COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Vaccination Passports

If travelling from May 17th you may be required to prove your COVID-19 vaccination status. This can be accessed using the NHS App or if you don’t have access to a smartphone then you can contact 119 for a paper copy. For further information please follow this link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad

Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine Update for Patients

The Joint Committee for Vaccinations & Immunisations has updated its guidance for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. It has recommended that people under 40 are offered an alternative vaccination where available and where this will not cause delays to people having the vaccine.

This follows ongoing reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Both the JCVI and MHRA have emphasised that the risk is extremely small – just over 10 people in every million have developed this condition - and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people.

However, given current vaccines supplies and that infection rates are increasingly coming under control in the UK, the JCVI has recommended taking this precautionary measure for younger people. This takes into account that this rare condition is seen more often in younger people and that the risks from COVID-19 decrease with age.

The latest guidance is as follows:

  • Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they suffered any serious side effects after their first vaccination. Having the second dose is very important as it will give you higher and longer lasting protection.
  • People over 40 or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.
  • People aged 18-39 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. It is important that you have the vaccination as soon as possible to protect you and to reduce the chance of passing on the virus.
  • People under 40 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.

Please see the updated leaflet below that has been produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have

Leaflet on COVID-19 Vaccination and Blood Clotting

 

Have you received your letter from the National Booking System inviting you to book your COVID vaccination?

If you have received a letter from the national booking system about a vaccination appointment and have any questions about this, please contact them on the number given. The practice does not have any information on the centres and is not able to book appointments for patients at these venues.

If you would prefer to have your appointment at our local service, you do not need to do anything – we will contact you as soon as an appointment is available.

For further information on the national booking system appointment process and the options available to you, please click here.

Cathedral House Vaccination Success

We are delighted to announce that on Wednesday 23rd June 20021, we will have delivered over 100,000 Covid-19 vaccinations alongside our local GP Surgeries working from Cathedral House, our vaccination site in Huddersfield.

Kirklees has consistently seen high rates of Covid-19 and we are delighted to have made significant inroads into protecting people from the virus. We have delivered several thousand vaccines in care homes and in housebound patients, in addition to holding pop-up clinics for hard to reach populations.

We have had a huge helping hand from local volunteers, the CCG and Kirklees Council. Staff have gone above and beyond in ensuring the success of the vaccination programme.

Staff have worked tirelessly in order to reach this milestone, whilst continuing with our normal patient care. We can see the substantial impact that the vaccination programme has in helping us to defeat the virus and we urge those are yet to be vaccinated to come forward and get booked in.

Have I got Cold, Flu or COVID-19?

SYMPTOMS

COVID-19

COLD

FLU

ALLERGIES

FEVER

Common

Rare

Common

Sometimes

TIREDNESS

Sometimes

Sometimes

Sometimes

Common

COUGH

Common

Mild

Common (dry)

Sometimes

SNEEZING

No

Common

No

Common

ACHES & PAIN

Sometimes

Common

Common

No

RUNNY NOSE

Rare

Common

Sometimes

Common

SORE THROAT

Sometimes

Common

Sometimes

No

DIARRHOEA

Rare

No

Sometimes

No

HEADACHE

Sometimes

Rare

Common

Sometimes

ADDITIONAL

Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell

Sinus congestion / watery eyes

 

 

 

COVID-19 Vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccine will always be available free of charge.

The NHS will NEVER ask you to share your bank details to confirm your identity.

We are acting in the best interests of our patient population, local community and all those who are vulnerable.

Please contact us via our online services, econsult, drop a note into our letter boxes situated at both doors or telephone.

When you contact us you will be asked if you have in the previous 14 days had a fever, persistent cough, loss of taste or smell or taken a Covid-19 test. If you are invited to the surgery you will need to wear a face covering unless you have a severe health condition which makes it difficult to do so.

The majority of our staff will be wearing protective equipment supplied by NHS England. Please do not be alarmed.

We are becoming increasingly busy and to help manage this the majority of requests for doctor appointments will be reviewed by a doctor on the day of the request.

When you telephone us for a doctor's appointment our Patient Advisors in reception have been instructed by the doctors to recommend you to use our website econsult facility  (no password required) as this allows you to explain your needs in your own words. At present if you complete the econsult before 4pm your request will be reviewed by a doctor that same day. If you do not have internet access our Patient Advisors will take the medical details about why you are requesting an appointment and a doctor will review that request. The outcome of that review is most likely to be a telephone consultation so please ensure that you will be available throughout the day to take a call. Alternatively, some requests we will respond to by a text message and others will be invited to attend the surgery.  

Our Practice Nurses and Health Care Assistants are busy seeing patients in face to face appointments at the surgery where telephone consultations are not possible.

We will be posting or sending electronically any documents which would normally be collected, for example; fit notes, referral paperwork, medical reports etc.

Regrettably, we are not currently able to offer the online booking of appointments. 

Any changes to our service delivery in the future will be announced in line with Government and NHS advice.

In summary please observe the following:

  • Complete an econsult on our website if you are wanting to arrange an appointment or telephone the surgery
  • Use the letterbox at the Wakefield Road entrance if you have anything to hand in including a written prescription request.
  • To access Waterloo Pharmacy use their front door entrance on Wakefield Road as there is no access to the pharmacy via the surgery.
  • Only attend the surgery if you have been invited to do so and at the time agreed or if absolutely neccessary. 
  • Please respect the work of the staff and doctors who will do everything they can to help you but are likely to be working with limited resources.

If you are concerned that you may have Coronavirus go to  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ do not visit your doctor's surgery or Accident and Emergency.

Privacy Notice for National COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Programmes

NHS England has established a centralised service for the management of both the COVID-19 and seasonal flu vaccination programmes. This service is supported by a central system, the Immunisation Management System.

When you attend for your Covid-19 vaccination a record will be made that you have been vaccinated and when. Normally, vaccinations are undertaken in GP settings. However, the delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine is being undertaken in a variety of care settings.  

NHS England is responsible for processing your personal data for the purposes of the national vaccination programme. To find out more, you can access the NHS England privacy notice at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/contact-us/privacy-notice/.