Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Vaccination Update for our patients

 

We have now started to vaccinate our patients in the over 80's group. At present all vaccines are given at Barnstaple Leisure Centre. Vaccine supply is limited at present so please be patient. We will contact you as more vaccine becomes available.

Please do not contact the practice about these vaccinations as we will contact patients directly and we will share all the information as it develops on our websites and social media to keep you as informed as possible.

We are delighted that there is a vaccination and we will be playing our part in the NHS wide roll out over the coming months as it will take some time to vaccinate everyone as and when more vaccines become available – we thank you for your patience and understanding.

111 Coronavirus Online

If you think you have Coronavirus symptoms, use this link to access 111 Coronavirus Online to find out what to do.

DO NOT go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

What to do if you have the following symptoms, stay at home for 7 days if you have either 

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

After 7 days:

  • if you do not have a high temperature, you can stop self-isolating
  • if you still have a high temperature, keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal

You do not need to keep self-isolating if you just have a cough after 7 days. A cough can last for weeks after the infection has gone.

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you are staying at home. Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

You can now use the NHS coronavirus status checker >> Click here

Please do not come into the Surgery unless you have a pre-arranged appointment or need to make a collection.

Coronavirus Tests

You can apply for a test if you are: 

  • An essential worker with coronavirus symptoms
  • Aged 65 or over with coronavirus symptoms
  • Someone who cannot work from home and has coronavirus symptoms
  • Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can apple if they live with an essential worker, a person aged 65+ or someone who travels to work.

You can also apply for a test if you have a clinical referral from NHS 111 online. 

Apply for coronavirus test

Click on the links to get advice about your condition and coronavirus:

Alzheimer's & Dementia: Alzheimer's Disease    Dementia   

Arthritis & other joint or muscle conditions: versusarthritis

Asthma, COPD & other lung conditions: AsthmaUK    British Lung Foundation

Cancer: Cancer Research UK    Macmillan

Cystic Fibrosis: Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Heart Disease: British Heart Foundation

HIV: Terrence Higgins Trust

Kidney Disease: Kidney Care UK

Liver Disease: British Liver Trust

Mental Health: Mind

Motor Neurone Disease:  MNDA

Sickle Cell: Sickle Cell Society

Stroke: Stroke Association

 

Isolation Notes

If you have Covid-19 or advised to self-isolate you can obtain a "isolation note" from NHS 111 online and completing an online form. Get an isolation note

Access Your GP at Home via eConsult

You can make contact with your GP by using eConsult - you can access this from our website or NHS App. If you don't have access to the internet you can still contact the practice by phone and speak to a member of staff who can complete a eConsult on your behalf. 

All eConsults will be forwarded to a clinician for a response by the end of the next working day at the latest.

Looking After Your Health & Wellbeing

  • Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
  • Try to keep yourself busy - trying new activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
  • Exercises you can do at home - NHS Fitness studio
  • Consider taking 10micrograms of Vitamin D each day if you are indoors most of the day - this is to keep your bones and muscles healthy

Medication Ordering Methods During Coronavirus

Both GP practices and community pharmacies are under immense pressure as a consequence of the increased volume of prescriptions being requested.

In order to process repeat prescription requests in the most timely and efficient manner, the way you order your prescription may need to change; the following methods are strongly encouraged:

  1. Online Ordering. If you are already registered with the practice to use the online service: SystmOnline, you should order your medication online, or via the SystmOnline App.‚Äč
  2. The NHS App. This app for smartphones can be used to order your medication.

(If you haven’t registered for the online service you can register for the NHS App from home using photo identification and a photo of your face. You can then use the app to order your medication. Click here to download the NHS App)

When you are requesting your items:

Inappropriate ordering places a huge strain on practice resources and staff time, as well as having an adverse impact on community pharmacy and could lead to medicines shortages. Therefore:

Please DO NOT:

  1. Request repeat medications ahead of normal time

(Your request will not be dealt with any earlier, you should order your prescription no more than 7 working days before you run out of medication).

  1. Request extra medication

(National guidance from NHS England states that quantities of medication prescribed should be for no longer than is currently prescribed).

  1. Request New/Infrequently used medication

(If you have had medicines in the past but have recovered sufficiently to have not needed them in the last six months then we will not issue without a full clinical review and then only if deemed necessary).

Please DO:

  1. Only order what you actually need
  2. Ensure that you have a Pharmacy nominated to dispense your prescriptions

(Without a “Nominated Pharmacy” the practice cannot send an electronic prescription to a pharmacy to be dispensed).