CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) + Vaccination

Nidderdale Group Practice and Covid 19

Like the rest of the country, Nidderdale Group Practice has seen a lot of changes over the last few months. Ultimately, the changes that we have made are designed to help keep patients and staff as safe as possible are in line with national guidance from various professional bodies.

A huge thank you to all our patients who have supported us during the pandemic. We appreciate the changes havent been easy but we are hopeful that they continue to help and support you as patients as well as helping to keep the community safe.

 

Please see our Practice Updates for some FAQs and further updates during the pandemic.

Covid Vaccination Booster Programme

The government has announced that some people will be eligible for a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. The booster programme will follow the same priority groups for rollout and in the same order as the one advised by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) for the initial Covid vaccination programme and will take place at least six months after the second dose for eligible patients:

Those eligible for a booster dose will be cohorts 1 – 9 from the initial vaccination programme:

Residents in a care home for older adults and their paid carers

  1. All those aged 80 and over and front line health and social care workers
  2. All those aged over 75 and over
  3. All those aged 70 and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  4. All those aged 65 and over
  5. All those aged 16 – 64 with underlying health conditions which put them at serious risk of serious disease and mortality from Covid-19 and unpaid carers
  6. All those aged 60 years and over
  7. All those aged 55 and over
  8. All those aged 50 and over

The NHS is currently developing the booster programme and identifying sites for the vaccinations to take place. There are likely to be a mixture of sites as with the initial programme including GP led, community pharmacy led and large vaccination sites. You will be contacted when it is your turn to come forward and there is no need to contact your GP practice.

Once you have received your invite to book your booster vaccine, please visit the NHS website Book or manage a booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine to arrange an appointment. 

You will be able to book into the national booking centre sites, local pharmacy led sites (such as those in Pateley Bridge and Knaresborough run at the old Lidl site) as well as Ripon Racecourse run by The Yorkshire Health Network (YHN). YHN set up the Yorkshire Show Ground vaccination site and Ripon Racecourse vaccination site for phase 1 of the vaccination programme. They are currently looking at developing other vaccination sites to help deliver the programme across the region. The Yorkshire Show Ground won't be used for the booster programme.

Covid Vaccination 3rd Dose for Immunosuppressed Cohort

The government has identified a group of patients who should receive a third dose of vaccine as part of their initial vaccination programme. These are patients with severe immunosuppression around the time of their first or second COVID-19 vaccine doses. These patients are currently being identified by their GPs and hospital consultants and will be contacted shortly to come forward.

More information on the specific medical condition associated with immunosuppression can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/third-primary-covid-19-vaccine-dose-for-people-who-are-immunosuppressed-jcvi-advice/joint-committee-on-vaccination-and-immunisation-jcvi-advice-on-third-primary-dose-vaccination

Covid Vaccination

The covid vaccination bookings are now centralised through the NHS covid vaccination website. All adults over the 18 are eligible. If you need to book your 1st or 2nd vaccine please visit the link below for more details:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

 

Proof of Vaccine - Covid 19 vaccine 'passport'

From 17 May international travel will be permitted to a limited number of countries and in some cases proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required. The mechanism for proving your vaccine status is through the NHS app. For those who cannot access the NHS app you can request written proof that you have received your Covid-19 vaccination by contacting the NHS on 119. Please do not contact your GP practice - we are unable to issue this certificate at the practice. You can find out more at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-confirms-traffic-light-list-ahead-of-cautious-return-to-international-travel

NHSapp

Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHSapp (from the 17th May), (which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions)

The NHSapp can be downloaded from https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-app/id1388411277 for iPhone or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.online.nhsonline for android.

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.

Dispensary during the COVID Pandemic:

When collecting medication from the surgery, please use the dispensary windows at each site. Please only use this for medication collection and queries. If you are attending an appointment or need to drop off a sample, please ring the doorbell/intercom for reception or approach the reception window at Birstwith surgery (by the car park).

For patients who would normally collect a paper prescription from Pateley Brdige Surgery: Unless you tell us otherwise we will assume you are happy for scripts to go directly to the nearest chemist if you are a non-dispensing patient. This is to minimise footfall in the surgery and reduce the risk to patients and staff. Please let us know if you would prefer to continue to pick up your script from reception. 

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus you are advised to stay home for 10 days.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 10 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal duties.

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 10 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 10 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do. Alternatively, please call 111.

NHS North Yorkshire CCG Update

We have been working hard across North Yorkshire and York to redesign how we provide primary care services to our patients as we work through the COVID-19 outbreak.We are putting in place a new approach and you will see changes if you access services from your GP.

Click on the link below to download more information:

NHS North Yorkshire CCG Update.pdf

Practice Update

The COVID pandemic situation continues to require ongoing changes to the way we provide care in Nidderdale as per notices and messages over recent months. Things are changing so quickly that a general update would be rapidly out of date, so national resources are a better bet (NHS website or NHS 111).

However - a few important comments at this difficult time: firstly please be assured we have no intention of closing! Even if we get down to a very small number of staff able to come to work, we intend to keep open at least one of our sites.

Secondly, now several months into the pandemic, patients are understandably frustrated, fed up or confused. Please see our Pandemic Update Page and FAQs above.

Dr John Hain - Managing Partner

To request medical certification from absence of work related to the Covid-19 pandemic - please click on the link below:

Request for medical certification from absence of work related to the Covid-19 pandemic.pdf

Primary Eyecare - Covid 19 Telephone Assessment Service - Minor Eye Conditions

  • Do you have a new eye problem?
  • Are you registered with a Local GP practice?
  • Do you think you need advice or an appointment with a professional?

Please contact their Telephone Assessment Service on 0800 368 5152 where a clinician will be able to advise whether a face to face appointment is absolutely necessary. Should you need to be seen face to face, they will arrange wherever possible for you to be seen in your usual practice.

Telephone assesment leaflet COVID 19.pdf