Below, you will find the latest news and current information for our practice during the COVID-19 pandemic
For the latest NHS Guidance on COVID-19, please click the following link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Key messages for clinically vulnerable patients in cohort 6
Clinically vulnerable people are being vaccinated in cohort 6. The JCVI defines clinically vulnerable people as those with:
· Chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma
· Chronic heart disease (and vascular disease)
· Chronic kidney disease
· Chronic liver disease
· Chronic neurological disease including epilepsy
· Down’s syndrome
· Severe and profound learning disability
· Solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients
· People with specific cancers
· Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
· Asplenia and splenic dysfunction
· Very obese (BMI of 40 or above)
· Severe mental illness (such as schizophrenia or bipolar disease)
GP practices will be working through their lists of patients and will contact them when they are eligible and have supply of the vaccine.
Please don’t be worried if you or a family member is in one of the priority groups and hasn’t heard anything so far.
You might know others in the other priority groups who have been invited for their vaccination already, but that does not mean that you or your relative are a lower priority or have been forgotten.
This is the biggest vaccination programme in UK history and this is one of the biggest cohorts of patients which means it will take time to vaccinate all the eligible people.
Supply of the Pfizer and Oxford vaccines are coming through in small batches, which means we are rolling it out in waves. This means you may be contacted at short notice to attend your vaccination.
The NHS is working hard to vaccinate as many people in this group as quickly as possible and many more people will be invited in.
Thank you for your patience.
Current COVID-19 symptoms are:
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
- Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
- Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result. For more information about how to get a test, please click here.
Sheffield Drive-Through Bloods Service
The drive through phlebotomy service will be moving to Building 183 (Former Blood Service site), Longley Lane, Sheffield, S5 7JN from Monday 14th December.
The service at the Sheffield Arena will close on Thursday 10 December and will re-open at the new location on Monday 14th December. The service will be open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) and 8.30am to 1pm on Saturday. For more information, please click here to view the information leaflet. If you have been sent for a blood test by us, we will send you a text message that includes your NHS number. If you happen to lose this text message, you can find out your NHS number by clicking on the following link: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/find-nhs-number/
Community Transport for COVID-19 Vaccine appointments
Community Transport providers in South Yorkshire have stepped in to offer free return journeys to COVID-19 vaccination sites to people from priority groups who cannot access public transport and have no other means to get there.
Community Transport is a subsided service, funded by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), which, for a small charge, normally provides and alternative solution for residents who may find it difficult to access standard public transport.
Offering Door 2 Door "Dial-a-ride" and "Shopper Bus" services, they are a lifeline for vulnerable members of the community during this lockdown. All Community Transport services use fully accessible vehicles and can pick up passengers directly from their home.
To book a FREE ride to and from a vaccination site with Door-2-Door services, you must call your local provider (listed below), once you have received your vaccination appointment details.
Sheffield - 0114 285 9906
Rotherham - 01709 517 100
Please call up at least a day or so BEFORE your scheduled appointment. Places are limited however the service is working hard to accommodate as many people as possible.
As of 15 February, the covid-19 vaccine is being given to:
- people aged 65 and over
- people who are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- people who are at moderate risk from coronavirus (clinically vulnerable)
- people who live or work in care homes
- health and social care workers
More information can be found on the CCG’s website in the Frequently Asked Questions section https://www.sheffieldccg.nhs.uk/Your-Health/covid-19-vaccine-faqs.htm
We will be contacting our patients when we have more information regarding the vaccination and when it will be distributed. For more information about the vaccine, please click here. Currently, the vaccinations will not be administered at our surgery. Details will be given to you where to go when we book your appointment.
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 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. 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.
Association of Reproductive & Clinical Scientists (ARCS) and The British Fertility Society have created a FAQ document regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, and fertility. To view this leaflet, please click here.
