COVID-19 INFORMATION

Covid-19 vaccine update

We have completed our vaccine clinics for the over 50's and vulnerable groups for the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine at Langley Medical Practice.  Please use the NHS app or call 119 to arrange your first or second vaccine now if you still haven't made an appointment.

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

BOOSTER PROGRAMME

This is currently in progress and patients in care homes and housebound will be vaccinated first, followed by patients over 80 who previously received two vaccinations. Patients have to wait to receive a text before they can book. When you will receive a text or letter depends on when your booster is due.  Please use this link to arrange your appointment Booking a Covid booster. Please do not call the surgery as we are not an approved booster site. 
 

PATIENTS aged 18-49

Patients who have received a text via the NHS app or a letter are recommended to book via the NHS app or phone 119.
 

PREGNANT PATIENTS

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that pregnant women should be offered COVID-19 vaccines. Please email Pfizer vaccinations if you would like to book a Pfizer appointment at Orchard Surgery in Chessington or you can use the NHS app or call 119 for an appointment at PSM Pharmacy for a Pfizer vaccination in Tolworth. 

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, GP Practices are not vaccinating this age group.

16/17 year olds have all been invited and if you have not taken up the offer as yet to have a vaccine please email Orchard Surgery on the Pfizer vaccination email link to arrange an appointment.

 

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

If you are under 50 you will be contacted by Orchard Surgery usually by text if you are due your first or second Pfizer vaccine, Langley Medical Practice is no longer coordinating the vaccination appointments. For Oxford AstraZeneca appointments please book these via NHS 119 or the NHS covid vaccination online app.
 

WHICH VACCINE WILL I BE HAVING?

In our area the Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccines are 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?

You require 2 doses of the same vaccine (2 x Pfizer or 2 x Astra Zeneca). NHS England and the Joint Committee on Immunisation and Vaccination guidance is for both vaccines to be given within 8-12 week intervals.  You can read more about this and the vaccination programme in general here:

Coronavirus vaccine

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

 

WHERE YOU WILL BE GOING FOR THE VACCINE

The Pfizer vaccine is offered at Orchard Practice, Orchard Gardens, Chessington, KT9 1AG is the designated hub site. Here is the Orchard Practice site details and map Orchard Surgery Address and Map

The K2 bus stops right outside.

We understand that this is further for our patients to travel so may be challenging but again we had no other option in the timescales given to find a suitable site that was closer. Regrettably, we cannot offer any transport for you to get there. You will need to organise getting to the site yourself. There is some free on street parking, although it is limited.

Surbiton Health Centre cannot be used for the Pfizer vaccine due to the delivery and storage constraints.
 

Q & A's

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

If you miss your appointment or are unable to attend either of your doses, please contact Orchard Surgery if you have arrange a Pfizer appointment through Orchard Surgery or call 119 if you arranged your appointment via the NHS.
 

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.
 

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
 

September 2021 update on vaccinations received outside of England

At the moment vaccines administered abroad (this includes Wales, Scotland, Overseas territories and Channel Islands) cannot be recorded in the UK National Immunisation Management system (NIMS) which is the system used to show your vaccination status in the NHS App.  Therefore the ability to show any “overseas” Vaccination Certificate and request a Vaccination Passport is not currently available from the NHS. This issue is being worked on at a national level and an update is expected shortly.  Any queries regarding this issue should contact NHS 119 or email the NHS: NHS app queries for patients who have had their covid vaccines outside of England. If people cannot access online services, and they are due to travel abroad in the near future, they can call 119 to request a letter that will provide evidence of their vaccination status. The NHS Vaccine Resolution Centre has now gone live for those who had COVID vaccinations abroad. This is accessible through 119.
 

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 have a test to see if you have COVID-19 if you have the above symptoms – 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 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 

Keeping you safe at home advice while safe isolating

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

Track and Trace NHS App

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.


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