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Covid-19 Vaccinations in Nottinghamshire: Letters are now being sent to the over 45s, look out for yours

Across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire people over the age of 45 are being contacted to book their Covid-19 vaccination.

In the next few weeks, over 45s will receive a letter from the NHS explaining how to book their appointment.

Health bosses have asked the public to wait until they have received their letter before contacting the NHS, their GP or local hospital hub – the letter will have full details of how to make an appointment.  Do not call your GP or turn up at A&E or your doctor’s surgery – the only way to get an appointment and the jab is to follow the instructions in the letter.

Teams across the health and care system in Nottinghamshire are now preparing for a further roll out of the vaccine into the community for those over 45 years old. Local Vaccination Services at GP surgeries and other community sites are open across Nottinghamshire.

Dr John Brewin, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Healthcare said: “The NHS is experienced in delivering millions of vaccines a year, and is moving quickly to roll out this vaccine to those who need it, it’s important that we remember this will be a marathon, not a sprint.

“The recent rise in cases and emergence of new variants of the virus also shows that we cannot let our guard down now. NHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver what it is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as continuing to be there for everyone who needs care.”

The public have an important part to play to help:
• please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you;
• when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments;
• and please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.

For more information about the Covid-19 vaccination, please click here.

- When it is the right time people will receive an invitation to have the vaccine

- For most people the invitation will be by letter

- This letter will include all the information you will need to book your appointment including your NHS number

- Please DO NOT contact the surgery or the NHS for your appointment until you receive your letter of invitation

- Further information on the covid vaccine is available on the NHS website www.nhs.uk

 

 Stay Alert - Control The Virus - Save Lives

As part of safe-guarding patients and staff, patients are only permitted to enter the practice building if they are wearing a face mask. Although not a substitute for social distancing the use of face masks by both patients and staff will help to protect and manage the risk of further spread of the virus. The NHS is not able to provide masks for patients who are expected to obtain them themselves before coming to the building. Further guidance on staying safe outside your home and in the workplace can be found on the gov.uk website.

 

From Monday 19th April 2021 we are gradually reintroducing the option for patients to make face to face appointments to see a doctor. Some of these appointment can be booked up to a week in advance whilst others will only be made available to be booked on that day. 

If you telephone the practice for an appointment a receptionist may ask you to consider whether your reason to see a doctor or nurse could be dealt with over the telephone or whether it needs a face to face appointment. If you feel the problem can be dealt with over the phone you will be offered a telephone consultation with either a doctor or nurse.

For the time being the facility to book appointments online to see a doctor has temporarily been suspended.

The facility to order prescriptions online has not been affected.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and hope you understand we are making these changes for both staff and patient's safety. You will also appreciate the situation is changing rapidly and we will continue to respond to the situation as it develops.

Coronavirus: (Covid-19) - The following information is up to date as of April 2021

The NHS in England and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff.

If you or anyone you live with have symptoms such as a high temperature (greater that 37.8C) or a new continuous cough, you should ring 119 to arrange a test for Covid-19. You should stay at home for 14 days or until you hear that your test is negative.

Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people. If symptoms persist or worsen use the on-line 111 coronavirus service at 111.nhs.uk

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

If you need a sick note for your employer as a result of having to self isolate because of coronavirus DO NOT CONTACT THE SURGERY but go to the 111 website to get your own fit note

https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

  • You can find help and advice from Public Health England at

www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-England 

Further information is also available at www.nhs.uk.

Clinics & Services

Ante-Natal Care

Ante-Natal care is now led by our team of Midwives, who work in close co-operation with the GPs. We advise women to try to see one of the midwives at around 8-10 weeks of pregnancy, for initial advice. We advise all women who are trying to conceive, and until they are 12 weeks pregnant, to take Folic Acid 400 micrograms daily, available from any Pharmacy.

During pregnancy, most care is provided at the surgery. Women can be booked to have their baby in either the Queens Medical Centre or Nottingham City Hospital.

Family Planning and Contraceptive Services

We provide a full contraceptive service in normal surgery hours. For women wishing to have an IUCD (coil) fitted, it is necessary to have an initial appointment with Dr Smith who specialises in the fitting of coils.

Emergency contraception is available from the nurses as well as the doctors, and it is important to be seen within 72 hours of any potential contraceptive failure or omission. This service is also available from the Victoria Health Centre and Family Planning Clinic in town, from the Walk In Centre on London Road or from your local pharmacy (although there may be a charge).

Cervical Smears

These important checks facilitate early detection of cancer of the cervix. All female patients between the ages of 25 and 65 should be tested every three years as a minimum, and more regularly if advised.

Younger patients may also be recommended for testing, but women aged less than 25 years do not need routine cervical screening. Appointments can be made with any of the nurses or doctors.

Mammograms

These breast checks are carried out every 3 years and re-call appointments are generated automatically.

Minor Surgery

The doctors undertake minor surgical procedures, such as joint injections, removal of lumps and bumps at the surgery. These need to be arranged with the GPs, who will only perform procedures they feel are suitable. More complicated problems will be referred to Specialists for treatment.

Smoking Cessation Clinics

The Practice actively encourages patients to stop smoking. Smoke Free Life Nottinghamshire is the local NHS service which gives advice and help to those wishing to stop and they have an excellent success rate. It is advised that patients who want help to quit smoking receive professional support, as well as any necessary prescribed medication. If you want an appointment, please ask at Reception.

Child Development Checks

All Children are offered an initial check at 6 weeks. Hearing and further developmental screening is undertaken by the Health Visiting Team.

It is helpful if you can remember to bring your child’s red book in order that it can be completed.

Well Baby Checks

The Health Visiting team run clinics at West Bridgford Health Centre.

Asthma & Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease Clinics

Our nurses have additional training in the management of asthma. Adults with asthma should be reviewed yearly and children six monthly. If you have asthma and are using a blue inhaler on a daily basis, please make an appointment for an asthma review.

Newly diagnosed patients do require longer appointment times, so please ensure you highlight this if relevant.

British Lung Foundation - COPD

Diabetes Clinics

We run Diabetic clinics with nursing support, undertaking annual assessments of patients diabetes. We provide a comprehensive package of support to new diabetic patients.

Diabetes UK

Ischaemic Heart Disease Clinics

With more patients having Ischaemic Heart Disease (Angina or past Heart Attack), we offer Nurse-led clinics, to ensure patients are having the optimum advice and health checks.

We have clear advice on what constitutes best practice for most patients and we wish to ensure our patients receive it.

British Heart Foundation

Vaccination & Immunisation

Vaccinating your child against infectious illness is one of the single most important things you can do to protect their health. Vaccination is recommended for ALL children unless there is a medical contra-indication. The schedule is described in the child’s Red Book but this changes occasionally and the Health Visitor or Practice Nurse can advise when vaccinations are required.

Travel Clinic

See separate webpage.

 
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