News", then "Latest news" and then "Read our Newsletter" for information on recent changes to the practice
The practice supports the NHS policy of Zero Tolerance which defines violence as:
"Any incident where staff are abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances related to their work, involving an explicit or implicit challenge to their safety, well-being or health".
Violence and aggression towards a person may also be defined as:
"A physical contact with another person which may or may not result in pain or injury. The contact is uninvited and is an attempt to cause harm, injury or to intimidate. Non-physical aggression includes the use of language which causes offence or threatens the safety of a member of staff".
The practice takes a serious view of any incidents of physical and verbal abuse against its employees and will support them, if assaulted, threatened or harassed, so long as the employee is correctly carrying out his or her duties
(Site updated 16/02/2021)