The Elms Medical Practice, The Village Surgery and Davenport House Surgery PCN


NHS COVID Pass: Medical exemption application deadline

In line with government policy, from 12 May 2022 the domestic NHS COVID Pass will no longer be available. In line with this change, the medical exemptions service will no longer accept new applications from people who want to use the domestic NHS COVID Pass to prove they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.

Covid-19 Status

Anybody needing to demonstrate your Covid-19 status, will need to get an NHS Covid Pass letter. The practice can organise this for you. Please be aware there is a £40 administration fee payable prior to receipt. 

Please be advised that the surgery does not provide recovery letters for travel.  If you do not have your email proving your positive result from a PCR test we can provide a printout from your records detailing this for you. An administration fee of £20 is payable prior to receipt. 

Digital NHS COVID Pass available to children aged 12 to 15

Children can get an NHS Login in order to generate a digital COVID Pass via the NHS App or without the need to contact general practice

The NHS COVID Pass service for 12 to 15 year olds went live in early February, and it is accessible via for those aged 12 and over, and the NHS App for those aged 13 and over.

In addition to providing access to the NHS COVID Pass, the NHS App will allow 13 to 15 year olds to access other non-personalised services such as Health A-Z, organ donation and 111 online.

Children can access their digital NHS COVID Pass without needing to undergo a Gillick competency assessment with a medical professional. However, the NHS App will withhold children’s other medical data unless an assessment has been undertaken. Patients can find out more on the NHS website or by calling 119.



Goodbye Halls

We are so proud to have administered 60,828 vaccines over 14 months. We said a big thank you to all the staff and volunteers who made this community service possible, during a private event outside the Halls. We have also commissioned a commemorative bench, which was unveiled by the Mayor. Thank you all once again for your support and encouragement. Watch out for more community projects to be announced by the Harpenden Health PCN. #HHPCN #COVIDVaccinations #Harpenden #NHS


APRIL 2022

COVID Boosters from the PCN Vaccination team:

Walk in centre information can be found here: or


Bookings can be made for other local centres via the NHS:

COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people aged 12 to 17 years:

You need to wait 28 days between a COVID positive PCR and receiving your vaccination.


If you have had vaccinations abroad, you can now check here to see if you can make an appointment with the NHS to add them to the NHS England records:


Central London Community Healthcare Trust (CLCH) have been commissioned by the Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to look after the Covid boosters in Care Homes and for all the Primary Care Network (PCN) Housebound patients. Once CLCH contact the surgeries for the list of our care home and housebound patients CLCH will be contacting those patients to arrange for their booster vaccines. 

ALL Children AGE 5 - 11 year olds criteria for vaccine:

From the 4th April parents and carers of all 5- to 11-year-olds can book a COVID-19 vaccination for their child. The national booking service is now open to book. There are approximately 140,000 children in this age range in HWE.  If a child has had COVID-19 they will still get extra protection from the vaccine, but they will need to wait 12 weeks before getting vaccinated.

13.12.21 Latest Re COVID Boosters from the PCN Vaccination team:

Following the PMs announcement evening our teams are working hard to try and increase our capacity to offer booster vaccinations to all those over 18. We have had lots of offers of support which we are extremely grateful for but our ability to run extra clinics will ultimately depend on being able to secure the extra vaccine. We ask you to avoid calling GP practices with vaccine enquiries at this time as the lines are very busy and need to be kept open for those who are unwell. As soon as we are able to confirm if we can offer further booster dose clinics we will let you know. #HHPCN #COVIDVaccinations #Harpenden #NHS

50000 vaccines

Harpenden Health PCN has now administered over 50,000 Covid vaccines with tremendous support from our community volunteers, GP surgery staff and local organisations. We are so grateful for all the time and commitment given to this huge effort to immunise our local residents during this pandemic. we were due to close on 9th December but with the sudden change and increase of boosters we felt we did not want to let our community or indeed country down. So we will continue to hold regular clinics at the Harpenden Public Halls from the New year. We are Hoping to have a big walk in clinic before Christmas possibly the 19th December so watch this space or follow our HHPCN on twitter or facebook for all the latest details. You are also able to book appointments with other local centres via or check this website for Walk-in Centre information. 
If you have any questions, enquiries or if you require assistance with booking please do not call the surgery please email our Care Coordinator - #HHPCN #COVIDVaccinations #Harpenden #NHS
 — at Harpenden Public Halls. We will soon have a new direct line for the Covid Vaccine hub, which we will advertise once installed.


