Please see the latest NHS guidance on the Coronavirus by clicking on the following link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Current goverment guidance states it is sufficient for an individual to self declare face mask exemption, full guidance can be found - Here
PLEASE DO NOT VISIT THE PRACTICE BEFORE CHECKING THIS ADVICE.
If are pregnant or you have one of the following long-term conditions: asthma, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic lung disease, please follow the links below for COVID-19 advice specific to your condition.
Inflammatory Arthritis: https://www.nras.org.uk/news/coronavirus-what-we-know-so-far
Respiratory/Lung Disease: https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/coronavirus/people-living-with-lung-condition
If you have to stay at home due to coronavirus and cannot work, you can obtain a sick note by following this link: https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
Explainer information for patients about QCOVID
Why have I received this letter?
NHS England had used a risk assessment tool called QCOVID to calculate peoples risk of getting COVID. This is a complex tool that looks at a variety of different factors to assess peoples’ risk. Because you have received this letter, you are one of the patients identified by the tool as being at high risk if you were to get COVID. You can see all the information your GP received here.
What in my medical records has caused me to be added to this list?
Unfortunately, your GP surgery has no current way of replicating the analysis that has been done by NHS Digital and so we are unable to tell you why you have been added to this list. This situation may change over time, but we have no way of knowing when.
What should I do now? Should I go to work? Should I go out?
You should follow the advice detailed here. This will mean that you need to take extra measures above and beyond those which you probably have been taking. The guidance covers:
- Social activities
- Educational settings
- Accessing care and support
- Registering for additional support
You may be eligible for additional support and should be able to receive statutory sick pay for time off from work.
What about vaccination?
If you are under 65 you should be prioritised for vaccination ahead of others in cohort 6 which is people who are at risk because of a variety of medical conditions. If you are over 65 you will have already been in group 5, so this won’t affect the priority with which you’re given the vaccine.
What if I think they've added me incorrectly?
At the moment, the best way to review this is through discussion with your GP. Please bear in mind that GPs are incredibly busy at the moment vaccinating patients as well as trying to provide as normal a service to patients as possible. Because of this it may not be possible to immediately deal with enquiries about this and you may be asked to submit your details in an online form.
Do I have to follow this guidance?
Patients at high risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 infection are strongly encouraged to follow shielding guidance. However, this is advice, and not the law. Patients can choose whether or not they want to follow it.
Why on earth am I only now being identified as high risk?
This tool has only just been approved for use in assessing patients risk of COVID 19. Until now we haven’t had sufficient scientific evidence to run population-based tools that can accurately assess peoples risk of developing COVID.
You may have seen in recent media that general practice will be offering the COVID 19 vaccination. Please do not contact the practice to enquire about stock or to book appointments. The practice will contact you when it is your risk group's turn
If you have received a letter from the national booking system about a vaccination appointment and have any questions about this, please contact the number on the letter. The practice does not have any information on the centres and is not able to book appointments for patients at these venues.
If you would prefer to have your appointment at our local service, you do not need to do anything – we will contact you as soon as an appointment is available.
Vaccination Invitation Letters from the National Booking System
If you are aged (75) or over, and have not yet had a vaccination, you may get a letter from the NHS national booking system inviting you to make an appointment at a large scale centre like Sheffield Arena.
These are being sent to people who live within 45 minutes of one of the centres that has been opened, which might be in a different area to where you would normally receive your healthcare.
Please note that you do not have to book an appointment at one of these centres if it is not convenient for you to get there. You can choose to wait for an invitation from your local GP practice Please do not contact your local practice about an appointment until you receive an invitation from them.
Welcome To Chapelgreen Practice
We are an enthusiastic practice with a commitment to providing high quality medical care. We have a long history of GP training and teaching which ensure the practice maintains high standards of clinical and organisational care that are externally assessed. We take pride in our provision of care to our list of patients and we encourage innovation and feedback to help us to continue to meet the changing needs of the local population.