Coronavirus Information

Covid Vaccinations

We are now vaccinating at Brackley Medical Centre for patients within our PCN (Primary Care Network - Brackley and Towcester). 

We are governed by NHS England as to who we vaccinate and in which order.

We will be contacting those patients who fall within the cohort and are therefore eligible for the vaccine by text or phone call.

As we get such short notice of the deliveries of vaccines, it is very difficult to arrange letters to be sent out to patients about when appointments are. Please advise older members of your family to look out for a text message or be ready to receive a phone call from us (the surgery number is usually withheld).

Please DO NOT call the surgery about the vaccine as phone lines are extremely busy. 

We thank you for understanding

Rescheduling your second Covid vaccination appointment

Due to new advice from the UK Chief Medical Officer, we have had to reschedule the second vaccination appointments that had been booked. The new medical advice is that the second dose of the vaccine remains effective when given up to 12 weeks after the first dose, and should be given towards the end of the 12 week period.

While you will need two doses of the vaccine to get the best long term-term protection from the virus, you will still have significant protection at 22 days after you receive the first dose. The new guidance will also help ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the first dose of the new vaccine as soon as possible. 

YOU DO NOT NEED TO CALL US. WE WILL CALL YOU TO RESCHEDULE YOUR SECOND VACCINE APPOINTMENT.

It is important to note that even when you have received your vaccine, you must follow government guidance on social distancing and wearing a mask, as well as the additional measures in place in your area.

We apologise for any inconvenience, and look forward to seeing you for your second vaccine dose at the right time.

For more information on the vaccine, please visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination 

Everyone attending the practice now needs to be wearing a face covering. Do you need an appointment? We are still here to help. Here’s what to do:-

  • Contact the surgery by phone on 01280 702436.
  • In most cases you will be be booked in for a telephone assessment with one of our clinicians. 
  • If a face-to-face appointment is necessary, you will be advised what to do.

Please can we ask all patients to phone the surgery with any queries rather than coming to the building. Only patients with face to face appointments should come into the surgery. Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Brackley Medical Centre is following advice from NHS England and has moved to a telephone triage system. This is designed to reduce the number of people physically attending the surgery to protect staff and patients from COVID-19.

Emergency Appointments

Our Urgent Care Unit operates on a telephone triage basis. You will be called by one of our clinicians who will assess your situation. If they decide you need a face-to-face appointment they will make the necessary arrangements. (Please note: Our Walk in Service closed in March 2020 and will remain closed until further notice).

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus - including a new continuous cough, a high temperature or you have a reduced sense of taste or smell - you are advised to get a test as soon as possible. If you test positive you will need to self-isolate. Your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptons) and the next 10 full days. Anyone you live with will also have to self-isolate at the same time. You may need to self-isolate for longer if you get symptoms while self-isolating or your symptoms do not go away. For further information read more about how to self-isolate.

Do NOT book a GP appointment or attend the surgery if you have symptons of coronavirus. If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do. 

Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or cannot go online. 

For the latest COVID-19 advice please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

 

Please note, if you are found to have misled a member of staff regarding these symptoms, or are not self isolating appropriately, you will be asked to leave the surgery immediately, and you may face a fine of £1000 under the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulation 2020.

If you need to speak to a doctor for a NEW, URGENT medical problem and do NOT have COVID-19 symptoms please call the surgery on 01280 702436

You will be added to a telephone list and contacted during the course of the day by a clinician. Please make sure you are available to answer your phone.

DO NOT attend the surgery unless you are asked to do so and, if you are asked to attend, please ensure you wear a face covering.

 

The majority of problems will be dealt with over the phone. If you need a prescription it will be sent to a pharmacy electronically so you can collect it. If you need a sick note it will be posted or emailed to you.

For patients who need a face to face assessment your clinician will give you information about what to do next. We ask that, unless you need help attending the surgery, or you are bringing a child for an appointment you attend ALONE.


Absence From Work For Coronavirus ... You DO NOT Need to Contact Your GP

If you're off work sick for 7 days or less, your employer should not ask for medical evidence that you've been ill. Instead they can ask you to confirm that you've been ill. You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.

If you're off work sick for more than 7 days, your employer will usually ask for a fit note (or Statement of Fitness for Work) from a GP or hospital doctor. Fit notes are sometimes referred to as medical statements, doctor's note or sick note.

 

Do not ask your GP for a fit note is you are off work because of coronavirus. Instead you can get an isolation note to send to your employer ... click HERE

We strongly suggest that employers use their discretion around the need for medical evidence for a period of absence where an employee is advised to stay at home due to suspected COVID-19.

 

Useful links:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

www.111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19

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Respiratory Rescue Packs

The CCG Prescribing team have been made aware of posts on social media telling patients with asthma and COPD to ask for rescue packs. 

The advice from the prescribing team is that patients who have not previously had rescue packs should not have them issued for the following reasons: 

  • In patients with COVID–19 infection we are not aware of any evidence of benefit from early prescription of steroids 
  • As COVID–19 is a virus, antibiotics will not be of any benefit.
  • GP practices and pharmacies are already working at capacity, additional requests for prescriptions for the ‘worried well’ cannot be supported. 
  • We need to protect the medicines supply chain. 
  • The best way for ‘at risk’ patients to protect themselves is to self–isolate as per government guidelines. 
  • Patients who develop severe symptoms should use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. Self-treating at home may delay appropriate treatment. 

 COPD patient who are at risk of exacerbation should have a rescue pack on repeat already.