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Travel Advice service suspended for the foreseeable

Due to the current staffing issues within our team we will not be able to provide any travel advice for patients for the foreseeable future. This will take effect from Monday the 11th April. We need to focus on the core care of our patients at this time. We hope this will be a temporary measure and we can resume providing travel advice in the near future.

Should you need travel advice, please contact a private service or a local pharmacy such as Boots or Peake Pharmacy in Glamorgan Way, Church Gresley who will be able to help.

There are useful websites you can look at such as NaTHNaC  https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/  or Fit for Travel https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

Should you need a record of your immunisation status, please ask the surgery and we will be happy to provide a copy

If after seeing the travel clinic specialist and you require any of the following vaccines, we are happy to provide them for you, free of charge, subject to confirmation of your needs. These vaccines include polio, typhoid, hepatitis A and cholera.

Most other travel vaccines will need to be provided by the private travel service or pharmacy and they will attract a fee at any travel clinic or GP Practice.

We hope we can resume a travel service later this year. Thank you.

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Covid-19 Practice Update

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a significant amount of pressure on staff in general practice both professionally and personally, due to a range of factors including the demands of implementing new ways of working, cancellation of planned closures, and staff not taking leave. Our staff are also not immune to contracting COVID-19 and this week we have had a number of staff members affected by positive COVID test results.

Whilst the public health advice for people with any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. Due to the higher risk nature of health and social care settings, the advice for staff members working in these settings, such as the GP practice, has not changed.

Please be assured that the staff members in question will not return to work until they have had 2 consecutive negative LFD test results (taken at least 24 hours apart), they feel well, and they do not have a high temperature.

Unfortunately, as a result, for the remainder of this week we are unable to provide a normal service due to these staffing shortages. Some appointments are still available, but these are at a reduced rate and our reception staff are working hard to manage the calls.

We apologise for any inconvenience that may have been caused. Safety is our priority and we have been working with public health teams to make sure there is no risk to staff and patients. Please bear with us in these exceptional circumstances and only contact us for urgent matters. 

In the meantime, you can get help and advice from your local pharmacy, 111 online (111.nhs.uk) and there are self-help guides also available on our website: www.wetmoreroadsurgery.co.uk 

Thank you for your continued support and patience. We will continue to keep you updated as matters progress.

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Cervical screening saves lives

On 14 February, The Department of Health and Social Care, together with NHS England and NHS Improvement, launched a Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening Campaign, to highlight the benefits of cervical screening and remind people that that it can help stop cancer before it starts. The campaign encourages those eligible for screening – women and people with a cervix aged 25-64 – to respond to their cervical screening invitation letters and to book an appointment at their GP practice if they missed their last one. Two women die every day from cervical cancer in England. Yet it is one of the most preventable cancers and getting screened can help stop it before it starts. Screening checks for certain types of the HPV virus that can cause cell changes to your cervix. Cell changes are easily treated and this prevents cervical cancer. For more information, visit www.nhs.uk/cervicalscreening
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Covid-19 Urgent Eyecare Service

If you are experiencing any of the following:

  • red eyes
  • flashes or floaters in your eyes
  • recent or sudden loss of vision
  • Foreign body in the eye

you can access free NHS appointments at local opticians as part of the urgent eyecare service (CUES). To find your nearest practice and information on how to access it, please visit Find a Practice – Search for your nearest participating optical practice (primaryeyecare.co.uk) Please be aware this is not a sight test.

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IMPORTANT UPDTAE FOR ALL EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES

From 17th December 2021 until Jan 26th 2022, you can self-certify for four weeks rather than one week to access statutory sick pay. More information can be found on the gov.uk website: taking sick leave GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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Important information regarding the Covid-19 Booster Vaccines

It was announced on Sunday, 12 December 2021, that the NHS will offer a booster vaccination booking to every adult by the end of December in response the Omicron variant.

Please note that you should not contact your GP Practice to book your booster jab, you should use the National Booking Service or call 119. Some vaccination sites may offer a walk-in service but the best way to ensure you get a jab is to make an appointments through the nationals booking service.

General practice is working hard to support the covid-19 vaccination programme, but we are still here for you but the way you access care may be different:

  • Face-to-face appointments are available to all patients where there is a clinical need. You will be asked to first discuss your conditions over the phone or online with a member of the healthcare team to assess what would be most appropriate for you and which practice member would best provide it.
  • Most common conditions can be assessed and diagnosed by your doctor by telephone or video consultation. They are experienced and skilled in doing this. Using technology like this will help to protect you, your family and loved ones – and GP practice staff from the potential risk of the virus.
  • General practice services are extremely busy and are working hard to treat as many patients as possible.
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Do you have queries about flu and Covid-19 vaccinations for 12-15 year olds?

If you have any queries about the flu vaccination or Covid-19 vaccination for 12-15 year olds, please visit

https://www.twbstaffsandstoke.org.uk/coronavirus/12-15-year-olds.

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Proof of Medical Exemption – Covid-19 Vaccination

Some individuals are unable to be vaccinated and also, in some cases, tested for medical reasons. You can apply for proof that you have a medical reason why you should not be vaccinated or why you should not be vaccinated and tested.

If you get this proof of medical exemption you’ll be able to use the NHS COVID Pass wherever you need to prove your COVID-19 status within England.

Until 24 December 2021, you can self-certify that you’re medically exempt if you work or volunteer in a care home.

Some businesses in England choose to use the NHS COVID Pass as a condition of entry. Until 24 December, businesses can decide whether to allow in people who self-declare that they’re medically exempt.

From 25 December, if you’re unable to get vaccinated, you’ll have to use the NHS COVID Pass in the same way that people who are fully vaccinated use it.

For full information on the requirements for proof regarding being exempt from Covid-19 vaccination please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-medical-exemptions-proving-you-are-unable-to-get-vaccinated