We are still working hard to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible patients in priority groups agreed by the Government and NHS (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-why-you-are-being-asked-to-wait/why-you-have-to-wait-for-your-covid-19-vaccine). We are currently still contacting our over 80’s, then will hopefully move on to over 70’s, health and social care workers, care home residents/staff and carers. We will continue to the rest of our patients in order of age and risk, including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
We continue to ask you not to contact the surgery about when you will be called for your vaccination, reception are not able to discuss the vaccine. We will contact patients directly when we are able to book you in.
There are a number of national mass vaccination sites across the country that are opening and offering patients the vaccine. A large number of patients may receive a letter from NHSE advising them they can book at local mass vaccination centre. Currently our most local centre is Taunton Racecourse. This is enabling a much larger number of our patients that wish to receive the vaccine to do so. If you have received a letter and are happy to travel then please book this via contact details in your letter, we again are unable to give advice or book for the mass vaccination sites. If you have received a letter this DOES NOT mean we will not contact you from the surgery, everyone will still be invited/called when it is your turn. We are sorry for any confusion this letter may have brought.
While we deliver COVID-19 vaccinations, some of our routine clinics and appointments may need to be postponed or re arranged. We will contact you directly if this impacts you. Attend as normal unless you hear from us otherwise. Thank you again for working with us and being patient during this challenging and ever changing time. We continue to keep our patients and our own staff safety as paramount.
You may have heard through national media reports that GPs will start COVID-19 vaccination of priority groups (over 80s) from Dec 14. Please note NHS staff will contact patients who have been identified as priority to be offered the vaccine first. Please do not contact the hospital or your GP, but please do continue to adhere to the Hands, Face, Space measures that are helping us limit the transmission of the virus. Thank you.
If we have contacted you and booked you in for a COVID-19 Vaccine. Please see attached Honiton Surgery leaflet for more information (including map and parking info)
If you are unable to get transport to Exmouth and are worried about how you might get there the please call TRIP on 01404 46529. Minimal cost of £10 (free for accompanying carers & discretionary fund available so please ask)
Please DO NOT attend the surgery unless you have a pre booked appointment.
We are still running a slightly limited service at the surgery; clinicians are still using telephone consultations in the first instance. You will only be invited to attend the Practice if a GP or nurse has specifically asked you to do so. You may also wish to use eConsult which allows you to consult the surgery at any time of the day.
We are still trying to re book all canceled/postponed appointments If you wish to discuss a cancelled appointment or an upcoming appointment then please contact the surgery.
Our main doors are closed, if you have a booked appointment please use the doorbell for a member of staff to let you in. There is a designated post-box for prescriptions and other correspondence. Designated drop off for samples just outside and inside the main entrance (please ring bell for staff to open doors).
When attending your appointment you will be met at the door by the receptionist who will check you are ‘well’
You will be asked to use hand sanitizer upon entering the surgery.
Please attend surgery alone where possible.
Do not arrive too early as we are limiting the number of patients in waiting room at one time. (If you arrive too early you may be asked to return closer to your appointment time).
Please wear a face covering if possible and avoid contact with other patients. (More information on face coverings can be found below).
GP’s are unable to issue any sick notes or other letters in such circumstances in releation to COVID-19.
For people concerned about children attending educational settings; we understand and sympathise with the concerns around children attending school at this time, especially if a household has extremely vulnerable members. As a practice we are very sorry, but decisions about children attending school are not ours to make. It's not something that we can help with. We would suggest a discussion between the people involved and the school to decide on the best course of action.
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.
To book a test go to GOV.uk or call 119 if you cannot get help online.
For a medical emergency dial 999.
This guidance is government advice and it’s your personal choice whether to follow it.
Registering for support via new online service : https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-shielding-support
Please see GOV.uk for more information.
In England,by law you must wear a face covering in a number of indoor settings, public transport and where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
The Government guidance suggests there is no requirement for evidence of exemptions to wearing a face covering. It should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption direct with the person questioning them, however you can get 'Exemption from face covering' badge or card from gov.uk.
Practices are NOT required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions, or to those who do not fall under the list of exemptions.list of exemptions can be found at gov.uk.
In the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face.
Face coverings can help us protect each other and reduce the spread of the disease; this is for the protection of both patients and staff.They can help in reducing the spread of droplets; it stops them from leaving the mouth and nose, and reduces the size of area in which they spread.
Join a COVID-19 clinical trial The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19. You could be eligible to join if you have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:
You eligible if you :
Please see the PRINCIPLE Research Study website to find out more.
Please call the Trial Team if you have any questions or do not have access to online systems: 0800 138 0880.
If you would like to know more about COVID-19 research and how you can contribute, please visit the Be Part of Research website which is run by the National Institute for Health Research.
Beehive Honiton :01404 384050
Dedicated phone information line being set up and run by Beehive volunteers.
Starting Monday 23rd (Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm).
TRIP :01404 465 29
Trip offering shopping delivery service and telephone befriending for those who need it.
Devon Freewheelers :0300 800 0109
Devon Freewheelers offering medication delivery service and phone contact for those who are particularly anxious about the COVID-19 situation.
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