Covid-19 Advice and Support
Boosters to all 16 and 17 year olds, and 12 to 15 year olds
Following updated JCVI Guidance, the NHS is now offering boosters to all 16 and 17 year olds, and 12 to 15 year olds who are in a clinical risk group, are severely immunosuppressed or who are a household contact of someone who is. It’s vital these groups receive a booster vaccination to protect themselves and those around them from COVID-19, especially with the Omicron variant in circulation.All 16 to 17 year olds can now book their booster vaccine using the National Booking Service or attending a walk in site. 12 to 15 year olds in a clinical risk group or who are severely immunosuppressed will be contacted by local vaccination services or can visit a walk-in site by taking either a national invitation letter or an invitation from their GP/specialist confirming eligibility. Both groups should visit NHS walk-in sites before attending their local walk in site in person to ensure they attend a site which can vaccinate them.20/01/22
Covid Pass 12-15yr olds
Covid Pass now available from today for 12-15yr olds. Via online request or 119.
NOTE:Your GP cannot provide you with this letter or service.
How to book your Covid-19 Vaccination
Covid-19 Vaccination Advice
Information on the approved vaccinations can be found here:
Vaccine eligibility for Primary doses (including a third dose) and boosters can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/who-can-get-the-vaccine/
Information on children aged 12-15 needing vaccinations can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine-for-children-aged-12-to-15/
Side effects of the Covid-19 vaccinations can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/safety-and-side-effects/
Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status
Download the NHS App https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/nhs-app/
Or to receive a letter please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/covid-status-letter/
Long Covid Support
Are you suffering from the lasting effects of COVID-19?
Find support at:
- Your COVID Recovery https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/
- Mary Hutson-Social Prescriber 01354 695888
If self management is not working and you are still feeling symptomatic then contact us on 01354 695888 from 8.30am any weekday to book a telephone consultation with a GP to discuss further options.
COVID-19 Vaccinations and Blood clotting
Covid-19 Vaccination Passports
Guidance has not yet been developed and until national guidance has been agreed, General Practice is unable to offer Covid Vaccination certification, passports or letters to prove vaccination.
Update on Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine
The MHRA is carrying out a detailed review of reports of a very rare blood clotting problem affecting a small number of people who have had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
The problem can also happen in people who have not been vaccinated and it's not yet clear why it affects some people.
The COVID-19 vaccine can help stop you getting seriously ill or dying from coronavirus. For people aged 30 or over and those with other health conditions, the benefits of being vaccinated outweigh any risk of clotting problems.
For people under 30 without other health conditions, it's currently advised that it's preferable to have another COVID-19 vaccine instead of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
Call 111 immediately if you get any of these symptoms starting from around 4 days to 4 weeks after being vaccinated:
- a severe headache that is not relieved with painkillers or is getting worse
- a headache that feels worse when you lie down or bend over
- a headache that's unusual for you and occurs with blurred vision, feeling or being sick, problems speaking, weakness, drowsiness or seizures (fits)
- a rash that looks like small bruises or bleeding under the skin
- shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal (tummy) pain
How do I book a Covid-19 test?
You can only get a free NHS test if at least one of the following applies:
- you have a high temperature
- you have a new, continuous cough
- you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed
- you’ve been asked to by a local council
- you’re taking part in a government pilot project
You can also get a test for someone you live with if they have symptoms.
If you’re going into hospital
- You may need to get tested if you’re due to have surgery or a procedure.
- The hospital will arrange this for you. Contact your hospital department if you have any questions.
Who cannot get a free test
You cannot get a free NHS test unless you have symptoms, have been asked to by your local council live in England and have been told to by your hospital, or are taking part in a government pilot project.
This applies even if:
- you live with someone who has coronavirus
- you’ve had close contact with someone who has coronavirus
- you’ve come to the UK from a high risk country
- you’re planning to leave the country
- your employer or school has asked you to get a test
You can pay for a private test. Do not use this service.
When to get a test
- If you have symptoms, get a test as soon as possible.
- Book a visit to a test site to have the test today.
