COVID-19 vaccination update
Please do not contact the practice to ask for a COVID-19 vaccination.
To enable everyone to get the vaccine in a safe and controlled way, a prioritisation list has been established so the vaccine can be delivered to groups who need it first.
We will contact you when you are eligible to receive the vaccine and provide you with information about location and date, so please don’t contact the practice to ask for a vaccine before then.
We are working hard to plan the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations, while continuing to deliver the largest ever flu vaccine campaign and supporting our patients with routine and urgent health requests. On that basis, we are unable to answer additional questions about the COVID vaccine.
However, to help answer your likely questions, we have tried to summarise the key information you need to know about the upcoming COVID-19 vaccination campaign, along with sharing details of the way patient groups will be prioritised:
- The vaccine will be given in order of priority to those at highest risk first.
- We will be in contact with you with information about where and when you will need to receive the vaccine.
- 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.
What are the priority groups?
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (excluding pregnant women and those under 16)
- all those 65 years of age and over
- all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
- rest of the population (priority to be determined)
Please DO NOT book a GP appointment or come into the GP practice, pharmacy or hospital if you have symptoms of coronavirus.
You are advised to stay at home for 14 days if you or a member of your household have either:
- A fever/high temperature
- A new continuous cough
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you are staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service at www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19 if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.
Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.
Please click on the following link for advice for carers looking after an unwell child: Carer_leaflet_for_when_they_should_seek_advice_for_an_unwell_child
Up to date information about coronavirus is available online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ
Entrance to Addingham Medical Centre is currently restricted for the safety of patients and staff.
To submit an eConsult (which is available 24:7) please click the blue eConsult banner on the home page of our website and a GP will respond in 24 working hours. Should you wish to arrange a telephone appointment please click on the ‘Book an Appointment’ tab at the top of our website to see availability. Alternatively you can call reception who can book a telephone appointment for you or signpost you to the most appropriate service.
If you are on regular medication, now would be the time to commence online ordering and nominate a local pharmacy to receive your prescription. Please telephone reception and they will activate this facility for you. Alternatively you can hand deliver your prescription request by placing it in the postbox at the front door of the practice or send it through the post to us.
Due to the current increase in demand, please allow four working days for prescription requests to be processed. Thank you.
Covid 19 and Hospital Referrals
Some important changes are being made to the way we refer patients to our local hospitals in an effort to help the hospitals manage their resources and treat the people who need help at this difficult time. This statement explains the measures that we have been asked to take during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
Along with other GP practices in Bradford district and Craven, we can now only make urgent referrals to our local hospitals. For the foreseeable future, all routine referrals of patients to hospital will stop.
For all important day-to-day activity, such as anti-coagulation (Warfarin) and glaucoma (eye) services, hospital clinicians are consulting with patients using video, telephone, email and text messaging services.
This is in line with national guidance about the COVID-19 pandemic, in which hospitals have been told to postpone all non-urgent planned treatment.
When considering whether you need to be referred to hospital, your doctor (GP) or healthcare professional will decide whether an urgent referral to hospital is appropriate. If it is, one will be made in the normal way.
But if an urgent referral isn’t immediately necessary, your GP or other healthcare professional will ask you to return to the practice, if your symptoms persist, when the health system has reinstated normal working patterns. The practice will not put you on a list to be contacted again, so it is important that you speak to your GP again at a future date if your condition doesn’t improve.
If, in the meantime, your symptoms become significantly worse, you should contact the practice for further advice. Outside surgery hours, please contact the NHS 111 online service or, if you do not have access to the internet, telephone the service direct on 111.
We will ensure that vulnerable patients – for example those with dementia or severe mental illness – are contacted by the practice appropriately at the right time.
This information also covers hospital walk-in services – such as x-rays and blood tests. Where diagnostic tests are urgent, you will be given an appointment to attend.
Face Mask Exemption
In England, you must by law wear a face covering on public transport and in shops and supermarkets as of 24 July 2020. The Government guidance suggests that there is no requirement for evidence for exemption. It should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption direct with the person questioning them. Practices are therefore not required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions, or to those who do not fall under the list of exemptions. For the latest information please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers
Addingham Medical Centre is therefore not required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions, or to those who do not fall under the list of exemptions.