Get the latest NHS information and advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19) by visiting:
Download the NHS Covid-19 App
Getting NHS help when you need it during the Coronavirus outbreak
Getting NHS help when you need it during the Coronavirus outbreak (Easy Read Version)
Free Rapid Coronavirus Testing Kit
The government have announced that from 9th April, everyone in England will be able to access free rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. Please select the following link to the GOV.UK webiste for further information on how to obtain a testing kit.
Support for people during Coronavirus
Please see below a selection of links for information from various organisations offering support during Coronovirus.
Support for older people during coronavirus
Rotherham Dementia Carer Support.pdf
CCR & CRS Newsletter (December).pdf
Sheffield ME & Fibromyalgia Group.pdf
Please select the link below to see the latest information from Public Health England regarding this years flu vaccine supplies:
Why am I being asked to wait to have my flu vaccine?
Flu Vaccines and Supply (Easy-Read)
Self Isolation for 14 days before elective Admission
The Practice has been receiving requests from patients for Med3's (sicknotes) or letters for their employers, when the patient has been notified that they (or a member of the household) need to self-isolate for 14 days prior to elective Admission to hospital.
The LMC (local Medical council) advise that unless the patient is ill a MED3 should NOT be issued.
We therefore advise:
The Admission letter from the hospital should be sufficient evidence for an employer.
Click this link NHS 111 to self declare and apply for a self-isolation note. You should answer yes to the question: “Have you been told to self-isolate by an NHS service or a healthcare professional?” and tick the box that says “I have been told to self-isolate by a test and trace service” you will be able to get a self-isolation note sent to you.
Print this this template and give a copy for your employers.
Facial Coverings and Exemption Cards Update July 2020
The wearing of masks by staff and face coverings by the public will play a role in preventing the spread of infection so that patients and visitors can attend practices without fear of contamination. It will also reduce the risk of a whole team within a practice being required to self-isolate should one member contract COVID-19.
It is now mandatory to wear facial coverings on public transport and to wear a facial covering in shops/supermarkets.
To find out;
when you can take your mask off
to learn about different types of masks
how to be safe wearing a mask
if you’re exempt from wearing a mask
Please click here for more information about masks
Supplying face mask exemption letters to patients
Our Practice (like many others) is seeing an increase in requests from patients for letters of exemption to wear face masks in various public settings. The Government guidance suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption. It should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption direct with the person questioning them (e.g. bus driver).
The BMA has indicated that practices are therefore not required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions, or to those who do not fall under the list of exemptions.
Some transport providers are providing evidence of exemptions themselves.>
Being Exempt from Wearing a Face Mask
We understand that some people can’t wear a face mask or covering because of a disability or severe distress.
The link below provides Learning Disability Exemption Cards, Autism Exemption Cards and Parent and Child Exemption Cards. Download the PDF below to print your exemption card;
Face Covering Exemption Cards
Help the fight against COVID-19
The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admissions and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19. You could be eligible to join if:
You have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:
a continuous new or worsening cough
a high temperature
You are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness
You are aged 65 or above
To find out more visit: www.principletrial.org