Conway Road Medical Practice

0161 973 1151

Covid 19 Updates

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12-15 year old covid vaccinations

There are a number of other options available for children who missed their vaccination at school. This includes booking through the National Booking Service at a vaccination centre or local site providing the vaccination.

The NHS is expecting booking for these services will be available from the weekend (23-24th Oct) onwards via the National Booking Service as part of the expanded offer for 12-15 year olds. Over 16s can already book a vaccination through this route.

 

Visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ and follow the instructions on there.

 

 

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Are you isolating at home due to suspected Covid-19?

Please see our helpful leaflet which explains how to keep safe while isolating at home

Isolating at Home – Patient Leaflet 30-07-21

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23rd September update 

COVID-19 BOOSTER VACCINATIONS

Invitations for Covid-19 boosters will be sent to patients by national text message or letter from 20 September. You will be able to book a local appointment to attend the Life Centre for your Covid-19 booster dose as soon as our booking system is set up, which should be within the next week. We will send you a direct booking link or letter when the appointments are live.

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July Update 

We are awaiting formal guidance following the Government’s announcement on Monday regarding the loosening of COVID-19 safety restrictions.

However, as a healthcare setting with significant footfall, we must prioritise the safety of our patients, community and staff. Therefore we will maintain our existing infection control measures, and ask all patients who are invited to attend for face to face appointments to wear a mask or face covering whilst in the Practice. By necessity we will have ill and vulnerable patients in our premises, and we must ensure that they are protected as best as possible.

We will continue to see patients face to face wherever clinically necessary, including for routine health checks and screening, as we have throughout the last year and a half.

Thank you for your support.

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From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from:

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores

  • the NHS website

  • 119 – by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you’re planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.

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10th May Update

 

Key information regarding ‘Vaccination passports’

  Access via NHS app from May 17th
  Register on NHS app now (guide link below)
✔  Contact 119 if you need a letter for foreign travel
  Do NOT contact your GP
Quick guide to register on the NHS app:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0SCcLtw8JA
You can access your Covid-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17th May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or by tablet. Proof of your Covid-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.
If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires Covid-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from May 17th) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you have completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 5 days to reach you.

 

Please do not contact the surgery about your Covid-19 vaccination status. GPs can not provide letters showing your Covid-19 vaccination status

 

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5th May Update 

 

Along with the other Sale Practices , Conway Road will NOT be offering any more 1st vaccines. 
Any patients who have not been contacted via the Surgery are advised to await their invitation from NHS England.
If you have had an invite from the practice and have yet to book your appointment, you will now need to book via the NHS booking system:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/

 

If you require any further information, please do not contact the practice. We advise that you contact NHSE on the following contact details :

Telephone: 0300 311 22 33
Email[email protected]

 

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21st April Update

Along with the other Sale Practices, Conway Road will NOT be continuing to run the covid vaccination service for patients in the next eligible age groups ie 18-49 years. This is to enable us to ensure good patient care for all our patients in the surgery.

Patients age 18-49 years – Where do you get your vaccine from?
You will be contacted by the NHS when it is your turn, usually by letter, and invited to book an appointment at a local vaccination centre or pharmacy via the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination  or by phoning 119. We encourage everyone to take up the offer of having the vaccine, as you will be protecting yourself and your friends and family.

PLEASE NOTE: the practice is unable to override this so please wait for your invitation or see the NHS websites for more details
If you are over 50 or have underlying health conditions and have NOT had your 1st vaccine please contact us
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24th March Update

 

Please click the below link to view information if you have tested positive for Covid.

 

Trafford discharge leaflet recently tested pos

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23rd March Update

Unpaid carers play a vital role in keeping some of our most vulnerable residents safe and well. As a result, NHS
England has included unpaid carers in priority group 6 for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Unpaid carers are now being invited to receive their first COVID-19 vaccination, providing they:
• Are eligible for a carer’s allowance
• Are identified as a primary carer by their GP
• Are receiving support following a carer’s assessment by their local council or from a local carer’s
organisation
• Are the sole or primary carer who provides close personal care or face to face support for an elderly or
disabled person who is clinically vulnerable to COVID-19

All eligible unpaid carers will be contacted by the NHS when it’s their turn to receive the vaccine and will be given
information about how they should book their appointment. This will either be at a vaccination site in their local
community supported by their GP practice, or at a large vaccination centre.

 

We will contact you.

 

In Trafford, if you think you may meet this criteria please get in contact with Trafford Carers’ Centre via the
following web link: https://www.traffordcarerscentre.org.uk/home/registering-for-priority-vaccination-invitation, and
they will assess your eligibility for a priority vaccination to ensure you are invited if eligible.

 

 

 

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25th February Update

 

Please see the below poster for information regarding priority groups for the vaccination.

As of today we are working through group 6 having vaccinated patients within groups 1-5!!

