April 2022 Newsletter
April 2022 Newsletter
COVID Vaccines for ages 5 - 11
Patients who fall into the following groups will soon be contacted and offered the COVID Vaccine;
- Clinically at risk.
- Lives with immunosuppressed patients.
Due to the age groups, vaccines will be provided by specialist centers located around Leicestershire.
If you have not yet been contacted by the second week of February and would like to be vaccinated, please contact the practice and let us know.
Appointments will not be available via the national booking system.
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:
- 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.
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
‘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.
We have a VERY LIMITED capacity for blood tests to be performed at the practice.
To be seen quicker, we are asking all patients to use the online SwiftQueue system to book appointments for blood tests at alternative locations such as Royal Derby Hospital in the first instance.
Click Here to Book Your Blood Test
Mental Health & Wellbeing Workbook
The attached document is a collection of resources and websites for patients/carers and their families.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Workbook
Hearing Aid Batteries
The Hearing Aid Service are able to send them out directly to you.
Please call 0116 258 6230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a small supply of batteries available at reception.
Urgent Mental Health Access
0116 295 3060 - 24hour NHS phone support for all urgent mental health needs
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust has launched a dedicated phone line* so that people of all ages in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can access urgent NHS mental health support directly.
The new mental health Central Access Point (CAP) phone service, which went live on Friday, links callers with call handlers and clinicians who can assess their needs and advise, support, signpost or refer them directly to the appropriate service.
Launched as a timely intervention at the height of the COVID-19 outbreak, it offers an alternative to NHS 111, the emergency department and other urgent and non-urgent services for people with urgent mental health needs.
As well as helping to provide assessments and early interventions where needed, the service aims to help reduce the pressure on other services, particularly emergency services, allowing them to focus resources on the COVID-19 response.
The CAP was developed in response to feedback from service users, NHS staff and stakeholders county-wide as part of an ambitious programme of all-age mental health service improvements by the Trust.
The roll-out of the service has been brought forward in line with a drive by NHS England and Improvement to ensure anyone with an urgent need has telephone access to NHS support, advice and triage.
Who is the CAP service for?
The 0116 295 3060 service is for people of all ages across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland – including existing and previous service users and people who have never used mental health services before. It also support carers, stakeholders and health and social care professionals looking for information and advice.
Calls are answered by call handlers and triaged by a nurse who will assess the urgency and the caller’s need. If an individual requires an assessment, they will be referred to the appropriate service, such as a community mental health team or LPT’s crisis and home treatment team. The team is also supported by a consultant psychiatrist.
GPs¸ social care providers and other agencies referring in to LPT services should continue to refer patients through the existing referral pathways.
- The CAP phone service* is not an emergency service. Where people have immediate, serious and life-threatening emergency mental and/or physical health needs, for example if an individual has taken an overdose or is in imminent danger of physical harm, they should attend A & E or call 999 for the appropriate emergency service.
*Local call rate. Please refer to phone provider for details of charges
Information about national, local and online non-urgent mental health support is available on the LPT website https://www.leicspart.nhs.uk/latest/covid-19-support-for-your-emotional-wellbeing/
COVID vaccination record, when given abroad
Message from the CCG 27-July-2021
Currently, there is not a central mechanism for capturing details of overseas Covid vaccines, and only vaccines delivered in the UK can be accepted as evidence for UK Covid certification/ the NHS Covid Pass.
A technical solution to support the recording of vaccinations overseas in the NHS immunisation management service (NIMS) is in development, and we will provide an update as soon as possible.