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Access to Care – Weekend 9th/10th Jan 2021

  • During December, Covid infections have risen sharply in London and this has led to increased demand for hospital care.
  • Please be aware the 111 service is currently under extreme pressure in our area. GP surgeries are open, except on weekends and bank holidays.
  • If you need non-covid medical help this weekend 9th & 10th January 2021 between 8am and 8pm, please call the extended hours GP service on 020 8280 2785. If you are calling outside these times, please go to www.111.nhs.uk  or call 111.
  • If you have COVID symptoms, please go to www.111.nhs.uk   or call 111. In a medical emergency, you should dial 999 as usual. Thank you for supporting the NHS

Covid-19 Vaccines

Covid-19 vaccines are slowly being rolled out to those most at risk first, in accordance with the following priority groups:

Priority group Risk group
1 Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2 All those 80 years of age and over

Frontline health and social care workers

3 All those 75 years of age and over
4 All those 70 years of age and over

Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)

5 All those 65 years of age and over
6 All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7 All those 60 years of age and over
8 All those 55 years of age and over
9 All those 50 years of age and over

 

Please visit our webpage first if you have any queries: https://www.cloisterroadsurgery.co.uk/practice-services/vaccinations/

Change of Practice Email address – Not to be used for Medical Problems

The practice has a new email address – cloisterroad.surgery@nhs.net

For repeat prescription requests, please use cloister.prescriptions@nhs.net

For safety reasons, we are now strictly not accepting any discussion of medical problems with the new email address. Please submit an online consultation instead using this link:   https://cloisterroadsurgery.webgp.com/

 

Face Mask Exemptions

We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s announcements around the use of face masks/coverings in various public settings.

GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask/covering.

The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.

Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers themselves to have another reason to be exempted.

In respect of public transport, the responsibility for issuing exemptions lies with the transport provider not your GP. Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but who considers themselves to have another reason to be exempted.

You can visit the Transport for London (TfL) website to print your own exemption badge/card:

https://tfl.gov.uk/campaign/face-coverings

Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#face-coverings
Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. Some transport staff may not wear a face covering if it is not required for their job

Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please DO NOT BOOK a GP appointment or attend your GP practice if you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature.

You are advised to stay at home for seven days.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.

After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.
But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they are at home for longer than 14 days.

Information:
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term health condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

After seven days, if you no longer have a high temperature you can return to your normal routine.
If you still have a high temperature, stay at home until your temperature returns to normal.
If you still have a cough after 7 days, but your temperature is normal, you do not need to continue staying at home. A cough can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.

Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
• You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home.
• Your condition gets worse.
• Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.