FROM 19 JULY: patient information
You must wear a face mask when you visit our surgery. This will help protect you and our staff and will help reassure other patients who may be vulnerable or feel anxious.
We are maintaining some social distancing in our waiting areas to help protect you and make you feel safe when you visit us.
We are continuing to follow the most up-to-date infection, prevention and control guidance and would encourage patients to maintain good hand hygiene.
COVID BOOSTER VACCINATIONS
You will be aware that some people are becoming eligible for a Covid Booster vaccination. This will be available to all those in cohorts 1 – 9 of the JCVI guidance which was used for the first phase of the vaccination programme and will be Pfizer unless a patient suffered a previous allergic reaction to the Pfizer jab:
- Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
- All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care work
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- All those 65 years of age and over
- Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over
This will take place no earlier than six months after the second dose was received. All patients over 50 and at least six months post vaccination are being identified and contacted to come forward and there is no need to contact your GP. The NHS will be in touch when you are eligible.
Patients may be contacted by the National Booking Service and invited to book their booster vaccination at a vaccination site or alternatively they can wait to hear from their GP if they would prefer.
If feasible patients may receive their flu and covid booster vaccinations at the same time but if you are invited for one or the other please don't wait – come forward to receive the vaccination that you have been offered to ensure maximum protection.
Some patients will be due a third dose as part of their initial vaccination programme particularly those who are immunocompromised. Hospitals and GP Practices are working together to identify those patients that are eligible for a 3rd dose. This will be at least 8 weeks following their 2nd dose and they will then be offered a booster 6 months after the 3rd dose. The Pfizer vaccine is being used for all 3rd doses unless there has been an allergic reaction to it previously. This group of patients is complicated to identify and they will be contacted as soon as possible.
PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION
From 17 May international travel will be permitted to a limited number of countries and in some cases proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required. The mechanism for proving your vaccine status is through the NHS app. For those who cannot access the NHS app you can request written proof that you have received your Covid-19 vaccination by contacting the NHS on 119. Please do not contact your GP practice. You can find out more at:
Covid 19 Research Opportunities
The practice is supporting research into the effect of, and treatment solutions for, Covid 19. Here are a few of the current opportunities. To participate, follow the individual links. Other research opportunities may become available. We may offer you an opportunity to join a study or you can ask us if there are any available if you see or speak to a GP.
This trial from the University of Oxford is investigating whether different medication can help reduce the duration and severity of Covid 19 symptoms. People aged 65 and over, and aged 50 to 64 with certain long term health conditions, who have had a positive Covid 19 test in the last 15 days, or are experiencing symptoms of less than 15 days duration, may be able to participate. For more information and to find out if you are eligible please follow this: https://www.principletrial.org/participants
Blood Plasma Research
NHS Blood and Transplant needs people who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate blood plasma (convalescent plasma). Plasma that contains sufficient levels of antibodies can be used for patients being treated with COVID-19. These antibodies may help patients to recover from Coronavirus by supporting their immune response. Further information can be found here: https://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/covid-19-research/plasma-programme/
Musculoskeletal Practitioner Service
We now offer a musculoskeletal practitioner service.
If you have suffered an injury or want advice on how to manage a joint pain, you can book an appointment with a practitioner directly through reception. You do not need to see a doctor first in order to book an appointment.
There is lots of great advice and exercises on www.harrogatehealthhub.co.uk This resource has been created and managed by the Physiotherapy Team at Harrogate Hospital.
You can now book appointments directly with a musculoskeletal practitioner at North House Surgery. These appointments allow the practitioner to assess, diagnose and offer advice and education on how to manage joint and muscle aches and pains. Initially you will receive a telephone consultation with the practitioner but then a face to face appointment will be offered if appropriate.
We are proud to have served the Ripon community for over 100 years. With a large on-site car park, we are located within the city centre on North Street (HG4 1HL) and offer:
Guaranteed same day access to highly skilled clinicians via our telephone triage system
Appointments available until 8pm Monday to Friday, and 8.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday
Routine appointments, bookable up to 8 weeks in advance
Online booking of appointments, ordering repeat prescriptions and viewing of medical summary
Training practice, offering placements to GP trainees, foundation doctors, medical and nursing students.
On-site Dispensary for patients living over a mile from their nearest chemist
100% achievement for the Quality and Outcomes framework
Rated “Good” by the Clinical Quality Commission
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