COVID VACCINATION INFORMATION
Vaccine roll out to the general public, based on age and underlying health conditions has began however this will depend on vaccine supply.
The eligible groups to receive this from the GP surgeries will be the OVER 80'S, 75-79 and Shielding patients. All other age groups/at risk patients will be appointed by the healthboard via letter. Please avoid calling with any queries about the vaccine or when you will be vaccinated as we need to try to keep the phone lines open for people who are unwell and in need of medical care.
If you are a patient who who comes under the GP surgeries category, we will be in touch regarding your second dose in due course.
Many thanks for your ongoing patience
DO NOT VISIT THE SURGERY:
- If you suspect or may have Coronavirus
- e.g. you have a Fever or New Onset Continuous Cough or Loss of taste/smell
DO NOT VISIT THE SURGERY:
- Unless you have been advised by a member of staff to attend
If it has been arranged for you to attend the surgery please wear a face covering and please use the doorbell to let reception know you have arrived.
For advice on Coronavirus Covid-19:
Symptoms of a COVID-19 infection
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater).
A new continuous cough is where you:
- have a new cough that’s lasted for an hour
- have had 3 or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours
- are coughing more than usual
A high temperature is feeling hot to the touch on your chest or back (you don’t need to measure your temperature). You may feel warm, cold or shivery.
Loss of taste/smell
Some people will have more serious symptoms, including pneumonia or difficulty breathing, which might require Admission to hospital.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19
If you’ve developed possoble Covid-19 symptoms please follow national advice on self isolating even if you think your symptoms are mild. Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital.
Phone 111 if your symptoms:
- have not improved after 7 days
- are severe or you have shortness of breath
- worsen during home isolation
If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.
Testing for COVID-19
Please follow the advice on NHS Inform to arrange testing (only if you are symptomatic)
How COVID-19 is spread
Because it's a new illness, we don't know exactly how the virus spreads from person to person. Similar viruses spread by droplets in coughs and sneezes.
How to avoid catching COVID-19
You can reduce your risk of getting and spreading the infection by:
- avoiding direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth
- maintaining good hand hygiene
- avoiding direct contact with people that have a respiratory illness and avoiding using their personal items such as their mobile phone
- covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with disposable tissues and disposing of them in the nearest waste bin after use
- wash hands regularly