Covid Updates

Face Masks

 

There is currently no change to the requirement for face masks to be worn in health care settings. We await further infection control guidance , until then, please continue to wear a face mask in the building and do not attend for your appointment any earlier than 5 mins before hand.

UK Health Security Agency's infection prevention control (IPC) guidance

Lateral Flow Tests

Just to confirm that we cannot order Lateral Flow Tests for you.

We may recommend patients get a test, which you can order online like before, but this will be in the course of normal patient assessment and care.

Please do not contact us just to ask for Lateral Flow Tests as we cannot help with this issue 

Current Covid Guidelines

  • Staff and students in most education and childcare settings no longer to undertake twice weekly asymptomatic testing
  • No longer the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test. Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days.
  • No longer ask fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 to test daily for 7 days, and removed the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate.
  • End of self-isolation support payments, national funding for practical support and the medicine delivery service will no longer be available.
  • End of routine contact tracing. Contacts will no longer be required to self-isolate or advised to take daily tests.
  • End ofthe legal obligation for individuals to tell their employers when they are required to self-isolate.
  • Revoked The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations.

From 24 March, the Government  will:

  • Remove the COVID-19 provisions within the Statutory Sick Pay and Employment and Support Allowance regulations.

From 1 April, the Government will:

  • Remove the current guidance on voluntary COVID-status certification in domestic settings and no longer recommend that certain venues use the NHS COVID Pass.
  • Update guidance setting out the ongoing steps that people with COVID-19 should take to minimise contact with other people. This will align with the changes to testing.
  • No longer provide free universal symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public in England.
  • Consolidate guidance to the public and businesses, in line with public health advice.
  • Remove the health and safety requirement for every employer to explicitly consider COVID-19 in their risk assessments.
  • Replace the existing set of ‘Working Safely’ guidance with new public health guidance.
  • Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-living-with-covid-19/covid-19-response-living-with-covid-19

COVID Pass available to children aged 12 to 15

 

The  NHS COVID Pass service is now available to 12-15 year-olds, accessible via nhs.uk for those aged 12 and over, and the NHS App for those aged 13 and over. 

Children do not need to contact the practice to get an NHS Login to generate a COVID Pass via the NHS App.

Children will be able to access their digital NHS COVID Pass without undergoing a Gillick competency assessment with a medical professional, but the NHS App will withhold their other medical data unless an assessment has been taken

 

Overseas Vaccinations

People aged 16 or over who have had one or more COVID-19 vaccinations abroad approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) can book an appointment at a vaccination site to show evidence of their vaccinations and request an update to their record. Please do not attempt to book at appointment at the practice at this stage.

Anyone intending to use their NHS COVID Pass to travel should check their pass status before booking and call 119 if their record isn’t showing correctly.

Queries relating to incorrect personal information on a patient record will still need to be resolved by their GP practice.