Guidance to keep you safe when attending your vaccination appointment
While coronavirus has put limitations on all our lives, it is important that you or your baby or child still have routine vaccinations. They protect against serious and potentially deadly illnesses and stop outbreaks in the community. We recommend that you [attend/book in for] your next scheduled appointment – see www.nhs.uk/vaccinations for details on when they are due.
Travelling to and from your appointment
When travelling to and from your appointment, please follow guidelines which include travelling by car, bike or on foot if possible, keeping a safe distance from others and washing your hands regularly. For more details, go to www.gov.uk and search ‘staying safe outside your home’.
When attending your appointment
When attending your appointment, we will be putting in place a range of measures to minimise any risk of COVID-19:
- social distancing measures will be observed;
- we may have asked you to attend your appointment at a clinic that is not at your usual venue;
- the appointment may take longer than usual.
- If you are identified as clinically extremely vulnerable and have been shielding, please contact your GP practice for the latest advice on what to do.
- You must NOT attend an appointment if you or any member of your household are suffering from any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 or are self-isolating. If this applies to you, please contact your GP practice so that you can reschedule your appointment for a different time.
- Due to the ongoing response to COVID-19, our service may have a reduced number of appointment slots available. If you choose not to attend your appointment, please contact your GP practice. It is always helpful for us to know why so we can help you with any concerns you might have. If you still don’t wish to attend the appointment, it can be offered to someone else.
Following advice from NHS England in view of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) update, as from Monday 16 March 2020 all routine appointments with a doctor or nurse practitioner will first be assessed by telephone triage.
Following your telephone assessment, if the doctor feels you need to be seen face to face then arrangements will be made accordingly.
Our priority remains to offer medical care to our patients with the most urgent medical needs, which may mean we have to suspend some services or are unable to see patients for routine appointments.
In line with the NHS guidance we have temporarily suspended the option of booking appointments online, this allows for all appointments to be triaged by telephone.
These measures are being put in place as a precautionary measure to protect both public and staff.
We will update our website as soon as the situation changes.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE GUIDANCE PUBLISHED BY PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND:
If you have been to any of the affected areas in the last 14 days:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with others
- Contact NHS 111 for advice or visit https://111.nhs.uk/
PLEASE FOLLOW THIS ADVICE EVEN IF YOU DO NOT HAVE SYMPTOMS OF THE VIRUS.
* Do not go to work, school or public areas *
* Avoid visitors in your home *
SYMPTOMS TO LOOK OUT FOR:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing
VISIT NHS.UK FOR MORE INFORMATION