If you are worried about new or ongoing symptoms four or more weeks after having COVID-19, there are resources available to help. See Long-term effects of coronavirus (NHS) and Your COVID Recovery (NHS), which can help you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery. The time it takes to recover from COVID-19 is different for everyone, and the length of your recovery is not necessarily related to the severity of your initial illness or whether you were in hospital.
Changes in COVID-19 testing
Following the changes to COVID-19 testing in England, we would like to advise patients that that the practice cannot provide COVID-19 tests. If the practice decide that a test is needed to support clinical decisions during your care and treatment, you will be asked to take a lateral flow device (LFD) test. We’ve been asked to direct patients to the gov.uk website to order these when they are required. There you will be asked to confirm that your clinician has requested one.
In line with national advice about mask use in health and care settings, we would also like to remind you that patients and visitors are asked still to wear a mask when visiting the practice.
Update on COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
Following advice given by the JCVI, the NHS is getting ready to offer a COVID-19 booster to everyone aged 18 or over.
The NHS will prioritise those at greatest risk, starting with clinically vulnerable people. The NHS will then invite others in descending age order and will get in touch to let people know when it’s their turn.
Please wait to be contacted by the NHS for your booster and don’t turn up at vaccination clinics unless you are eligible for a 1st/2nd or booster dose.
Up-to-date eligibility information and details of local clinics are available at: www.surreyheartlandsccg.nhs.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-centres
COVID-19 Booster update Oct 2021
In partnership with other local GP practices, we are pleased to say the East Elmbridge Vaccination service has started providing Covid-19 booster jabs to people in eligible groups.
Following recent guidance set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, this means we will be inviting eligible people, who had their second Covid-19 jab at least six months ago, for a top up vaccination to boost protection against Covid-19.
This means priority will be given in the first instance to;
- people aged 50 and over
- people who live and work in care homes
- frontline health and social care workers
- people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19
- carers aged 16 and over
- people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is
- having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- people who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
The East Elmbridge Vaccination Team will be in touch with eligible people to get the jab..
The need for a six-month gap between second vaccination and the booster means that some of those in the original nine priority groups will not be contacted for their top-up until the New Year.
Got a question about the vaccination programme?
Visit the Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group: Coronavirus Vaccination Programme FAQs webpage Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Programme (surreyheartlandsccg.nhs.uk)
Dear Patient, as we begin to emerge from lockdown, we wanted to let you know we will be maintaining the need for Covid restrictions whilst the Delta wave is impacting Surrey. Face masks, social distancing, handwashing and the use of anti-bac gel will still be required to enter our practice, this is to keep both patients and staff safe. Our surgery door will be open, with use of the buzzer system and social distancing in place.
We ask you to work with us to ensure everyone is protected from this highly infectious strain of Covid. For up-to-date COVID guidance and support, please visit the www.gov.uk.
Our Covid19 vaccination centre in Thames Ditton is now taking bookings for all over 18s registered with an East Elmbridge GP. Patients can book online via the link if they received a text invitation or they can phone the booking office on 020 8187 1361 (line open Mon - Fri, 10am to 6pm).
Are you a Vulnerable Patient
Advice for people at higher risk – those who are 70 or older, are pregnant or have a condition that increases the risks from coronavirus.
Mental Wellbeing During Covid-19
COVID-19 means we are all experiencing an unprecedented situation. Everyone reacts differently, and we will have periods where we find it more difficult to deal with. It’s okay not to feel okay. Talking to someone can often help.
Visit NHS Every Mind Matters for advice, practice advice and support groups.
If you cannot wait to see a doctor and feel unable to cope or keep yourself safe, it’s important to get support.