Practice & Coronavirus/Covid-19 Updates
Vaccine Update: Update regarding 3 month Covid Boosters
****PENINSULA BOOSTER VACCINE UPDATE****
Please be aware that Peninsula and all practices across the country have to wait for NHS England to authorise practices when we can start offering covid booster vaccines after only 3 months since 2nd dose. We are eager to deliver this programme as soon as possible so please be assured we will let you know as soon as we are authorised.
Covid Update 18.11.2021
COVID BOOSTER CLINICS
* Book your booster NOW *
- over 50yrs of age
- any age in an "at risk" group
Appointments can be booked in advance please ensure it has been 5 MONTHS since your last covid vaccine.
From 22nd November :-
40-49yrs will be able to get a booster, this MUST be 6 months after the 2nd dose.
16-17yrs who are not in an "at risk" group will be able to get a 2nd dose, this MUST be 12 weeks or more since the 1st dose.
Saturday 27th November 2021 - Alderton
Sunday 28th November 2021 - Orford
Saturday 11th December 2021 - Aldeburgh
More dates to follow, following the next vaccine delivery.
Appointments available to be booked TODAY, this can be done via a unique link which we will text to all eligible patients or please call 01394 411641 AFTER 11am to book.
If you are yet to book for your flu vaccination, this can be given at the same time as the Covid Booster, please let us know at time of booking.
Covid 3rd Dose Eligibility:
For patients, recognised as being Immunocompromised. You will be invited to have a 3rd Covid Vaccine, this can be given any time after 8 weeks from the 2nd dose. After you have received your 3rd dose, you will then be invited for a booster vaccine 4 months after the 3rd vaccine is given.
Please note, we only organise our vaccination clinics when we can guarantee delivery of vaccines. We often get updates about our orders on Wednesdays, so if you cannot get an appointment because our clinics are booked, please check online or call on Thursdays to see if we have more clinics added.
12-15 Year Old Covid Vaccines
12-15 Year Old Covid Vaccines
12-15 year olds are now eligible to have the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination.
Please see the link below to see the location of walk in clinics for vaccinations for 12-15 year olds.
NHS Covid Pass
How to access the NHS COVID Pass
Access the NHS COVID Pass through the NHS App
You can access your NHS COVID Pass through the free NHS App on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 status will be shown within the NHS App.
You need to be registered with a GP in England to use the NHS App. If you’re not registered with a GP, you can still access the NHS COVID Pass via the NHS website (NHS.UK) or via 119 (select the ‘NHS COVID Pass service’) to request a letter.
We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel. For access via the NHS App you do not need to contact your GP.
The NHS App is not the same as the NHS COVID-19 app.
You can request an NHS COVID Pass letter:
- via the NHS website
- by calling 119 (select the ‘NHS COVID Pass service’) if you do not have access to a smartphone, computer or tablet
Local Community Good Neighbour Groups - Transport
There are a number of community support groups that have offered to transport patients to vaccination sites.
Plus details about Coastal Accessible Transport Service (CATS)
Please click on this link for information and contact details:
Coronavirus/Covid19 Support Page
We have a dedicated Coronavirus/Covid19 Support Page on the website with information regarding Covid and support from services and charities.
Please click on this link to find out more:
Covid-19 Vaccination Certification
From 17th May 2021, patients in England who have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine can demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status for international travel and check their Covid-19 vaccination record within the NHS App.
You can call the NHS helpline on 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you or alternatively go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/get-your-covid-pass-letter/ and fill in the online form. 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.
Please DO NOT visit your surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have a high temperature or a new continous cough or loss or taste or smell.
Please access the NHS 111 ONLINE SERVICE. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.
Please click on this link to access NHS 111 Online.
Covid-19 Rapid Testing
Suspected Covid-19 Important Information To Keep You Safe While Isolating At Home
The attached leaflet is for patients with suspected Covid who have not been admitted to hospital and will be isolating at home.
Guidance for the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued updated guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people to reduce their risk from Covid-19, tailored to where they live. You can view the updated guidance on the DHSC website.
Please click on this link for more information
Coronavirus Keep Safe
(There will be exceptions for young children and people with respiratory/breathing problems that prevent them from covering their mouth and nose.)
The Peninsula Practice is taking part in the national PRINCIPLE clinical trial, which aims to find low-risk treatments for older people with COVID-19 that can be taken at home.
To be eligible to join the trial you will need to have experienced symptoms that are likely to be caused by COVID-19 for fewer than 15 days.
The trial is open to people aged 65 or over, or aged 50–64 with an underlying health condition.
If you are registered at The Peninsula Practice and would like more information, please contact us on 01394 411641. You can also join the trial online, even if you are not currently registered with our practice. For full details, visit:
Blood Pressure Monitoring for Patients with Hypertension and Diabetes
We urge patients with Hypertension and Diabetes to have their own Blood Pressure monitoring machines, you can purchase one from the surgery for £15. This will minimise patients having to attend the surgery and is safer way to check your Blood Pressure in your own home (often a patient will register a false high level reading in the surgery leading to over treating).
If you’re thinking of calling your GP surgery please remember this:
- Prescriptions cannot be put in for early collection, we are trying hard to provide a 3 day turnaround (with some supply issues) for those that are due each month. Your future medication will not be available until it is due.
- Inhalers are being issued to the patients who have them prescribed as a regular repeat. If you are concerned please go to Asthma UK for advice.
- Paracetamol is not available on prescription unless you are already being prescribed this for an existing chronic condition.
- The surgery can’t advise you whether you should or shouldn’t self isolate if you are at risk, we have a considerable number of patients - please follow the guidance on NHS 111 online service.
- If you are due to have a routine appointment and it’s cancelled, please try and understand the unprecedented strain we are having at the present time.
- Please don’t shout at your GP staff when they cannot do these things because we will still make sure you get the medication you NEED and we will still provide the best possible care - over the phone or Face to face if absolutely necessary.
And remember all NHS staff are doing this to help keep you safe.
Branch Site Closures
We may at short notice close and/or reopen certain sites to maintain as safe a service to our patients at different times for a variety of reasons including low staff capacity as well as to protect our staff who may have certain conditions. Please bear with us whilst we do our very best to manage a service under these extreme circumstances. If you have any concerns about this please write to Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS).
Please click on this link to find out more about the Patient Advice & Liaison Service.
Get a Self Isolation Note
To reduce the burden on GP practices a new online system, created by the NHS and the Department for Work and Pensions, is now live for patients to be emailed a digital isolation note. Isolation notes provide patients with evidence for their employers that they have been advised to self-isolate due to coronavirus, either because they have symptoms or they live with someone who has symptoms, and so cannot work.
Please click on this link to find out more information.
Please be aware that we may use new providers or suppliers to help us quickly adapt during the outbreak and continue your care effectively. For example, we may use a new provider for video consultations. We may not be able to add these to our transparency materials right away, we apologise for this but please be assured all our processors are bound by contract to protect to your data.