Living with Covid -23rd February 2022
Thanks to our hugely successful vaccination programme, the immunity built up in the population and our new antiviral and therapeutics tools, the UK is in the strongest possible position to learn how to live with Covid and end government regulation.
As of 24th February 2022 the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test is removed. Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. After 5 days, they may choose to take a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) followed by another the next day - if both are negative, and they do not have a temperature, they can safely return to their normal routine. Those who test positive should avoid contact with anyone in an at risk group, including if they live in the same household. There will be specific guidance for staff in particularly vulnerable services, such as adult social care, healthcare, and prisons and places of detention.Fully vaccinated close contacts and those under the age of 18 will not need to test daily for 7 days, and remove the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate.
Covid-19 Vaccination Update - 16th December 2021
The NHS vaccination programme will offer every adult the chance to book a covid-19 booster vaccine by the end of the year to protect the nation against the Omicron variant.
As part of the biggest and fastest vaccine programme in health service history, online bookings are available for all those in their 30s and above from today.
The best way to get your vaccine is by booking online at www.nhs.uk or by calling 119 – please do keep checking availability as appointments are loaded onto the system every day. The website and phoneline are understandably very busy and we thank you for your patience when booking.
The national booking service will then open up to everyone aged 18 and over from Wednesday this week.
The NHS is prioritising bookings for boosters and is urging people to book a slot to guarantee their vital jab. Some sites offer walk-in appointments where no appointment is needed. Please check here for clinics with walk-in availability and their opening hours www.happyhealthylives.uk/vaccinationdrop-ins
GP teams have been asked to clinically prioritise their services to free up maximal capacity to support the covid-19 vaccination programme, alongside delivering critical appointments such as cancer, urgent and emergency care. This might mean that for some people, routine appointments are postponed as part of the national mission to roll out boosters.
Scientists are very concerned about the spread of Omicron due to the speed with which it spreads and because two doses do not appear to provide much protection but thankfully, a booster dramatically improves this.
That is why the Government has asked the NHS to prioritise boosters over other routine care.
General Practice is still open for urgent care. Our staff are supporting the COVID vaccination programme so there is likely to be a delay in getting a non-urgent appointment.
Eligible patients can now book their Covid-19 Vaccination online at www.nhs.uk or by calling 119.
We appreciate your support and understanding – and urge you to come forward for your vaccination as soon as possible.
Update 1st December 2021
Following a Government announcement on 29th November, the NHS is developing plans to extend the Covid-19 booster vaccination programme to include everyone aged 18 and over.
12 to 15 year olds will also be offered a second dose of the vaccine and an additional booster will be available for people who are immunosuppressed.
People will become eligible for their booster three months after their second dose (reduced from six months).
For now, all you need to do is wait to be contacted by the NHS. Please help us to help all patients by not contacting your GP practice about your booster or attending vaccination sites.
If you are over 40 or a health and social care worker, and are eligible for your booster, go online to www.nhs.uk or call 119 to book your appointment. Visit www.happyhealthylives.uk/vaccinationdrop-ins to see all the places you can go for a walk-in appointment.
Phase 3 Boosters Update
You may have received a text from the NHS national booking service to book your Covid-19 booster vaccination. Please be assured your local vaccination team will also be providing this service and they will be in touch very soon so there is no need to contact your GP practice and don’t forget your booster will only be given six months after your second dose.
Getting a digital NHS COVID Pass
Covid Vaccine Deployment
The government has announced that all children aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Invitations for the vaccine are expected to begin next week (20-26 September). The vaccination programme for this age group will be delivered through schools, not via GP practices. Parents and guardians of those eligible will be contacted when it’s their turn to get the vaccine.
Covid-19 booster jabs are expected to be offered to eligible groups in the coming weeks. The booster jab should be given at least six months after your second dose of the vaccine. The NHS will contact you when it is your turn to get the booster vaccine, so please don’t contact the NHS. If you are invited, it is vital you attend so that you have the best possible protection against Covid-19.
