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/
TO BOOK YOUR COVID BOOSTER - PLEASE CLICK HERE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
Sheffield Drive-Through Bloods Service
From Monday 5th July 2021, the drive through phlebotomy service will be moving to City Parkway, Parkway Avenue, Sheffield, S9 4WA. The drive through service at City Parkway will be open Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 5.15pm (excluding Bank Holidays) and Saturday, 8am to 1pm.
The drive-through service will be operating in addition to the C floor phlebotomy service at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital which is open Monday to Friday, 7.30am – 5.20pm and Saturdays, 8am – 1pm. Please click here to view the information leaflet and map.
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/
Mask exemptions for Airline passengers in relation to COVID-19
Reports have been received of some airlines asking for medical evidence to support mask exemptions for passengers. The General Practitioners Committee (GPC) has responded, noting that Government guidance clearly states that there is no requirement to have written evidence for an exemption for face covering rules, and that people do not need to ask for proof from a doctor. Practices are not obliged to undertake it.
Answering your questions about the COVID vaccine
Please click HERE to view the NHS leaflet regarding the COVID vaccine.
COVID Vaccination Certificate
We are unable to issue this certificate at the practice. Please see the Gov.uk website for further information. Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHS app, which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions.
Alternatively, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least five days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may take up to five days to reach you.
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.
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.
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
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