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Covid-19 Booster!

If you are eligible for a Covid-19 booster and you have been invited please click here to book your appointment online

COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Protect yourself and others this semester by joining the millions who have had their COVID-19 vaccine.

Although society has opened up, coronavirus hasn’t gone away, and infection rates remain high across London. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself against the risk of serious illness and has been proven to be safe and effective at protecting people against the virus.

Getting fully vaccinated will help you to travel more easily, avoid self-isolation, and may be required to enter some larger events and venues.

Coronavirus vaccination clinics are available between 10am and 5pm at King’s College London this September and October, and Imperial College London this October. Walk-in appointments are available, but booking is recommended to guarantee your appointment.

Please bring your student ID with you. There is no requirement to have any other ID or an NHS number.

It is important that you have both doses of your vaccine. The first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine offers a level of protection, but to get the maximum protection you must get a second dose. Your second dose must be at least 8 weeks after your first

Flu delay

Due to the national shortage of blood bottles with immediate effect we are sorry to announce we will be unable to provide routine bloods until further notice.

We are, however, able to offer urgent blood directed by the clinician, which will be marked on your clinical notes. 

In line with NHS England guidance, Facemasks and social distancing is still mandatory in GP practices from the 19th of July.  

When you come into the practice, please wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing.

We will still be operating a 4 patients in the waiting room policy and reception will ask patients to wait outside to avoid overcrowding. If you do not have a face covering, please ask reception and they can provide you with one. Thank you 

PROOF OF VACCINE REQUESTS

The NHS App will be available to use as a vaccine passport from Monday 17 May 2021.

A paper version will also be available by calling 119.

You do not need to telephone your GP Practice to ask about the vaccine passport as they are unable to provide vaccine passports and it’s essential we leave phone lines free for people who need medical assistance. 

The NHS App is separate to the NHS COVID-19 App, which is used for contact tracing.

You can already use the NHS App to book appointments, repeat prescriptions and see your full medical records.

Your vaccine passport will only show when you have had both doses.

If you don’t have the NHS App, download the NHS App now. It will record when you have had both doses of the vaccine and automatically create a vaccine passport which will be available from Monday 17 May 2021.

If you already have the NHS App, it will record when you have had both doses of the vaccine and automatically create a vaccine passport which will be available from Monday 17 May 2021. You do not need to do anything.

If you have the NHS App and get a message to say you need to contact your GP Practice, this is an extra option to get full access to your medical records in the NHS App. To get access to your full medical records in the NHS App, you need to contact your GP Practice and request access to your detailed coded record. Please avoid calling your GP practice at peak hours when people are trying to book appointments, and if possible email the team. The GP Practice will take appropriate time to action your request. This is completely separate from the vaccination information and will not affect your access to the vaccine passport.

If you are planning to travel, please register to use the NHS App at least two weeks before travelling.

The paper letter should be requested at least five days after a second vaccine, and can take up to five days to arrive so make sure to leave plenty of time if you need it to travel.

NEW TELEPHONE SYSTEM

As a practice we have listened to our patient feedback and the challenges faced when calling into the practice. On the back of this feedback, we have installed a new telephone system. Patients will now be aware what number they are in the queue and will have the option to request a call back if you do not wish to hold on the line. All incoming and outgoing calls are now recorded for training and monitoring purposes. 

EMAILED PRESCRIPTION REQUESTS 

Please be aware as of the 1st of June patients are advised not to email in their prescription requests as the mailbox is not always monitored. Reception will ask patients to either sign up to  the NHS app to request prescriptions online or to come to the surgery to order your medication.  

DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING YOUR OPT-OUT IS SEPTEMBER 2021

If you don’t want your identifiable patient data to be shared for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out.

This collection will start on 1 July 2021 so if you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please register your Type 1 Opt-out with the surgery by September 2021.

The data held in your GP medical records is shared with other healthcare professionals for the purposes of your individual care. It is also shared with other organisations to support health and care planning and research.
If you do not want your personally identifiable patient data to be shared outside of your GP practice for purposes except your own care, you can register an opt-out with your GP practice. This is known as a Type 1 Opt-out.

To register a Type 1 Opt-out, for yourself or for a dependent (if you are the parent or legal guardian of the patient) (to Opt-out) you can download the form from the link below and then returning it to the surgery before the deadline of June 23rd 2021

Type One Opt out Form

Covid-19 Cases In North West London

Cases have fallen across our boroughs however we must continue to be vigilant and follow infection prevention and control guidance as we monitor the impact of the most recent phase of the roadmap opening up - Monday 12 April.

Next Phase Of The Vaccination Programme – All adults are now being invited in for their COVID vaccinations

All adults over the age of 18 have been invited to book their Covid-19 vaccination through the National Booking Service (online at nhs.uk or by calling 119). People will be contacted by text and will receive a letter later in the week. 

Moderna Vaccine Update

The Moderna vaccine is being rolled out at more than 20 sites across the country this week, three of which are in London. Along with Pfizer, it will be used by the NHS for some of the appointments rearranged for under 30s who were due to receive the AstraZeneca jab.

Ramadan Resource

CNWL have produced a leaflet for Ramadan in many different languages– it includes information things like fasting during the pandemic, getting the covid-19 vaccine, and answers questions like whether the vaccines are halal. These are downloadable here.

Cervical Screening Clinics in Extended Hours Hubs

Cervical screening only clinics are now available in Extended Hours hubs. These are held at Westbourne Green Surgery every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm, and every Sunday at Connaught Square Practice from 9am to 1pm.

Please call the practice or use our eConsult service to arrange.

APPs Offering Access To GP At Your Convenience

Note that using these apps will lead to you being taken off the Fitzrovia Medical Centre list as you would have virtually signed up with a new GP. This means your records will be sent back to NHS England and that if you wish to be seen here, you will have to go through the registration process again.

Proof of vaccination 'vaccination passports' - Available from 17th May
  • People travelling abroad will be able to use the NHS app to prove they have been vaccinated. Please direct patients to download the app to access their records. It is advisable to include this information on your website to direct patients. Those who cannot use the app can contact 119 to request a letter. Please see this link to help you and patients find out more information (last updated 7th May):
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad

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