Covid-19

For information regarding the vaccination programme please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic Information:

Please read the following information before your vaccination appointment.

If you have not yet received an invitation please be assured that we will contact you as soon as we are able to offer you a vaccination.  The vaccination programme will continue throughout 2021 in line with government guidance.

Important Information about your COVID-19 vaccination appointment

Important information about the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

Why has my second dose been rescheduled?

 The UK Chief Medical Officers have agreed a longer timeframe between first and second doses (up to 12 weeks) so that more people can get their first dose quickly, and because the evidence shows that one dose still offers a high level of protection after two weeks.  

This decision will allow the NHS to get the maximum benefit for the most people in the shortest possible time and will help save lives. 

Getting both doses remains important so we would urge people to keep their appointment for the second dose when offered.  

If you are in a priority group, please wait for your GP surgery/NHS to contact you about your vaccination.

INFORMATION for:  Gloucestershire community dental, pharmacy and optometry services – COVID Vaccination Programme  (update: 11/1/2021)

https://web.glos.nhs.uk/covid19-vaccination/Main2.aspx

Information for staff

COVID-19 vaccinations will be provided at the Edward Jenner Vaccination Hub at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, the Hub is sign posted, but on the hospital map its named the Redwood Education Centre (grey building).

Please bring an ID badge or a recent pay slip to confirm you work for an organisations in Gloucestershire, otherwise you will not be able to have your vaccination.

Please bring your NHS number this will save time.

Please wear a warm coat as there may be some outside waiting.

Free parking is available and a map of the site can be found on the Gloucestershire Hospitals website

Please read the COVID-19 vaccine leaflets ahead of your appointment, and wear loose fitting clothing to get vaccinated. You must also wear a mask or face covering when you enter the Vaccination Hub.

You should expect the appointment to last approximately 30 minutes.

Pre-screening questions

If you feel unwell do not attend.

If you are self-isolating or have had a confirmed diagnosis of COVID within the previous 4 weeks do not attend

If you have a history of immediate-onset anaphylaxis to a vaccine, medicine or food do not have the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine

Consultations with your GP:

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, how you contact your GP surgery will be different at the moment. This is to limit face-face contact where possible and help stop the spread of coronavirus

Face-to-face appointments are available to all patients, but you may be asked to discuss your conditions over the phone or online first to assess what would be most appropriate for you

In addition to face-to-face consultations, we are offering consultations online or over the phone. This can be a convenient and flexible way to receive healthcare but if you would prefer to see a GP or healthcare professional in person then this will be arranged for you.

Online portal:

The local NHS has been working to improve the way people can access health news and service information in Gloucestershire during the COVID-19 pandemic

As a result, a new web page has been created at https://covid19.glos.nhs.uk which enables local people to find what they need with ease, including clear signposting and links to NHS provider and partner sites.

In this way, patients and the public can access a broad range of information on support and services. The site covers everything from pharmacy (and medication), dentists and opticians to GP, community and hospital services. Information and links to mental health support and testing arrangements are also available.

ChatHealth text advice/support service from school nurses for young people (aged 11-19):

ChatHealth is a texting service for young people aged 11-19 to get advice and support from a School Nurse.  This is confidential and available Monday – Friday 9.00 – 16.30hr.  send a text to 07507 333 351 and you can expect to receive a response the same day within working hours.

Young People have asked about anxiety and emotional health and wellbeing worries mostly but also ask about sexual health and relationships, family issues, body image and a range of other health concerns.

ChatHealth poster/leaflet

The Gloucestershire Carers Hub message during COVID-19:

“We understand that this is a worrying time for carers and, as such, are doing all we can to support carers through this situation”.

Please click on the link below for more information:

https://gloucestershirecarershub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Carers-Hub-message-during-Covid-19-v3-1.pdf

Click on the link below for Coronavirus Information for Carers – frequently asked questions.

https://gloucestershirecarershub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Covid19-Info-for-Carers-adult-services-FAQs-v1.pdf

Mental Health Support:

Please click on the link below for information.

Mental Health Support

Face Mask Exemptions

We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks in various public settings.

GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask.

Gloucestershire Local Medical Committee has therefore prepared this guidance note as the statutory body that advises and supports all GPs and practice teams across both counties. 

The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.

Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers them to have another reason to be exempted.

Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. Some transport and retail staff may not wear a face covering if it is not required for their job.

 We hope that this guidance provides some reassurance for you on this issue.

The surgery is open for pre-booked appointments only at the moment. Please contact us to make an appointment and we will be happy to help. Patients are requested to wear a face-covering when attending the surgery. PLEASE DO NOT TURN UP AT THE SURGERY WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT. We will continue to operate strict social distancing measures to ensure your safety and to protect our staff and any changes to our policy will be notified via the website and by text messages. Thank you.