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Coronavirus

Your GP practice is open and if you need to see your GP, please ring us on 01254 617570. Please do not come to the surgery unless you have an appointment. 

 
Appointments are being delivered face-to-face, online and over the telephone. If you are asked to come into the surgery for a face-to-face appointment, please remember to wear a face covering. Measures are in place to keep you safe from infection during your visit to the surgery. 

We strongly advise you to perform social distancing and look after yourself and your family by washing your hands regularly.

Please look on https://www.nhs.uk/ and

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest NHS and Government advice.

CORONAVIRUS VACCINATION

We are working as part of a group of practices from across Hyndburn to provide the Covid vaccination. 

The vaccine has received much publicity and it’s limitations have been widely reported; the need to keep it refrigerated at very low temperatures, the difficulty in moving the vaccine around and the short shelf life make for very challenging times. Therefore, all vaccinations will take place at our designated vaccination hub, Acorn Primary Health Care Centre. In time and as other vaccinations become available this may change.

We have completed first doses and are now inviting patients to attend for their second dose. If  you have not yet received your first vaccine and are eligible you can phone 119 or visit nhs.uk to book an appointiment at one of the national vaccination sites.

We will be sending both clinical and admin staff to help run the vaccination hub and we apologise ahead of time if it takes longer than usual to answer telephone calls or get an appointment to see a health care professional. We may also need to re-arrange some clinics to allow staff to attend the vaccination hub. We would like to thank all patients for their understanding and continued support during these difficult times. Whilst we endeavour to limit the impact of the day-to-day operations of the surgery, some impact is inevitable.

Whilst this vaccine has the potential to bring to an end the pandemic, we are not there yet and we must remind everybody to remain vigilant, maintain social distancing and follow all national and local guidance. Those patients that receive the vaccine will need 2 doses and it is only 7 days after the second dose that full immunity is gained. Clearly there has been national guidance around when this should happen – 12 weeks after the first dose and this is the schedule we are working to. By working together, we can beat this terrible virus.

Covid Vaccine Status

Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHS app, which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions. 

Alternatively, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.

VITAMIN D

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that a free four-month supply of daily vitamin D supplements will be offered to people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV).

 

People on the CEV list will receive a letter from the DHSC, inviting them to opt in for a supply, to be delivered directly to their homes from January 2021. To opt-in to receive the free supply of vitamin D, people identified on the CEV list will need to register their details between 30 November 2020 and 11 January 2021 at the following link: www.nhs.uk/get-vitamin-d

 

People should not opt in to receive the vitamin D supplements if:

·       They are already taking, or are prescribed, a vitamin D supplement by their GP or healthcare professional i.e. vitamin D preparations such as HuxD3; Osteocaps; SunVitD3; ProD3; Aciferol D3 or calcium and vitamin D preparations such as Evacal D3, Adcal D3,  Accrete D3; Calfovit D3; Calcichew D3 Forte

•     They are under the age of 18

·       They have a medical condition or treatment that means they may not be able to safely take as much vitamin D as the general population.

 

The Department of Health has issued guidance on how to take these supplements safely, which all CEV patients should read before deciding whether to opt in.

 

The DHSC announcement also highlighted current UK government advice for everyone to take a daily 10 microgram vitamin D supplement over autumn and winter, encouraging everyone to purchase products from retailers.

ASTHMA/COPD

We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating (especially on social media) regarding special ‘rescue packs’ of antibiotics and oral steroids for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (or even for those who don’t have these conditions).
 
We would like to reassure you that patients who suffer with severe respiratory conditions already have these in place (along with the instructions how to use them). Oral steroids are powerful medicines and any decision to use them would need careful evaluation by a prescriber, usually a doctor or respiratory specialist nurse.
 
The current advice is please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack unless this is something that has been previously agreed and prescribed by your medical team. 
 
We are aware of increasing requests for inhalers from patients who haven’t had them for a significant period of time. There is a risk of supply problems if inhalers are issued to people who don’t currently need them. GP practices will need to review requests on an individual basis and will only prescribe where there is current clinical need for an inhaler. If your condition changes in future and your GP thinks you need an inhaler it will be prescribed for you at that point.
 
At the moment, inhaler prescriptions are also being limited to one of each type of inhaler in order to make sure that all patients who need one can get one.
 
You should continue to manage your conditions in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or call 111 (online services should be used as a first choice) before doing anything else.

You can also get advice from https://www.asthma.org.uk/coronavirus