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
Our Practice in Numbers
Many moons ago, the practice published performance figures and we are now in a position to start publishing monthly stats again. A newsletter is planned but for monthly stuff the News section is the place to find this information. Watch this space for the February update and more information about the practice.
New Faces to The Weardale Practice
Following the announcement by Boris Johnson on Sunday, we are looking to increase our vaccination clinics. We are constrained by the vaccination ordering process and await further information from our CCG. We will make further announcements as soon as we have dates and vaccines.
Please do not phone the practice to try and book an appointment.
Why we ask for PCR Testing
COVID-19 remains a serious health risk and you should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others. For this reason we continue to ask you to respect our policy on the requirement for all patients to have a PCR test prior to coming to the practice if you are displaying symptoms.
When booking your appointment at the practice, you will be asked if you have any symptoms, even if mild, (a high temperature; a new, continuous cough or you've lost your sense of smell or taste or they have changed). If you do, you will need to provide a negative PCR test prior to coming to an appointment. This is to protect other patients and staff. Please do not come to the practice if you are displaying symptoms- if you do, you may be asked to leave and go through the PCR testing process.
We have seen a number of comments on social media regarding the requirement to have a PCR test following a negative lateral flow and we have a large number of patients calling who are disgruntled that we are then asking for testing prior to an appointment. This is for your safety, the safety of our staff and the safety of the wider community.
if you do have a negative lateral flow test result but are displaying symptoms, you must have a PCR test prior to an appointment at the practice. These are easy to book online or by dialling 119.
There are two main tests to check if you have Covid -19.
- PCR tests – mainly for people with symptoms, they're sent to a lab to be checked Click here to book your appointment
- rapid lateral flow tests – only for people who do not have symptoms, they give a quick result using a device similar to a pregnancy test
For further information Coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
If you do have symptoms, use the 111 coronavirus service for further infomation on what to do.
Covid Accelerator Booster Programme
Following the recent announcement regarding the accelerated covid booster programme, we are currently working to increase capacity for further booster clinics starting in December. Despite various news outlets asking patients to call their GP practice to book an appointment - please do not contact us. We will be adding the clinics to the online booking system and further announcements will be made when these are available.
As all 'at risk' patients, over 50s and immuno-surpressed patients have now been invited for their booster or third dose, all eligible patients will be able to book appointments via the online system.
We will be organising further pfizer clinics for under 18s only and again, the appointments will be made available and annoucements made on our website when you can book.
Don't forget that you can book your appointment at one of the national vaccination centres on the NHS mobile app.