COVID-19 Vaccination Booster Programme - Notification
All vaccination sites have been notified directly about the next phase of activity. The Practice understand that a booster site will be Bedworth Civic Hall and 2 local community pharmacy services (names of the pharmacies to be confirmed to the Practice shortly from the CCG).
How do I book my booster?
It is expected that the National Booking System for bookings will be live from Monday 20 September 2021.
How will I be notified I need a booster?
It is expected that the issue of first national invitations to eligible patients will commence on Monday 20 September 20201.
Patients will be notified directly via letter / invitation on when they will need to book their booster.
Please do not contact the practice as we are not undertaking the booster programme, please contact the national booking office or visit the government website.
Where can I find more information on the booster programme?
For further information, patients are to visit:
How to book a Vaccination:
Patients are to call 119 to arrange or follow the link below:
Vaccinations for 16 - 17 year olds
You may have seen in national news items that the Government are considering extending the vaccine offer to 16 - 17 year olds.
There is nothing you need to do now - you will be contacted and invited for your vaccination as soon as the programme is up-and-running.
We are currently waiting for the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to update and publish.
We are also currently awaiting guidance on the vaccination of 12 - 17 year old clinically vulnerable children and will be in touch as and when we have further information.
Advice for eligible children and young people on what to expect after their COVID-19 vaccination can be accessed here.
COVID Vaccination Certifications
We are unable to issue these certificates at the practice.
Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for further information.
Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHSapp.
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.
Roving team out across Coventry & Warwickshire vaccinating housebound
Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust’s (CWPT’s) vaccination roving team hare currently vaccinating the vulnerable and elderly housebound residents in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
CWPT’s roving vaccination team are supporting the local Primary Care Networks (PCNs) to deliver the COVID-19 vaccination to residents who are unable to visit their GP or local vaccination centre to ensure they receive the COVID-19 vaccination to protect them against the virus.
The roving team have visited and vaccinated over 1,100 housebound people across Coventry and Warwickshire. This week the roving team will be vaccinating the final people who are housebound and within these groups, who were previously unable to be contacted.
Anyone who is housebound will be contacted by CWPT to book their appointment and a date and time will be confirmed. The Practice is not undertaking vaccinations to housebound patients.
Vaccinations for Carers
Please be advised that all carers need to go through 119 to book their covid vaccine at a mass vaccination site. If this applies to you call 119 to book your covid vaccination.
NHS offers COVID jab to clinically vulnerable and people 65 to 69
NHS staff will begin vaccinating people aged 65 to 69 and those who are clinically vulnerable against COVID from Monday 15th February with over one million people already invited to book a jab.
- Almost 1.2 million letters were due to land on doorsteps by yesterday (Saturday) asking people to log on to the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination with another 1.2 million due to arrive this week.
- Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.
- Those who receive a letter can choose from more than 100 large scale vaccination centres or almost 200 pharmacy services.
- In the next phase which begins tomorrow, GP led vaccination sites will focus initially on the clinically vulnerable from cohort 6 because of the relationship between general practice and those with long term conditions, and continuity of care.
- Should somebody aged 65 to 69 want to wait to be called by their local GP vaccination service or who have already received the jab they do not need to respond to their invitation.
- The drive to jab them comes after the NHS vaccinated more than 12 million people in the first four priority groups, which included those aged 70 and over, care home residents and staff, the extremely clinically vulnerable and NHS staff, in a matter of weeks.
- More High Street pharmacists are being invited to take part as the programme continues to accelerate.
Using the NHS and other health services during coronavirus - Help and support from a GP
If you need to contact a GP, do not go into the surgery in person.
visit the GP surgery's website, or use an online service to contact your GP
Call your GP surgery
Your GP surgery will then give you advice about what to do.
A phone or video call with a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional may be booked for you.
You'll only be asked to visit the surgery if absolutely necessary.
