Face Coverings at Broom Leys Surgery
Everyone visiting hospitals, GP practices, dentists, optometrists and pharmacies must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules, unless they are unable to do so for medical reasons. This still apples after the 27th January 2022.
This will help to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and staff, especially those who are more vulnerable to infection.
Covid Vaccination Clincs
All eligible patients should have received a text message containing a link to book their appointment. Alternatively, if you have not received a text message you can contact your GP Practice who will be able to book a vaccination appointment for you. We are also now bookable from the 119 Covid service and have a limited a number of Walk In Appointments available. Don’t delay and book your Covid vaccination appointment with us today.
‘In line with the Government’s announcement, the NHS is aiming to offer every eligible person the chance to book a COVID-19 booster vaccine by the end of the year. This means our practice is now prioritising the booster rollout.
As part of this, some of our routine services may be stood down temporarily to allow us to focus on protecting as many patients as possible.
We are still there for anyone who may need care for an urgent need, but would ask for patience and respect as we support this key national priority over the coming weeks. We hope to be able to stand back up any services as soon as possible and will update this page as soon as we know more.
Please don’t forget there are many services available for you, depending on your condition. These include:
- Self-care – This is the best choice to treat minor illnesses and injuries such as hangovers, coughs, colds, grazes, small cuts, norovirus or sore throats. Many of these can be treated at home, simply with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest. For more information visit: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/find-a-service/you-and-your-gp-practice/
- Pharmacy – Pharmacists can give advice on and treat a range of symptoms. They can support you with things such as diarrhoea, earaches, painful coughs, sticky eyes, teething and rashes.
- NHS 111 – You can access 111 online or via the telephone. This is for any urgent but non-life threatening health concerns. They will be able to signpost you to the relevant service and provide advice where appropriate or arrange for a healthcare professional to call you.
- A&E / 999 – You should only attend A&E or dial 999 in a life-threatening emergency such as severe bleeding, breathing difficulties and severe chest pain.
If you are now eligible for your COVID-19 booster please book it as soon as you can. It is vital as many people as possible get boosted as soon as possible. Please do not ring the practice regarding your booster, instead visit www.nhs.uk or by calling 119.
If you are a housebound patient, there is a community team which will be coming out to you to vaccinate you, so please do not contact your GP as the team will be making contact with you.
Thank you for your patience towards our team who are continuing to work hard to support the vital vaccine booster programme roll out.
Tell the NHS about coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you've had abroad
This service enables you to book an appointment to show evidence for any coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you've had outside of England. This is so the NHS can securely update your vaccination record. Please click here to use this service.
People with learning disabilities invited to book in at latest specialist COVID-19 vaccination clinics
More specialist COVID-19 vaccination clinics for people with learning disabilities and autism will be held over the next three months to enable people to get their boosters and vaccines in a calm and friendly environment that meets their needs.
The clinics will be held on the following dates and venues:
- Thursday 27 January: Loughborough Hospital
- Wednesday 23 February: the Peepul Centre
- Thursday 31 March: Loughborough Hospital
All clinics will run from 10am to 6pm and need to be booked in advance. The vaccine used will be Pfizer.
The sessions are open to anyone with a learning disability or autism in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, aged 12 or over, who is due for a first, second or booster COVID-19 vaccination. They are designed for people who need a more supportive environment than an ordinary clinic can provide.
The clinics will offer a calm atmosphere, longer appointment times and be staffed by vaccinators specialising in learning disability support and care.
Sam Screaton, learning disability vaccination clinical lead at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, said: “It is extremely important to us to ensure the COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are accessible to everyone.
“If you catch COVID-19 it can make you poorly. People with a learning disability are more likely to become very poorly if they catch coronavirus, so getting the protection from the vaccine is the best way to stay healthy.
“We have also opened these sessions up to those aged 12 and above, to enable school-age young people with learning disabilities to take advantage of these clinics.
“I can assure anyone who is nervous about coming that all the people who work at the clinics are very friendly and will make sure you feel as comfortable and calm as possible.”
To book, please us the following links. Please specify in the additional comments box if you need for us to make any specialist adaptations, such as needing a private or quiet space.
More information about booster vaccines in an easy read format can be found on our website: https://www.leicspart.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/UKHSA-12222-COVID-19-booster-vaccination-easy-read.pdf
This video from the Misfits Theatre company from Bristol, in partnership with NHS England, gives a message encouraging people with learning disabilities to get their COVID-19 booster vaccination: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF0O1d800jU
STARTING IN SEPTEMBER 2021
We are delighted to announce
A FREE Long Covid 1 to 1 Support Service for North West Leicestershire
For people whose quality of life or life expectancy is affected by their condition
- Are you or someone you know, struggling with long-term Covid-19 symptoms?
- Would you/they benefit from tailored (1 to 1) coaching?
- Do you/they live in North-West Leicestershire?
- Are you/they over 18 years of age?
We are offering:
- FREE & flexible 1 to 1 holistic support; improving mood, movement & wellbeing
- A body & mind, whole of life approach, tailored according to need
- 10 weeks of 1 hour sessions (via Zoom or at local community space)
- With dates/times & programme plan jointly agreed
- Led and facilitated by a qualified trainer, with Covid-19 Rehabilitation Course Certification
- Working towards achievable goals, sessions will provide:
- A safe space to explore thoughts & feelings, barriers & purpose
- Strategies & techniques to reduce fatigue, breathlessness & tension
- Support to gently improve aerobic & functional movement capacity
- Sensible healthy eating advice
- Signposting to other activities and support services as applicable
Places are allocated on a first response basis and are subject to meeting criteria
For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07511 324 968
Coronavirus 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
Covid Vaccination Status
You can get a digital version of your COVID-19 vaccination status by:
You need to have an NHS login for this.
Or you can call 119 to get a letter sent to you if you cannot get a letter online.
To apply for a letter online please Click Here
If you have any queries regarding your Covid vaccines, or notice that one isn't recorded on your NHS app please contact 119 who have a dedicated team who can help you. Please do not contact the surgery. Thank you
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.
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.
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