COVID-19 Information

COVID Vaccinations - Booster information

We are pleased to inform you that The Rural Practice Network (Bruton Surgery, Millbrook Surgery, Queen Camel Medical Centre, Milborne Port Surgery and Wincanton Health Centre) will be providing Covid-19 Booster Vaccinations for all our eligible patients* from the 25th September 2021 at Haynes International Motor Museum. Please read the information below which summarises the process by which patients will be invited for their booster vaccinations and be able to book an appointment.

All patients in Cohort 1 – 9 will be invited to attend for a booster vaccination when they are approaching a period of six-months since their second vaccination. Patients that have a mobile number on their clinical record will receive a text message to book an appointment 1 – 2 weeks before they are due.  Please note that these text messages will come from Millbrook Surgery regardless of which surgery you are registered with.    If you can please follow the directions in the text message this is really helpful as it allows us more time to telephone patients that cannot book in this way.   If we do not have a mobile number for you or you find it difficult responding to text messages our booking hub team will telephone you directly.   All our patients will receive the Pfizer vaccine regardless of which vaccine they had for their first and second dose.   If you have a query about your eligibility please contact:  somccg.rpncovidvacs@nhs.net.

The practices are currently identifying extremely frail and housebound patients so that we can make alternative arrangements to get them vaccinated.

*Cohorts 1-9 – patients who will be eligible for a booster dose 6 months after second dose

1 Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
2 All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3 All those 75 years of age and over
4 All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
5 All those 65 years of age and over
6 Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group
7 All those 60 years of age and over
8 All those 55 years of age and over
9 All those 50 years of age and over

 

Somerset Vaccination Programme

For further information including details about the different vaccinations currently being offered in Somerset, please visit here.

 

NHS Covid Pass information

The NHS COVID Pass shows a patient's COVID-19 vaccination details or test results and is needed for foreign travel or attendance at events in England asking for proof of COVID-19 status.  For information about the NHS COVID Pass, please click here.

Alternatively please visit the Somerset CCG's website here.

Different Names on Passports and NHS COVID Passports

With the introduction of NHS COVID Passports, it is very important that your GP record and your Passport have the same name.  If you are updating your GP record with your married name (or for any other reason), please ensure that you also change your Passport (and other ID such as your driving licence) too so that both records have the same name.

This will avoid confusion at the borders when travelling, or any other time when you need to provide your identification and NHS Covid Passport.

Long Covid

Many people with COVID will recover within a few days or weeks, but for some the effects of COVID unfortunately last longer.  Long COVID is now recognised and defined as:

  • ongoing symptomatic COVID-19: having signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for 4-12 weeks
  • Post COVID-19 Syndrome: signs and symptoms that develop during or after Covid-19 and continue for more than 12 weeks and are not explained by an alternative diagnosis

For further information and support to self-manage Long COVID, please visit Your Covid Recovery.

COVID-19 Precautions

The practice operates from a small building where social distancing is very difficult to maintain.  Vulnerable patients are continuing to attend the practice for face to face care, and it is therefore important that we minimise the risk to patients and staff to ensure the practice continues to operate safely.

Initial consultations with our Clinical Team will be conducted by telephone or video.  When making a request, it can be helpful to provide a photograph to help the clinician.  In discussing your care, if the clinician feels it is necessary and appropriate to see you in person, they will arrange this with you.  Face to face (or in person) appointments with a GP or ANP are not booked directly by our Reception Team at present.

When attending the practice we ask you to co-operate with us to keep everyone safe:

  • wear a mask when in the building.  A surgical mask will be provided on entry if you do not have one.
  • arrive on time for your appointment to keep waiting to a minimum
  • let us know you have arrived using the intercom
  • wait outside or in your car after letting us know you are here
  • if you need to book a follow up appointment, please call us or use AskMyGP rather than book at the Reception Desk.

We know that other shops and businesses have reopened, but each premises has to consider what is safe in its own environment.  In our considered view, the building is too small and the risk to staff and vulnerable patients too great at this time to reopen fully at the present time.

Infection Control Measures from the 19 July 2021

Patient Advice following the lifting of restrictions on 19 July 2021

COVID Updates

Covid Vaccination update 23.4.2021

Covid update 9.4.21 - latest about the vaccination programme including the updated guidance relating to the AstraZeneca vaccine