Please DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY if you have any of the following symtoms:-

  • a temperature of more than 37.8C (100F)
  • OR, a new and persistent cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hrs (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • OR, anosmia - this is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell.  It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.

Please use this link to check your sympoms and further advice.

MANDATORY FACE COVERINGS - If you are asked to attend the surgery, you will be requested to wear a face coverings.  This is to keep you and everyone around you safe.  We apprecaite your co-operation so we can continue to offer you any treatment that you require.

If you need to see the GP ask for a face to face appointment.

Click here for SystmOne Online for booking/cancelling appointment, (not currently available) ordering repeat medication, viewing your records & blood results 

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do
https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 

Covid Study - see attached for details

For further information on Covid-19 please see attached link from the government website https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus and for further help on how to keep yourself safe also is a link attached from NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Covid-19 Sanitation Certificate 


Phase 3 - COVID Boosters

JCVI Announcement 29.11.21 – Booster Programme Bonanza

The JCVI has announced an accelerated booster programme in light of the Omicron variant. The highlights of this are:

  • Everyone aged 18+ will be eligible for a booster – these cohorts will be released by age priority (as they did at the start of the programme)
  • Interval between 2nd dose and booster will be reduced from 6 months to 3 months
  • Second doses approved for healthy 12-15 year olds, to be given 12 weeks after 1st dose (Pfizer only) and a hybrid delivery model between school teams and community providers
  • Immunosuppressed patients are eligible for a booster 3 months after their 3rd primary dose

Eligibility and dosing intervals

As of this week, two new groups are eligible for vaccines:

  • Anyone aged over 40 can now access a booster vaccine, to be given 6 months (182 days) after their second dose
  • Healthy 16-17 year olds are now eligible for a second dose, to be given 12 weeks after the first dose. (At risk 12-17 year olds are still eligible for second doses at 8 weeks)

Vaccines for children aged 12+

We will be running a new clinic at the Grainger Market on Saturday 4th December 10am-5pm, for eligible children aged 12+. We are able to accept walk ins for anyone aged 12+ at this clinic – if you have any children still requiring a vaccine, please ask them to attend. This clinic will be repeated each Saturday in December leading up to Christmas.

 

Healthy 12-15s – 1 dose

Healthy 16-17s – 2 doses, 12 weeks apart

At risk 12-17s – 2 doses, 8 weeks apart

3rd dose Primary course

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applies to patients who are immunosuppressed and do not need to wait 182 days for a booster. These patients should be advised by their GP/Consultant when to get the vaccine. If these patients are walking in and not being booked via the NGPS vaccine email – they must bring a GP/Consultant letter with them

or you can book online here: Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk).

or you can ring  Newcastle GP Services on: 0191 233 6317

Eligible criteria for Covid jab Key points are:

Eligibility criteria set out in the JCVI guidance include:

those living in residential care homes for older adults

all adults aged 40 years or over

frontline health and social care workers

all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the green book), and adult carersadult household contacts (aged 16 or over) of immunosuppressed individuals

Immunosuppressed patients

Third doses given to those who were severely immunosuppressed at/around the time of their first or second primary dose do not count as booster doses. These individuals are expected to also require a booster after another six months, but JCVI will review evidence from trials of boosting in this population and issue further advice on the optimal timing for this group.

 

A list of conditions and treatments which identifies people who are considered severely immunosuppressed has been published by the JCVI. - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/third-primary-covid-19-vaccine-dose-for-people-who-are-immunosuppressed-jcvi-advice/joint-committee-on-vaccination-and-immunisation-jcvi-advice-on-third-primary-dose-vaccination

  • Click on link below to book

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/


Walk in COVID clinics

Clinic for eligible patients aged 12+

This Saturday (4th Dec), we are starting a new clinic at Grainger Market, specifically targeted at eligible children aged 12+. This is a walk in session and no appointments needed. Please signpost any eligible children to this clinic (especially those who may have missed their vaccine at school), details below:

 

What: Covid Vaccine Clinic

Where: Grainger Market (in between Oliver’s café and Pumphreys coffee, NE1 5QF)

When: Every Saturday until Jan 2022 (excluding bank holidays) 10am-5pm

Who: anyone aged 12+ who is eligible for a vaccine (first doses only for healthy 12-15 until guidance changes)

How: No appointment needed, walk into Grainger Market. If you are under 16, please bring a parent/guardian with you if possible

 

Moderna

This week we go live with Moderna for the first time at our sites, and in practices who are delivering in house. We will still be using Pfizer on the bus and outreach clinics, details of which are on the PowerPoints attached (please note this is frequently updated).

 

Walk ins

We are open for walk ins! Please note that due to only having one vaccine prep area at Benwell / Lemington / Molineux, we will only be offering Boosters at those locations, patients requiring 1st / 2nd / 3rd primary dose will need to attend the Racecourse or vaccine bus (timetable attached) and we will review this in line with vaccine supply going forward.

 

  • Lemington Centre - Booster doses only (Moderna) 18+
  • Benwell Healthworks - Booster doses only (Moderna) 18+
  • Molineux - Booster doses only (Moderna) 18+
  • Racecourse - 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Booster doses available (Moderna) – AZ at some sessions. 18+
  • Vaccine Bus - 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Booster doses available (Pfizer) 16+
  • Pop ups - 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Booster doses available (Pfizer) Grainger Market - 16+ / 12+ on Saturdays

 

All clinics across the city can be found on the Newcastle Council website - https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/public-health-wellbeing-and-leisure/public-health-services/coronavirus-covid-19/how-get


VACCINATION STATUS FOR TRAVEL

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from: 

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores (“As a practice we recommend the NHSApp to access our online services.  The NHSApp can be downloaded from the Apple and Google App Stores. Other online access apps created by private developers are available and many offer additional options, which might include appointments with private providers. The practice has no control over the content of these apps, does not endorse any private services. The practice does not profit from any apps. “)

  • the NHS website

  • Paper letter  

see link below to request

https://digital.nhs.uk/services/nhs-app/nhs-app-guidance-for-gp-practices/nhs-covid-pass 

When you're planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get  proof of your vaccination status before you leave.

COVID Vaccines Given Elsewhere

A question has been asked of how to record vaccines given elsewhere, particularly where they have been given abroad. Whilst the COVID vaccination code can be added to the GP record, it is not currently possible to update the national database, which equally means that the vaccine won’t appear in the “vaccine passport” section of the NHSApp. The national team are working on a solution but as yet there is no timeline. For now, simply notify the surgery and we will record that the vaccine has been given using the appropriate SnoMed code, along with details of which vaccine ready for when the fix is available.


 

 

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