IMPORTANT - PATIENT NOTICE
4th February 2021
COVID-19 Vaccinations update - Since the last update, we have made contact with all patients in priorities advised to us by Welsh Government which are all over 80's, Care Home residents, Shielded patients, and those aged 70-74. Those aged 75-79 are being vaccinated at the immunisation centre at The Ffwrnes Theatre Llanelli. All patients in these priority groups will now have received their vaccine or will receive it by Friday 12th February.
For all other categories, we will contact you when vaccines become available. DO NOT contact the practice asking when you will be called. This has caused significant issues with the phone lines this week.
7th January 2021
COVID-19 Vaccinations - We are working closely with Hywel Dda University Health Board on a plan to roll out the vaccination of patients with the Astra Zeneca/Oxford vaccine. Following national guidance, we will be first contacting patients with either live in a care home or are 80 years or older. We will contact you as soon as we have supplies to offer.
Please be patient with us while we work with the Health Board to deliver this first phase of the public vaccination programme.
Dr Sion James (Deputy Medical Director of HDUHB) said "We know that this is going to happen gradually over the next few weeks and that some practices may receive vaccine before others. Please do not be alarmed by this and try to register with another practice"
"Please be assured we are doing all that we can to roll out this vaccination programme and that our colleagues in Primary Care are all working closely with us to vaccinate patients as quickly as possible"
21st December 2020
COVID-19 Vaccinations - Please do not contact the Surgery to book in for or ask for information regarding the COVID-19 Vaccinations. When the vaccines are made available we will contact eligible groups in the order we are advised by Welsh Government guidelines.
11th September 2020
If a child/parent/household member develops symptoms of COVID-19, the entire household should immediately self-isolate, and book a test for the individual with the symptoms. It is unnecessary to test the entire household if they are not symptomatic.
The COVID-19 symptoms are:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- loss of or change to sense of smell or taste
Booking a COVID-19 test:
We recommend testing only for those with a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or loss of or change in the sense of taste or smell.
If a child does not have symptoms of COVID-19 but has other cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, they do not need to be tested and they and you do not need to self-isolate. Your child can go to school if fit to do so.
If a COVID-19 test is required, this should be arranged via the UK Booking Portal, https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-test or by ringing 119.
Testing is available within Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire or via a home testing kit delivered to and collected from your home. The COVID-19 test is undertaken via a throat swab or combined throat and nose swab.
We are aware that some people are experiencing difficulty in accessing testing via these routes and if you have a problem, you can contact the Health Board on 0300 303 8322 and we will arrange testing for you.
It is essential that people who have COVID-19 symptoms, or who share a household with someone who has symptoms, must self-isolate, even if your symptoms are mild. To protect others, you must not attend school, nursery, other childcare settings, work, or go to or to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate for 10 days from when their symptoms started. They can return to school or work after 10 days if they are well enough to do so.
Anyone in the household who does not have symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days from when the first person in the home started having symptoms.
If a parent thinks their child has symptoms BUT chooses not to put them through a test all household members must remain in self-isolation for 14 days from the onset of symptoms.
If you receive a positive test result, you will be contacted by the Test, Trace, Protect Team who will advise you further.
If the test is negative, self-isolation can end for everyone, children may return to school and parents can return to work if they are well enough to do so and as long as nobody else in the household has developed symptoms.
If a person has been in contact with an individual experiencing symptoms, they should carry on as normal until that individual receives their test result. If this is positive, the Test, Trace, Protect Team will contact those people identified as contacts and advise accordingly.
YOUR GP SURGERY IS NOT ABLE TO ADVISE IF YOUR CHILD SHOULD ATTEND SCHOOL OR NOT OR ASSESS BEFORE THEY RETURN
17th March 2020
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR PATIENTS
Due to the recent Corona Virus outbreak we are implementing changes to ensure the safety of all our patients and staff.
As of Monday 16th March all appointments must be made via telephone. Please bear with us as the telephone lines will be busy. Each patient will be contacted by a clinician to discuss your symptoms. If an appointment is necessary you will be allocated a time by the clinician.
We aim to keep the prescription turnaround at 48 hours but this will be monitored by the demand. You will be given 3 monthly pre-dated prescriptions. You can contact your pharmacy to request your prescription and arrange delivery as usual.
Please use our Econsult facility to request normal MED3 certificates, for COVID-19 related certificates please see below.
During the current COVID-19 Pandemic we are following UK Government advice and self-isolating for 7 days (living alone) / 14 days (as part of a household).
As you will be aware, by law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness. After 7 days, employers may use their discretion around the need for medical evidence if an employee is unable to return to work.
To independently issue medical certificates for all those affected by the need to self-isolate would add further pressure to already stretched resources.
It has been suggested that employers use their discretion around the need for medical evidence for a period of absence where an employee is advised to stay at home either as they are unwell themselves, or live with someone who is, in accordance with the public health advice issued by the government. This will allow GPs to focus on their patients’
Your co-operation at this time is appreciated
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