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April 2021

If you have any queries about the astrazenenca vaccine and clotting please read the information on the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mhra-issues-new-advice-concluding-a-possible-link-between-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca-and-extremely-rare-unlikely-to-occur-blood-clots

 If you are still concerned after reading the information please arrange a call with teh doctor.

 

March 2021 

Based on currently available data, the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) believes that ‘the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination strongly outweigh any potential complications and recommends vaccination of all eligible adults.’

Link to the press statement below:

https://www.isth.org/news/556057...

 

January 2021 

Happy New Year from all at Springfield Medical Practice 

If you have a pre-booked appointment for a COVID Vaccine on the 6th or 7th of January please be reassured these appointments are still going ahead. Please arrive at your appointment time as planned. Thank you .

December 2020

Springfield Medical Practice is currently participating in Covid-19 related vaccinations for our patients. This is an unprecedented amount of work that is involving multiple members of staff. The vaccination programme will be continuing for several months and may impact on other aspects of the services we provide. Please be patient and bear with us as we continue providing regular GP services, as well as responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 September 2020

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, how you contact us will be different at the moment. This is to limit face-to-face contact whenever possible and help stop the spread of coronavirus. Face-to-face appointments are available to all patients, but you may be asked to discuss your condition over the phone or on-line first to assess what would be most appropriate for you. The  practice is open, and if you need to see your GP, please ring us on 024 76332628. Please wear a mask or face covering if you attend the practice, to help keep our staff safe. 

Please do not book an appointment, or go to a GP surgery, pharmacy of hospital if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus (key symptoms are fever, cough or loss of smell/taste).

  • you've been in close contact with someon with coronavirus. 

NHS 111 has an on-line coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do. This can be accessed from www.nhs.uk or call 111 if you need to speak to someone. 

COVD Coronavirus- Request for MED3 Fit Notes or GP Letters

 Patients requesting a ‘Doctors Sick Note’ (Med3 Fit Note) or GP letter for absence relating to COVID19 Coronavirus.

In light of the current Coronavirus situation, we have provided this letter as standard response for all patients or employers who might request a Med3 Fit Note or ‘Sick Note’ for periods of absence due to Coronavirus.

 

Request for sick note

This letter applies to all patients registered at Springfield Medical Practice 

Government advice for employees is as follows:

By law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness (employees can self-certify). After 7 days, it is for the employer to determine what evidence they require, if any, from the employee. To make it easier for people to provide evidence to their employer that they need to stay at home, we are developing an alternative form of evidence to the fit note. These will be available shortly be available through https://111.nhs.uk/

In the meantime we continue to urge employers to respect the need to stay at home where they are following government advice to do and show flexibility in the evidence they require from employees.

 From: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees

Further information for employers is available here:

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19

 https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

 Some employees may be required to isolate themselves due to another member of the household being symptomatic, or through high risk. In these cases, your GP will not be able to issue a Med3 as time off as not due to illness, and isn’t affecting your ability to work, but rather is a precaution to avoid transmission of any illness that is yet to produce symptoms. Once again, the Government expect employers to be sympathetic in these circumstances.

 Whilst we appreciate that this may cause difficulties between employees and employers. GPs have a responsibility to prioritise the assessment and management of healthcare needs of patients who are acutely unwell, rather than spending time dealing with requests for sick notes, particularly when they aren’t in a position to issue one.

 GP’s may issue Med3’s for patients who advised not to work where the reason is NOT related to Covid19, however this will be assessed on a case by case basis in line with current demand.

 

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