LETTER TO PATIENTS ON CURRENT COVID SITUATION
Information for People with Health Conditions
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NOT YET HAD YOUR FIRST COVID VACCINATION?
We are currently booking appointemnts for all patients aged 50 and over and anyone 18 or over with underlying health conditions. If you have not received a text invite please call 01422 339531 to arrange an appointment in the next available clinic
Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine – update for websites
New guidance has been issued for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
This follows further reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, and the Commission for Human Medicines, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
The MHRA and Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations have emphasised that the risk of this condition is extremely small and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people. They have recommended that:
- Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they suffered any serious side effects after their first vaccination.
- People aged 30 and over or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.
- People aged 18-29 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. (This has been recommended as a precaution as people under 30 are at less risk from Covid-19 and not because they are considered to be at particular risk of developing the rare blood clot.)
- People under 30 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.
Please see the leaflet below that has been produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have
Finding your NHS number
You can still book an appointment if you don’t have your NHS number, provided you are registered with a GP practice. However, it will be quicker if you have your number: this will be on any letter or document you have received from the NHS, including prescriptions, or you can find it online at
Registering with a GP
You can find a GP practice on the NHS.uk website. You will need to fill in a form to register - for some practices you can do this on their website so check there first. Alternatively, you can download a GMS1 registration form on GOV.UK or arrange a time to pick up a registration form from the GP surgery. If you have problems registering with a GP practice, call the NHS England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 311 22 33.
If you are invited for a vaccine, please act on your invite straight away and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them.
In the meantime, please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives
For more information about the vaccine, please see these frequently asked questions.
You can also visit www.nhs.uk or download the patient information leaflets on the following topics, which are available on the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health & Care Partnership website.
- Covid-19 vaccination – a guide for adults
- Covid-19 vaccination – a guide for those currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding.
- What to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination
- Why do I have to wait for my Covid-19 vaccine?
Spring Hall Group Practice
The Practice is exceptionally busy. To increase our ability to respond to demand, we are asking you to change the way you contact us. Please now contact us via our online consultation service, Engage Consult. The Practice will reply either with a message or a phone call and will tell you what to do next.
You can use this service from any mobile phone, tablet or computer. You will need to have an email address.
This service must not be used for medical emergencies such as chest pain or severe bleeding. Please dial 999.
The Engage Consult service is very easy to use. If you need help, a guide is available on the website. Please click here to sign up.
We ask for your support in doing this so that we can respond to your request quickly. It will also allow our more vulnerable patients to make contact with us by phone.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Please note we are doing limited face to face appointments at the moment. We will be doing triage calls and /or video consultations. We are not accepting anything at the front door. This is to protect our patients and staff as much as possible.
If you need to order a prescription, please use the NHS App, or sign up to use Engage Consult, at: Engage Consult Sign Up or order via Systm One online. Alternatively, you can send us an email with your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please bear with us, as our telephone lines are extremely busy at the moment.
If you do have any questions with regard to Coronavirus, please look at the NHS 111 website, for further information.
Changes to the way you order your repeat prescriptions
Does your pharmacy currently order your medication ? please click the link for more information on changes to this process