COVID-19 INFORMATION

If you have any of these 3 coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms please self-isolate straight away and book a test as soon as possible.

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or they’ve changed

You can order a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test kit to be sent to your home or book an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through test site by calling 119 or online using the gov.uk test booking service.

If you have symptoms, self-isolate straight away until you get your results. Do not leave home, except to post a test kit or for a PCR test appointment. Check if the people you live with need to self-isolate on NHS.UK.

 

Get the latest Government & NHS information & advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) on the gov.uk coronavirus website or the nhs.uk coronavirus website

 

Booking your vaccination

To respond to the national call to support the covid booster vaccination programme we are continuing to offer vaccination appointments.

Please make sure when you are invited to book a covid booster vaccination by ourselves or the NHS that you take up the offer. This could be here at the surgery or by booking at a mass vaccination centre via 119 or online or by attending advertised walk in clinics.

We are currently inviting eligible patients to book an appointment for their COVID-19 booster vaccination at the surgery by text*, email* and phone. 
*Text and email invites will include a web-link to systmonline.tpp-uk.com - this is the online service for the clinical system we use and is trusted.When you follow the link it will ask you to enter your Date of Birth (in the format of DD/MM/YYYY) and then you will have the option of viewing appointments that are available to book (you may need to change the date range if no appointments are shown)*

You may also receive an invitation from the government led national NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Service. If you receive this invitation first and would like to book through this invitation, this is fine and we will receive an update from this service once you have received your vaccination. Please be aware that we currently cannot see when a patient has an appointment booked elsewhere and therefore we may continue attempting to invite you for an appointment at the surgery until we receive notification that you have received your vaccination.

Patients can use the National Booking Service to book their vaccinations. To use this service please call 119 or Book or manage your coronavirus vaccination online.

You may also be able to attend a walk-in clinic - Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site

 

We would like to thank our amazing volunteers, community support and some retired staff that have all stepped in to help us during this time. We are very proud to work with the community and wider East Devon region.

Many Honiton Surgery staff and GPs are working seven day weeks to make the vaccination campaign as convenient and comfortable as they can.

 

3rd primary dose of covid vaccine for certain patients

If you have received a letter from your hospital consultant /NHS regarding a 3rd primary dose of covid vaccine, as they have highlighted you as severely immunosuppressed (as opposed to being eligible for a covid booster after the usual 6 months), then you can either contact your consultant to arrange this or contact your GP Surgery if 8 weeks have elapsed since your 2nd covid vaccination.

If you book an appointment at your GP Surgery, please advise the patient service advisor and bring your letter / text with you on the day to show you are eligible for this 3rd primary dose of covid vaccine. The number of patients falling into this category is small for each practice.

 

1st / 2nd Vaccinations

We are not currently booking any more covid vaccinations for the 1st or 2nd dose. If you are yet to receive either of these vaccinations then please book via the National Booking Service, by calling 119 or attending a walk-in clinic.

 

Vaccinations for 12-15 year olds in and out of school

Parents are now able to book 1st Covid-19 vaccinations online for their 12-15 year old children. The National Booking Service provides an additional option for parents to book a vaccine for their child, alongside the schools programme.

Parents and guardians are advised to attend vaccination sites with their children. Parents and young people are being asked to read the patient information in advance of arriving for their appointment. This can also be accessed online.

For vaccinations in school, this How to Guide offers further details about the process, links to resources for parents and young people, a template letter for communications with parents.

 

Issues with booking your covid vaccination

If you are experiencing issues with booking your vaccination please contact the CCG's Vaccination Support Team - they are a non-clinical team who can support patients and practices with the following:

  • Organising appointments / signposting to walk in vaccination sessions
  • Signposting / providing patients with general advice in relation to national guidance and vaccinations
  • Support patients and practices to resolve vaccination data recording errors
  • Organising reasonable adjusted appointments
  • Any other vaccination related queries

They can be contacted on D-CCG.devonvaccinationsupport@nhs.net or 01752 398 836

 

Covid Vaccination Status

Patients who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status using an NHS Covid Pass.

An NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. This is your COVID-19 status.

You may be asked to show your NHS COVID Pass:

  • to travel abroad
  • at events and venues asking for proof of your COVID-19 status in England, Wales or the Isle of Man

You can get an NHS COVID Pass digitally through the NHS App or online using the NHS COVID Pass service.

If you cannot apply digitally using the NHS App or online service, you can ask for an NHS COVID Pass letter to be sent to you by post. You can request a covid pass letter online or by calling 119.  You can also apply on behalf of someone else.

Please make sure there is enough time to get proof of your vaccination status before you require it.

Covid Passes are produced from data held on the National Immunisation Management System (NIMS). This practice is unable to update this system unless we directly administerred your vaccination. If you received your vaccination elsewhere and you have an issue with how this is recorded please contact 119 and request a referral to the VDRS team.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

 

Covid vaccination given while abroad?

From 9 December, if you live in England and have had one or more of your COVID-19 vaccinations administered overseas, you can have your vaccination details added to your NHS Record. You can then generate an NHS COVID Pass for domestic use and international travel if you meet certain certification requirements.

To register your overseas vaccinations, you’ll need to book an appointment at a selected list of vaccination centres across England.

Book an appointment to register your overseas vaccination with the NHS or call 119.

If you’re registered with a GP in England and were vaccinated in Scotland, Wales or the Isle of Man, you do not need to book an appointment at a vaccination centre. 

This practice is unable to record vaccinations given abroad in a way that allows the patient to access a covid pass so please do not contact the surgery to request this.

 

Scams

Unfortunately there are reports of various scams taking advantage of the COVID-19 situation. The NHS will not ask for bank details, so please be aware of suspicious emails or text messages.

Find out more about scam emails, texts and phone calls from the nscs.gov phishing information page

 

Research

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.

For information on research studies that Honiton Surgery is participating in please visit our Training and Research page.

 

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