Services and support during COVID-19

SPRING BOOSTER CAMPAIGN

The NHS is offering covid vaccine spring boosters to certain people.  This includes

  • Those aged 75 and over
  • Those living in a care home for older people
  • Those aged 12 and over with a weakened immune system.  For most people in this category hospital specialists will advise that you are eligible.  Examples include patients with a blood cancer, organ transplant recipients, patients on chemotherapy or other medication that weakens your immune system
  • The spring boosters are being delivered from the Grammar School in Northallerton again.  This time it is Homecare Pharmacy who are running the programme rather than local GP surgeries.  The centre is open Tuesday / Thursday / Friday  08:30-5:30 and Saturday 9.00-4.00.  Walk in vaccinations may be available depending on how busy the site is.  You are strongly advised to book an appointment to be certain of receiving your vaccine.  GP surgeries do not have access to the national booking system so are unable to do this for you.  You can access the booking system either online (scroll to the green ‘book now’ button at the bottom) or on the telephone via 119 (choose option 1 then 2).
  • You will be contacted by the NHS and invited to book your spring booster when it’s due.   You may be offered appointment dates from 3 months (91 days) after your last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. But try to book an appointment around 6 months after your last dose to get the best protection from your spring booster.
  • Care Homes will be contacted separately to receive their spring boosters.

More information about the covid vaccine is available HERE

TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID RECENTLY?

If you have recently tested positive for covid then you need to wait before getting your covid vaccine.

  • Aged 18 or over – wait 4 weeks (28 days) from the date of your positive test or when your symptoms started (whichever was earlier)
  • Aged 5-17 – wait 12 weeks (84 days)
  • Aged 5-17 and at high risk from Covid or you live with someone who has a weakened immune system – wait 4 weeks (28 days)

CHILDREN

All children from aged 5-15 can now book appointments via the National Booking System.  Children are being vaccinated in specific clinics and will not be able to get a vaccine without an appointment.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT

There is further information available at the following websites.

WALK-IN COVID JABS

Update 06.01.2022 – UPDATE ON THE VACCINATION CENTRE AT THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL, NORTHALLERTON

Local GP surgeries are no longer running the vaccination centre in Northallerton. This will free up staff time to support the day to day running of our surgeries. Homecare pharmacy have taken over the site and will still be offering Covid vaccines:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays 8am to 6pm
  • Some specific clinics for children aged 12–15
  • Walk-in without an appointment
  • OR book an appointment via the national booking system or by ringing 119.

Please note, your GP surgery does not have access to the national booking system so cannot book an appointment for you. No flu vaccines will be delivered at the Northallerton vaccine centre. If you still need a flu vaccine please contact your GP surgery.

FACE COVERINGS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING

In line with recent NHS guidance, we will be removing the need for patients and staff to wear face masks whilst at the Practice. We do however continue to ask that patients with symptoms suggestive of covid such as; cough, sore throat etc do continue to wear a face mask whilst in the practice to protect other vulnerable patients and colleagues.

When you attend the Practice there may be team members who continue to wear a face covering and we ask that you respect their choice to do so.

COVID-19 ‘VACCINE PASSPORTS’

Watch this handy five minute YouTube video for how to register with the NHS app:

  • Download the NHS app

  • If you don’t have access to a smartphone and know the country you are travelling to requires your COVID-19 vaccination status, contact 119 by telephone. They can post a letter to you. It might take 5 days for this letter to reach you and you are advised not to contact them until 5 days after your vaccination.

  • DO NOT CONTACT YOUR GP

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is now concentrating on inviting younger age groups to nationally run vaccination sites through the NHS national booking service.

If you believe you are eligible for the vaccination please visit the NHS website to book or manage your vaccination appointment, find a walk in vaccination centre and to read more about the vaccines.

ONLINE E-CONSULTATIONS

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Currently you are unable to book appointments online, however you can submit a request to a member of our team online via our e-consultation service. This allows you to submit your admin or medical query for a member of our team to view and either respond via the website or contact you in another way. To learn more about this service please click here.

If you agree to a remote consultation the GP or healthcare professional may need to receive and store images taken by patients for clinical purposes. This will only be done in the interests of the patient where it is necessary for providing health care and with patient consent. The approach to video consulting, image sharing, and storage is the same as it would be for face to face interactions. If we need to store images on your GP record this will be only for as long as necessary. It is a patient’s choice to share an image either of their own accord or at the request of the health professional treating you. Refusal to share an image does not prevent access to care and treatment or result in patients receiving an inferior standard of care. Further details about how remote consultation works can be obtained by contacting the practice.

To help keep you safe we ask that you only come into the surgery if you absolutely have to, either for a pre-booked appointment or if you are collecting a prescription.

USEFUL RESOURCES

If you are self-isolating you do not need to contact us for a sick note. Simply visit this website to receive an online isolation note to present your employer.

For more advice on COVID-19 please visit the NHS website. 

If you or anyone in your household are experiencing symptoms click here for information on self-testing.

If you have found your mental health has suffered in recent times, you can refer yourself directly to a psychological therapies service (IAPT) without seeing us first. Visit the website.

Please also see HealthWatch North Yorkshire and the Royal College of Psychiatrists for links to mental health helplines and apps for mental health wellbeing.

Services remain open and available to help anyone who finds themselves in need of support or reassurance. Nobody should suffer from domestic abuse. If you’re worried or suspect that someone you know may be a victim of domestic abuse, you can get more information here on the Government website. 

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