Please be aware that vaccine supplies are controlled nationally and this determines the number and timings of the clinics we can hold.  

Please click on this You Tube link to see the Harpenden Trust mini film including Dr Hemsi and Sarah Brindley (Practice Manager) talking about the incredibly successful collaboration between the three PCN GP Practices and the Harpenden Trust

Please click on the latest documentation link below as it tells you what to do if you suspect you have Covid-19:


FREE Coronavirus Test Request

19TH JULY 2021

Face masks mandatory in general practice

We need to continue to do what we can to keep people safe from catching Covid-19. One way we can all help with this is by continuing to wear a face-covering in our practice and we are asking all patients to do that, as well as our staff. Keeping our staff safe is essential to keep operating efficiently.

We are also continuing to make sure we don’t have large numbers of patients in our waiting areas and on the premises – again this is about reducing the chance of infection when there are rising rates in the community.

The various measures we have taken, including increased use of personal protective equipment, patients wearing face masks, holding more virtual consultations, social distancing and extra premises cleans have helped protect staff, patients and visitors over the past year. Taking these steps has also enabled us to continue providing many of the non-urgent services that would otherwise have been postponed.

We want to make sure you can all be confident about accessing or visiting local healthcare services safely.

Thank you for your understanding and your cooperation with this – it makes a huge difference.



If you cannot see your Covid vaccinations on your NHS APP Covid Pass, unless you had your vaccination at the Harpenden Public Halls, we cannot help or resolve the issue. Please contact the place where you had the vaccine and they should be able to help.


If you had your vaccine abroad we will need to see official documentation and we will be able to add to your medical record immunisation history if registered here at The Elms. Currently there is not a central mechanism for capturing details of overseas COVID vaccines, and only vaccines delivered in the UK can be accepted as evidence for UK COVID certification/the NHS COVID Pass. A technical solution to support the recording of vaccinations overseas in the NHS immunisation management service (NIMS) is in development, and we will provide an update as soon as we are advised further. 

For any further information regarding the COVID Pass/NHS App please visit and for any other help please contact 

Unfortunately the practice is only able to help with queries regarding vaccinations taken place at the Harpenden Public Halls and add any other vaccines to our clinical system. Please be advised we are unfortunately unable to help further with the COVID Pass or Proof of Vaccination. 

Dosing interval

In line with the updated Green Book guidance second dose vaccinations should not be offered earlier than eight weeks. Any decision to vaccinate earlier than eight weeks should be made by the patient’s responsible clinician or vaccination site clinical lead on a case-by-case basis and must be based on clinical risks and benefits of giving the second dose earlier than eight weeks. There must be no blanket approach taken by vaccination sites to offer second doses sooner than advised.

 HHPCN Birthday Newsletter

David  The Three Pms

Dr David Hemsi is the Clinical Director of the Harpenden PCN and the three Harpenden Practice Managers (from left to right Lindsey Wright, Sarah Brindley, Anita Mixides) who have all been instrumental in setting up and running the Harpenden Vaccination Centre

Question: Does the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine cause blood clots?
Answer: Blood clots can occur naturally and are not uncommon. Reports of blood clots received so far are not greater than the number that we would normally expect to see amongst the groups of the population who have been vaccinated.  People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.
More than 11 million doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine have now been administered across the UK.  Vaccine safety is of paramount importance and the regulatory agency, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) continually monitors the safety of vaccines in the UK.  
For more information and a statement from the MHRA, see this LINK

Covid Vaccination and Blood Clotting

COVID vaccine supplies 19.3.21

You may have seen news coverage about vaccine supplies over the coming weeks.

From now until 29 March, our GP-run vaccination centre at The Harpenden Public Halls will still be delivering vaccinations to people in the top priority cohorts. This includes everyone aged 50 or over, eligible carers and those in vulnerable groups. If you are one of these patients, you can also choose to book a vaccination online at or by calling 119. 

