Coronavirus

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 VACCINATION CLINICS

SPRING BOOSTERS

The National Spring Booster programme, for Covid Vaccination booster doses, is now well underway. This is for:

  • Anyone aged 75 and above
  • Anyone aged 12 and above who are immunocompromised

 The vaccinations are not being delivered by your PCN or GP practice, allowing them to focus on already incredibly busy practice services. Good local providers (such as Devon County Council) will be offering walk-in clinics at the usual local venues in Holsworthy and Bude throughout the spring and summer months. Dates and venues for these are below are added to regularly.

If you prefer to book into a clinic through 119, or using NBS on-line, you will not be able to do this until Monday. Please do not call your surgery about the booster programme. 119 will advise but only after 21st March.

  • Those aged 12 and above, who are immunocompromised, must have a gap of 3 months since their last dose.
  • Those aged 75 and above must have a gap of 6 months since their last booster/dose.

Coast & Country PCN, to which we belong, will be providing booster vaccinations to care homes and to our housebound patients who are 75 and above.

For more information please go to: SPRING BOOSTERS

As local surgeries, we will not be calling or contacting patients individually about their boosters but will be working in other ways to ensure that everyone eligible for a vaccination is aware that they are happening. Please share this information with anyone you think may benefit. Thank you.

For information regarding vaccination and other support areas for our Ukrainian visitors please use the NEW PATIENT section, on the left of the homepage.

 


WALK-IN VACCINATION CLINICS AT THE PARKHOUSE CENTRE, ERGUE GABERIC WAY, BUDE, EX23 8LD

There are no planned clinics in Bude at the moment. We will post here once we are made aware.


WALK-IN VACCINATION CLINICS AT MANOR ROAD CAR PARK, HOLSWORTHY, EX22 6DJ

Clinics run by Devon County Council, for anyone aged 5 and above irrespective of registered practice. No booking needed, just walk in. Times are subject to vaccine availability: 

HOLSWORTHY, MANOR ROAD CAR PARK, EX22 6DJ

Wednesday 29th June - 11:00am to 4:30pm

Wednesday 13th July - 10:00am to 4:30pm

Wednesday 27th July - 10:00am to 4:30pm

WALK-IN CLINICS AT HOLSWORTHY CATTLE MARKET, EX22 7FA

This venue is a good option for people who have mobility limitations or who find going into a venue difficult. Drive-up options are available.

Wednesday 15th June - 10:00am to 4:30pm

Wednesday 22nd June - 10:00am to 4:30pm

Tuesday 28th June - 10:00am to 4:30pm

Wednesday 6th July - 10:00am to 4:30pm

Wednesday 20th July - 10:00am to 4:30pm

Please be mindful that vaccine supply at walk-in clinics may be limited.

As the surgery is not running the walk-ins, we are unable to answer queries relating to them. Please call 119 for information.

Walk-in clinics are for everyone irrespective of registered practice. Please take ID and NHS number if possible. Gaps between vaccs for those aged 16 and above 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.

Bookings can be made via the National Booking Service, as well as this being available to people who just walk-in. All clinics are 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 

COVID VACCINATIONS GIVEN OVERSEAS

If you received any of your COVID-19 vaccinations overseas, you can now book an appointment with a vaccination centre to get your vaccination records updated. Please note, this is likely to be one of the larger vaccination clinics. We are unable to add Covid vaccinations given overseas to your record at Neetside. Check the criteria and book an appointment at one of the centres offering this service HERE


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:

  1. GPs cannot make such a statement without seeing the person face to face to establish no cough and no fever.
  2. 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).
  3. The person may develop symptoms between seeing the GP and going on the flight.

MASK EXEMPTION

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.


PRE-OP ISOLATION

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


 

APPOINTMENTS UPDATE

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.


PATIENT INFORMATION

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



 
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