Please do bare with us and we will be in touch when you are eligible.

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Criminals are using the COVID-19 vaccine as a way to target the public by tricking them to hand over cash or financial details. They are sending convincing looking text messages letting people know they are eligible for the vaccine or phoning people directly pretending to be from the NHS, or local pharmacy.

PEOPLE ARE WARNED TO BE ALERT TO THESE SCAMS
The will:
NEVER ask for payment – the vaccine is free
NEVER ask for your bank details
NEVER arrive unannounced at your home
to administer the vaccine
NEVER ask you to prove your identity
by sending copies of personal documents
such as your passport

Please click the below link to view a poster with more information.

2020-01-12-Vaccine-Fraud-Poster

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15th January Update 

– Front line staff / Health and Social care staff at the Etihad Stadium. Please visit the Government Websites to find the nearest mass vaccination centre to arrange your appointment.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS BOOKED AND ORGANISED VIA THE NHS AND NOT THE PRACTICE. PLEASE DO KEEP TRYING IF THERE ARE NO APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE.

We have been advised that you must take with you the following documents to receive your vaccination:

Your ID badge or a copy of your pay slip for ID purposes.

To be eligible you must meet one of the criteria below:

Principles for prioritisation of staff groups:
• JCVI prioritisation list
• Vulnerability (to COVID) of service user group that staff will be supporting
• Level of contact – i.e. close personal care or able to socially distance
• Number of individual service users the staff member would be coming into contact with
• The setting the service users are supported in and the staff member is working in, and the likelihood of transmission should an outbreak occur

Using these as guiding principles we suggest the following order of prioritisation:
• Care homes (and hospices) – priority being over 65s, followed by under 65s (learning disability, mental health, physical disabilities)
• Extra care / independent living
• Home care (older people, learning disabilities, physical disability and mental health)
• Supported living (learning disabilities, physical disability and mental health)
• Day centres (priority as per care homes)
• PAs and shared lives carers
• Other housing related areas such as homelessness workers, frontline housing staff (where supporting those in COVID-vulnerable groups), others providing emergency / urgent support services to COVID-vulnerable people in their own homes
• Social workers – older people, learning disabilities, physical disability and mental health, Occupational Therapists, and any relevant non-registered social work support roles
• Unpaid carers (confirmed by JCVI as priority group 6)

 

2nd Vaccination Update 

In accordance with the Government’s instruction on 30 December 2020, we are cancelling all appointments for 2nd Covid-19 vaccinations that were scheduled to be given at the Life Centre on 9 January 2021.
This change enables us to give protection against Covid-19, more quickly, to greater numbers of patients in our local community.
Please do not telephone or contact the surgery about this matter: you will appreciate that we are dealing with a hundred or more telephone calls every day with patients ringing to book their 1st vaccination appointment – please help by letting us focus on these patients.
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13th January 2021 Vaccination update

Now that more doses of Covid-19 vaccines are available, the NHS is able to open more vaccination services, including the first Vaccination Centres.
People who are eligible and who live near these new vaccination services will receive letters from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling them how they can book their appointment.
The NHS is rolling out additional services quickly, but it remains important that the public don’t try to book or go to these services before they receive their booking letter.
And when you do book an appointment, please make sure you attend.
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You may receive a letter from the national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service inviting you to book an appointment at a regional Vaccination Centre.
If you receive the letter from the NHS and can travel to the Vaccination Centre safely, we recommend that you book using the details the letter provides.
If you are unable or don’t want to go to a Vaccination Centre, you can choose to wait and get your vaccination at The Life Centre, Washway Road Sale which is the local vaccination hub for patients in this area.
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We have started vaccinating patients over the age of 80 years of age and are inviting people in according to the criteria and prioritisation set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), and will contact you when it’s your turn.
Like the rest of the NHS we are working to offer vaccines to everyone in the top priority groups by the middle of February.
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 Please do not contact us if you haven’t received an invite yet. We are very busy at the moment and doing so could prevent a patient who needs our help from getting through. We will contact you when it is the right time for you to book your appointment.
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Below are some frequently asked questions which may help you further.
Q&A

 Q: Which members of the public are being offered the Covid-19 vaccine at the moment?

The NHS is currently in the process of offering the vaccine to people aged 80 and over, those who live or work in care home, and frontline health and social care staff. When everyone in these groups has had the chance to get their first dose of the vaccine the programme will expand to other people that are at risk either due to their age group or medical condition in line with the advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations.
Please click the following link for information COVID-Why-do-I-have-to-wait-1 

Q: What are the different ways members of the public might be contacted to get their vaccination?

