COVID-19 INFORMATION

Covid-19 vaccine update

We have been made aware of various scams see the attached information Covid vaccine scams - what to look out for
 

BOOSTER PROGRAMME 

Surbiton Health Centre is an approved Covid booster site. Our next Pfizer appointments available are on Tuesday 25th January. Once we are fully booked please contact NHS119 when you become eligible to book your appointment or inform us if you would like to be wait listed for the next clinic with us.

If you have received notification you are eligible you can telephone Langley Medical Practice during opening hours to request an appointment for 25th January.

 

PREGNANT PATIENTS

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that pregnant women should be offered COVID-19 vaccines. Please use the NHS app or call 119 for an appointment to book at PSM Pharmacy, Ace Pharmacy or Hawks Road for a Pfizer vaccination.

Pregnant patients are at higher risk of complications if contracting Covid-19 and the Covid vaccine is highly recommended and studies in the USA have shown there are no safety concerns.

JCVI Pregnancy guide to having the Covid-19 vaccine 

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists - Covid Vaccine Guide in Pregnancy
 

Children

Patients aged 12-15 will be contacted via their school for vaccination and there are walk in services now available, GP Practices are not vaccinating this age group however national sites are now offering vaccines, so please call 119 to arrange a vaccination.

Patients age 5-11 the borough will shortly be advising the locations offering vaccinations to this age group. We will not be offering this cohort at Surbiton Health Centre.

16/17 year olds have all been invited and now eligible for a second dose if you have not taken up the offer please arrange this via 119.

 

OFFER OF A VACCINE

We urge our patients to take the opportunity of a free vaccine when we call you. You will be asked a series of health screening questions before you will be given the appointment. 

South West London CCG have also put together a useful guide for the Kingston area: Kingston Covid vaccine programme
 

Public concerns related to AZ Vaccine (April 2021)

Is it safe to have the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine when some European countries paused its roll out?

The benefits of vaccination continue to outweigh any risks.

The MHRA’s scientific review of UK reports of extremely rare. The evidence to date does not suggest that the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca causes venous thromboembolism without a low platelet count.

By 31 March 20.2 million doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca had been given in the UK meaning the overall risk of these blood clots is approximately 4 people in a million who receive the vaccine.

If you are over 40 or have an underlying health condition, the benefits of having the AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccination far outweigh the risks and you should still get both the first and second doses, if not already.

If you are under 40 and have already had the first AstraZeneca dose without any serious side effects, you should still get the second.

Vaccines are the best way to protect people from COVID-19 and have already saved thousands of lives. Everyone should continue to get their vaccination when asked to do so unless specifically advised otherwise.

Read the latest Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) guidance -Latest from MHRA
More information regarding the Covid vaccination programme can be found at uk/CovidVaccination

Patient information leaflet about blood clotting
 

HOW YOU WILL BE CONTACTED

Via the NHS 119 service as you become eligible or Langley Medical Practice will text patients or ring patients when we have deliveries.
 

WHICH VACCINE WILL I BE HAVING?

Pfizer and Moderna for boosters and 1st and 2nd doses. There are limited Astra Zeneca vaccines in circulation for patients who cannot tolerate the MRNA vaccines, please contact 119 to find out the location this is being offered. It will not be possible to choose which vaccine you receive as we are not in control of the supplies delivered from NHS England. We have not been informed we will receive any Moderna vaccines.
 

HOW MANY DOSES WILL I HAVE?

Coronavirus vaccine

Covid-19 vaccine - what to expect after given the vaccine

 

WHERE YOU WILL BE GOING FOR THE VACCINE

In our area, PSM Pharmacy (1st and 2nd Pfizer & Moderna), Pearl Pharmacy (Pfizer and Moderna 1st, 2nd and booster), Ace Pharmacy, Hawks Road (age 12-15 1st dose clinics) and Surbiton Health Centre (boosters only) are offering vaccines. Some of the pharmacies are offering a walk in service on certain days see the link below to check where and when. 

Walk in covid vaccine sites

 

Q & A's

I can't attend my appointment or have become unwell, what do I do?

