Monthly Archives: November 2020

Germ Defence – Urgent Public Health Research

The Germ Defence website gives scientifically proven practical advice on how patients can reduce the spread of coronavirus in the home.

Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, has endorsed this project as a national Urgent Public Health Research (UPHR) priority and it is supported by the Royal College of General Practice (RCGP).

Please click here for advice on how to protect your home from COVID-19 – www.germdefence.org/index.html?src=E82031

The COVID-19 version of Germ Defence was developed by clinicians and scientists at the Universities of Bristol, Southampton and Bath in collaboration with Public Health England. A clinical trial of 20,000 people during the swine ‘flu pandemic showed that an earlier version of Germ Defence successfully reduced respiratory infection frequency, severity and GP consultations. The results were published in The Lancet.

Flu Vaccinations – 50-64 year olds

Following the government announcement that 50 to 64 year olds will be able receive a free flu vaccination from 1 December the practice is working to make this available to newly eligible patients as early in December as we can.

As soon as we have supplies of the vaccine available we will contact patients aged 50 to 64 to offer you an appointment. If you fall within this age group and are not in one of the eligible ‘at risk groups’ please do not contact the practice to book an appointment as we are not yet able offer you a definite date or time.

We are continuing to provide flu vaccinations to over 65s, under 65s with certain long-term medical conditions, pregnant women and young children. If you are in one of these eligible groups and have not yet had your flu vaccine please contact the practice as soon as possible to book an appointment.

The NHS is here to see you safely

The NHS is here to see you safely, even during the lockdown

Although there will be restrictions in many aspects of our lives due to the new lockdown rules, GPs, pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and other NHS services remain open, and are working in different ways to keep patients and staff safe.

Our hospitals have measures in place to see patients safely, including making sure staff are following best practice guidance to minimise the risk of cross-infection, are carrying out extra cleaning in all areas and are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment such as masks and aprons.

Patients can still see a GP for a face-to-face appointment, where clinically appropriate and after being triaged online or following a virtual or telephone appointment.

Screening services, appointments for long term conditions, and checks and treatments for the most serious illnesses such as cancer, stroke or heart disease will continue to go ahead during the lockdown. Anyone with worrying symptoms, has been waiting for an appointments and notices a change in their condition, or whose condition deteriorates, should talk to their GP immediately.

The surgery and other services will offer an initial appointment by phone or a video call, or may ask patients to send a photo of the problem area. GPs will still refer patients for treatment or more tests if needed, all of which will be done in a COVID-19 safe setting.

In order to ensure patient safety, patients are asked not to arrive at the practice without an appointment. For urgent physical or mental health help when the surgery is closed, or for help if you are not registered with a GP practice, go online to NHS 111 or call 111. All calls are free to this number.

For very serious life-threatening emergencies, you should dial 999 immediately.