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Hightown Surgery                                                               Care Quality Commission    

Hightown Gardens                                                              Overall rating - Good

Banbury, OX16 9DB                                                            March 2017

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information and advice

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EXTENSION OF THE SHIELDING PATIENTS LIST 

[updated 18th February 2021]

This week the government has identified a new group of people considered to be at high risk from Covid-19 and has significantly extended the list of ‘shielding’ patients.

Up to 1.7 million patients have been identified. Those within this group who are over 70 will have already been invited for vaccination and 820,000 adults between 19 and 69 years will now be prioritised for a vaccination.

Your GP practice are aware of this development and are being provided with the lists of their patients who are now being added into the shielding group and moved up in the vaccination programme.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO CALL YOUR LOCAL SURGERY TO ENQUIRE ABOUT THIS.

If you’re among the patients now joining the shielding list then your surgery will know and we will soon contact you to offer a vaccination at the Grimsbury Vaccination Centre

To learn more about how the new lists of shielding patients have been drawn up please see the Gov.UK website article  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-technology-to-help-identify-those-at-high-risk-from-covid-19

 

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COVID-19 vaccination programme update

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We are now having to prioritise our vaccination programme so are operating a reduced routine service.

If your problem can wait we appreciate your co-operation and ask you to look at our website for our other resources.

Thank you for understanding at this difficult time.

 

Covid vaccination clinic invitations

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Patients aged 70+

Across the country COVID-19 vaccinations are being offered to everyone over the age of 70 and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. So far, most patients vaccinated from this practice have received their vaccination at Grimsbury Community Centre.


To speed up vaccinations being given, mass vaccination sites and some pharmacies are also offering the jab; these are being managed nationally.


You do not need to wait for a letter from the NHS. If you are aged over 70 or are clinically extremely vulnerable, you can book an appointment by visiting this website: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119. You will need your NHS number and date of birth which will be used to confirm you are eligible for the vaccination now. You can find your NHS number on any correspondence for hospital appointments or using the NHS website here. Those that are considered extremely clinically vulnerable are those patients that were told to shield during the height of the pandemic because their medical condition made them more vulnerable to infection.


If you choose to book a vaccination at one of the vaccination centres that are open every day, you may get your vaccination sooner but you may need to travel further.


If you prefer, you can wait to be contacted by us and have your vaccination at Grimsbury Community Centre. We are making really good progress but are not running vaccination clinics every day. We do expect all patients over 70 to have had their vaccination by mid February.


Whichever option you choose, it is important to be aware that you will need to have your second dose at the same place where you had your first dose and this cannot be changed.

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Update – 16th February 2021

 

Patients aged 65 - 69

Hightown Patients aged 65 – 69 will shortly start receiving an invitation from the national booking service (NBS) to attend a mass vaccination centre or community pharmacy setting.


We recommend that patients take this offer up. NHS England guidance is for practices to focus on JCVI Cohort 6, which includes a wider group of people at higher clinical risk.


If you have transport issues the volunteer car service can help. They work with South Central Ambulance and have the same level of PPE. Drivers are fully trained and undergo DBS checks. To use this service you should have a certain level of mobility, similar to if you used a taxi. Tel 0300 3030 125 and they charge 45p per mile from the drivers home.

Patients aged 18 – 64


We will invite you in based on the nationally agreed criteria, please wait for the invite.


If you have a mobile telephone number recorded on your record our invite may be sent from the practice in the form of a text which contains a link allowing you to book your appointment time directly into a Hightown Covid vaccination clinic. If you receive a text and find that there are no more available slots please keep the text. You can use it in the future when more Covid vaccination clinic dates are made available.

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If you are struggling to travel to an appointment you can call 0300 3030 126 to arrange for a volunteer driver to help you get to your appointment. All drivers have undergone enhanced DBS checks and all wear PPE. Cost is 45p per mile from the drivers home.

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All patients who had their 1st vaccination with us will be automatically contacted to be offered their second, when we know vaccine delivery dates.

