We aim to keep this information up to date, however, NHS England guidance can change rapidly. For the latest information https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature (over 37.8) and or loss or change to sense of smell or taste, please STAY AT HOME for 7 days. DO NOT book a GP appointment or attend the Practice. If you live with other people they should stay at home for at least 14 days to avoid spreading the infection. If your symptoms are serious or getting worse NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that will tell you if you need further medical help. Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or cannot get online. For the latest advice please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Post Positive PCR Antibody Testing Initiative - UK roll out
A new antibody testing roll out will launch on Tuesday 24th August 2021. Randomly selected individuals, out of those who opt in and subsequently test positive for COVID-19 following a PCR test, will be sent two finger prick antibody tests to complete at home and send to labs for analysis. This is a Government led initiative and the practice is not involved in the process.
There are a number of local and national vaccination programmes running concurrently. You will be called by text, letter or telephone when your age cohort is eligible. This may be at a local or national vaccination centre.
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
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.
AstraZeneca Vaccine information in the link below
AstraZeneca Vaccine Information
COVID-19 infection in pregnancy carries a significant risk of hospital admission and a higher risk of severe illness than for the non-pregnant population – especially so in the third trimester – and a higher risk of preterm birth.
Research suggests that the Delta variant is associated with an increased risk of severe illness among hospitalized pregnant women, compared with the Alpha and ‘wildtype’ variants of previous waves.
Please call 119 to book a vaccination.
Your COVID-19 Recovery:
For our patients struggling with ongoing Covid-19 symptoms click the link and document for more information: https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/
Useful advice for patients recovering from Covid-19
Patient COVID-19 Survey:
Eastern Academic Health are asking patients to take part in the covid-19 survey. Please consider completing the attached survey and letting us know about your thoughts and experiences. Click the link if you wish to partake https://surveys.eahsn.org/zs/BQhQMA
COVID-19 testing in Suffolk:
Please click the link if you need a test and you haven't got symptoms https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/getting-a-test/covid-19-asymptomatic-testing/
Click this link if you need a test because you have symptoms https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/getting-a-test/covid-19-testing-in-suffolk/
Sharing Info During COVID-19:
Our privacy materials have been updated with important information about sharing information during COVID-19, please click here to find out more.