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Try the NHS App

Try the NHS App

If you’re a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.

You can use the NHS App to get health advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP health record and more.

If you already use Patient Access you can continue to use it. You can use the NHS App as well.

For more information go to www.nhs.uk/nhsapp

Bristol Wellbeing College

Brisol Wellbeing College offers free psychoeducational mental health and wellbeing sessions which are delivered online with technical support and COVID safe in community venues.  Patients who are struggling with their mental health can visit their website.  There is no referral process and patients can book as many or few workshops as they like.

Child Health and Development webinar – 26th May 2021

Bristol Inner City Primary Care Network are delighted that
Dr Tom Allport, a specialist community children’s doctor,
will be joining us live online on Wednesday 26 May.
He will be talking about about child developmental
problems, such as delayed speech, learning disabilities and
Autism.

WATCH LIVE
If you would like to watch live online, or have a question
about your child’s health or development that you would
like Tom to answer, please email lucy.taylor63@nhs.net

Safety of the AstraZeneca Vaccination

Safety of the AstraZeneca Vaccination

Recently, there have been reports of a very rare condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after vaccination. Although this condition remains extremely rare there appears to be a higher risk in people shortly after the first dose of the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine.

Around 4 people develop this condition for every million doses of AZ vaccine doses given. This is seen slightly more often in younger people and tends to occur between 4 days and 2 weeks following vaccination. This is being carefully reviewed but the risk factors for this condition are not yet clear.

This condition can also occur naturally, and clotting problems are a common complication of COVID-19 infection. An increased risk has not yet been seen after other COVID-19 vaccines but is being carefully monitored.

Following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), we will be offering people under 30 who have not yet had their first COVID-19 vaccination, a choice of vaccine other than AZ. If you choose to have an alternative vaccine you may have to wait to be protected. You may wish to go ahead with the AZ vaccination after you have considered all the risks and benefits for you.

This leaflet from Public Health England provides more information about the benefits and risks of the AZ COVID-19 vaccination.

If you have already had a first dose of AZ vaccine without suffering a blood clot as a side effect, you should have your second dose. This includes people aged 18 to 29 years who are health and social care workers and unpaid carers.

The benefits of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine outweigh any risks for the vast majority of people and you should still book your COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

Have you recovered from Covid-19?

We need more people, especially men, who have recovered from coronavirus (COVID-19) to register and donate blood plasma which might saves lives. Convalescent plasma is the antibody-rich plasma of people who have recovered from coronavirus, which can be transfused into people with coronavirus who are struggling to develop their own immune response.

Anyone who has had coronavirus or the symptoms can offer to donate at a donor centre by calling 0300 123 23 23 or completing the online form at www.nhsbt.nhs.uk

We are open

 

Your GP surgery remains open and we continue to provide care for people who need it. However, we are having to work differently due to Coronavirus. We are currently offering additional support to our local hospitals and care homes so that our NHS can provide life-saving care to those who need it most during this difficult time. This means that as a surgery, we need to prioritise our most urgent patients and depending on your problem, we may have to ask you to wait.

 

As our patients, you can help us. Here’s how:

  • Please check our website and NHS choices which both have lots of information about how to help yourself if you have a minor illness. Our website also has details of local helplines and groups you can contact for wellbeing issues.
  • You can also use the expertise of your local pharmacist – information about how your pharmacy can help.
  • Please stay on top of your medications and don’t let them run out.
  • Be kind to our navigators and reception teams – they often have limited appointments to offer.
  • Please do get in touch with us if you have potentially serious problems, such as potential signs of cancer.
  • Self-isolate for 10 days if you have COVID symptoms – call 111 if you start to feel worse.
  • We will continue to offer COVID vaccinations to our patients. Please wait to be contacted rather than contacting us – we’ll be in touch when it’s your turn.

Covid-19 vaccine available for over 70s and clinically extremely vulnerable

National letters are now being sent inviting over 70s and the clinically extremely vulnerable to book a vaccine appointment via the NHS website or by ringing 119. The letter enables you to book an appointment at the local mass vaccination centre (Ashton Gate) or pharmacy. You do not need to do this if you would prefer to be vaccinated by your practice. We can assure you that we have your details so you don’t need to contact us if you haven’t heard from us yet – we will contact you very soon. Please only book your appointment at one location.

Covid-19 vaccine – Moving to vaccinate cohorts 3&4

Nothing has changed in the delivery of our local covid vaccination programme. Locally we continue to prioritise cohorts 1 and 2 (the over 80s, care home residents and health and care staff) as we have not yet vaccinated everyone in these groups. Over the course of this week, we will be introducing appointments for those aged over 70 years and the clinically extremely vulnerable population (cohorts 3 and 4). The NHS is aiming to vaccinate all the highest risk individuals in cohorts 1-4 by mid-February. This means that if you are in one of these groups, you will be invited to book an appointment within the next 4 weeks.

We are working hard to move through the priority cohorts as quickly as possible, and we will contact you when it is your turn to book. Please do not contact us until we get in touch with you. Our only limitation in speed of delivery is the supply of vaccine.

You may receive a letter from the national booking team inviting you to get your vaccine at Ashton Gate or other Mass Vaccinations Centres. You are welcome to book your appointment there or wait to be invited by your GP surgery to your local vaccination centre.