Covid-19/Coronavirus

Reviewed January 6th

National lockdown = stay at home!

 

To continue protecting each other still remember to:

  • Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart

Click HERE to access Government Advice

 Click HERE for NHS information

When will I get my vaccination?

GPs in Derbyshire are working hard to finalise the arrangements for COVID-19 vaccinations. This has been the subject of very stringent rules and regulations and you can be assured that the NHS is working around the clock to finalise the details.  We are very confident that most vaccination hubs will be in place by early to mid-January, using the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine. 
 
This vaccine’s storage requirements have severely limited the locations from which the vaccines can be stored and given.  We do anticipate the approval of the Astra Zeneca/Oxford vaccine shortly and this will enable us to plan for many more vaccination centres, because this vaccine is easier to transport and store. Patients aged 80 or over, care home staff and healthcare staff are the first priority groups for vaccinations, and these will be broadened once more vaccine becomes available. 
 
Patients will be contacted when their vaccine is available and we are asking everyone to avoid contacting their surgery in the meantime. It is possible that people are hearing of neighbours receiving the vaccination, but this will only be because they are registered with a GP practice that is in the first round for the vaccination programme rollout, or are a member of NHS or adult care staff.
 
Everyone has an important part to play and we’re asking people to remember the following:

  • please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you;
  • when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments;
  • please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.

Can you help?

The Derbyshire Health and Care People Hub, part of Joined Up Careers Derbyshire, wants to create a pool of people willing to support the health and social care workforce during the pandemic. 

A key priority will be supporting the vaccination of health and care staff, and the wider population, with the newly developed Covid-19 vaccine.

Click here to join the NHS in the fight against coronavirus

Think you might have COVID?

If your symptoms are manageable at home AND you would not ordinarily require medical attention please DO NOT ATTEND OR CALL your GP surgery or 111.

 You can get advice from the 111 ONLINE service HERE

 HOWEVER - IF YOUR CONDITION DETERIORATES CALL 111 FOR ADVICE.

 FAQ's

Do NOT visit the surgery unless asked by a member of our team

Our phone lines are OPEN

We CAN NOT advise you whether you should self isolate

NO PAPER prescriptions will be accepted

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 We do not issue sick notes for Covid related situations or illness

OTHER HEALTH CONCERNS

If you spot any symptoms which could indicate other serious health concerns (click here to view a video) 

Please don’t just sit at home worrying about it – you can still contact us via any of the remote channels we offer and we can advise you on whether you need to get checked.  

Online booking -SystmOnline

MyGPApp – mygp.com

Telephone the Surgery - 01246 273224  

 

COVID Testing

You can only get a free NHS test if at least one of the following applies:

  • you have a high temperature
  • you have a new, continuous cough
  • you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed
  • you’ve been asked to by a local council
  • you’re taking part in a government pilot project

You can also get a test for someone you live with if they have symptoms

DO NOT phone NHS 111, your GP surgery or visit your Emergency Department, as they have no access to tests

Testing centres are not walk-in – you will need an appointment and cannot be tested without one

If you can’t get a test immediately or near to you keep trying the website address as more tests are added throughout the course of each day and you will often find that you can book a test quickly by trying again

 

The aim is to get your test results within 48 hours. However, if you have been awaiting your results for longer than five days and want to ask when you should receive them please contact the Coronavirus testing helpline: 0300 303 2713

INFORMATION

Advice for Asthma Patients - Asthma Org UK

 

Advice for COPD Patients - British Lung Foundation

 

Advice in Pregnancy - Royal College Advice

 

 Mental health Support - NHS Derbyshire Mental Health

                                  - Trent Psychological Therapies

 Advice for people at higher risk from coronavirus, including older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women - Click HERE

 

SUPPORT

Click HERE for Government Guidance on protection people who are extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

For information on the Government's "Very High Risk Patient Support Service" - Click Here. 

Derbyshire Voluntary Action - Can help with shopping, fetching prescriptions, having a chat with for anyone who:is self-isolating because they or a member of their household is at risk; is struggling to meet their basic needs because of financial, social or health restrictions. NDA Website or phone 01629 535091   

Chesterfield Volunteer Centre: Can offer a shopping service for housebound patients with no family to help them. They are open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm. Contact Number 01246 276777

  

Derbyshire Community Response Unit: Local authorities have been commissioned to establish Hubs to provide a community response to the most vulnerable. They can provide - shopping, collecting and delivering of medicines, befriending calls and advice on benefits and hardship funds. Open Monday to Friday 9am til 5 pm and Saturday 9am til 1pm

Phone 01629 535091;

Email ASCH.CommunityResponseUnit@derbyshire.gov.uk

 

 

Derbyshire County Council - useful information

 

The NHS Volunteer Responders Programme remains active and all previously shielding and/or otherwise vulnerable patients can access this support by calling 0808 196 3646.