Your GP surgery may be very busy at the moment and you may have to wait longer than usual to speak to someone if it's not urgent.
COVID19 Vaccination Programme WAVE 1 announced
Following the agreement between GPC England and NHSE/I for general practice to play a leading role in the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. NHSEI have also published a legal mechanism for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines. Once the contract is signed (this week) Practices will then be provided at least 10 days’ notice of the first vaccines becoming available. Whilst the timeline is very short, it is now clear that practices need to be ready to deliver vaccinations in the very near future.
The first practices prepared to deliver Covid vaccinations will be part of a “group site” (not Spring Hill Premises) to be the Wave 1 providers and selection of these sites will largely be based on the areas where there are the highest number of people aged 80 or more, in line with JCVI guidance.
NHSEI will inform these practices:
- details of vaccine supply dates,
- delivery of other consumables and equipment to the site,
- process for assuring readiness before delivery of vaccines
The practice will ensure all eligible patients are invited and will be in contact with that specific cohort of patients in the first wave. Please do not contact the practice regarding the vaccine as our phone lines are busy with patients wanting appointments. It is Important patients attend the specific date and timed slot as patients will need to be offered a second appointment 21 days afterwards for their second vaccination.
The short timescale for delivery of this vaccine means that practices will need to re-prioritise and postpone other activities, such as non-essential health checks and reviews, in order to focus on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, particularly with the short period in which the vaccine will need to be used. This is a critical and important time for us all and we are asking for patients to understand and support us in order to prepare for this vital vaccination programme and are disappointed with a small cluster of patients who are still abusing our appointment system and practice staff during the dreadful pandemic.
Spring Hill Medical Centre
SPRING HILL MEDICAL CENTRE WILL BE WORKING CLOSELY WITH OUR PRIMARY CARE NETWORK AND CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP IN ORDER TO PREPARE FOR GENERAL PRACTICE TO CONTRIBUTE TO A POTENTIAL
COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME WHILST CONTINUING TO DELIVER QUALITY AND CARE TO ALL OUR PATIENTS. WE WOULD LIKE TO GENTLY REMIND YOU OF THE FOLLOWING:
- THE PRACTICE WILL REMAIN OPEN (MON-FRI) – YOU MUST RING THE PRACTICE FIRST ON 01676 540395. PLEASE DO NO NOT ARRIVE WITHOUT A PRE BOOKED APPOINTMENT. PLEASE DO NOT RING BETWEEN 8AM AND 9.30AM FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN A SAME DAY TELEPHONE TRIAGE APPOINTMENT – OUR PHONE LINES ARE EXTREMELY BUSY AT THAT TIME. WITH REGARDS TO SECONDARY CARE (HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS, RESULTS, AND MISSED CALLS) YOU NEED TO RING THE HOSPITAL NOT THE PRACTICE.
- WHEN WE RING PATIENTS (CLINICAL AND NON CLINICAL STAFF FOR VARIOUS REASONS) AND DO NOT GET AN ANSWER; WE DOCUMENT IN THE MEDICAL NOTES TO MINIMISE ANY FURTHER ANXIETY FOR PATIENTS WHEN THEY RING BACK.
- VISIT THE GOVERNMENT WEBSITE IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS OVER SHEILDING https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19 AND https://digital.nhs.uk/coronavirus/shielded-patient-list
- IF YOU ARE NOT CLASSED AS EXTREMELY VULNERBALE YOU WILL NOT RECIVE A SHEILDING LETTER FROM THE GOVERNMENT. THIS IS THE UP TO DATE INFORMATION NHS ENGLAND ARE PROVIDING THE PRACTICE.
- HANDS, FACE, SPACE – REMEMBER DO NOT VISIT ANYONE UNLESS FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES OR IF THEY ARE IN YOUR ‘SUPPORT BUBBLE’. DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE IF YOU HAVE COVID19 SYMPTOMS (NEW/CURRENT).