Everyone who is due to have a second dose of either the Pfizer or the AstraZeneca vaccine between 29 March and the end of April will receive their second dose. If you had your first dose at our GP run vaccination centre then we will contact you when it is time for your next appointment. There is no need for you to phone us.

If you booked your first appointment at a pharmacy or large vaccination centre through the national booking system website or by calling 119 then you should already have a second dose appointment in your diary, which you should attend as planned.

 Any first dose vaccinations already booked to take place in April via the national booking system will also still go ahead.

Up to date information about COVID vaccinations can be found at 

COVID-19 Vaccination Question and Answers

Herts Ad Article - Harpenden Vaccine Hub

Letter from Matt Hancock

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How to get your vaccine


If you are a frontline health or social care worker, please book through the national booking system here:                                                                                 

The national booking service allows you to arrange an appointment at a vaccination centre or community pharmacy-led service.  Call 119 if you don’t have the internet. You can choose a time slot and location that suits you. Please take appropriate ID with you to the appointment as this may be checked.


Vaccinations for people with learning disabilities and their Carers 

Our Primary Care Network (PCN) is currently working hard to vaccinate all adults (aged 16 and over) with a learning disability and their Carers. 

We are contacting people with learning disabilities and/or their Carers on their behalf, to arrange an appointment to have their first COVID-19 vaccine.  

There is more information on vaccinations for people with learning disabilities and their Carers on this NHS website:


Vaccinations for people aged 16-65 with specified underlying health conditions


Please click on this government link for exact details Greenbook_chapter_14a 12Feb2021.pdf

Vaccinations are now being offered to people aged 16-65 with specified underlying health conditions, sometimes called ‘clinically at risk’. If you have one of the identified health conditions you will be contacted through your GP practice soon to book your first vaccination.

The list of conditions included in this list has been decided nationally by the joint committee on vaccinations and immunisations (JCVI). This is based on your risk of suffering serious illness if you get coronavirus – it is not about how unwell you are, or how your condition or illness affects your daily life.

The list of conditions and treatments is set nationally and tightly defined and it is:

  • chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma requiring continuous systemic steroids with previous hospital admissions
  • chronic heart disease (and vascular disease)
  • chronic kidney disease 
  • chronic liver disease
  • chronic neurological disease including epilepsy
  • Down’s syndrome
  • severe and profound learning disability
  • diabetes
  • solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients
  • specific cancers
  • immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
  • asplenia and splenic dysfunction
  • morbid obesity
  • severe mental illness


We have to follow this JCVI guidance when we vaccinate our patients and cannot move you onto the list of people with underlying health conditions unless there has been a mistake in your medical records.  

Vaccinations for eligible 16 and 17 year olds

 Note that if you are aged 16 or 17 and qualify for a vaccine because you have a learning disability, are a front-line health or social care worker, or have a specified underlying health condition, you need to have the Pfizer vaccine, because this is the only vaccine that is currently licenced for people of your age.  The local PCN vaccine hubs currently do not have any deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine and so you will need to book through the national booking system here: or call 119        

Vaccinations for Carers 

 A Carer is defined as those who are in receipt of a Carers allowance, or those who are the prime Carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare will be at risk if the carer falls ill.

If you are aged 16 and over and are the prime Carer for an adult who is at high risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, with whom you have daily close personal or face to face contact, eligible to receive a Carers allowance and would be detrimental to their health and wellbeing if the Carer was not able to attend, you may be eligible for a vaccination within Group 6. Carers of children are not included in this phase, apart from Carers of children who have serious neuro-disabilities and other complications. 

All patients who are registered at the practice as an unpaid Carer, will be contacted to arrange a vaccination at our GP-led vaccination centre. 

If you are registered to receive a Carer’s Allowance, you can book an appointment now via the national booking service or call 119 if you do not have internet access.

The NHS is working closely with social care services colleagues and organisations that represent Carers to put in place arrangements to offer the vaccine as soon as possible to  other Carers who will be eligible to receive a vaccine but don’t meet the current criteria in terms of the two categories mentioned above. For example, if you are known to be a Carer by social services or Carers in Herts, you will be contacted directly by the NHS in the coming weeks. For other Carers who are not known by social services or other organisations, more information will follow

I had my first vaccination in January at my GP-led vaccination centre but don’t have my second date yet. Who should I call?

