COVID-19 INFORMATION

Four ways to seek healthcare advice from a GP

  1. Call your surgery to discuss a virtual (telephone or video) or face-to-face appointment
  2. Complete an online form via our Online Triage system to receive a response within 2 working days
  3. Call NHS 111 or go online to seek advice at the NHS 111 website
  4. Download the NHS App from your phone app store to order repeat prescriptions and check your symptoms

 

Covid-19 Vaccinations in Somerset

On 2 December, The independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) confirmed, that one of the highly anticipated COVID-19 Vaccinations, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine had been approved for use.

Within Somerset we have been working in partnership with our health and care providers to make the vaccine available to the people of Somerset in a planned way and in line with national guidance. This includes delivering it in a number of locations to enable easier access for as many people as possible. This will include large county sites, community sites in locations across the county, hospital hubs, some GP surgeries and via teams of mobile vaccinators for those who cannot leave their homes.

This website provides further information

NHS Vaccination programme in Somerset - Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Vaccination - Frequently Asked Questions

 

NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Programme Update

3rd March 2021

We know that everyone is eager to find out when they will get their Covid vaccination and that this is an anxious time. The NHS is working very hard to invite people who are eligible to have their vaccination, as quickly as possible, and in Somerset, a third of all adults have already been vaccinated.

NEW - People who are aged over 60 can now book their appointment directly with the national national booking service, or by calling 119. You don’t need to wait to be contacted by the surgery.

The groups currently being prioritised for a coronavirus vaccine are:

  • Residents and staff of care homes for older adults
  • Anyone aged 60 and over
  • Frontline health and social care workers, and adult unpaid carers
  • Any adult identified as clinically vulnerable to complications following Covid-19 infection, including those on the GP Learning Disability Register

If you are aged between 65-69 (priority group five), we urge you to use the national booking service to book your appointment as soon as you receive a letter from the NHS – please don’t delay.

If you are aged between 16 and 64 (priority group six), with specific underlying health conditions that increase your risk of serious illness, you will be contacted by the GP primary care network team to invite you to your appointment, as soon as we possibly can.

You can really help to support the local vaccination programme and our surgery by:

  • Attending all booked vaccination appointments at exactly the right time you’re asked to
  • Unless you are in the groups being invited now, please don’t contact the surgery to seek a vaccine, you will be contacted by the NHS  when it is the right time;
  • and whether you have had your vaccine or not, please continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus and save lives.

For more information on eligibility, visit the JCVI website. For frequently asked questions and the latest information on the Somerset vaccination programme please visit the Somerset NHS vaccination programme website.

Thank you for your continuing support and patience.

 

For the latest information and advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) check online for:

NHS advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Social Distancing and Face Covering Advice

Information from Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group regarding Covid-19

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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.

 

Germ Defence

There is a very useful website called Germ Defence which was created by a team of doctors and scientists to give you advice that has been proven to reduce the spread of viruses in the home. It can help you plan how to protect yourself and members of your family from infection by COVID-19 and Influenza.  

It’s easy to use and only takes 10 minutes - please see the Germ Defence website

 

Please pass details of the Germ Defence website to your friends and family.
There’s a button at the bottom of the Germ Defence website for sharing by social media.

If you’d like to know more:

·      Over 20,000 people previously took part in research about Germ Defence

·      People who followed the advice in Germ Defence had fewer and less severe illnesses - and so did the people they lived with

·     Results of the study were published in The Lancet medical journal

·      Germ Defence has been updated with COVID-19 advice to help prevent a wave of COVID-19 and ‘flu this Autumn/Winter

·     Information about how the Germ Defence website is being evaluated

 

Help the fight against COVID-19

The PRINCIPLE Trial

Has your doctor or nurse said you are likely to have a COVID-19 infection?

Are you aged 65 and above, or aged 50 to 64 with any of the illnesses listed on this poster?

Then you could be eligible to join the PRINCIPLE trial and help the fight against COVID-19.

To find out more, please visit The PRINCIPLE Trial website.

 

Somerset's Local Authorities

Coronavirus support helpline

0300 790 6275

Covid-19 Helpline

Available 8am to 6pm, seven days a week

A single number is now available for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus
related support from Somerset's Local Authorities. Anyone who can't find help
within their community can use the helpline to get help and advice surrounding;

  • Emotional support if you 're feeling worried or anxious
  • Financial support
  • Personal care and support including food and delivery of prescriptions
  • Housing and support for the homeless
  • Transport needs
  • Waste collection and disposal
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