Children aged 5 to 11 eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine
Children aged 5 to 11 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Parents and guardians can book from this week onwards. Appointments are currently by booking only in Barnsley - the team makes sure children get the best experience, so please help by booking ahead. Weekend slots are added on a regular basis but are going fast - if you can't see anything to suit you, check the website on a regular basis. To book call 119 or click on the image opposite.
Eligibility for Spring COVID-19 booster vaccine
People aged 75 and over, and people aged 12 and over who are immunosuppressed, are now eligible for a Spring COVID-19 booster vaccine. The NHS advice is to try and book your spring booster appointment for around 6 months after your last dose to get the best protection from your booster. You can book online or by calling 119 or by clicking on the link further down this page named Covid Vaccination Programme. Please help the vaccine team by booking ahead rather than arriving without a booking. The NHS will contact eligible people to book their next vital jab. Click on this image for more information.
New Symptoms for Covid
Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) in adults can include:
- a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature 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
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- shortness of breath
- feeling tired or exhausted
- an aching body
- a headache
- a sore throat
- a blocked or runny nose
- loss of appetite
- feeling sick or being sick
- The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.
What to do if you have symptoms
Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and either:
you have a high temperature
you do not feel well enough to go to work or do your normal activities
Take extra care to avoid close contact with anyone who is at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
You can go back to your normal activities when you feel better or do not have a high temperature.
Click here for more information
Surgery Covid Information
The Surgery has no current plans to run any further Covid Vaccination clinics at the moment, please see links above on how to book at others sites.
The Surgery has now completed all their Covid Vaccination home visits for house bound patients therefore we have no current plans for further deliveries of the vaccine for home visits.
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 26.01.2022.
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.
Covid Vaccinations Abroad
If you have received a Covid Vaccination Abroad please click here to register your vaccination. We can make a note in Surgery but cannot officially update your vaccination record, by clicking on the link it will update your records accurently to reflect all vaccinations that you have received.
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, it is your choice whether you would like face to face or telephone consultation.
- Some of our appointments are 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 re-introduced advanced appointment bookings for some of our 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
Covid Masks in Surgery
There is a rising number of Covid cases at the moment in the Barnsley area, we are therefore asking all patients to please wear a mask while in consultation with their GP or Nurse. Thank you