Please don’t call anyone. You will be invited back to the same place you went to receive your first dose, about 12 weeks after you had the first jab. The Elms and the other PCN practices will be arranging dates for the second dose clinics, once we have notification as to the delivery dates and will be in touch with our patients nearer the time.

Remember that you aren’t fully vaccinated until after the second dose. Getting the second jab is as important as getting the first.

Covid Groups





Across Harpenden and St Albans we are looking for volunteers to help with the vaccination clinics. Please click HERE for more details as to how to volunteer


Herts Valley CCG Information. Click HERE


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.

 Commonly Asked Questions about Covid Vaccines:

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Warning after Covid vaccine scam emails received click HERE for link to more details

 Scammers have been contacting people claiming they can arrange coronavirus vaccines for a fee. People around the country have received emails in recent weeks which appear to be from the NHS offering COVID vaccine appointments. Click on link above for more detail

Helping our patients avoid fraud  

We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.  

 To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points. 

 The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.   

  • The NHS will never ask for payment or for your bank details.  
  • At the moment we are also not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine. Anyone offering this now is committing a crime. 

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101. 

People may receive a national NHS letter inviting them to book a COVID vaccination online or via the 119 telephone number. This is for vaccinating at Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, Watford and St Albans, the mass hub sites. The invites for this have been sent centrally by the NHS. If you receive a letter then it is your choice whether you book in to a mass vaccine site, or wait until you are called for a vaccine at the Harpenden Public Halls.  We simply want people to be vaccinated as soon as possible. Remember, wherever you choose, you will in time, need to return to that first site for your second dose of the vaccine.

January 2021

The National Covid Vaccine roll out is a phased programme, with Primary Care Network (PCN) sites opening up across the country including West Hertfordshire over the coming weeks.

The Harpenden Health PCN (The Elms Medical Practice, The Village Surgery and Davenport House) started vaccinating on Wednesday 13th January. We have been ready and our teams were in place and raring to go for some time, however our PCN has been reliant on NHS England to deliver the vaccine. We do not know until very short notice as to when each delivery will take place, so please do not contact any of the surgeries as we will have no further news. We have no control over any of this as it is a national roll out and not done at a local practice level.

The Clinics are being held at the Harpenden Public Halls and it is invite only in line with the government priority groups. Each clinic is led by a Clinical Lead which is on a rota with Dr David Hemsi (The Elms), Dr Chas Thenuwara (Davenport House) and Dr Tania Goodwin (The Village) and the Practice Managers from each practice are on rota as the Operations Manager for each clinic. 


IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ IF YOU WISH TO HAVE A COVID VACCINE: Please click on: COVID VACCINE INFORMATION LEAFLET which you will need to read to enable your informed consent to have the vaccine.


You will also have or will get a text with a link to this document. Please make sure we have your up-to-date email, mobile and home phone numbers. We do not want you to miss out because your contact details are not up to date. at the practice.



When our Harpenden Health PCN get our confirmed dates you will all in turn receive an invite in accordance with the strict Government 'At risk' group order, see below. As the vaccine will be delivered at short notice we will be ringing and texting patients to book their appointments. If you get a text you can link straight to the 'ACCUBOOK' and book both appointments through your phone or tablet directly.  As the first group is the over 80 year olds we will be contacting the majority by a phone call. It is essential that you read the leaflet above as soon as possible so that you can make an informed decision as to whether you want the Covid vaccine this will in turn enable us to quickly book your appointment and move on to the next patient invite call.



 Please do not contact the Practice with regards to the Covid Vaccine as you will be contacted as and when available for each risk group in turn as per National Strategy. 



  As you can imagine we are having to be very focused on this huge programme of work but please be assured that we still remain open and we are finding ways to continue to look after patients during these busy winter months whilst supplying our GPs and nurses to run these vital Covid vaccine clinics. We will keep you informed on this website, so please keep looking for updates.

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 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.


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


Best wishes from all at The Elms Medical Practice


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

Covid Poster


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:




Latest government advice on coronavirus


Please stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms


Stay at home and self-isolate for 10 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
  • 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:


Please read this advice about staying at home


SELF-ISOLATING - please see attached leaflet - COVID Isolating At Home


  • 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 are staying at home

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

Advice for Parents





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



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.



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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

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