COVID VACCINE

The Elms Medical Practice is working hard and fast with their Primary Care Network (Village Surgery and Davenport House) to plan and execute delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine. We still do not know when a vaccine will be licenced and ready for delivery but we have to have plans in place to give the vaccines immediately upon receipt. This is a huge undertaking as each vaccine delivery will contain 975 vaccines which have to be given within 5 days before they expire. This service has to be completed whilst we still remain open for routine patient care and due to the numbers and the necessary speed, we have to find large enough premises to enable a safe and viable vaccine service. We will also have to vaccinate our Care Homes and our housebound elderly patients. Please be aware this may lead to a reduction of clinical and non-clinical staff  in the practice as GPs, nurses and staff cannot be in two places at the same time.

 

The Covid 19 pandemic continues, however the Practice needs to ensure annual reviews and regular monitoring continues.  We are sure you will appreciate during this unprecedented time, the Practice has had to review methods of working and we are collaboratively working with neighbouring practices, Harpenden Primary Care Network and the Herts Valley CCG Team.  We continue to develop robust Standard Operating Procedures to deal either patients presenting with Covid -19 symptoms, general health concerns, routine reviews or patients self-isolating due to the Covid-19 Virus; also how to avoid the spread of infection to patients, GPs and Staff.

The government has kept Primary Care at alert level 4 and we need to keep a balance of the risks and benefits with regard to face to face monitoring. Wherever possible we are therefore offering telephone, and when appropriate or advised by the clinician, video consultations and face to face. This allows for important patient care to continue. If a clinician invites you for an appointment at the practice, please be assured that we follow extremely strict infection control procedures to ensure the protection of our patients and staff. We do kindly ask all those visiting or attending the Practice to wear a face covering such as a scarf or mask.

Digital services are being increasingly relied upon and patients will always be offered a digital service in the first instance in order to minimise contact between staff and patients. 

To enable our online services please visit our website for instructions. You will need a Patient Access Registration letter from the Practice which supplies you with the necessary pin number so please either phone reception or email the practice to request this.

Our patients also have access to ONLINE CONSULT which gives patients access to round the clock medical guidance.

We recognise that there are many patients at risk, vulnerable or still shielding at home and our clinical team continue to contact these patients to check on their wellbeing and health needs. We also support a new initiative called Harpenden Cares. It is a community-led response to the Coronavirus involving many of our fantastic voluntary groups including our very own Harpenden Health PCN Social Prescriber. They offer help and advice where needed and have proven to be a highly trusted source of information. You can find more detail on this service at https://harpendencares.org/

Best wishes from all at The Elms Medical Practice


Act Like You’ve Got It, Anyone Can Spread It

If you have a high temperature, or a new continuous cough or you have lost your sense of taste or smell, please self-isolate immediately and contact 111 online. Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can ask for a free test to check if they have the virus.

To ask for a free test please click on this link: FREE Coronavirus Test Request

If you have Covid symptoms please do not call the surgery until you have spoken to the 111 service.

Key messages:

STAY HOME TO HELP US SAVE LIVES.

  • IF YOU GO OUT, YOU CAN SPREAD IT. PEOPLE WILL DIE.
  • ACT LIKE YOU’VE GOT IT, ANYONE CAN SPREAD IT.
  • ANYONE CAN GET IT, ANYONE CAN SPREAD IT.

Latest government advice on coronavirus

Please stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home and self-isolate for 7 days if you have one or both of:

a high temperature of 37.8 or above

a new continuous cough

a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or test (ANOSMIA)

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital

For medical help linked to coronavirus you can also contact the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.

Only call 111 if you cannot get online.

If you need medical help for any reason, do not visit the GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or our surgery website home page E Consult
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

To find out more please visit the government website: www.gov.uk/Coronavirus

Please read this advice about staying at home https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

SELF-ISOLATING

  • Try to avoid visitors to your home. Essential supplies can be dropped off.
  • Do not use public transport or taxis.
  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids and make sure someone checks on you regularly. Avoid unnecessary contact.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Put used tissues into a bin immediately and wash your hands.
  • Unless advised not to take, paracetamol can be used to relieve pain or fever. Follow the instructions in the pack. If in doubt CALL your local pharmacy.
  • You should remain at home until 7 days after your symptoms started. After 7 days, if you feel better and no longer have a high temperature, you can go back to doing what you would normally do following latest national guidance e.g. social distancing. The cough may go on for some weeks in some people, even though the coronavirus infection has cleared. A cough by itself does not mean you have to stay at home for more than 7 days.
  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home

What to do if your child is unwell during this COVID Pandemic Advice for Parents


NHS COVID APP

TO DOWNLOAD THE NHS COVID APP  - CLICK HERE


CONCERNS ABOUT COVID?

Click here for the latest CONCERNED ABOUT COVID FAQ including information re testing


SHIELDING PATIENTS

Government Guidance on Shielding

If you are under 18 and received a letter recently from the government about whether you are extremely vulnerable and should still be shielding, please contact the surgery via Online Consult or by Telephone option 2 and ask for a telephone consultation with a GP to discuss this.


EASY READ INFORMATION ON COVID

COVID-19 LATEST OCT 2020

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HOW TO KEEP SAFE

HOW CAN YOU STOP COVID SPREADING?

GET TESTED IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS

SHIELDING

CHECK IT OUT!

KEEP CLEAN!


YOUR COVID-19 DATA

NHS DIGITAL RESEARCH

GPES Extraction FAQ


MENTAL HEALTH during COVID

WHO Healthy at Home

Government Public Guidance on Health and Wellbeing

How to Look After Your Mental Health

Herts Happiness, Wellbeing and Mental Health

Action for Happiness

Young Minds and Mental Health

Every Mind Matters

Silver Cloud On Line Courses

If you are over 16 and you are experiencing emotional difficulties such as anxiety, worry, depression and stress then you can self refer for talking therapies. Please click on the HPFT link below or call 0300 777 0707

HPFT NHS UK Community Wellbeing Services

New Leaf Recovery and Wellbeing Free Courses

Local Mental Health Offer Leaflet

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