COVID-19 Updates Page
22nd February 2022
Please note that we don’t yet know whether the rules for the NHS will change.
So, until this is confirmed, please continue to:
– wear your mask in the surgery
– keep distance when in the surgery
– arrive no sooner than five minutes before your appointment time
– avoid attending for routine care when you have covid
– tell us if you have covid symptoms or are covid positive when you have an appointment
That way we can keep all patients safe – including those who cannot be vaccinated or whose immune systems are compromised/weak.
21st February 2022
Until recently, if considered an appropriate course of action for the patient, an expedite letter could be written on behalf of a patient, by the patient’s GP. An expedite letter requests that a planned operation or allocated appointment date be brought forward.
It is crucial for you to be aware that ‘expedite letters’ are no longer being offered to patients for routine referrals.
Due to the backlog of work that built up during the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals currently have no capacity to speed things up and any such requests have to be reserved for the most urgent situations.
Expedite letters should no longer be suggested to patients and those who request them will need to be told that they are not available.
The only exception is for patients whose symptoms have worsened, or in urgent situations.
24th January 2022
Attending the Practice
We still require anyone visiting the practice to wear a mask, use hand sanitiser and observe the 2m rule.
Covid rates in our area are still very high.
This is for the benefit of the whole practice population – we can only deliver health care services if we have staff to do so. By the very nature of what we do we often have very vulnerable people in the building and as a community we feel it is our duty to protect them as best we can.
As a practice we would like to say a big thank you to our patients for adhering to these requests over the last two years as we have had a very high percentage of patients complying with no issues what so ever.
As soon as we feel we can we will relax these rules but hope you understand the need to continue in the surgery for now.
21st January 2022
COVID-19 Vaccination – A guide for children and young people
This leaflet explains the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme for eligible children and young people.
14th December 2021
Expansion of the COVID-19 Booster Programme
In line with the Government’s announcement, the NHS is working to offer every adult the chance to book a COVID-19 booster vaccine by the end of the year. This means our practice is now prioritising the booster rollout.
As part of this, some of our routine services may be stood down for a short period of time to allow us to focus on protecting as many patients as possible. If you have an existing appointment, please attend it as usual unless we contact you.
We are still here for you if we feel you need to be seen urgently but would ask for patience as we support this key national priority over the coming weeks. We hope to be able to stand back up any services as soon as possible and will update this page as soon as we know more.
Please don’t forget there are many services available for you, depending on your condition. These include:
- Self-care – This is the best choice to treat minor illnesses and injuries such as hangovers, coughs, colds, grazes, small cuts, or sore throats. Many of these can be treated at home, simply with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest. For more information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/your-medicine-cabinet/
- Pharmacy – Pharmacists can give advice on and treat a range of symptoms. They can support you with things such as diarrhoea, earaches, painful coughs, sticky eyes, teething and rashes. To find your nearest pharmacy call 111 or visit https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/pharmacy/find-a-pharmacy
- NHS 111 – You can access 111 online or via the telephone. This is for any urgent but non-life threatening health concerns. They will be able to signpost you to the relevant service and provide advice where appropriate, or book you into an Urgent Treatment Centre.
- A&E / 999 – You should only attend A&E or dial 999 in a life-threatening emergency such as severe bleeding, breathing difficulties and severe chest pain.
If you are now eligible for your COVID-19 booster please book it as soon as you can. It is vital as many people as possible get boosted as soon as possible.
Please do not contact the practice regarding your boosters, instead visit http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or call 119 to book an appointment or to find a walk-in clinic near you.
You can also find out more about who is eligible, how the vaccine is given and other frequently asked questions. If you are a housebound patient, there is a community team which will be coming out to you to vaccinate you, so please do not contact your GP as the team will be contacting you.
12th December 2021
COVID Vaccine Booster campaign
To all our patients, regarding the announcements made this evening by the PM, please give the practice time to begin upscaling our COVID vaccine booster campaign. We were already putting plans together for this last week, but it is not easy to just sweep a hand and suddenly drop everything to vaccinate massive numbers of people.
From staffing the clinics with vaccinators, to enough admin and reception support, to planning a waiting room, patient flow and even procurement of the vaccine, none of this is straight forward or quick. It has to be done properly. It is also extra-contractual work, ie, we take this up if we decide we can offer it in a meaningful way. There is nothing contractually that obliges us to offer any COVID vaccine, primary or booster dose.
With all this in mind, please, please refrain from contacting us about when you may or may not receive your booster from the practice as this simply blocks phone lines and blocks access for other people who may be vulnerable or very unwell.
If you receive an invitation to attend a more distant mass vaccination site and you are not housebound, we would urge you to take this up as it is impossible to say at the time of writing when or if we can offer you your specific booster jab.
Dr D Wade and the partners of the Deepings Practice
10th December 2021
Central Hub Treatment for COVID19 for High Risk Register Patients
GPs in England have received written notification of new treatments provided by central hubs (usually based in hospitals) for COVID19. These treatments are for patients identified by NHSE as being higher risk of COVID19 complications. If NHSE identifies you as being a high risk person, they will contact you directly via phone call, text, email or letter. You will also receive a priority home PCR test in the post to use in the event you suspect you may have COVID19. If your swab turns out to be positive, you will be contacted within 24 hours (including weekends) by the nearest hub to assess your eligibility for these new treatments which are usually offered as early as possible in the illness.
Please be aware that GP practices cannot add or remove you to the at risk register, this is a decision made by NHSE and we do not influence this in any way, please do not contact the practice about this as it takes access away from our other patients. Your specialist is the person responsible for ultimately identifying you as at risk as well as central NHSE searches. If you want to discuss why you are or are not on the register, please call your consultant. We can also not discuss the treatment options offered or recommend any patient for any specific treatment option, this is all part of the service commissioned by NHSE to these new hubs.
NHSE has asked us to be aware of a small number of possible positive PCR results for at risk patients that are not picked up by these hubs. If you have received notification of being on the at risk register, have been told that you have a positive swab and have not heard from a hub within 24 hours of the swab result, please call us and we can facilitate a referral from the practice to a hub directly for you. Please note you can only do this if you have been notified that you are a high risk patient. Patients who are not high risk are not eligible for these referrals.
Market Deeping Surgery
Tel: 01778 579 000
3/4 The Green
Tel: 01733 252246
Market Deeping Surgery
Mon – Fri: 8.00am – 6.30pm
Mon – Fri: 8.30am – 6.30pm
Due the the current COVID-19 pandemic the Glinton surgery is currently closed for patient services.
Mon – Fri: 8.30am – 6.30pm
Mon – Fri: 8.30am – 1.00pm
& 2.00pm – 6.30pm