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Practice Information on Coronavirus

COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Booster Vaccinations

You can get a booster dose if you had a 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago and:

  • you are aged 18 or over
  • you are aged 16 or over with a health condition that puts you at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • you are a frontline health or social care worker
  • you live or work in a care home
  • you are aged 16 or over and are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
  • you are aged 16 or over and live with someone who has a weakened immune system (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

Appointments for Booster vaccinations at Charnwood Borough Council can be booked by clicking on this link:

Charnwood Vaccine Clinic

Alternative locations can be booked by calling 119 or going to www.nhs.uk

You can also use these details to book 1st and 2nd doses if still needed. 2nd doses are due 8 weeks after the 1st dose.

Please note if you book for your 2nd dose or Booster too early you will be turned away by the clinic

The vaccines used for booster doses are Pfizer or Moderna and the type of booster vaccine does not depend on what you received for your first two doses.

If you believe that you are unable to have either of these vaccines for medical reasons please contact your GP surgery to discuss the matter.

Third Doses

Third doses of the Covid vaccine for people with suppressed immune systems

People aged 12 and over and who had severely weakened immune systems at the time of their first or second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine are eligible to receive a third dose. They may not have generated a full immune response to the first two doses and therefore may be less protected than the wider population.

Conditions which mean you might have had a suppressed immune system include:

· a blood cancer (such as leukaemia or lymphoma)

· a weakened immune system due to a treatment (such as steroid medicine, biological therapy, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)

· an organ or bone marrow transplant

· a condition that means you have a very high risk of getting infections

· a condition or treatment your specialist advises makes you eligible for a 3rd dose

Please check the full list here to see if you are eligible.

You can book your vaccination by clicking on the Charnwood Vaccine clinic link above.

This third dose is part of the primary course of vaccinations. It is not the same as a booster dose, which is given later to extend the duration of protection after the primary course of vaccinations.

Vaccinations for children aged 12-15 who are at increased risk from Covid-19

Children who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid-19, or who live with someone who is more likely to get infections, can now get their Covid vaccine. Two doses of the vaccine will be given.

If your child is at increased risk from Covid-19 and you haven't already been contacted to book your appointment, please contact the practice.

Conditions that mean your child may be at high risk and can get vaccinated include:

· a severe problem with the brain or nerves, such as cerebral palsy

· Down's syndrome

· severe or multiple learning disabilities (or they're on the learning disability register)

· haematological malignancy

· sickle cell disease

· type 1 diabetes

· congenital heart disease

· a condition that means they're more likely to get infections (such as some genetic conditions or types of cancer).

You can find a complete list of conditions here.

Children aged 12-15 who are not classed as clinically extremely vulnerable are not eligible to receive their vaccination at the practice. They will receive a single dose of the vaccine via other routes, for example at school.

COVID-19 Medical Exemptions: Proving you are unable to get Vaccinated

How to apply for official proof that, for medical reasons, you're unable to be vaccinated or unable to be vaccinated and tested for COVID-19.

Please click here for more information.

COVID-19 Vaccination Status for Travel

The practice is unable to issue certification about COVID-19 vaccination for travelling abroad.

Please see: www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad

Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHS App.

The NHSapp can be downloaded from https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-app/id1388411277 for iPhone or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.online.nhsonline for android.

Alternatively you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17th May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you've completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.

Our Appointments System during Coronavirus

The practice will be operating a telephone based system for GP appointments during the coronavirus outbreak. All patients will be added to a list to receive a telephone call from the GP who will then be able to arrange a face to face appointment if it is needed.

Please note that during this period we will not be booking follow up appointments for patients but asking you to contact us on the day that you need your appointment.

This enables us to better monitor the daily demand for our services and ensure that we have appointments available for people when they need them the most.

We would like to thank all our patients for your support over the past few months and for treating all of our team with courtesy and respect even when the situation may have been frustrating.

Latest Guidance

Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

The NHS in England and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The latest information on symptoms of the coronavirus infection can be found on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Use this service if:

• you think you might have coronavirus;

• in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus;

• you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Vitamin D Supplements for High Risk Patients

Face Mask Exemptions

Please note that the Practice is unable to provide letters to exempt patients from wearing face coverings.

Exemption certificates are available to print and download from:


Registering a Death during COVID-19

Loughborough University Students

Connect and Protect

Connect and Protect is a University process that has been developed to support the national Test and Trace system.

It enables us to track possible and confirmed Covid-19 cases on campus and offer our students and staff any necessary support. It also allows us to get in touch with those who may have been in close contact with someone who has Covid-19 symptoms.

By working together in this way we can help to keep the University and the wider Loughborough community as safe as possible.


Access to NHS Dentistry during the Crisis

Help with COVID-19 Research

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:
    • a continuous new or worsening cough
    • a high temperature
  • You are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness
  • You are aged 65 and above

Advice for Parents when your child is unwell or injured during COVID-19

Medication Queries around Coronavirus

The practice is following currently following Department of Health guidelines on the issue of medication.

Please do not ask for additional months of medication or try to order your medications early as we are unable to do this.

If you are self-isolating then you can request your medication online or over the phone. We would also suggest contacting the local pharmacies to arrange for your medication to be delivered.

We would not advise patients to stop or change any of their regular prescribed medication, including medication for blood pressure in order to try to reduce their risk of catching Coronavirus.

If you take a medication which lowers your immune system AND you have any symptoms of infection you should follow the advice given to you by your hospital specialist when you started on the medication. If they are not sure of this advice then please contact us to arrange to see a GP.

COPD and Asthma Rescue Packs

If you have never had a rescue pack before for your COPD or Asthma you do not need one to help you with coronavirus. If you have symptoms of coronavirus or are unwell please call us on 01509 324115.

Advice for School

Please do not ask us for advice around attending school but visit the gov.uk website for information and advice. You can also check the latest information above if you are trying to work out if you need to self-isolate.

Advice for Work/ Fit Notes/ Isolation Notes

You can now get an isolation note directly from the NHS. There is no need to contact the surgery about this.

When answering the question:

Have you been told to stay at home?

For example, by official advice, NHS 111 or a healthcare professional.

Please remember that using the 111 coronavirus service at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ and being told you should self-isolate counts as receiving official advice so you can answer yes. You do not need to receive this advice directly from us.

Please click on the link below to get your note.


Letters for Travel

We have decided as a practice that in the current circumstances we can't discuss individual requests for travel advice or letters.

Patients should check current travel advice on the gov.uk website and adhere to that.

If you will be making a travel insurance cancellation claim for health reasons then formal paperwork will be sent out out by your travel insurance company for the practice to complete if needed.

Coping with Stress during the Outbreak

Helping Children cope with Stress during the Outbreak

Physical Activity for Older People

10 minute podcast each day for movement for older people.


Supplementary Privacy Notice issued in response to COVID-19

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