Covid Restrictions Update from Monday 19 July 2021
We are aware of the planned move to lifting the remaining Covid restrictions in England from 19 July 2021.
Healthcare settings are a higher risk environment and will need to be subject to more infection control measures than other public facilities.
Current Public Health England guidance outlinig the requirements around masks states: ‘Face coverings are needed in NHS settings, including hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries.’
We must remain cautious and after 19 July 2021 the Practice will be maintaining:
PPE for Healthcare staff
To help protect everyone, we ask that you continue to wear a face covering, socially distance and use the hand sanitiser when attending the Surgery.
Our staff will continue to wear surgical face masks for the same reason.
The current Covid variant is much more transmissible and patients may come to the surgery when they are unknowingly contagious. It is our duty to do all we can to keep both our patients and our staff safe whilst we deliver care.
These measures remain in place to ensure we can continue to deliver safe services to you, our patients.
NEW GP JOINING THE PRACTICE - 13 JULY 2021
We are delighted to announce that Dr Celine Inglis will be joining the Practice on 13 July 2021 as a salaried GP. Dr Inglis is an experienced GP who joins us from a Practice in Hailsham. She will work predominantly at Old Town Surgery and will take over the list of patients previously registered with Dr Gonzalez and Dr Chopra.
There have been posts on social media with false information about opting out of sharing your data with the NHS.
Here's what you need to know;
- There is no 30th September deadline for opting out of sharing your data. You can opt out at any time.
- NHS digital will never sell your data.
- There are strict rules about how the NHS can use your data. It is only shared securely and safely.
- Shared data helps the NHS. It has been used to find the first treatment for coronavirus and for vaccine research.
Read NHS Digital's response to the false information about the national data opt-out
HOW TO ACCESS YOUR COVID19 VACCINATION STATUS - 12th MAY 2021
From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from:
It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use these services.
If you cannot access these online services, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.
This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.
When you're planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get proof of your vaccination status before you leave.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM BEXHILL PCN - 6TH MAY 2021
Covid Vaccinations at the Sidley Vaccination Hub are coming to an end.
All of our GP Bexhill Practice Staff, which have included GP's, Nurses, Paramedic Practitioners, Health Care Assistants, Pharmacists, Administrators and Managers, have all been working extremely hard alongside their full time jobs to ensure the vaccine roll out has been a success. We couldn't have done that without the support of our many volunteers, including retired GP's and Nurses, Volunteer Vaccinators and Marshalls, and our temporary staff who have kindly given up their time to support us.
From 29th December 2020 to date, we have administered 38,000 vaccines to Bexhill. This includes 22,000 first doses and 16,000 second doses.
We will continue to complete all of our 2nd dose vaccines to the town and then finish our vaccination programme on 11th June 2021.
This means that anyone in Bexhill groups 1-9, including those who are classed as at risk, a care home patient or staff member, housebound, or a health and social care worker, that has come forward for the vaccine has received one.
We unfortunately, cannot continue to offer vaccines for patients aged 50 and under. These patients will need to book via the National Booking Service (119) and will be offered an appointment in our neighbouring Hubs, including Hastings and Eastbourne.
A special thanks to Sidley Medical Practice for being fantastic hosts over the past few months.
We also want to thank the people of Bexhill for their support, kind messages and gifts. It has been a pleasure seeing everyone's smiling faces when they come for their vaccine.
Please continue to stay safe and follow Government guidelines until the time life can return to normal.
Best wishes from All at Bexhill PCN (Bexhill GP Practices)
Order free Lateral Flow Tests (home testing kit) 16.04.2021
You can now order free lateral flow tests to be delivered to your home.
Around 1 in 3 people have Covid-19 with no symptoms.
Rapid lateral flow tests help to find cases in people who may have no symptoms but are still infectious and can give the virus to others.
The test usually involves taking a sample from your tonsils (or where they would have been) and from your nose, using a swab. You can get a result in 30 minutes.
UPDATE: Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid19 Vaccination 09.04.2021
The MHRA is carrying out a detailed review of reports of a very rare blood clotting problem affecting a small number of people who have had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
The problem can also happen in people who have not been vaccinated and it's not yet clear why it affects some people.
The COVID-19 vaccine can help stop you getting seriously ill or dying from coronavirus.
If you have already had your vaccination, there is no change to your planned second dose unless you had had significant side effects with the first dose.
Call 111 immediately if you get any of these symptoms starting from around 4 days to 4 weeks after being vaccinated:
• a severe headache that is not relieved with painkillers or is getting worse
• a headache that feels worse when you lie down or bend over
• a headache that's unusual for you and occurs with blurred vision, feeling or being sick, problems speaking, weakness, drowsiness or seizures (fits)
• a rash that looks like small bruises or bleeding under the skin
• shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal (tummy) pain
If you are due your second dose vaccination, you will be contacted by our vaccination team as you approach the 12 mark since your first vaccination to arrange your appointment. Please do not contact us unless you are concerned that you have gone passed the 12 week mark from your first vaccination.
For people under 30 without other health conditions, it's currently advised that it's preferable to have another COVID-19 vaccine instead of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. If you choose to have another COVID-19 vaccine you may have to wait to be protected, but an alternative to AZ will be made available to you by the NHS. You may wish to go ahead with the AZ vaccination after you have considered all the risks and benefits for you. The NHS will contact you when it is your turn to receive your vaccination.
AZ Covid 19 Leaflet
Important information regarding the Astra Zeneca Covid 19 Vaccination - Please Read;
Well Done Bexhill!
Fantastic news that Bexhill-On-Sea has been included in the top 19 areas of the UK to have vaccinated over 50% of the adult population! We are very proud of all of our local GP surgery colleagues and the PCN who have been working tirelessly to make the Covid Vaccination Programme at the Sidley Hub a success.
Well done everyone and keep up the good work!
Covid-19 Response - Spring 2021
For the latest guidance from the Government for the roadmap out of lockdown;
Practice Statement - March 2021
As you will understand, all GP Practices are currently under a great deal of pressure ensuring that we book our patients in for their covid vaccination as soon as possible after we have deliveries of the vaccine. We usually get a maximum of one week’s notice of the date of delivery and quantity of vaccines that will be delivered; this then leaves us with three to four working days to book in up to 1170 patients.
While we would love to be able to take the time to discuss with each of our patients the merits of vaccination/investigate why a patient has been placed into a particular cohort/explain why a particular illness or occupation does not automatically indicate priority for vaccination, this is not feasible due to the demands on our time as indicated by the short turnaround as detailed above.
Our cohorts are dictated by a national mandate. Our clinical systems have searches in place that determine which patients fall into which cohorts. While you may have heard in the news or on social media that the vaccine is only being offered to particular age groups or cohorts, this may vary on a local basis. If certain cohorts have already been exhausted, we still have a duty and a moral obligation to utilise the vaccines that we have delivered to us in a timely manner.
It may be that you have requested a call back from a GP or the Practice Manager to discuss issues pertaining to the Covid vaccination programme. If that is the case, please be advised that this notice will be our final response to your query. As has been the case since March 2020, we are having to make best use of our time in light of the increased pressures we are under. We thank you for your understanding.