Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough or loss/change to sense of smell or taste
COVID 19 VACCINATION BOOSTER PROGRAMME
We are pleased to inform you that The Rural Practice Network (Bruton Surgery, Millbrook Surgery, Queen Camel Medical Centre, Milborne Port Surgery and Wincanton Health Centre) will be providing Covid-19 Booster Vaccinations for all our eligible patients* from the 25th September 2021 at Haynes International Motor Museum. Please read the information below which summarises the process by which patients will be invited for their booster vaccinations and be able to book an appointment.
All patients in Cohort 1 – 9 will be invited to attend for a booster vaccination when they are approaching a period of six-months since their second vaccination. Patients that have a mobile number on their clinical record will receive a text message to book an appointment 1 – 2 weeks before they are due. Please note that these text messages will come from Millbrook Surgery regardless of which surgery you are registered with. If you can please follow the directions in the text message this is really helpful as it allows us more time to telephone patients that cannot book in this way. If we do not have a mobile number for you or you find it difficult responding to text messages our booking hub team will telephone you directly. All our patients will receive the Pfizer vaccine regardless of which vaccine they had for their first and second dose. If you have a query about your eligibility please contact: [email protected].
The practices are currently identifying extremely frail and housebound patients so that we can make alternative arrangements to get them vaccinated.
*COHORTS 1-9 – PATIENTS WHO WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A BOOSTER DOSE 6 MONTHS AFTER SECOND DOSE
|1||Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults|
|2||All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers|
|3||All those 75 years of age and over|
|4||All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)|
|5||All those 65 years of age and over|
|6||Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group|
|7||All those 60 years of age and over|
|8||All those 55 years of age and over|
|9||All those 50 years of age and over|
The medical centre is not able to provide you with confirmation of your vaccine status or dates.
If you require confirmation, please either download the NHS App where your status will be available within 7 working days.
Alternatively, call 119 at least 5 working days after your 2nd vaccine to request a paper letter. Delivery of these letters takes at least 7 working days.
The Rural Practice Network which includes Bruton Surgery, Milborne Port Surgery, Millbrook Surgery, Queen Camel Medical Centre and Wincanton Health Centre have been running vaccination clinics at Wincanton Community Hospital since January 21 with the support of staff from the practices, other healthcare staff, the council and Brue Valley Rotary Club.
Due to the scale of the project and to provide more vaccination appointment availability for our patients we are now moving our vaccination hub from Wincanton Community Hospital to Haynes International Motor Museum.
The practices would like to thank the staff at the hospital and the local residents who have been so supportive of the vaccination programme and have helped us in so many different ways. Our first clinic at Haynes International Motor Museum will be on Saturday 1st May.
Please do not call or turn up at the surgery or the local hospital to enquire about COVID vaccinations.
We know that patients and all health and care staff are eager to find out when they will receive their COVID vaccination. The NHS is prioritising vaccinating those people who experts have agreed will benefit from it the most and we are systematically working through all eligible groups according to the national priorities.
Please be assured that we will contact you directly, when it is your turn to book your vaccination and we will answer all your questions at your appointment.
Health and care teams across Somerset are working exceptionally hard to roll out our local vaccination programme in Somerset in line with the JCVI’s prioritisation and we are continuing to vaccinate people aged 80 and over, care home residents and staff, as well as widening out the offer to frontline health and social care staff.
Please continue to attend any vaccination appointments as planned. If there are any changes we will contact you direct – please do not call the surgery.
COVID 19 TESTING
Please do not contact the surgery if you need a Covid 19 test.
Please follow the government guidance, you can call 119 for assistance.
Join a COVID-19 Clinical Trial
The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19. You could be eligible to join if
- You have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:
- a continuous new or worsening cough
- and/or a high temperature
- OR have a positive test for SARS-Co-V2 infection with COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days
- You are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness
- You are aged 65 and above
- Find out more PRINICPLE Patient Recruitment
Contact Chloe Edmonds, Advanced Nurse Practitioner – [email protected]
Germ Defence – Advice for Patients to avoid Covid-19 Infections
We are letting you know about a very useful website called Germ Defence which was created by a team of doctors and scientists to give you advice that has been proven to reduce the spread of viruses in the home. It can help you plan how to protect yourself and members of your family from infection by COVID-19 and ‘flu.
It’s easy to use and only takes 10 minutes – just click on this link:
(If this link does not open when you click on it, please copy and paste it into your web browser.)
Please pass details of the Germ Defence website to your friends and family.
There’s a button at the bottom of the Germ Defence website for sharing by social media.
If you’d like to know more:
- Over 20,000 people previously took part in research about Germ Defence
- People who followed the advice in Germ Defence had fewer and less severe illnesses – and so did the people they lived with
- Results of the study were published in The Lancet medical journal
- Germ Defence has been updated with COVID-19 advice to help prevent a wave of COVID-19 and ‘flu this Autumn/Winter
- Information about how the Germ Defence website is being evaluated is available here.
Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), a new illness that affects your lungs and airways.
Find out about the main symptoms of coronavirus and where to get medical advice if you think you have them.
Advice about not leaving your home (self-isolation) and looking after yourself if you or someone you live with has symptoms.
Advice for people at higher risk from coronavirus, including older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women.
Advice about symptoms of coronavirus in children, including when to get medical help if your child seems unwell.
Advice about staying at home to avoid getting coronavirus, including when you can leave your home and how to get medical help.
Find out what you can do to help the NHS respond to the spread of coronavirus.
