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A Letter to ALL Our Patients on the COVID-19 Vaccination - (Updated) 02 December 2020

TO ALL OF OUR PATIENTS

Dear Patient

We are all excited to hear that there is progress on a Covid vaccine and that this should improve the quality of life for all of us.

We know that you, like us, are struggling with the confines imposed upon us all due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Everyone is trying to make the best of the situation and, as a practice, we are committed to caring for you in the best possible way whilst keeping both you and our team safe.

To keep you as informed as possible, we will update these messages frequently as we become aware of more information from NHS England:

  • The Pfizer/BioNTech has now been approved by the British regulator (Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) as safe to be used.

  • Due to issues about having to store the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at very low temperatures, it is probably going to be delivered to hospitals first.

  • The 2 other Covid vaccines that are in development and have not yet been licensed to be used on patients in the UK – but we are expecting them to be licensed very soon.

  • It appears that those eligible for the vaccine will need to have two Covid-19 vaccines for them to be most effective

  • There will be some large vaccination centres and some mobile units to deliver and administer the vaccines. We do not know yet what there will be in our area.

  • Many thousands of people have volunteered to be part of the project to organise and administer these vaccines which is really encouraging.

  • The expectation is that the vaccinations will not start for most people until 2021 and it will take some time to vaccinate everyone who is eligible.

Meanwhile, we all need to keep to the advice of handwashing, face masks and social distancing but we all look forward to the time when we will return to life as normal.

Thank you for your patience
Littledown Surgery

Thank you for Helping Us to Help You

2020 has been the most challending year in the history of the NHS.

We would like to thank you for supporting our hard working staff. Read more here…

Important Patient Message:

Please download/print the Patient Letter and FAQs regarding how the Practice has changed our way of working during the C19 Pandemic:

Patient Letter July 2020 and FAQs

There is another test, the antibody test to check if you’ve had coronavirus. This test is not widely available yet.

4 July 2020

Information from GOV UK from the 4th of July – Social Distancinghttps://bit.ly/2ZnyfpJ

What you can and can’t do before 4th July 2020https://bit.ly/31uKfIT

What you can and can’t do after 4th July 2020https://bit.ly/2BU8Ewu

Coronavirus: FREE NHS Test

Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can get a free test to check if they have the virus. Some people without symptoms can have the test too.

Click on the link for further information: https://bit.ly/2OMSXul/free cv-19-test

COVID Antibody Testing Programme

This is currently only available to NHS & care industry workers. The test hasn’t been rolled out to the general public yet, more information to follow.

Wearing Masks to the Surgery

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We are encouraging our patients to wear a face covering if they have one, when visiting the Surgery

Masks 4 Carers

Being an unpaid carer is hard work and can impact upon other areas of your life such as work, relationships, finances & social life. We are a charity athat supports unpaid carers that live in Dorset. Click below for more information:

The Leonardo Trust: Masks 4 Carers – Leonardo

Do You Have a New Medical Problem You would Like to Discuss?

As you will be aware the NHS is currently dealing with the coronavirus pandemic which has drastically altered how we see patients. A concern with these new arrangements is that patients who would normally be attending to discuss symptoms are now staying away in order to allow us to focus on pandemic related healthcare.

Whilst we understand and are grateful for this, we would still encourage you to contact the surgery to discuss any new medical problems not related to the coronavirus illness. We can usually make an assessment over the telephone as to whether we can safely delay further assessments or investigations and are happy to give advice. Alternatively, it may be prudent to see you in person in which case strict infection control measures are in place in the surgery to protect both staff and patients. The aim of this is to identify and treat any more serious illnesses in a timely fashion rather than allow problems to worsen before the end of the social distancing period.

Further good advice about symptoms is available through the NHS website www.nhs.uk and you can also find relevant help here on our website.

Coronavirus Update: 17 March 2020

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 we will not be able to book face to face GP appointments in the first instance. Instead, the doctor will phone you first before asking you to come to the surgery if that is required.

Nurses appointments for immunisations, urgent blood tests, smears, dressings and urgent ECGs are carrying on as normal, but if you have symptoms of fever or a new cough then please call the surgery on 01202309500 before coming for your appointment, and we will advise you. Long term condition reviews and pill checks are being done over the phone, and appointments for NHS Healthchecks, New Patient Checks, Ear Syringing and routine blood tests are being postponed.

Appointments are currently unavailable to be booked via online services. You will still be able to request medication, view your record and cancel appointments.

If you already have a routine GP appointment booked, the surgery will contact you to advise you further.

We understand that this may be disappointing, but we are doing our best to protect both our patients and our staff so that we can continue to provide an essential service to you all.

Click here for a Patient Information Letter 17 March 2020

How to Avoid Catching or Spreading Coronavirus

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading. It is particularly important for people who:

  • are 70 or over
  • have a long-term condition
  • are pregnant
  • have a weakened immune system

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • only travel on public transport if you need to
  • work from home, if you can
  • avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
  • avoid events with large groups of people
  • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

Don’t

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family

Do I Need to Avoid Public Places?

Most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places. You only need to stay away from public places if you’ve been:

  • to Hubei province in China in the last 14 days
  • to Iran, areas of northern Italy in lockdown or “special care zone” areas in South Korea since 19 February
  • to other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath
  • to other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath
  • in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus

Treatment for Coronavirus

There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus. Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.

You’ll need to stay in isolation away from other people until you’ve recovered.

What's the Risk of Catching Coronavirus in the UK?

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. But the risk to individuals remains low. Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

Symptoms of Coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

Urgent advice: Call 111 now if you’ve been:

  • to Hubei province in China in the last 14 days
  • to Iran, areas of northern Italy in lockdown or “special care zone” areas in South Korea since 19 February
  • to other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath
  • to other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath
  • in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

Lockdown areas in northern Italy

  • in Lombardy:
    • Codogno
    • Castiglione d’Adda
    • Casalpusterlengo
    • Fombio
    • Maleo
    • Somaglia
    • Bertonico
    • Terranova dei Passerini
    • Castelgerundo
    • San Fiorano
  • In Veneto:
    • Vo’ Euganeo

Special care zones in South Korea

  • Daegu
  • Cheongdo

How Coronavirus is Spread

Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person. Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food. Viruses like coronavirus cannot live outside the body for very long.

NHS DORSET C-19 UPDATE

Dear Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

We are seeing a significant rise in COVID-19 cases in our local communities

Responding to COVID-19 and living with the challenges it has presented has been tough for very many people, including our NHS staff and care workers.

Your NHS cannot fight COVID-19 alone: we all have a part to play to stop the spread of the virus. By taking sensible steps and following the guidelines, together we can protect each other and save lives this Winter.

Cases across Dorset are mainly linked to household groups, so it is vital social distancing is maintained and we limit the number of groups we mix with. Stop the spread of coronavirus by remembering to wash your hands, cover your face and make space.

Following clinical advice and guidance is especially important if you have been identified by the NHS Test and Trace service.

If you are told to self-isolate, you must stay at home for 14 days even if you feel well. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate immediately and only leave your home to get tested.

You may catch COVID-19 and have only mild symptoms or have no symptoms at all, but you can pass it on to someone who is more vulnerable than you and for whom COVID-19 is a very serious, life-threatening illness.

Please do your bit and remember to wash your hands frequently, wear a face covering where required and give others space.

Together we can protect our families, colleagues, and others around us.

Thank you from your local NHS in Dorset.

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