Covid-19 updates

Please do not contact the practice regarding Covid-19 vaccinations. We will contact you as and when appointments become available. Keep an eye on this page and on our social media for further updates.

Vaccinations

Now that more doses of the Covid-19 vaccines are available, the NHS is able to open more vaccination services, including the first larger regional Vaccination Centres.  This is great news as it provides more options for getting vaccinated. People who are eligible and who live near these new vaccination services will receive letters from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling them how they can book their appointment. You may receive a letter from the national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service inviting you to book an appointment at a regional Vaccination Centre, the closest of which is at Taunton so far.

If you receive the letter from the national service and can travel to the Vaccination Centre safely, we recommend that you book using the details the letter provides. You have a choice of taking up the offer to attend the mass vaccination site, or waiting for us to contact you about having it done more locally.

We have started vaccinating patients over the age of 80 years of age and are inviting people in according to the criteria and prioritisation set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), and will contact you when it’s your turn.

Like the rest of the NHS, we are working to offer vaccines to everyone in the top priority groups by the middle of February.

Please do not contact us if you haven’t received an invite yet. We are very busy at the moment and doing so could prevent a patient who needs our help from getting through. Even if you have received a letter inviting you to the mass vaccination site, you will not been taken off our lists and we will contact you when we have an appointment available for you.

Visiting the practice

Please do not attend the practice unless you have an appointment. If you need to speak to a member of the team, please call us or contact us online.

Please do not come in to the surgery if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • a new continuous cough (this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours, if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a high temperature (this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back, you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a loss of taste or smell.

In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, appointments will take place over the phone or by video call wherever possible.

If visiting the practice, please wear a face mask if possible.

Face mask exemptions

Some people are less able to wear face coverings, and the reasons for this may not be visible to others. According to the government website, if you have a reason for not wearing a face covering:

  • you do not routinely need to show any written evidence of this
  • you do not need to show an exemption card

This means that you do not need to request a letter from us about your reason for not wearing a face covering.

However, if you feel more comfortable showing something that says you do not have to wear a face covering, you can download an exemption card template from the government website. You can then print this or show it on a mobile device.

Download exemption card template >

Further information

The following information is provided by www.nhs.uk.

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