LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19

Covid-19 Spring Booster Campaign

For Henfield and Steyning Patients

Adult’s Update:
Henfield Medical Centre is proud to confirm we will be part of the Spring Booster campaign which will be launched from the 21 March 2022 and will run until June.

Only patients who meet the following criteria will be eligible:

  • People aged 75 years and older
  • Residents in care homes for older people
  • Those aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system

It is very important to note that it has been confirmed that Health and Social workers, Carers, Housebound patients who are under the age of 75, those with long term health conditions under the age of 75 and those who live with people who have a weakened immune system will NOT receive a vaccine as part of the Spring Campaign.


Eligible patients will be able to book an appointment through the National Booking System (linked below) around 6 months (and not before 3 months) since your last dose of vaccines or by calling 119.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ 


We will continue to offer adult 1st and 2nd doses to all those who are yet to come forward.
You will be given a booster dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

If you have a COVID-19 positive result in the 4 WEEKS/ 28 days prior to your vaccine date or are feeling unwell with any of the main covid symptoms you will not be able to receive your vaccine on the day.


Children’s Update:
All 5-11yrs who are NOT clinically at risk will be eligible to receive two paediatric Pfizer vaccinations, 12 weeks apart from 04 April 2022. Children friendly clinics will run from that week at Henfield and during the Easter Holidays these clinics will be by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please respond to your childs text invitation when you receive it.

All 5-11yrs who are clinically at risk have been offered and or received a vaccination.

If your child has had a COVID-19 positive result in the last 12 WEEKS or is feeling unwell with any of the main covid symptoms they will not be able to receive their vaccine on the day.


Any questions regarding this update please PM us on Facebook. PLEASE DO NOT phone the surgery.

Your visit to Henfield Medical Centre, what you need to know:

  1. A face covering must be worn at all times, unless you are medically exempt
  2. The one Way System is no longer in place. We ask all of our patients to please use the main entrance. If you are coming for a Covid-19 Vaccine please follow the new ramp on the right side of the building. Clinics will be clearly signposted.
  3. We ask all patients to use the self-check in screen if you have an appointment. Please sanitise your hands using the sanitising station to the right of the screen before AND after use.
  4. There are 3 sanitising stations within the waiting room, 1 in the Foyer, 1 by the check-in screen and 1 to the left of the television screen. We ask you all to make use of them!
  5. If you need to use the toilet while at Henfield Medical Centre may we please request that ONLY toilet roll is flushed. No wipes, paper towels, sanitary towels etc are to be flushed as this blocks the toilets.
  6. In these stressful times we can understand the frustration but we will not tolerate any abuse of any kind towards our staff. If any member of staff does experience abuse from any visitor, that visitor will be asked to leave.
  7. If you need to bring a child due to difficulty with childcare or an accompanying adult for support, that is absolutely fine.

Overseas vaccination service launched in West Sussex

A new service has just been launched in West Sussex so that people who have their vaccinations abroad can have these validated to appear in the NHS App.

The Overseas Vaccine Record Validation Service has gone live in at the Northgate service in Chichester. It is also available at locations across the country.

This service enables you to book an appointment to show evidence for any coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you've had outside of England, and enables the NHS to securely update your vaccination record.

You can use this service if you're aged 16 years old or over and have an NHS number.
You also must have received one of these vaccines outside of England:
• Oxford/AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
• Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
• Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
• Moderna (Spikevax)
• Institute of India (Covishield)
• Bharat Biotech (Covaxin)
• SinoVac (CoronaVac)
• Beijing Institute of Biological Products (Sinopharm BIBP)

People can book at appointment with the service by using the National Booking Service or calling 119.

More information on the service is available here.

Your COVID Recovery - Long Covid

– helping patients to understand what to expect as part of their recovery from COVID-19

Your COVID Recovery is an NHS website designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of COVID-19 and support them to manage their recovery. It has information from rehabilitation experts about how to manage ongoing symptoms and health needs at home, and signposts to sources of support. A significant proportion of post COVID-19 patients are likely to have ongoing health problems. How quickly somebody recovers and the problems they have is likely to vary, and this website can help to answer some questions for patients.

Covid-19 Vaccination and Blood Clotting

For further information on the Covid-19 Vaccine and blood clotting please click HERE.

Easy read leaflet on the Covid-19 Vaccine

Please click HERE to view the leaflet.

Warning over COVID vaccination scams

Be on your guard against fraudulent text and email messages as new scams are being sent to patients.

People are receiving a text or email notification of their ‘vaccination appointment’ and are being asked to confirm it by clicking on a link.

This looks very similar to the genuine texts being sent to patients to arrange their appointments at the GP led vaccination services.

Please follow the advice below.

  • The COVID-19 vaccination is ONLY available from the NHS and it is FREE – you will never be asked to pay for it or give your bank details.
  • If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
  • If you receive a text or email that you believe to be fraudulent please delete it. Please be assured that if you don’t respond because you are worried and it is a genuine text or email, you will remain on the vaccination list and be contacted again
  • If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.

If you receive a text message from a number ending in 921, it is us, it is NOT a scam.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Information for health professionals can be found HERE.

Self-care guidance is available on the NHS website for people who have mild COVID-19. This extensive guidance is helpful for those who have coronavirus and are in need of self-care advice.

You do NOT need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. 

Further advice on what you can and cannot do click HERE.

DO:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often - do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get back home
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Stay at home if you are showing symptoms
  • wear a face covering crowded areas and NHS locations

DON'T:

  • Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

URGENT ADVICE: Use the NHS 111 online service if:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

ONLY CALL 111 IF YOU CANNOT GET HELP ONLINE.

COVID-19 Key points in multiple languages

Please click HERE to view an educational Facebook page that aims to post simple, yet key information in multiple languages for everybody to understand COVID-19 and future developments. 

West Sussex County Council Community Hub

WSCC is offering people help and support that need it as a result of COVID-19. Click HERE to see how they can help you. 

West Sussex County Council

Treatment for coronavirus

There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus; antibiotics DO NOT help, as they do not work against viruses.

Treatment aims to to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.

Advice on Vitamin D Supplements

For advice on taking supplements, including Vitamin D during COVID-19 please click HERE.

Advice for children or those with children going back to school

For further information and advice from a top NHS doctor please click HERE.

Advice for those that have been discharged and been tested positive for COVID-19

If you have the COVID-19 infection and have recently been discharged from A&E or a GP consultation click HERE for further advice. 


Henfield Medical Centre's Privacy Notice - COVID19


What to tell your children?

Please click HERE for a book that has been written for children to give information on the Coronavirus without fear.


Join a COVID-19 clinical trial

The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19. You could be eligible to join if

  • You have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:
    • a continuous new or worsening cough
    • a high temperature
  • You are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness
  • You are aged 65 and above

Find out more principletrial.org


Keep West Sussex Safe - Available in multiple languages

West Sussex County Council have written an article to summarise what we all need to do to prevent new outbreaks and keep West Sussex safe. 

Please click HERE to access and scroll to the bottom to read in multiple languages. 


Public Health England - Translated COVID-19 Guidance for the public

Please click HERE for the full article from Public Health England. For translated guidance please follow the link and look for the grey box near the top titled 'Translated advice and guidance for the public'


NHS Test & Trace explained in multiple languages

If you click HERE it will take you to a document with links to numerous videos explaining Test and Trace in different languages. 

Please select the link in the language that you need and it will open a Youtube Video for you to watch.


COVID19 - Got Symptoms? Get Tested!Hand Hygeine


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