How we are operating differently during the coronavirus pandemic
Covid-19 vaccination foreign travel advice
When travelling abroad, please visit the Government website for guidance on Covid-19 vaccination requirements. The Government website has guidance for all countries and can be found at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Covid vaccination update 30.3.22
The vaccination campaign has slowed down somewhat over the last few months but from April we will see things pick up with the start of the spring booster campaign.
Patients who are eligible for the spring booster are:
- Adults aged 75 years and over on 30th June 2022, if they are 6 months post last vaccination.
- Residents in care homes for older adults
- Patients aged 12 years and over who are immunosuppressed
Previously we have been able to vaccinate our 5-11 year old patients who are at higher risk of catching Covid but from 4th April we can extend this offer to all 5-11 year old patients.
We continue to offer patients first, second and booster vaccinations, so if you are in any of the eligible cohorts and would like to book an appointment, please call our covid vaccination line on 01275 866761 and we will book you in for an appointment on Saturday 9th April or Saturday 23rd April.
NOTES COVERING EMPLOYMENT 'sick notes' If you have to self-isolate and need a note for your employer, use this link to obtain one https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/. CAB website http://www.nscab.org.uk/coronavirus/
We are noticing some confusion about the different types of covid tests that are available.
If you have symptoms of COVID you must do a PCR covid test. Lateral flow tests (that you do at home and give results in 30 mins) are NOT sufficient to exclude covid if you have symptoms. When discussing with the health centre please state what type of test you are referring to.
Lateral flow tests are only for use if you have NO covid symptoms.
Coronavirus support and wellbeing
Mental Health and COVID
North Somerset's '5 Ways to Wellbeing' is a really good tool to help you stay well https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2020-05/Five%20ways%20to%20wellbeing%20brochure.pdf
https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus is also an excellent resource
There is excellent information from the charities Mind https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/ and the Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-pandemic/
https://www.marchnetwork.org/creative-isolation shares home based creative ways to support your mental health
Keeping Active during the pandemic
Support for children
https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/coronavirus-and-mental-health/ is aimed at our younger patients.
COVID Help Groups
Community Resilience Programme 464653 email@example.com
Village Post Office, David Andrews 392179
Help with coronavirus research
The research team are recruiting patients to enter vital research studies which will help our understanding and treatment of COVID. Please click here for more information.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus and have arranged a swab via gov.uk, please also consider if you would mind doing a further swab for PHE surveillance purposes. This practice works with the RSC to give enhanced information on covid. If you would consider giving a further swab call our research nurses on 01275 850611