Coronavirus Information

COVID Vaccines

All those aged 16 and over are now eligible for a COVID vaccination. If you would like to book your first or second* dose COVID vaccination, please call us on 0333 370 4110, or email abcltd.vaccine@nhs.net

Walk-In dates are available here
Youth Clinic dates are available here

 *must be over 8 weeks since your first dose

What is Long COVID?

Most infections with COVID resolve within the first 4 weeks. “Long COVID” is an informal term that is commonly used to describe signs and symptoms that continue or develop after an acute infection of COVID. Depending on how long you have ongoing symptoms for, it can be called one of 2 things:
  • Ongoing symptomatic COVID
    This is where your symptoms continue for more than 4 weeks. If your symptoms last for longer than 12 weeks, it will then be called;
  • Post-COVID Syndrome
    This is where your ongoing symptoms continue for longer than 12 weeks and cannot be explained by any other condition.

Symptoms of Long Covid can be many and varied and can change over time.

The recovery time is different for everyone. The length of your recovery is not necessarily related to the severity of your initial illness or whether you were in hospital. If new or ongoing symptoms do occur and they are causing you concern, you should always seek medical advice and support. For additional information please see the Your Covid Recovery website.

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Coronavirus (COVID19) Update 04/06/2021

Due to the coronavirus outbreak how you contact Bridge Medical Centre will be different at the moment.  This is to limit face-to face contact whenever possible and help stop the spread of coronavirus. Bridge Medical Centre is open and if you need to see your GP, please ring us on 01293 526026 or visit (eConsult) for an online consultation. You can also call NHS 111.  

Appointments are being delivered face-to-face, online and over the telephone. If you are asked to come into the surgery for a face-to-face appointment, we kindly request that you arrive at the exact time of your appointment to allow for social distancing. Please remember to wear a face covering. Measures are in place to keep you safe from infection during your visit to the surgery

Our telephone lines will be operating as normal, however, we are encountering a very high volume of calls and would encourage our patients to refrain from telephoning the Practice repeatedly for updates relating to any query.  We will get back to you as soon as it has been resolved. 

In an effort to enable you to be in touch with your GP whilst avoiding the need for you to come into Practice, we’ve introduced eConsult which lets you consult with your GP online by completing a quick form that is sent and reviewed by the Practice. It can also direct you to self-help, pharmacy advice and local self-referral services.  If you want advice from your doctor, you can submit a photograph with the form (if relevant) about their symptoms or condition. eConsult captures over 100 common clinical conditions, with built-in red flags to highlight critical symptoms that may require immediate or urgent intervention from another source eg 999/111.  eConsult reports are sent securely to the Doctors or Admin Team to be triaged as appropriate. Standardised questions mean nothing is missed, and allows the GPs to familiarise themselves with the reports.

In addition, we would encourage all our patients to access the LIVI App as much as possible.  LIVI is a new free video GP Service.  Appointments available Mon-Fri 7am to 10pm, Saturday-Sunday 8am-4pm.  Please consider using this service rather than your GP.  For more information and to download the app please click on the link www.livi.co.uk.

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COVID-19 vaccination status

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from: 

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores 

  • the NHS website 

  • 119 - by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.

COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting

Recently there have been reports of a very rare condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after vaccination. This is being carefully reviewed but the risk factors for this condition are not yet clear.

Although this condition remains extremely rare there appears to be a higher risk in people shortly after the first dose of the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine. Around 4 people develop this condition for every million doses of AZ vaccine doses given.

This is seen slightly more often in younger people and tends to occur between 4 days and 2 weeks following vaccination.

This condition can also occur naturally, and clotting problems are a common complication of COVID-19 infection. An increased risk has not yet been seen after other COVID-19 vaccines but is being carefully monitored.

Further information can be found on the NHS website.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

PHE_COVID-19_AZ_vaccination_guide.pdf

PRINCIPLE trial recruitment

The PRINCIPLE trial is the only national Urgent Public Health priority clinical trial evaluating potential therapeutics for COVID-19 in the primary care setting. Anyone aged 65+, or 50+ with comorbidity, and who has COVID-19 symptoms that started within the last 14 days is eligible. You can self-register for the trial at www.principletrial.org or by phoning 0800 138 0880.