Links to government advice, information for health professionals and advice for other parts of the UK.
Health Coaches Angela, Trudi and Marie are a non-clinical point of contact for patients.
They support patients, their families and their carers living with long term medical conditions.
They can signpost to local community resources and services.
During the current Covid19 pandemic they are able to provide patients with the phone numbers of various local community groups willing to help with shopping or collecting medication.
They are also able to refer into the NHS Responders who can offer various support for patients who have been identified as high risk and are having to self-isolate.
To contact a Health Coach please ring reception on 01935 850225
Help is available
South Somerset District Council Website…. www.corona-helpers.co.uk or 0300 790 6275
The Village Agent that covers the Queen Camel area is Alex Fenion is 07946 461548
NHS Volunteer Responders…0808 196 3382 for high risk individuals to self refer into for support.
The Health Coaches in the practice also have a comprehensive list of people we can signpost to for help with shopping etc. Please contact them via the surgery during normal working hours.
Follow this link to get an Isolation Note: https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/
For information on:
- Advice for people at high risk
- Symptoms and what to do
- Getting an isolation note
- Self-isolation if you or someone you live with has symptoms
- More information
THERE IS NO BETTER TIME TO QUIT – SMOKEFREELIFE SOMERSET IS HERE TO HELP
Smokers are being encouraged to quit as they are at higher risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Smoking increases the severity due to the damage caused to lungs, and the physical act of smoking itself – fingers to face etc – increases the risk, so there is no better time to quit. Smokefreelife Somerset is your local stop smoking service, providing FREE support to Somerset residents to become smoke free. Evidence shows that smokers are much more likely to quit if they get expert support.
We offer a 12 week treatment programme delivered normally through group support at our Quit Clubs. However, during the current COVID-19 pandemic, all support is provided over the telephone by our team of qualified and experienced Quit Coaches. Support is available at various times during the day and some evenings and is provided weekly throughout the treatment programme.
How to Refer for Support
Smokers who are motivated to stop smoking can self-refer for support by calling Smokefreelife Somerset on 01823 356222 or book via the website: https://www.healthysomerset.co.uk/smokefree/
Healthcare professionals can refer smokers who are motivated to stop – to request a referral form please email Smokefreelife Somerset at [email protected]
***REMEMBER – IF YOU ARE UNWELL WITH A SIGNIFICANT ILLNESS, SUCH AS FINDING A BREAST LUMP OR DEVELOPING CHEST PAIN YOU MUST STILL ASK FOR HELP***
PLEASE DON’T IGNORE IMPORTANT SYMPTOMS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I have my medication early this month and/or can I have 2+ months supply?
We are following NHS guidance to continue to issue medication under the normal 28-day prescription rule. This is to avoid putting excessive work on to our GP’s, dispensers and pharmacy colleagues and most importantly to avoid a peak in supply leading to medication shortages. Therefore we can’t issue medication early or give multiple month supplies.
How do I get my medication if I am self-isolating?
If you are able to, ask friends, family or neighbours to help. Lots of the villages around the practice have set up volunteer groups to help with this and other individual needs. If you need any support identifying someone who could help you, please ring the surgery and speak to the Health Coaches who will be able to advise.
I’ve sent someone else to pick up my medication, what do they need to know/bring?
When collecting medication for someone else from the dispensary (or from a pharmacy), the person collecting will be asked for the name and address of the person they are collecting for. Other helpful information would be the number of items of medication they are collecting, if there is a fridge item and when the prescription was ordered. The person collecting may also be asked for their name and address and identification depending on the medication given. They will also need to pay for your prescription if required. Please ensure they know if you have a prepayment card. If the prescription contains controlled drugs, the person collecting will also need identification and we will need to be told in advance who is collecting before we are able to release these.
I’m self-isolating for the 14 day period because myself or someone I live with has symptoms can I have a sick note for work?
We are not able to issue sick notes to those self-isolating as the measure is a directive from the Government. You are able to self-certify and employers are directed to the ACAS website for more information and are expected to be understanding. https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus
Do you have supplies of hand gel, face masks, paracetamol etc. that you can sell us?
We are not able to sell retail items. All the supplies we have are needed to support our patients in the surgery. We are finding it challenging to get enough for our own use.
I use Ibruprofen, should I stop taking it?
Current advice is that there appears to be no evidence that Ibruprofen or over anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) increase the chance of acquiring COVID-19. NICE (the UK medication review body) has been asked to review this urgently. Current advice is for patients, who have confirmed COVID-19 or believe they have COVID-19, that they use paracetamol in preference to NSAIDs.
Those currently taking NSAIDs for other medical reasons (e.g. arthritis) should NOT stop them.
I take an ACE inhibitor (Ramipril, Lisinopril etc), should I stop taking it?
There is no evidence to suggest that taking one of these medications increase the chance of acquiring COVID-19. If you are prescribed these medications routinely you should continue to take them.
I was diagnosed with Asthma in the past, but I don’t currently use an inhaler. Should I use one now?
Salbutamol inhalers have shown no evidence of improving outcomes of COVID-19 infections. If you have previously had inhalers with us we can look at this on an individual patient basis. It is not a good idea for asthmatics to only use Salbutamol as this can make things worse. If you have never had an inhaler or have not been diagnosed with asthma we will not give you an inhaler.
Follow this link to get an Isolation Note:
Information for pregnant women and their families
Advice about anti-inflammatory medication and covid-19
Position Statement of the ESC Council on Hypertension on ACE-Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers
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