Gov.uk Coronavirus Guidance and Information

The COVID-19 Pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on the National Health Service across the country, stretching services which were already struggling. Derbyshire general practice is adapting to these pressures on a day-by-day basis; reacting and implementing the expert advice from NHS England and Public Health England. Therefore, it is imperative that patients understand that they will see rapid changes in the way Derbyshire General Practice functions.

Do you or any of your household have symptoms?

You must stay at home, if you need medical help, please go to NHS 111 online who can advise you what to do. To get testing, please book online.

PLEASE DO NOT VISIT THE SURGERY IN PERSON WITHOUT BEING ASKED TO DO SO, AS YOU WILL BE PUTTING YOURSELF AND OTHER PATIENTS AT SERIOUS RISK OR HARM.

Appletree – How to see a clinician

Information about how Appletree is operating during the pandemic can be found here, with updates on available services and how the surgery is adapting to the latest guidance.

Coronavirus testing

Anyone who has coronavirus symptoms is now eligible for a test. Book online. Please note this is not suitable for babies under 6 months.

For information about rapid (Lateral Flow Tests) please see this information.

Coronavirus vaccinations

Vaccination Information

Face Coverings

Please note face coverings are still required in some settings, including Appletree Medical Practice and other medical settings.

We are aware that some airlines are asking for medical evidence to support mask exemptions for passengers.

Government guidance clearly states that there is no requirement to have written evidence for an exemption for face covering rules and that people do not need to ask for proof from a doctor.

Stay Alert and Safe (social distancing)

Guidance for everyone –  Social distancing Guidance.

This advisory leaflet has more information about isolating and staying safe, testing and how to get help if you need it.

Vulnerable – At risk and shielding

Guidance for those at risk, clinically extremely vulnerable and shielding.

Carers

Are you a Carer or concerned about a Carer during the Covid-19 crisis?  Then click here for help

If you need help

Derbyshire County Council can help you if you have no friends or family, Register here

Isolation Note

You can get an online self-certification Isolation Note here for Coronavirus.  Please do not ask your GP.

Recovering from Coronavirus

Practical advice for those recovering from Coronavirus

www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/


You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk or go to NHS 111 ONLINE


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

Following Government guidance, we are now able to plan to invite patients for their flu jabs and covid boosters.  These vaccinations (one in each arm) will be given at the same appointment.  The covid booster cannot be given until 6 months after you received your second covid vaccine.   You are likely to be offered a full dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine (or, less likely, a half dose of the Moderna vaccine).  This follows scientific evidence showing that both of these vaccines provide a strong booster response, regardless of which vaccine you initially had.

 

We are currently working very hard to put these clinics in place so please bear with us.  We will be contacting eligible patients either by text, phone or letter inviting you to book an appointment a the Babington Vaccination Hub.

 

Eligible Under 18’s are the exception and will be offered the Nasal Flu vaccination at the Duffield Surgery.  Again, invitations will be sent by text, phone or letter.

 

We are still awaiting guidance regarding administering the covid vaccination to ‘At Risk’ children.