COVID-19 INFORMATION

COVID VACCINE

Update 26.3.21

We are now currently unable to book any more 1st COVID vaccines at the surgery or for our Exmouth vaccination site, if you are eligible so in Cohorts 1-9 and are yet to have booked or received your 1st vaccine then please book via NHS website or call 119.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

You may have heard in the press that there may be a significant reduction in weekly supply available from manufacturers of the COVID vaccine in April 2021, meaning volumes for 1st Dose ONLY will be be reduced for a period. This reduction will NOT have any impact on those expecting 2nd Dose.

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.

 

Cohorts 1-9

  • you are aged 50 or over
  • you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • you are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable) 18-64 with underlying health conditions
  • you have a learning disability
  • you are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

 

Mass vaccination sites acorss the country are enabling a much larger number of our patients that wish to receive the vaccine to do so. If you have received a letter and again are happy to travel then please book this via contact details in your letter, we are unable to give advice or book for the mass vaccination sites. Local centre is Taunton Racecourse or Westpoint Arena (additionally some local pharmacies in East Devon area) 

Aware a number of patients are waiting for surgery to contact as they do not wish to travel to mass vaccination sites, however we can not guarantee clinics at Honiton Surgery. When we do hold them we must prioritise those who are more vulnerable or can not travel. If you can travel then we strongly advise they book directly via NHS .

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.

"What about my second dose?" -  We certainly have not forgotten about you! We have been working with NHS England to ensure that everyone will have their second dose of the vaccine by 12 weeks. We are still awaiting confirmation on deliver dates. We will contact patients directly to inform of 2nd dose appointments. Thank you

Cohort information can be found here : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020/joint-committee-on-vaccination-and-immunisation-advice-on-priority-groups-for-covid-19-vaccination-30-december-2020

 

 

'How we are contacting and booking patients'

At Honiton Surgery we are using a number of different ways to contact and book elibile patients in for vaccine

  • Calling patients directly by telephone, whom are in our in our current eligible cohorts and will continue to do so.
  • Booking eligible patients in when you call in to the surgery or come in for an appointment.
  • Sending a text message from 07903 592 043 asking to call a direct COVID vaccine booking number (starting with 01404) which will be a designated line at the surgery, hopefully easing our main phone lines. This Text message may also ask you to reply with information and/or that you have already booked/had your vaccine.
  • Using a new booking system from today 26.1.21 for an online booking portal (this will currently be for our larger vaccination site in Exmouth). If you have consented to text messaging, you may receive a message from ‘HonitonGP’ inviting you to book in your vaccine. There will be a link to open an online booking portal, where you need to confirm your date of birth. Then you will be given a choice of times to book in.  A video of how this looks can be found here : http://bit.ly/vaccinebookingvideo

 

We are aware there are a number of scams circulating around booking COVID vaccine. NHS England have confirmed they will currently only be sending letters to those who are being called to the mass vaccination centres (locally this is Taunton Race course and Westpoint Exeter). These bookings are not viewable at the surgery so please call the number given on your letter.

We are currently NOT using email to book COVID vaccines. If you or a someone you care for has received an Text message or email that you are not sure about or looks suspicious then please do not click any links. The NHS will NEVER ask you bank details or payment in relation to a COVID vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccine at Exmouth Tennis Centre - 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)

 

FAQs - https://www.togetherfordevon.uk/priorities/coronavirus-covid-19/frequently-asked-questions-faqs-for-patients/

Additional leaflets

COVID-19 Vaccine - Guide

COVID-19 Vaccine - Why do I have to wait

COVID-19 Vaccine - What to expect

COVID-19 Vaccine - Pregnancy information

 

 

 

 

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).

Thank you.

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.

 

What to do if you have coronavirus 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.

To book a test go to GOV.uk  or call 119 if you cannot get help online.

For a medical emergency dial 999.

 

Shielding/Clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

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 (this closes on 31.3.21, priority access to super market deliveries, will be kept until 21.6.21)

Please see GOV.uk for more information.

 

Face coverings

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.

 

PRINCIPLE Research Study

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:

  • new continuous coughorhigh temperature or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell OR have a positive test for SARS-Co-V2 infection with COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days.

You eligible if you :

  • are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness
  • You are aged 65 and above

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.

Please click here to see Covid-19 research poster or go to www.rtocovid19.com to complete a simple survey.

 

COVID-19 Community Support

Honiton Community Volunteer Coronavirus Support Network

League of friends Statement August 2020

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.

Parent+ Support Hub

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