- SELF ISOLATE IF YOU HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID19 AND ARE STILL SYMPTOMATIC – DO NOT PUT OTHERS AT RISK BY LEAVING HOME, RING NHS 111 OR CONTACT THE PRACTICE VIA TELEPHONE OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION.
- ABUSE IS NO EXCUSE! – THIS IS A WORRYING TIME FOR EVERYONE BUT WE (SPRING HILL MEDICAL CENTRE) ARE STILL WORKING VERY HARD TO HELP ALL OUR PATIENTS AS WE DID ON THE FIRST LOCKDOWN AND AFTER RESTRICTIONS WERE LIFTED TO DELIVER PRIMARY CARE SERVICES. WE ARE EXPERIENCING AN INCREASE IN UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR FROM PATIENTS AND ZERO TOLERANCE IS IN PLACE. WE ARE DOING THE BEST WE CAN WHILST FACING WINTER PRESSURES INCLUDING THE PANDEMIC.
WE WILL HAVE MORE INFORMATION AFTER NOVEMBER 17th ON THE COVID19 VACCINATION PLAN
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.
UPDATED SHIELDING GUIDANCE
Please click here to read the updated guidance for anyone shielding during lockdown.
IF YOUR ENQUIRY IS COVID19 SHIELDING LETTER RELATED - WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER ADVISE BEYOND THE UK GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE ON SHIELDING AND PROTECTING PEOPLE WHO ARE CLINICALLY EXTREMELY VULNERABLE FROM COVID19 PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
COVID-19 Community Information Video
We are into the second Wave of the COVID -19 pandemic in Warwickshire and the video link below sets out some of the key information in relation to the:
- Pattern of cases in Warwickshire
- Key Prevention Messages
- Definition of close contact and when to isolate
- Reducing the risk of serious illness
Please take the time to view this video and share with your friends, families and communities and lets work together to DO THE RIGHT THING FOR WARWICKSHIRE!
IN RESPONSE TO MEDIA REGARDING GP PRACTICES PROVIDING COVID19 VACCINATIONS –
- We are expecting Guidance and the new 4th November 2020 standard operating procedures for General practice in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19) FROM NHS ENGLAND including providing COVID19 vaccinations.
- It is unlikely that any COVID19 vaccination will be ready until 2021
- We will communicate and update patients as soon as we have this information from WNCCG
SHIELDING AND 5 November 2020 LOCKDOWN
Update on guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable individuals including children and young people on the SHIELDED PATIENT LIST ONLY
Actions for GPs -
As you will be aware, on 31 October the Government announced new national restrictions to help control the spread of the virus that will apply from 5 November.
The reason we are writing is that the government, advised by the Chief Medical Officer: will be updating the advice and support available for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable alongside the new national restrictions has identified two additional groups of people who should now be considered as clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19: - our clinicians are now urgently completing the process of reviewing this list. Practices should also expect contact from parents and guardians and be prepared to respond urgently. We understand that the Government will write to all carers of children and young people on the SPL in the coming days. Given the critical importance of ensuring that children and young people are not following unnecessary restrictions, that letter will ask parents or carers to contact their child’s usual hospital doctor or GP if they have not already heard the outcome of a review.
Important Patient Information
The surgery is currently not a normal working GP surgery.
For any queries please contact Springhill Medical Centre on 01676 540395
Please do not leave repeat scripts or letters at the surgery site as they will not be dealt with.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
GALLEY COMMON REMAINS CLOSED.
DO NOT RING OR ATTEND THE BRANCH SURGERY
PATIENT INFORMATION ABOUT COVID19 SEPTEMBER 2020
In order to comply with government guidelines we are working hard to restore activity to usual levels where clinically appropriate, and reach out proactively to clinically vulnerable patients and those whose care may have been delayed due to COVID19.
May we remind patients that we are still continuing with a full telephone triage appointment system.
