Covid Vaccination Booster Programme:
You can book for a covid booster vaccination if you're 18 or over, and you are three months (91 days) after your 2nd dose and onwards.
To book, please call 119 or visit the NHS booking page, please click HERE to be taken to the booking site.
If you have access to the internet, please also keep an eye on Barnsley CCG's website and social media pages for updates on local walk in clinics and vaccination sites.
1st and 2nd Covid Vaccination Appointments / Walk-in Clinics
If you are still waiting to receive your 1st or 2nd Covid vaccination, there are a couple of ways you can do this.
Please click HERE to be taken to the Barnsley CCG COVID-19 vaccine FAQs page, on here you will find information on walk-in clinics that are available and also ways to book your 1st and 2nd vaccines.
Home Visits for Housebound Patient Covid Boosters
Page in process of being updated (05.01.22), please check back later this week for up to date info. Or you can call our reception team if you need advise on this before the end of this week.
Covid Vaccinations for Immunosuppressed Patients
On the 03.12.21 it was announced by the NHS that:
“Severely immunosuppressed individuals who have completed their primary course (three doses) should be offered a booster dose with a minimum of three months between the third primary and booster dose. Those who have not yet received their third dose may be given the third dose now to avoid further delay. A further booster dose can be given in three months, in line with the clinical advice on optimal timing"
Letters, emails and SMS messages were sent out to patients centrally and from hospital consultants advising patient's if they were included in this grouping. If you have received notification of this and wish to book for your 3rd primary dose or booster (4th) dose, please ring 119 or book online.
If you believe yourself to be included in this category and haven't received notification of this, please contact our reception team and we can ask our GPs to provide you with a letter to take along to the vaccination site with you. Please note, GPs may need to review your medical records before issuing a letter.
England’s Chief Nurse has today reminded the public that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.
Covid restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday.
However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.
That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.
Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.
Message to our Patients
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, ways of accessing the surgery have been different. We would like to remind our patients that:
- Face-to-face appointments are available to all patients, but you may be asked to discuss your conditions over the phone first to assess what would be most appropriate for you.
- We are mainly booking same day GP appointments at the moment. This is to reduce the risk of last minute cancellations, if any staff members cannot attend work at short notice due to; symptoms, isolation etc. However, we have now introduced a small number of appointments that are available to book 1 and 2 days in advance, please ask our receptionist about availability of these appointments.
- You can also call NHS 111.
Nurse appointments are a mixture of both face to face and telephone appointments, the type you require depends on the reason for your visit to our nurses. Our reception team will be able to help you with your nurses appoinment before booking.
Please note: Our reception staff and administration team are experiencing a high volume of calls and as a result your wait time might be longer than normal.
We are dealing with an unprecedented amount of queries - please consider whether your call to the surgery is absolutely necessary.
Please be assured that all our staff are working extremely hard to maintain service levels.
Please follow this link to read the latest advice from the NHS regarding Coronavirus... www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
We thank you for your patience.
Proof of Vaccination - Travel
Click here to be taken to the Gov.uk page that provides guidance on demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad.
Please take note; if you need a proof of vaccination letter sending out to you (by contacting 119 - after 17.05.21), this must be at least 5 days after your 2nd dose and please allow at least 5 days for the letter to arrive.
Your visit to the surgery during COVID-19
Whilst we encourage our patients to contact the surgery via telephone in the first instance, and any requests for appointments should always be made this way, we are here to provide medical care which means patients will need to come into the building.
For the safety of our patients and staff we have made some changes in our waiting room. We have the capacity to hold a number of patients (max 12) at any one time whilst still adhering to social distancing guidance. There are clear markers on the floor and chairs have been positioned at a safe distance from each other. In addition to this, a safety screen has been installed on our reception counter and we have upgraded our cleaning schedules by introducing regular sanitisation of the communal areas.
Face Masks - If you need to attend the surgery for any reason, you must wear a face covering whilst inside the building. Please remember to bring one with you.
We would like to reassure all our patients, that by introducing these measure we can offer you a safe environment to receive the medical care you need.
Please remember – only visit the surgery if your problem cannot be dealt with any other way.
Please help us to help you stay safe.
The Walderslade Surgery Team