Covid Vaccination - Important Information:
There seems to be a great deal of confusion about the Covid-19 vaccination rollout. I hope this information helps allay some of your concerns.
These are the details for those patients in practices of North West Leicestershire which includes Broom Leys Surgery.
Your local vaccination site is at Measham Leisure Centre.
Vaccination appointments are totally dependent upon delivery of vaccine and we are commonly advised of this just 3 days beforehand.
NWL was designated a wave 6 area meaning we started vaccinating on 14th January unlike other areas of the country who began in December. Despite this we have made excellent rapid progress, having delivered >5000 vaccines and completed all group 1 and 2 patients (>80’s and care homes). We are already in line with most of the earlier sites in Leicestershire.
Group 3 (>75’s) are now being contacted and invited to take up the offer of a vaccine at the Measham hub from this week.
Feedback from patients and professionals, including our MP who have visited the hub is very positive.
We hope to soon be able to offer vaccines within our surgeries too and to the genuine housebound.
There are many other sites around the country advertising their facilities and some people are receiving invitations from these by post. It appears some sites are already able to offer vaccines to Group 4 patients (>70 or shielding).
If you are happy and willing to travel to an alternative site then there is no reason why you shouldn’t take up the offer of these appointments but please be advised that your booster must be at the same site and won’t be offered locally. Where appropriate, you would also need to provide evidence of your shielding status by taking along your letter.
Please do not ring your GP surgery to chase your appointment or enquire about your ‘vaccine group’. The priority order has been dictated by NHSE and we are not permitted to deviate from it, even in what might seem like exceptional cases. Our staff are very busy contacting all of you in turn and the lines are very busy.
I hope this gives you some clarification.
Please note we will not be able to respond to any other questions you may have via this forum.
Symptoms and what to do
Do not leave your home if you have either:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Isolating at Home
This leaflet is for patients with suspected coronavirus who have not been admitted to hospital and will be isolating at home. Please Click here for the NHS guide which includes important information to keep you safe while isolating at home.
Read general information such as:
Advice for everyone
Advice for people at high risk
Symptoms and what to do
Self-isolation if you or someone you live with has symptoms
Getting an isolation note
Important Information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
For the latest National updates and information visit the UK Government coronavirus website.
For Local Leicestershire & Rutland Advice please visit: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/
Non-health related enquiries relating to COVID-19
Citizens Advice LeicesterShire
For all non-health related enquiries relating to COVID-19 (eg. social distancing, lockdown restrictions, furlough etc.) please contact the Citizens Advice Bureau by filling in a form available on their website or by telephone (Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm)
Tel: 0300 3302111
The British Medical Association (BMA) has called for face coverings to become compulsory in GP practices, after the Government announced they will be mandatory in hospitals. This will apply from Monday 15th June.
We kindly ask all patients and visitors attending the surgery to please wear a face mask or face covering. This can be a scarf or something similar, it doesn't have to be a medical grade face mask. This will help to reduce the spread of coronovirus.
Please see the link below on different ways you can make your own face covering :
Are you struggling with your spectacles while wearing a face mask? Do your glasses mist up, or do your eyes feel dry?
The College of Optometrists has issued advice on how you can wear a mask, maintain healthy eyes and see clearly.
Please Click here for more information.
Thank you for your cooperation and support in fighting against the coronavirus.
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Bulletin
Through these bulletins we will keep you updated on the latest news in the NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Mental health and wellbeing workbook During the Covid-19 outbreak
There are a huge range of resources and websites circulating the internet and social
media aiming to support service users/carers and their families in this unprecedented
time. This range of resources is potentially overwhelming leaving people unsure
where to go or what might be most helpful, so may add to difficult feelings.
This workbook is an attempt to pool together some of those resources in one
document, structured with specific areas of need or interest. Click here to access the Work Book
Coronavirus ? Flu ? or Cold ?
Please see the useful Symptoms table below to help you decide.
Coronavirus Advice in different languages
Please visit the Leicestershire CCG page link below for the latest guidelines in multi-lingual resources
Supporting your recovery after the Coronavirus
Clinical Trail: If you’ve recovered from COVID-19 the NHS needs your help to fight back
If you’ve had coronavirus or the symptoms, you can donate plasma for a trial which could save the lives of people who are still ill. Please click the link below for more information:
NIHR CRN East Midlands is working with the Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health and the University of Leicester to understand more about attitudes towards vaccine research in the East Midlands.
Following a series of focus groups earlier this year, we have created a short online survey that seeks to help researchers understand more about potential barriers to participation in vaccine research. You can view the survey here.
COVID-19 Vaccine Research Registry
As you may have seen, the NIHR has publicly launched the COVID-19 vaccine research registry. This enables people to sign up to register their interest in taking part in vaccine trials into the virus.
The service is available to anyone aged 18 or over, living in the UK. To register, users need to fill in some personal and contact details, and answer a series of basic health screening questions on an NHS website form. The service is highly secure, with personal data and permissions held in a NHS system managed by NHS Digital.
By registering through the service, users are not signing up to take part in a specific trial or study. Instead, researchers working on vaccine studies supported by the NIHR will be able to search for volunteers who have signed up to the service. Signing up is an individual choice.
You can sign up to the register here. More information about the register can be found here
Researchers at @NIHRLeicester need volunteers!
- Are you interested in why black and minority ethnic communities seem to develop more severe COVID-19?
- Are you 18 years or older?
- Do you live in the Midlands, UK?
The EXCEED Study may be for you! Visit www.exceed.org.uk
EXCEED is a study at @NIHRLeicester looking at long-term health conditions using lifestyle and genetic data. They are now focussing on the impact of COVID-19 and why black and minority ethnic communities seem to develop more severe COVID-19. If you’re over 18 and live in the Midlands, UK, then you can get involved: www.exceed.org.uk
Black and minority ethnic communities seem to develop more severe COVID-19. The EXCEED study at @NIHRLeicester wants to find out why. If you’re over 18 and live in the Midlands, UK, then you can get involved: www.exceed.org.uk
To understand the impact of COVID-19 on long-term health conditions, the EXCEED study at @NIHRLeicester needs volunteers. You just need to be over 18 and live in the Midlands, UK to get involved: www.exceed.org.uk
Being part of the @NIHRLeicester EXCEED study can be done online and at home. If you’re over 18 and live in the Midlands, UK, then you can get involved: www.exceed.org.uk
to help understand why black and minority ethnic communities seem to develop more severe COVID-19, and the impact of COVID-19 on long-term health conditions.
PRINCIPLE Trial Broom Leys Surgery is taking part in the national PRINCIPLE clinical trial, which aims to find low-risk treatments for older people with COVID-19 that can be taken at home. To be eligible to join the trial you will need to have experienced symptoms that are likely to be caused by COVID-19 for fewer than 15 days. The trial is open to people aged 65 or over, or aged 50–64 with an underlying health condition.
You can join the trial online, even if you are not currently registered with our practice. For full details, visit http://www.principletrial.org