AstraZeneca (Oxford) Vaccine
You may have seen on the news or in the press recently that there are some concerns regarding a risk of a blood clot following receiving the AstraZeneca (Oxford) vaccine.
We would like to reassure you that this risk is low but understand that you may have concerns and/or questions, therefore we have included a link below which has the most updated information and guidance for patients of all ages regarding this vaccine.
Patients are still being urged to take up the offer of a vaccine when they receive one. If you have a vaccine booked and have concerns there will be a clinician at each clinic on the day who will be able to speak with you.
Our patient searches have been updated to identify anyone that is at a potential higher risk, these patients will be reviewed prior to having the vaccine.
To protect yourself and others
Full guidance at: GOV UK
Please note that it is not a GPs responsibility to issue school letters of absence for your children. Government guidance is that school attendance is mandatory unless your child is self-isolating, has symptoms of COVID-19 or is close to someone who has COVID-19
Our local laboratory are introducing a new system of urine sample collection. If you are asked to provide a sample you may receive one of the new sample kits. Below is a short video demonstrating how to use it.
Please be aware that all visitors who enter the surgery must be wearing a face covering before they can enter the building.
Please note: There is no requirement for a letter or certificate in relation to the wearing of face coverings. We will not be providing letters for facemask exemptions.
Please see gov.uk website for more information
Recovery will take time. The length of time needed will vary from person to person and it is important not to compare yourself to others. Ongoing symptoms could last for several months after you contract COVID-19 and this can be perfectly normal.
The link above provides some information and advice designed to support your recovery from COVID-19 and features pages on: general advice, diet and lifestyle, exercises, and ways to help your mental health.
This link is best viewed on a desktop computer or laptop.
If you are concerned that you may have Coronavirus, or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 online service has created Coronavirus pages that tell what you should do based on your particular circumstances. Please do not visit the surgery until you have contacted NHS 111.
We can offer social support to those who feel they are struggling during this uncertain and worrying time. If you feel like you would benefit or would like to enquire about this service please call the practice.
B12 INJECTION - SWITCH TO ORAL MEDICATION FOR THOSE WITH A B12 DEFICIENCY INCLUDING PERNICIOUS ANAEMIA DURING THE CORONA PANDEMIC
We have numerous patients receiving B12 injections every few months, many of whom are themselves at high risk. We do not want to put such patients at further risk by asking them to come and visit the practice. We also wish to protect our frontline staff from unnecessary contact to help keep our essential services going.
We have made a practice decision to stop the B12 top up injection at present so patients will have their injections delayed for at least 3 months. It is perfectly safe to delay the B12 injections in this way. When starting B12 injections patients receive a loading dose (6 injections over 2 weeks) approximately 50% of which is stored in the liver for the body to use when needed rather than being used immediately. The 3 monthly injections are therefore just top ups and patients already have plenty of B12 to last several months through this crisis from the injections already received.
If you wish it is possible to take B12 orally and when taken in large doses (1mg = 1000ug a day) it is absorbed into the body to correct a deficiency. Even in those with pernicious anaemia, where the body loses its ability to absorb vitamin B12 efficiently, some oral B12 is still absorbed. In the UK we have traditionally treated B12 deficiency/pernicious anaemia with an injection but other countries use high dose oral vitamin B12 tablets and a recent study confirmed its effectiveness.
Although we cannot prescribe vitamin B12 tablets you can buy it quite cheaply both at local chemists and on the internet (eg. Amazon , Holland and Barrett). The dose is 1mg (=1000ug) a day and you should start taking this on the day your next vitamin B12 injection is due.
After delaying your injection for 3 months even if taking tablets it may be sensible to check your B12 levels so please contact the surgery at this point.
When life returns to normal after the corona pandemic we will return to 3 monthly injections if that is your preferred option.
Thank you for working with us during this difficult time.
Dr Helen Sture
To help further reduce footfall through the surgery and further protect our staff we will no longer be accepting paper requests for prescriptions. We will only accept online or telephone requests.
To minimise the risk of infection and to accommodate this we have temporarily extended the prescription telephone line opening hours. The telephone hours are now 8:00am - 12:00pm and 2:00pm - 6:00pm
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