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Requests for certification or letters in relation to wearing face masks

As the Government extends its advice on the number of venues where face masks should be worn, we are receiving numerous requests for “letters of exemption”.

There is no requirement for evidence of exemption, it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this, and there is no requirement for General Practitioners to provide such letters, therefore Carisbrooke Surgery will not be providing these.

For more information patients should 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#exemptions-to-wearing-a-face-covering-where-they-are-mandated

Coronavirus Update

Due to COVID-19 Carisbrooke Surgery will no longer be offering walk-in or pre-bookable appointments with doctors. Please call the appointment line on 01424 432925 where your call will be triaged, or, even better, use Engage Consult for an online direct consultation with a clinician. We are unable to offer tests for Covid-19 infection.

PLEASE NOTE:

If you are offered an appointment at the surgery:

  • DO NOT arrive more than 10 mins before your appointment time.
  • Ring the doorbell in the entrance lobby and wait for a member of staff to come out to you.
  • Wear a face covering if possible.
  • Before you enter the surgery your temperature will be taken.
  • When you enter the building please use the alcohol gel provided on your hands.
  • DO NOT bring other people with you to your appointment unless this is absolutely essential.

If you have either a high temperature (37.8° or above) or a new continuous cough (coughing repeatedly) STAY AT HOME for 7 days. You will not need a sick note for this.

DO NOT go to a GP, pharmacy or Hospital.

DO NOT contact NHS111 to tell them you are self-isolating.

ONLY contact NHS111 if you feel you cannot cope at home with your symptoms/your condition gets worse/your symptoms DO NOT get better after 7 days.

Covid-19 (Corona Virus) and Online Consultations using Engage Consult

To ensure that we delay the spread of Covid-19 as effectively as possible, it's ESSENTIAL that we limit face-to-face consultations to only those patients who urgently need them.

We urge all patients to contact us FIRST using Engage Consult, our online consultation system. You can give us as much detail about your problem as you feel comfortable with. If you create an account straightaway, we can also get back to you online. No more hanging on the telephone.

If you have any concerns that you may have the virus, you MUST stay at home and contact us via Engage Consult (between 07:00 and 11:00), by phone, or NHS 111

Try the new NHS App

If you're a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.

You can use the NHS App to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record and more.

If you already use Patient Access you can continue to use it. You can use the NHS App as well.

For more information go to www.nhs.uk/nhsapp

Please be aware that, due to the current situation, it is taking longer than usual for you to be registered for this service. Please allow up to 48 hours for your registration to be completed. Thank you for you patience.

PLEASE NOTE: GP appointments are 10 minutes in duration.

 

Click on our new 'Dementia Support and Information' page (on the right hand side of the home page) for lots of help and advice on dealing with dementia.

Childrens Immunisations

NHS Immunisations FAQs

Why are you continuing to offer routine immunisations?

While preventing the spread of COVID-19 and caring for those infected is a public health priority, it remains very important to maintain good coverage of immunisations, particularly in the childhood programme. In addition to protecting the individual, this will avoid outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases that could harm individuals and increase further the numbers of patients requiring health services.

Should people/babies still go and be immunised at their GP surgery?

Yes, your GP surgery or health clinic will take all possible precautions to protect you and your baby from COVID-19. People should still attend for routine vaccinations unless they are unwell (check with your GP whether you should still attend) or self-isolating because they have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. In these circumstances, please rearrange your appointment. Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent other infectious diseases. Babies, toddlers and pre-school children in particular need vaccinations to protect them from measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), rotavirus, diphtheria, whooping cough, meningitis, polio, tetanus, hepatitis B, and more.

What are ‘routine’ childhood immunisations?

Different vaccines are given at different ages to protect you and your child. They form part of the national immunisation programme and are offered free of charge by the NHS. The national immunisation programme is highly successful in reducing the incidence of serious and sometimes life-threatening diseases such as pneumococcal and meningococcal infections, whooping cough, diphtheria and measles. It remains important to maintain the best possible vaccine uptake to prevent a resurgence of these infections.

Some children will also need to be protected with neonatal BCG and hepatitis B vaccination. Both BCG and all doses of targeted hepatitis B vaccines should be offered in a timely manner.

When will young people get their school-age vaccinations?

School-age vaccination providers are working to restore vaccination programmes, in line with local needs and arrangements. Young people will receive their vaccinations either in school premises or community clinics. Plans are being developed to use the summer breaks to catch up on the backlog from the 2019/20 school year, and any outstanding immunisations will be delivered during the 2020/21 school year.

Do GP surgeries really still have the time to do immunisations?

GP practices will continue to ensure vaccinations are offered to all eligible individuals. Despite COVID-19, the routine childhood immunisation programme will continue to play an important role in preventing ill-health through causes other than coronavirus infection.

How important is it that my child is immunised at the time they are called? Is there a risk in delaying for a few months? If there isn’t, why not stop immunisations for now and reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 by visiting the general practice?

It is very important that routine childhood immunisations are started and completed on time despite the COVID-19 pandemic. This will help protect the infant or child from a range of serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. The much-reduced incidence of infections such as invasive pneumococcal and meningococcal disease has only come about because of high levels of vaccination. To prevent resurgence, infants need protecting through vaccination. Pertussis still circulates at elevated levels and pregnant women must continue to be offered the pertussis vaccine, and their babies vaccinated against this and other infections from 8 weeks of age. Diseases such as pertussis, Hib, MenB, pneumococcal are more common or more serious in infants and so it is important not to delay vaccines. Measles can be a very serious disease and is still circulating so timely immunisation is important.

How will parents and carers know when their babies have a temperature after their regular immunisations whether it is an expected reaction or COVID-19?

The vaccines given may cause a fever which usually resolves within 48 hours (or 6 to 11 days following MMR). This is a common, expected reaction and isolation is not required, unless COVID-19 is suspected.

Fever is more common when the MenB vaccine (Bexsero) is given with other vaccines at 8 and 16 weeks of age. Where parents are able to obtain liquid infant paracetamol, they should follow existing PHE guidance on its prophylactic use following MenB vaccination: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/menb-vaccine-and-paracetamol

As has always been recommended, any infant with fever after vaccination should be monitored and, if parents or carers are concerned about the infant’s health at any time, they should seek advice from their GP or NHS 111.

This advice applies to recently vaccinated people of all ages.



 
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