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It is really important we have an up to date phone number, and especially a mobile if possible, for all our patients. If you do not have a mobile or a smartphone, but are happy for a relative to be texted with details of how to book an appointment on your behalf that helps too.

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Do you have a new mobile number? Would you like to provide us with your next of kin's to contact in an emergency or to book appointments on your behalf? If so, please email hightown.administration@nhs.net with details such as who the mobile number belongs to and under what circumstance you would like us to make contact. Please be aware that this email address is for updating contact details only, any other messages will not be responded to.

 

Patient FAQs are available here.

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What to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination.

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Appointments at the Practice are still going ahead as planned during the new national restrictions unless you are advised otherwise.

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COVID-19 cases in the county are increasing and are now a significant risk. Please play your part to help stop the spread: keep your distance, wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering & stick to the rule of six. You may not experience the worst symptoms yourself if you catch the virus, but you may pass it onto loved ones who do. If you get symptoms, self-isolate immediately and call 119 to book a test.

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If a clinician arranges an appointment for you at the surgery, please ensure you conform to social distancing guidelines by staying 2 meters away from others. If you are collecting a prescription or have been asked to attend the Practice for a face to face appointment please wear a face covering or mask when attending the surgery. Only one person in the foyer at all times.

For guidance on how to wear and make a face covering click this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering

Latest guidance on face coverings in primary care

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 Please note we will not be issuing any prescriptions 2 weeks before they are due. If you order too early it puts a strain on the  general supply chain. 

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Most GP and some nurse appointments have been converted to a telephone consultation in line with Public Health guidance regarding the coronavirus situation.

*Changes to our appointment system during this time*

 

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For extremely vulnerable Cherwell residents who have received a letter from the NHS and who have no support network, local councils and the voluntary and community sector have created a dedicated point of contact offering priority support across the county.

https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/news/article/694/shielding-our-most-vulnerable-residents

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GOT SYMPTOMS? GET TESTED

Advice

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Find the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) here.

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Government information and advice: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

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  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, a new persistent cough or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste) you  should arrange to have a test as soon as possible to see if you have COVID19  - go to testing to arrange. Stay at home until you get the result.

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  • Do not go to a GP Surgery, Pharmacy or Hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

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  • If you are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19 you must self-isolate for at least 10 days starting from the day the test was taken. If you develop symptoms during this isolation period you must restart your 10-day isolation from the day you develop symptoms.

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  • After 10 days, if you still have a temperature you should continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice. You do not need to self-isolate after 10 days if you only have a cough or loss of smell or taste, as these symptoms can last several weeks after the infection has gone.

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  • If you live with someone who has symptoms, all other household members must self-isolate for 10 days from the day their symptoms started or if they do not have symptoms, from the day their test was taken.

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  • If you get symptoms while self-isolating you should arrange to have a COVID19 test. If your test result is positive, follow the advice to stay at home and start a further full 10 day isolation period from when your symptoms started.

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*When you stop self-isolating, it's important to follow the advice on

SOCIAL DISTANCING

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*For patients concerned that they may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 online service has created coronavirus pages that tell patients what they should do based on their particular circumstances.

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These can be accessed https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19.

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STAY ALERT TO KEEP R DOWN

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Supporting your recovery after COVID-19

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NHS England and NHS Improvement have recently launched Your Covid Recovery, a new NHS website designed to help people cope with the long-term effects of COVID-19. The site contains useful information across all aspects of recovery, from physical after-effects, to mental wellbeing, to dealing with grief and bereavement.

Please see the self-management booklet for information on self-care for post COVID-19 patients

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Domestic Abuse support during COVID-19 outbreak

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Oxfordshire County Council and partners have issued information for people experiencing domestic abuse and the help and support that is available locally. In addition, the council has developed a useful guide that lists the support people can access around mental health, drugs/alcohol, parenting and relationships.

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*Contact details for help and support*

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