The Government has stipulated that covid and flu can be administered at the same time. In order to minimise visits for patients, we will aim to run joint clinics as much as possible. However, supply of covid vaccines and priorities are stipulated centrally. In addition, due to the flu programme being extended to cover over 50s, the supply of flu vaccines is also being staggered. We have started the flu campaign but sessions will be limited initially due to the flu vaccine supply restrictions and the requirement for the booster to be 6m after the second dose. We will contact you when we have vaccines for your eligibility group and when you reach the 6m point for the covid booster. We expect all flu and covid clinics to be completed by the end of November, after that time we will be doing ad-hoc catch up clinics for any patients that still require vaccinating.
In order to ensure clinics are full, we do send out slightly more invites than available appointments. If you try and book but there are no appointments left, please bear with us and be assured that we will keep re-inviting unvaccinated patients as the flu programme progresses.
We are currently inviting patients for the covid booster (for eligible groups 6m after 2nd dose) and the third primary dose (for eligible immunosuppressed pts at least 8w after second dose). Those that are receiving the third primary dose will be informed about the booster in due course. Due to changing eligibility criteria and supply issues, delivering the flu and covid programme is far more complicated this year so please bear with us and be assured that we will be contacting you as soon as we can.
Thank you for your continued patience during these challenging times. Many of the national Covid-19 restrictions will end on 19 July. However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines will remain in place across all healthcare settings, including GP surgeries and hospitals.
This means that everyone accessing or visiting the practice must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules at all times.
The practice is open and will continue to offer a range of telephone, video and face to face appointments.
Staff are working extremely hard to ensure we continue to provide the very best care for our patients and everyone who needs us. We remain as busy as ever and ask that you ‘help us to help you’ by using the right service for your needs and — when contacting or visiting the practice — treating our colleagues with the kindness and respect that they deserve.
Please contact us to book your vaccination now if you are over 18 but unvaccinated.
Covid Passports. Please note, the NHSApp should be used to demonstrate vaccination status. We are unable to provide any other supporting documents.
We have found that a lot of AskmyGP requests, that are entered out of hours, resolve themselves before a GP contacts the patient. This wastes a lot of GP time. To address this, we are closing AskmyGP to new requests from 4.30PM each working day. New requests can be logged from 5.30AM until 4.30PM on a weekday. If you require medical attention from a GP over the weekend, please call 111 (or 999 for emergencies). If you have an urgent medical need after 4.30PM on a weekday, please call the surgery.
Please note, we are very busy on a Monday and may need to reply later in the week where your request is non-urgent. Please: only use this service to consult with a GP or to leave an administrative query; be available to take a call / attend on the day that you use AskmyGP, and regularly check your emails for any responses. Nurse / HCA appointments need to be booked by phone. Please use the NHS app / Patient Access to request repeat medications.
Please be aware that your GP is seeing unprecedented demand at the moment. We still have staff needing to self isolate and consultations are taking far longer due to Covid 19 precautions. We are asking patients to consider all self-help options before contacting us. Please visit NHS website or Pharmacist for new minor ailments. Our website has links to mental health support helplines. One You S Glos can help with healthier living advice. Please only contact us after you have explored self-help options and bear with us if we to ask you to wait for a response as we will be prioritising patients who are acutely unwell and suffering from more serious conditions. Thank you