Please do not attend the surgery if you suspect you have Coronavirus, please visit NHS 111 online for advice NHS 111 Coronavirus information .
Please follow the link to the Government website which gives all up-to-date information: Coronavirus Government Website
For information from the NHS website go to: NHS Coronavirus
How we are working now
For the time being there will be no changes here at the practice. Patients coming to the surgery will still need to wear a mask, use the hand sanitiser and socially distance. Our staff will continue to wear appropriate PPE.
We have made this decision as patients coming to the surgery may be sick, vulnerable and possibly unvaccinated for medical reasons. We feel these precautions will help to protect everyone: patients and staff.
In order to protect our staff and keep the surgery open and running throughout the week, these infection control measures are vital.
We will continue to limit the number of patients that can be in the surgery building at any one time, but our doors will be open as normal.
Our consultations will continue, these might be offered as a telephone, face to face or video. It is worth noting that we are consulting with much higher numbers of patients than we ever did before the pandemic, so you may have to wait longer for your routine appointment. For this reason we are encouraging patients to use Livi so that they can consult a GP online (see the homepage or enquire at reception for details).
We hope you will understand why we need to continue with these measures, keeping the surgery as safe for everyone as we can. We have come a long way in trying to minimise the impact of Covid. Let’s continue to stay safe together.
Thank you for your understanding.
COVID – 19 VACCINATIONS
WALK-IN VACCINATION CLINICS AT HOLSWORTHY MEMORIAL HALL
Tuesday 18th January, 11am-5pm
Tuesday 1st February, 11am-5pm
Tuesday 15th February, 11am-5pm
Walk-in clinics run by Devon County Council but for everyone irrespective of registered practice. Please take ID and NHS number if possible. Gaps between vaccs should be 8 weeks between 1st and 2nd vacc; 3 months (91 days) between 2nd and booster. Available to all, irrespective of registered practice.
Open to those aged 12-15. 12-15s will need to have a parent or guardian with them for consent, must have been free of Covid for 84 days, and be 91 days from their last jab for a 2nd dose or a booster jab.
For those aged 16 and above, there should be at least 8 weeks between 1st and 2nd vacc, and 91 days (3 months) between 2nd jab and booster.
Bookings can be made via the National Booking Service, as well as this being offered for people wanting to just walk-in. The clinic is for first, second and booster doses.
The need to wait 15 minutes after your vaccination is no longer required, unless you have had a previous bad reaction to the vacc. However, if you are driving, the advice is to wait for 15 minutes before driving.
If you would like to book a timed, guaranteed appointment for any 1st, 2nd or booster vaccinations at any of the local sites not already mentioned, please use the National Booking Line on 119 or go on-line to: COVID VACC BOOKING
CLINICALLY EXTREMELY VULNERABLE
Patients who fall into the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable group were called in for boosters first at the Holsworthy Hub. We have followed government guidance on this. Patients with one or more conditions below conditions have all been contacted. Patients who are housebound will be contacted by a nursing vaccination team from North Devon District Hospital for them to visit and give the vaccine at home:
Patients who are medically defined as CEV are:
* solid organ transplant recipients
* people with specific cancers:
* people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
* people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
* people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
* people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
* people having other targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
* people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
* people with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
* people with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell disease)
* people on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
* problems with your spleen, for example splenectomy (having your spleen removed)
* adults with Down’s syndrome
* adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5)
* women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired
If you do not come within this group you will be called based on your age.
FIT TO FLY REQUESTS
Unfortunately we are unable to provide a ‘fit to fly’ certificate during the Coronavirus pandemic. Advice from the General Practitioners’ Committee (GPC) is that GPs should not be completing these forms for a number of reasons:
- GPs cannot make such a statement without seeing the person face to face to establish no cough and no fever.
- Even satisfying (1) the GP has no way of knowing if the person has been in contact with a suspected case (and should therefore be self-isolating for 14 days).
- The person may develop symptoms between seeing the GP and going on the flight.
We are unable to provide letters regarding exemptions for wearing a mask in shops/public transport etc. The Government guidance on exemptions (Mask Exemption Guidance) suggests there is no requirement for evidence of exemption, therefore it should be sufficient for an individual to self-declare this. The following link allows you to download exemption cards Mask Exemption Cards.
You and your family may be asked to self-isolate before a scheduled operation. We are unable to provide a sick note or letters regarding this. If your employer will not accept the letter/appointment from the hospital as evidence, then we have a standard letter that you can print or email to your employer here: Pre-operation Self-Isolation Letter
Due to the ever developing situation with COVID-19 we have had to change how we offer appointments. All GP appointments will be telephone appointments in the first instance. We are offering video consultations and face to face appointments in a limited number of circumstances. A clinician will decide if you need to attend the surgery.
Nurse and HCA (blood tests, bp etc) will be screened before attendance to protect the health of other patients and staff. These patients will receive a phone call prior to their appointment. We are encouraging all childhood vaccinations to continue to be given when they are due as per government guidelines. We are also encouraging people to attend for cervical screening when they are due and will be sending out reminders to patients. Please contact us if you have any queries.
We will continue to post regular updates as this is an ever-changing situation. Thank you for your understanding.
A great resource for Coronavirus information can be found here: Coronavirus Patient Information Sheet or, for general self-care information and support please visit our PCN Coast & Country Website. Please check to see if your questions can be answered before contacting the surgery. Many thanks.
A new guide with information about psychological wellbeing during the Coronavirus Pandemic is available at: Cornwall Coronavirus and Psychological Wellbeing