- Test sites are open 7 days a week.
- Order a home test kit if you cannot get to a test site
TO BOOK A TEST CLICK HERE
If you have other problems using the online service, call:
119 if you’re in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
0300 303 2713 if you’re in Scotland
Lines are open 7am to 11pm.
Test and Trace App
The new NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales.
Download the app to:
-Trace (get alerts when those you have been near have tested positive to Covid-19)
-Alert (receive alerts relating to the risk level of your postcode)
- Check-in (check in at places you have visited so you can receive alerts if someone you have been near has testing positive to Covid-19)
- Symptoms (check if you have symptoms of Coronavirus and order a free testing kit)
-Test (book a test and receive results)
- Isolate (keep track of our isolation countdown and gain advice on isolating)
How to download the app on android click here
How to download the app on IOS click here
Avoid Valved Masks
Valved Masks are not fluid resistant and therefore do not offer adequate protection against COVID-19, please see the link to the guidance below point 10.0 for more information.
Patients attending the surgery for an appointment wearing valves masks will be asked to wear an fluid resistant FFP2 mask on top of their own mask so we can ensure the safety of our staff.
If you or a member of your household has symptoms of COVID-19 and you have been advised to self-isolate then please use the NHS 111 Online service to access a self-isolation note for your emplyer. A link to this can be found below.
Prescription Collection and Shopping Support
For those patients that have been identified as 'High Risk' by NHS England and have therefore been advised to 'Shield' or self isolate for 12 weeks we understand that ordering and collecting prescriptions, along with being able to access food supplies can be a concern. Below is a list of local services offering support with this;
- NHS App- download the NHS App to order your repeat prescriptions online.
- FACT (shop and drop service) 01354 661234
- Chatteris Community Car Scheme (collecting shopping and prescriptions) Chatteris 07944 814156 Wimblington 07563 782938 Doddington 07944 814156
- AAA Motorcycles (collecting prescriptions) 07384746025
Community pharmacies will deliver medication to those patients who are shielding as advised by NHS England there will be no charge for this.
Information for groups of people
Support for anyone who is self isolating
01354 654321 - is open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 12noon on Saturday
Age UK - Coronavirus information hub and practical ways you can help older people: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus/
British Sign Language
Advice for Parents
Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself.
Some useful advice for parents caring for sick children at home can be found by clicking on the PDF below
ICON: Babies cry: You can cope. http://iconcope.org/
Support for Children and Young People
There are a wide range of services available to help support the emotional and mental wellbeing of our Children and Young People along with resources such as pictures, books and videos to support parents in explaining Covid-19 and the changes it has made to our lives.
We particuarly like Nurse Dotty Books; https://nursedottybooks.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/dave-the-dog-coronavirus-1-1.pdf
YoungMinds: Supporting children and young people and their parents/carers with their mental health and wellbeing. Specific advice on managing self-isolation and anxiety about coronavirus. https://youngminds.org.uk
Information for safeguarding children, families and vulnerable adults
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/
NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000 If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact NSPCC professional counsellors for help, advice and support.
Childline 0800 1111: Offers free, confidential advice and support for any child 18 years or under, whatever the worry.
The PDF below contains links to many more free suport services.
Emotional and Mental Wellbeing Support for Adults
The outbreak of COVID-19 has had a huge impact on all of our lives, and therefore caused many stresses and anxieties. It is OK to feel like this, and there are many rescources and services out there offering support. We have tried to gather these together and many of which can be found below:
MIND: Mental Health Support with specific advice on ‘Coronavirus and your wellbeing’. www.mind.org.uk
SafeLives: Specific resources for domestic abuse and COVID. http://safelives.org.uk/news-views/domesticabuse-and-covid-19
IRISi interventions: irisi.org/iris/find-your-local-iris-site/
Free online CBT course: https://llttf.com/
CPFT Psychological Wellbing Service 0300 300 0055 or refer online at https://www.cpft.nhs.uk/services/pws/psychological-wellbeing-service.htm
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis then please call NHS 111 and select option 2