Statement From The British Medical Association
Please follow the link below for a statement from the BMA in relation to face to face appointments:
We are currently receiving a very high volume of calls regarding COVID vaccinations. Before calling please remember:
•If you are in cohorts 10 – 12 (aged 49 and below) you need to call 119 or wait for your invitation from the mass/community vaccination sites. We are no longer actively doing 1st doses at Burncross Surgery.
•If you have already had your 1st dose at Burncross Surgery please be assured we will contact you with an appointment for your 2nd dose as soon as we can, you don’t need to contact us. 10 – 12 weeks is the current guide time we are working towards, but this is subject to availability and will not adversely effect you.
Where possible please use our online services to reduce the volume of calls;
- Practice Website - Contact Us
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.
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.