Translated Covid-19 resources

Covid-19 vaccination for all women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant or breastfeeding

A guide to COVID-19 vaccination for all women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant or breastfeeding. Please read this before you go for vaccination.

Covid 19 vaccines and pregnancy guide

 

Update on the COVID-19 vaccination programme: national vaccination letters

We are aware that some of our patients are starting to receive letters from the national vaccination booking system. The letters are labelled only from the NHS and invite you to book your vaccination appointment.

Please don’t worry, our service is not affected.

These letters are offering the opportunity to book an appointment at one of the larger vaccination centres, such as the Brighton Centre or a local pharmacy. You cannot book at our vaccination service through this system.

Our vaccination service at Apple Tree Centre and Saxonbrook Medical Practice is working alongside these other services. You have a choice where you receive your vaccination – at our service, at a larger vaccination centre like the Brighton Centre or at a local pharmacy service.

Our team will contact you directly to arrange an appointment at our vaccination service. Appointments for the larger vaccination centres and pharmacies are available through the national booking system set out in the letter – either online or by phone.

You can either follow the details in the letter to book at one of those services, or we will be contacting you in the next two weeks to arrange an appointment in our local service.

We thank you for your support.

When will I get my COVID19 Vaccination?

COVID19 Vaccination for Health Care Workers

If you are a Health Care Worker you can book yourself into one of the mass hub vaccine sites by clicking on the link below

https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/workforcevax/

COVID19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

Use the 111 Online Coronavirus Service if you have any of the following symptoms:-

  • a high temperature - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • 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)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Call 119 if you cannot get help Online

Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection is available at:- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

  • This guidance is intended for:
  • people with symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, and do not require hospital treatment, who must remain at home until they are well
  • those living in households with someone who shows symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital

If you have to stay at home and you need a note for your employer please use the NHS 111 link https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

Testing and Tracing

Information about testing for Coronavirus  and what to do if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace Service:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/

People at Higher Risk

Advice for people at higher risk from Coronavirus, including older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/

Face Coverings: when to wear one, exemptions and how to make your own

For further information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own#when-you-do-not-need-to-wear-a-face-covering

Social Distancing and Changes to Everyday Life

Advice about avoiding close contact with other people (social distancing), looking after your wellbeing and using the NHS and other services during Coronavirus https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/ 

COVID Recovery Information

Please click here to access information for patients recovering from long-term effects of COVID-19.  This includes information from rehabilitation experts about how to manage ongoing symptoms and health needs at home.  This also includes information on returning to work.

Prescription Service

We would like to inform our patients that all prescriptions will be sent to a nominated pharmacy and/or via the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS).  If you are not signed up for this service please contact the surgery where you will be given instructions on how to do so.  We are still working to our 48 hour turnaround for prescriptions. 

Blood Forms will be emailed to you.  Sick Notes will be emailed to you.

Alzheimer's Society COVID19 Patient/Carer Support

This service is currently available to connect people affected by dementia with free support and advice available by phone and online.  From practical advice about living with dementia, to someone to talk to when things get tough.

The Service is staffed by fully trained Alzheimer's Society dementia advisers who can support patient and carers directly by phone, as well as connect them to a range of local services.

Dementia Connect Telephone Support Line 0333 150 3456

Monday - Wednesday 9am – 8pm

Thursday - Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm

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Information for Parents

Please find attached a special COVID-19 message for parents on which NHS Service to use

Information for Parents.pdf

Information for Aged 70 years and over

Please find attached a helpful Isolation Pack to support you during your period of isolation

Isolation Pack for the Over 70s.pdf

COVID Recovery Information

Please click here to access information for patients recovering from long-term effects of COVID-19.  This includes information from rehabilitation experts about how to manage ongoing symptoms and health needs at home.  This also includes information on returning to work.