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Following the Government announcement that face coverings will no longer be mandatory in public places, it should be noted that the UK Health Security Agency's infection prevention control (IPC) guidance remains in place for all staff and patients, in GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure that everyone is protected.


We have recently had a successful CQC inspection and been rated Good across the board  


Important Message: the Omicron Variant and COVID Vaccination Boosters

Omicron is variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and was first identified in Southern Africa. Although we don’t know a lot about it yet there is evidence that it may be more easily transmitted between people.

To help reduce the risk of this, on 29 November 2021 the UK Government announced that it would extend vaccinations to offer:

  • a booster dose to everyone aged 18 years old and over;
  • a booster dose to people aged 16 years old and over with a severely weakened immune system;
  • booster doses from 3 months after the previous dose - currently it's from 6 months after the previous dose;
  • a 2nd dose to all children aged 12 to 15 years old.

If you are in one of these groups we are working on plans to offer you a booster as soon as possible and you will be contacted once these are in place. In the meantime please don’t contact your practice as they won’t be able to help. If have any questions please contact NHS 111 online or call 119.

If you are clinically vulnerable, over 40, or health and care staff you are already eligible for a booster jab six months after your second dose. Eligible people in Sheffield can now book their booster on the National Booking Service, by calling 119, or attend a walk-in clinic

Remember, you can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone safe this winter:

  • Always wear a face covering when in enclosed spaces with other people – on public transport, in shops and other public places;
  • Keep your distance from other people when out in public;
  • Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds, particularly when you have been outside;
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms book a PCR test as soon as possible and self-isolate until you know the result;
  • If you have returned from one of the following countries in the last 10 days you should take a PCR test: South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola.

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Coronavirus vaccine frequently asked questions - https://www.sheffieldccg.nhs.uk/Your-Health/covid-19-vaccine-faqs.htm


Coronavirus Vaccination

If you have received a letter from the national booking system about a vaccination appointment and have any questions about this, please contact the number on the letter. The practice does not have any information on the centres and is not able to book appointments for patients at these venues. 

If you would prefer to have your appointment at our local service, you do not need to do anything – we will contact you as soon as an appointment is available.


Vitamin D supplements for high risk Covid-19 patients

If you have received a letter from the NHS or Department of Health and Social Care and you are in within a high risk group and would like more information on the Government vitamin D scheme please click here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/get-vitamin-d-supplements/

All other patients are encouraged to buy vitamin D supplements over the counter from a local chemist. Please do not ring the surgery to request vitamin D supplements if you are not already being prescribe them for other reasons.


Face Masks and Coverings for Attending the Practice

We are doing everything we can to protect patients and staff. There is evidence that wearing a face covering may help stop a person infected with covid-19 from spreading the virus further. Therefore, we would appreciate it if our patients would wear a face covering when attending the practice. This can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head. Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 2 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly- for example, those with respiratory conditions.


Prescriptions

During the coronavirus pandemic we are changing the way we take prescription requests. We ask that any patient who is able signs up for our online access to order prescriptions enabling patients to order at a time that is convenient for them. Alternatively prescriptions can be ordered via telephone between the hours of 10.00am and 12noon Monday- Friday. 


Home Visits 

Please remember in this busy time that home visits must be requested before 11am. All visits will be triaged by telephone by a GP to assess if a visit is needed. Please be aware a GP may advise you require hospital admission without seeing you in line with current Coronavirus guidelines. 


If you need help when we are closed, please call the surgery number and you will be given details of our out of hours service. You may also call 111, the free NHS non-emergency number or visit the walk in centre on Broad Lane. 


Sheffield Healthy Holiday- Support for families during the summer holidays

https://sheffieldhealthyholidays.org/


Face mask exemption card templates can be printed from the link below 

https://www.sheffieldccg.nhs.uk/Your-Health/useful-links-and-resources.htm


Universal Credit Information Sheet 

www.sheffield.gov.uk/universalcredit


Our latest Friends and Family test results are out please click here to see the results.


From 4 April we will be taking requests for the same day GP call back from 8.30am until 11am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Opening times for Bank Holiday and Staff Training can be found on our opening times page http://www.elmlanesurgery.com/page1.aspx?p=3&t=1

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