COVID-19 Vaccination given out at Flowers Medical Centre Instructions
If you have a Covid vaccination booked, please be advised that you may have to wait outside whilst you wait for your turn, this is to reduce the number of people in the practice at one time and to ensure social distancing can be maintained. After you have had your vaccination you will be asked to wait 15 minutes so staff can observe you in case you have a reaction. If the waiting area does get too full we have a marquee set up for patients to wait in outside.
Although you will be sheltered under a marquee, it is still cold and therefore it’s advised that you:
• Do not arrive at the practice too early for your appointment, please only arrive a maximum of 10 minutes early
• Please wrap up warm – bring a big coat, hat, gloves and a scarf
• Have transport arrangements planned beforehand
COVID-19 Vaccine for Carers
If you are a carer, please ensure that you are registered as an informal carer on your records so please call us so we can update this information. Informal carers aren’t currently eligible for vaccination as per JCVI guidelines. You can also look on the Sheffield Carers website for any updates on the COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccine for Healthcare Staff
Please don't contact us to request your vaccination - we are currently in the process of contacting our patients. If you work for an organisation e.g. a pharmacy, opticians, caring agency etc., you should ask your employer to source their vaccination (your employer can request vaccinations for all their staff collectively through the workforce COVID vaccination screening service).
British Islamic Medical Association’s position statement on COVID-19 vaccination
(15/01/21) - The British Islamic Medical Association has issued position statements on both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccinations. They recommend both vaccinations for eligible individuals in the Muslim community. Their statements are also endorsed by the Muslim Council of Britain, which can be viewed by clicking the following link - https://mcb.org.uk/resources/coronavirus/#vaccine. There is also a video you can watch, by clicking here.
COVID-19 Vaccination Information Video Links
- Slovakian - youtu.be/WkeZWhffxas
- Hindi - youtu.be/24HgWg6zJac (To watch Myths vs. Facts videos in Hindi, please click the links for video 1, video 2, video 3, video 4, video 5, video 6, video 7, video 8 and video 9.
- Punjabi - youtu.be/SvYKeOEZOnQ
- Urdu - youtu.be/Py-SV6-2FTo
- Dr Ben Allen, GP Partner Birley Health Centre has created a video for patients to clarify terminology around the at risk groups, explain the new shielding and the priority order for COVID-19 vaccines and some helpful links. To view the video, please click here.
- Information about the COVID-19 vaccine: For people with a learning disability and autistic people - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3_uVzexkBU&feature=emb_logo
Flu jab for Health and Social Workers
(13/11/20) - If you are employed at a Health and Social workplace such as a care home, you are entitled to have a free NHS flu jab at our practice. Call us on 0114 242 6428, to make an appointment.
Appointments at the practice
If you need an appointment please ring the surgery at 8am. You will then be directed to the most appropriate clinician such as a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or physiotherapist. If there are no appointments left you may be asked to call again for non urgent matters the next day.
A clinician will conduct a telephone appointment and if a physical examination is required or a face to face assessment is necessary you will be brought to the surgery at an appropriate time. NHS England have created a video about how General Practices are functioning throughout COVID. To watch the video, please click here.
We are experiencing a high demand in phone calls and are sorry that it can be difficult to get an appointment. We are all working very hard to provide a fair service for our patients and hope you can bear with us at this difficult time.
If you have an upcoming appointment, PLEASE read this information leaflet before attending: Instructions for patients coming in.pdf
Greg Fell, Director of Public Health in Sheffield tries to clear some of the confusion existing at present over the guidelines and talks about getting back to basics. To view his latest video, please click here.
COVID-19 Advice For Your Health Condition
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
Heart Disease: https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/news/coronavirus-and-your-health
NHS Volunteer Responders
Do you need some help while self-isolating? If you, or someone you know, needs a hand with collecting shopping or prescriptions, or just wants someone to talk to, the new NHS Volunteers Responders service can help. Please call 0808 196 3646 or please click here to visit their page.
Self Isolation Sick Note
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