Local hospital services – you might be contacted either to have the vaccine as an inpatient or at an outpatient appointment.
  1. Local GP services – practices in your area are working together to contact and offer the vaccine to as many people as possible. This may be at a different surgery than you usually go to, or at a venue we have set up specially to deliver vaccines.
  2. Through your care home – GPs and their teams are also arranging to vaccinate care home residents directly, in their homes.
  3. A letter from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service to book online or by phone. Booking through this service will give you the option of having the vaccine at a special Vaccination Centre, or potentially a community pharmacy depending on whether these are available locally. 

Q: I’ve already had my first jab, how do I get my second?

If you have had your first jab already through a hospital or GP services, the local NHS will contact you about getting your second.
If you have received a letter from the national booking service and you have already had your first dose of the vaccination, please ignore the letter. This service will require you to book appointments for both doses of the vaccination at the same time.

Q: I’ve contacted the national booking service but I can’t travel to one of the locations that are available, what should I do?

More locations will become available in the coming weeks so you could try again later.
Alternatively, you can choose to wait until your local GP service invites you for the vaccine.
If you are housebound and unable to leave the house to travel to any appointment, and cannot arrange for someone to help you, your local NHS services will be in contact with you.

Q: I have received a letter but I have already booked or attended an appointment at a local GP service. What should I do?

If you already have a vaccination booked through your GP please ignore the letter – there is nothing you need to do. 

Q: I have the letter but don’t understand how I book my appointment?

If you have received a letter from the national booking centre inviting you to book your Covid-19 vaccination you can do this online or on the phone using the details on the first page of the letter.
You will need your name, date of birth and NHS number to book.
At the time of booking you will be asked to book your first vaccination and your follow up vaccination for 11 to 12 weeks’ time. 

Q: I have received a letter about booking my appointment. Can I contact my GP to do this?

No, please do not contact your GP surgery. We cannot help you to book into the Vaccination Centre.
Please use the details in the letter to book your appointment directly.

Q: I have received invites to get vaccinated from both a local GP service and the national system, but haven’t booked with either yet. Can I choose where to go?

Yes.

Q: Will people who have had their vaccination through a hospital, GP or care home still receive a letter to book through nhs.uk or by ringing 119?

This may happen in a small number of cases.
If people have had their first vaccination through a hospital or GP service, of if they are in a care home, this information will flow through to the national NHS system.
If this is recorded on the national system before the national booking letter is printed then it will flag not to send that person the national booking letter. There are likely to be cases where the letter is printed to be sent and then person subsequently has their vaccination recorded and therefore is sent the national booking letter. The booking letter explains this and says that if people have already had their first dose to not book through nhs.uk or 119.

Q: My neighbours / friends have received a letter from the national vaccination centre to book their jab. Why haven’t I received mine?

The NHS is inviting people for vaccinations based on expert advice on who would benefit most. This has been set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). At the moment we are focusing on people aged 80 and over, people who live or work in care homes, and health and social care staff.
If you are in one of these groups you will be invited to book your vaccine soon.
A vaccination programme of this size and scale will still take some time to roll out in full. Please be assured that everyone who needs the vaccine will be offered it.
The NHS will be in touch with you when it is your turn to be vaccinated. Please don’t call us before you are invited. 

Q: What will the opening hours of vaccination centres be?

Standard opening times for vaccination centres will be 8am – 8pm, seven days a week.
Q: What are the operating hours of the telephone booking system?
The telephone booking service will be open 16 hours a day (from 7am until 11pm), seven days a week. People will also be able to book online 24/7. 

Q: What if I can’t get to the Vaccination Centre?

People who are housebound will be contacted by their GP services about alternative ways to get vaccinated. People can also wait until more locations closer to where they live become available. The NHS will follow up with people that haven’t booked their appointment, as a reminder.

Q: What staff and volunteers will be working in Vaccination Centres?

The centres will be staffed by vaccinators and clinical supervisors, as well as administrative staff and stewards to ensure the effective and safe operation of the service.
These will largely be new and existing paid NHS staff, but volunteers – including from St John Ambulance or the NHS Volunteer Responder programme – will also play an important role.

Q: Are Vaccination Centres safe?

Yes. Staff at these sites will wear appropriate PPE and there will be social distancing and cleaning measures in place to keep everyone safe.

 Q: I’ve received a letter but someone I live who is the same age hasn’t yet. Can we get vaccinated together?

The NHS is inviting eligible people in a phased basis as supplies of the vaccine allow. It is important that you wait for your letter from the NHS, and you will not be able to book without one.
If you have received a letter and live with someone who is also eligible but has not received a letter, it is likely that theirs will follow shortly. If you like you can wait and book at the same time.

Q: What should people do if they can’t get through to the phone line straight away?

At times, due to high demand, the phone line will get very busy, which may mean waiting on the line for a while or calling back later. You can alternatively book online.
If you need help to do this, please ask someone in your support bubble.

Q: Does this service work for people who don’t understand English well or are deaf?

The phone line will have interpreters and a BSL facility available on request to help you book your appointments.