COVID-19 INFORMATION

We are delighted to announce that on Wednesday 23rd June 2021, we will have delivered over 100,000 Covid-19 vaccinations alongside our local GP Surgeries working from Cathedral House, our vaccination site in Huddersfield.

Kirklees has consistently seen high rates of Covid-19 and we are delighted to have made significant inroads into protecting people from the virus. We have delivered several thousand vaccines in care homes and in housebound patients, in addition to holding pop-up clinics for hard to reach populations.

We have had a huge helping hand from local volunteers, the CCG and Kirklees Council. Staff have gone above and beyond in ensuring the success of the vaccination programme.

Staff have worked tirelessly in order to reach this milestone, whilst continuing with our normal patient care. We can see the substantial impact that the vaccination programme has in helping us to defeat the virus and we urge those are yet to be vaccinated to come forward and get booked in.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:

Due to the continuing situation with the coronavirus outbreak, the decision to temporarily stop the online booking of appointments and operate a 'telephone triage' service is still in place. This includes the nurses appointments and the CASH Clinic. Patients should only attend the practice after having spoken to a clinician.

Patients will not be able to come upstairs to drop in prescription requests or any other correspondence that you would normally hand in at the reception desk. Please send these to us via email on u.healthcentre@nhs.net where possible. However, if you cannot send correspondence electronically, you can also drop them in the secure box in the main entrance.

Where possible, we will be emailing all correspondence apart from Repeat Prescriptions, whereby we will ask if you can nominate a pharmacy for us to send the prescription directly to. This can be done two ways; by either going into a pharmacy and signing a form or by contacting the Health Centre on 01484 430386 and asking to change your nomination.

Thank you for your assistance in this very important matter.

Isolation Information

To get an isolation note, click here;

https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/ 

If you need to isolate because of Covid-19, follow these steps. 

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COVID-19 Vaccinations

Covid-19 vaccination status service

The COVID-19 vaccination status service is now live. People in England can access their vaccination status via the NHS App, through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by requesting a letter from 119 (COVID-19 vaccination service).

GP practices may see an increase in interest from their registered patients for access to digital health records as a consequence. Accessing vaccination status does not require patient access to the detailed coded record.

People who contact 119 to request a vaccination status letter but where this cannot be issued, for example due to missing or incomplete vaccine information, will be sent a letter with an error code advising them to contact their GP practice. Further guidance for GP practices includes error letters, error codes, a description of the codes and suggest communications for practices to be able to take the appropriate next steps.

To manage workload, we recognise that GP practices may not be able to address all of the errors on behalf of their patients, and contact details for the vaccines support desk and vaccination data quality support team are also provided within the guidance. Any changes to a patient’s vaccination record should only be made in the Vaccination Point of Care system and not in the GP Clinical system.

Covid-19 vaccinations

The NHS has now moved to the second phase of the vaccine rollout – people under 50.  Vaccinations will be offered people according to their age.

Getting an appointment

Currently, anyone aged 25 and over can book a vaccination online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. If you are not able to book online you can call 119 free of charge, between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. As the age limit reduces, this will be updated on the booking homepage. 

If you would prefer to have your vaccination at the centre run by local GP practices you do not need to do anything – we will contact you when we have appointments available. We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but please do not contact your GP practice for an appointment. People will not be able to make an appointment unless they have been invited and you might stop someone who needs medical help getting through to us.

Getting your second vaccination

People need two doses of the vaccine to make sure they get maximum protection. If you had your first dose at a GP centre, you will be contacted by your practice when it is time for your second dose. This will usually be 8-12 weeks after your first vaccination. Again, please don’t contact the practice for an appointment, unless it is over 11 weeks since you had your first vaccination.

For more information about the vaccine, please visit www.nhs.uk or  www.kirkleesccg.nhs.uk/your-health/health-campaigns/covid-19-vaccination


Updated guidance on use of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine for under 40s

The Joint Committee for Vaccinations & Immunisations has updated its guidance for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. It has recommended that people under 40 are offered an alternative vaccination where available and where this will not cause delays to people having the vaccine.

This follows ongoing reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Both the JCVI and MHRA have emphasised that the risk is extremely small – just over 10 people in every million have developed this condition - and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people.

However, given current vaccines supplies and that infection rates are increasingly coming under control in the UK, the JCVI has recommended taking this precautionary measure for younger people. This takes into account that this rare condition is seen more often in younger people and that the risks from COVID-19 decrease with age.

The latest guidance is as follows:

  • Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they suffered any serious side effects after their first vaccination. Having the second dose is very important as it will give you higher and longer lasting protection.
  • People over 40 or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition. 
  • People aged 18-39 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. It is important that you have the vaccination as soon as possible to protect you and to reduce the chance of passing on the virus.
  • People under 40 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.

 Please see the updated leaflet below that has been produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have

 Leaflet on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting

 

 

Click here for more information.

Kirklees CCG FAQs: https://www.kirkleesccg.nhs.uk/your-health/health-campaigns/covid-19-vaccination/covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions 
NHS England page: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine 

 

The COVID-19 vaccination status service is now live. People in England can access their vaccination status via the NHS App, through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by requesting a letter from 119 (COVID-19 vaccination service). 4

GP practices may see an increase in interest from their registered patients for access to digital health records as a consequence. Accessing vaccination status does not require patient access to the detailed coded record.


People who contact 119 to request a vaccination status letter but where this cannot be issued, for example due to missing or incomplete vaccine information, will be sent a letter with an error code advising them to contact their GP practice. Further guidance for GP practices includes error letters, error codes, a description of the codes and suggest communications for practices to be able to take the appropriate next steps.
To manage workload, we recognise that GP practices may not be able to address all of the errors on behalf of their patients, and contact details for the vaccines support desk and vaccination data quality support team are also provided within the guidance. Any changes to a patient’s vaccination record should only be made in the Vaccination Point of Care system and not in the GP Clinical system.

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