Contact Langley Medical Practice if your booster is booked at Surbiton Health Centre.
 

PROOF OF VACCINATION

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. There are 3 ways you can obtain confirmation of your covid vaccine status:

NHS App information which you can download from app stores 

NHS information regarding vaccination status for travelling abroad NHS website

* 119 - by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

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.
 

Booster recording

The booster dose will now appear on your NHS app.  Your patient record will have the booster recorded.
 

Covid exemption applications

For guidance patients are being asked to phone 119 to request an application for an NHS Covid19 medical exemption application form. Carers can do so on behalf of others. Patients are asked not to contact their GP to request this form, or an exemption certificate, please call 119..

Covid-19 Medical exemption proving you are unable to get vaccinated
 

Vaccinations received outside of England

Providing you received a Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson or Moderna abroad, the NHS can now record this on an NHS app. Please follow this link and instructions and you will be asked to make an appointment. If a patient previously made us aware you had a vaccination abroad, we will have coded your record so we no longer invited you to have a vaccine, but you will need to contact us once you have had the appointment so we can remove the previous codes otherwise your record will double record each vaccine.

Tell the NHS about the covid 19 vaccinations you received abroad
 

COMPLAINTS & CONCERNS

Any concerns or complaints patients have regarding this programme, we advise that you write directly to NHSE as practice nor the hub have any  control over the rolling out of the vaccine. Their details can be found in the following link;

NHS England contact us / complaints

 

Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What to do if you have symptoms?

  • a high temperature (of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher)
  • a new continuous cough
  • Loss of smell and/or taste

We recommend you take a lateral flow test to see if you have symptoms of covid-19. If your result is positive you must self isolate, you must test negative on day 5 and 6 to come out of self isolation, if you are still testing positive you should continue testing daily until you have 2 continuous days of negative tests up to day 14, thereafter you no longer need to self isolate. – go to testing to arrange.

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 7-10 days.

Please do not visit Langley Medical Practice, do not go to a pharmacy or hospital.  Stay indoors, avoid close contact with people, stay at least 3 steps apart from people, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds regularly, and do not contact NHS 111 to tell them you are staying at home.  COVID-19 stay at home guidance

Pregnancy advice for patients with suspected Covid-19 

If your symptoms worsen after 7 days contact NHS 111 online

We are unable to issue "sick" notes to employers for patients self-isolating. Please follow the attached guidelines for more information. Patients can complete either one of the following: 111 nhs isolation note or Letter for Employer

Latest information on Coronavirus COVID-19

Travel advice

 

Appointments at the surgery are booked by a doctor after talking with you over the phone first.

Reception will allocate you to a GP who will call you back.This will be either in the morning OR afternoon.

We are now seeing patients by invitation only for appointments with GPs or nurses such as Diabetes, Asthma, NHS Health Checks, audiograms, ear syringing, travel vaccinations, cryotherapy and minor surgery, 24 hour blood pressure monitoring, and blood testing. We are not currently offering Spirometry testing.

If you have been booked in to see a nurse, GP or our phlebotomist, please attend Surbiton Health Centre wearing a face covering.

Managing Long Term Conditions during COVID-19 

There is some useful information on accessing patient services, and in addition managing your medicines and applicances during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Patient information FAQs for face to face appointments at Langley Medical Practice

The NHS have produced a useful website for patients continuing to recover from Covid-19 Your Covid Recovery
 

Face Coverings

We will still require patients to wear a face covering when entering our GP Practice from 19th July 2021.

Face coverings latest info in NHS settings

If you feel you are unable to wear a mask for auditory/sensory/breathing reasons, please visit Mask Exemption Cards and download a card to show if asked why you are not wearing one.

Please note, it is NOT the responsibility or the role of the Surgery to issue anyone with an exemption letter or certificate. Please use the link above for more information.


South West London CCG

There have been a lot of changes put in place to Keep You Safe when you visit your GP practice in YOUR BOROUGH. Watch this short video to see what’s changed, what’s different and how we are trying to #KeepYouSafeSWL

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