- Patients are to ring the practice for a same day telephone appointment
- GP’s and Nurses will ring the patient for a telephone consultation
- If the GP or nurse feels the patients’ needs to be seen they will be offered a face to face appointment the same day
- Patients are to arrive at the practice at their given appointment time
- The front door will remind closed and opening to patients who have a booked face to face appointment.
We are also working hard to launch video consultations and on line consultations in addition.
COVID and Children and students returning to school and college
It is vital that children and young people return to school and college, for their educational progress and for their wellbeing and development. School attendance is mandatory from the beginning of the new academic year. If your child has to be sent home from school due to covid19 symptoms DO NOT ring the Practice. Parents or guardians must ring NHS 111 or go on line.
Symptomtic children action list Schools (.pdf, 137KB)
PATIENTS HOW TO CHECK YOUR SYSTEMS
Changes in restrictions September 2020
On 9 September, the government announced upcoming changes to simplify restrictions and ensure the virus is controlled.
These new restrictions take effect from 14 September. They are set out in the law, and the police and other enforcement officers are able to issue penalties to those that don’t comply.
It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviors:
- HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
- FACE – Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
- SPACE – Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.
Prescription Ordering Direct service
**PLEASE DO NOT RING THE PRACTICE WITH PRESCRIPTION QUERIES IF YOU USE THE POD SERVICE. PLEASE RING THE POD : 024 7624 6025 between 8am and 5pm, Mon-Fri***
During the coronovirus pandemic the NHS POD has provided a way to order your repeat prescription when GP practices have been working behind closed doors. This means that the service has seen an increase in the volume of calls, whilst staffing levels are fluctuating due to self isolation cases. The call handlers are working extremely hard to answer all calls as soon as they possibly can, so your patience and understanding is really appreciated.
JUNE 2020 – CHANGES TO SPRING HILL MEDICAL CENTRE – COVID19
The surgery is currently making changes to ensure the environment is as safe as possible for patients and staff alike during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Following a recent change in government guidance surrounding the use of face masks in public spaces, you will now be expected to wear a mask when attending the surgery to see a clinician. Children under the age of 11 years old do not need to wear a mask. We recognise that the wearing of a mask is not appropriate for all patients and therefore if you have any concerns about this, please contact the surgery for advice.
Wearing a mask helps to protect those around you. Clinicians will also wear personal protective equipment during your appointment.
You can find out more at keepsafe.org.uk/mask
Attending for an appointment
When you attend the surgery for an appointment you will need to ring the doorbell at the front of the building. It may take a few minutes for the staff to get to the door.
You will be greeted by a patient administrator who will check your temperature prior to entry. Please ensure that you are wearing your mask.
Please ensure that when you sit down you maintain the relevant social distance from others in the practice who are not from your household. When you are called into the consultation room, please avoid touching door handles etc. Please place the information sheet provided to you down on to the chair, showing the 'do not use' warning. This will enable us to effectively clean the chair prior to use by another patient.
If you are attending with a child, please ensure that where possible the child comes with only one parent/guardian and that other siblings remain at home. If you do need to bring siblings to appointments, please discuss this with the relevant clinician prior to attending.
If you have been asked by a clinician to bring a urine sample to the surgery, please ensure this is done in a clean, disposable plastic container. This must be labelled with the name and date of birth with the patient. Please note urine samples will not be accepted if you have not previously been triaged by a clinician.
If you have been asked to bring a urine sample to your appointment, please ensure you do this prior to entering the practice.
You can find out more about collecting a urine sample here; https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/infections/how-should-i-collect-and-store-a-urine-sample/
There are currently no toilet facilities available at the practice except in an emergency situation. Please speak to a patient administrator if you need to use the toilet facilities.
The surgery have recently trialled the use of AccuRx SMS software. This allows clinicians and administrators to contact patients via SMS and is being used for general information purposes but also as a method of data collection. If you receive any messages that you are unsure of please contact the patient administrators for clarification.
When you submit a query to the GP's via reception, you may receive a response to this via AccuRx.
We appreciate your support and patience at this time.