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COVID INFORMATION

For the latest information regarding COVID please follow the below link:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Latest information on - COVID-19 Vaccination programme

The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine has now been approved for use and the NHS will be starting to offer this to priority groups as soon as supplies arrive.

When will a vaccine be available?

The first deliveries of the vaccine should be during w/c 14 December 2020 and the NHS is ready to start offering them as soon as they arrive to those who need them most.

Who will get a vaccine?

The vaccine will be offered to those at greatest risk from Covid19 first, starting with people living in care homes, people over 80 years old and frontline health and social care workers. This is based on the guidance from the Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations which is available here. As more supplies of the vaccine or alternative vaccines become available it will be rolled out in phases to people aged between 80 and 50 and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. People will be invited for a vaccine when it is their turn so they do not need to contact their practice or the NHS.

Where can I get a vaccine?

To start with, vaccines will only be available at hospital ‘hubs’ where the Pfizer vaccine can be stored safely. However, arrangements are also being put in place to offer vaccines from a number of different locations as more supplies and different vaccines become available. These include local vaccine services provided by GPs and pharmacists and new dedicated vaccination centres to make sure that everyone who needs a vaccine is able to get one.

Further information

We will share further information with you as it becomes available. In the meantime, there are three things people can do to help:

  • Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine - we will contact you when it’s the right time to you to have yours
  • Please act on your invite when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them;

Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.

Please view the patient information leaflet available at the following address:

Test Results

All test results are seen by the doctors when they return from the hospital. For very urgent abnormalities you will be contacted. For your own peace of mind it is best to contact the surgery to receive your test results. If you have not been told a time to return to see the doctor for the results, please telephone after 11:00. Please note it can take 3 to 5 days for results to come back from the hospital. We may ask you to confirm your address and date of birth for security reasons.

Samples

Samples are taken from the surgery to the hospital at 13:00. Most blood samples do not keep overnight and so you will be asked to make a morning appointment with the practice nurse for them to be taken. Some blood tests e.g. cholesterol and sugar, need to be taken when you have starved for a period of 12 hours. It is usually best to have nothing to eat or drink from 21:00 the night before the blood test, and to have an appointment with the nurse as early in the morning as possible. For a pregnancy test it is best to test the first urine specimen passed after getting out of bed in the morning. If it is positive it is best to see the doctor soon to arrange maternity services.

 
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