Covid 19 Information

This pages contains useful information related to Covid 19

If you think that you have Corona virus symptoms:

i.e. high temperature, new persistent cough and loss of taste and smell, then you must self –isolate immediately and ask for a test.  If someone you live with (or someone in your support bubble) gets symptoms again, you must also self-isolate immediately.  To arrange a test you should call NHS119 or visit: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

National Covid-19 vaccination programme

We know that people will be very keen to find out about our local plans for the vaccination programme in Somerset. We are currently working together with our local health and care providers to develop a detailed Somerset-wide plan to deliver the vaccinations in a safe and effective way for the priority groups identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.  Please do not contact the surgery directly – we will contact you when it is time to have your vaccination. 

For more information on the NHS Vaccination programme please visit: https://www.somersetccg.nhs.uk/health/local-services/health-services-during-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccinations-in-somerset/

NHS Coronavirus Vaccination programme in Somerset FAQs

NHS Coronavirus Vaccination programme in Somerset FAQs update 05/01/21

Roll out of the vaccination programme so farclick here

Somerset COVID-19 vaccination programme to roll out across all thirteen GP-led community sites – 15/01/21 – click here

Somerset Covid Vaccination Video: click here

All NHS vaccinations are free and the NHS would never ask for any debit/credit card details.

Thank you for your patience.

How to use the pulse oximeter

Adult pulse oximetry motoring Coivd-19 diary video – click here

At Risk groups to received free winter supply of vitamin D

2.7 million vulnerable individuals in England to be offered free winter supply of Vitamin D by government. Click here for further information

Public Health England updated Guidance for households

Where one or more members has possible or confirmed COVID-19

Guidance for households

If you need support:

Patients can use the Response Form below to contact the Village Agent.  Please complete the form and someone will get back to you:

Village Agent Response Contact Form

How the service we offer may be affected:

We would ask for patient understanding and co-operation at this difficult time.

As the situation with Coronavirus develops further we will be acting on received national guidance that may impact on the range of services we offer.
Also there may be disruption resulting from staff absences, other pressures or changing priorities.
We will keep patients informed of developments at all times.
Some of the measures being introduced place greater emphasis on triage and telephone or online consultations.

The priority is to reduce face-to-face contact wherever possible and to give clinicians an understanding of your clinical need before being asked to visit the surgery.

Get an Isolation Note to give to your Employer

If you live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus, you can get an isolation note to send to your employer as proof you need to stay off work.

https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

You do not need to get a note from a GP

Doing things differently:

We are introducing new ways of working using technology to communicate with patients and carry out consultations by video link:

SMS texting by AccuRx:

In addition to sending appointment reminders to smartphones by SMS text, we are now using a system called AccuRx to send notifications and information to patients.

Non–NHS (Private) work during the Coronavirus period

Please note that the practice will not be able to process requests for non-NHS related work, including insurance reports, medicals and other private services. We will also not be able to provide letters relating to underlying medical conditions in support of travel insurance or arrangements. We apologise for not being able to provide this service at this time, but such requests fall outside of our NHS contractual work obligations and we must focus on looking after our patients through our core-NHS provisions. We anticipate that we are likely to suffer staff shortages during this period and our available resources will be focused towards direct patient care. Non-NHS work will be resumed at the Practice when it is feasible to do so.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

 
Please do not attend the surgery if you are showing any of the following symptoms:
– Fever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher)
– Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
– New, continuous cough
– Difficulty breathing
 
Please see the following links for important surgery information:
 
Your Health Matters To Us – Information about how we’re currently working
COVID 19 Information – our surgery Covid 19 information page
Repeat Medication
Community Support
 
As we consider different ways of working: we would ask all patients to make sure we have up-to-date contact details including: address, email, mobile and landline numbers, and to notify us of any amendments or changes required.
 
Whilst we aim to provide our patients with a service during this exceptional time, we would ask you to respect any social distancing measures that we put in place in order to protect both staff and patients.