Covid shielding update November 2020
We are still awaiting guidance from the Department of Health regarding the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, however if you are classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable you will be contacted by the Department of Health.
Children under 11 years of age do not need to wear a mask when attending the surgery!
Advice for Parents
Advice for parents during coronavirus. Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself. Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Please click the link above for further information
Until further guidance upload the attached letter if needed by patients who are asked to provide a medical certificate by employers when self-isolating from the coronavirus crisis
The Practice will not provide Medical Certificates
Medical certificate information regarding Coronavirus
ANTIBODY TEST KITS FOR HOME USE
Some UK providers such as high street pharmacies and private healthcare providers offer COVID-19 antibody testing for members of the public. The test involves taking a fingerprick blood sample. The laboratory tests are CE marked and safe for use on blood drawn from the vein by a healthcare professional, but have not yet been validated by the manufacturer of the test to be used with a fingerpick blood sample.
It’s very important for people at home to be able to understand the reliability of the result and what it means for them. A positive result may not mean a person is immune or if they demonstrate immunity now, or how long this will last.
The Government strongly advises members of the public or organisations who have purchased these tests and received antibody results to continue to follow the Government’s advice whatever the result of the test. The Government is contacting providers of the antibody testing services and the laboratories running these tests to ask them to temporarily stop offering these tests for sale until the regulatory and safety concerns have been resolved.
CORRECTION TO TELEPHONE NUMBER: SHIELDING AND SUPPORT SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL
shielding support services at Essex County Council was missing a digit.
Note: The correct number is 0300 303 9988
UPDATE TO SHIELDING GUIDANCE
Now that the peak has passed and the prevalence of Covid-19 in the community has reduced, the Secretary of State announced that those advised to shield can take initial steps to safely spend time outdoors. The shielding guidance is now updated to reflect this announcement and will lay out how a shielded person can go outside once a day with members of their household or, for those shielding alone, with one other person from a different household. This is in accordance with evidence that the rate of transmission is much lower outside.
Some important aspects of the guidance will remain the same. Apart from going outside once per day, as outlined above, a shielded person should continue to avoid all non-essential face to face contact. This means they should not go to places like supermarkets or to pharmacies. The support for shielded people remains in place and unchanged.
As with all shielding policy, this is advice and is not mandatory. If a shielded person does not feel comfortable going outside once a day then that is of course up to them.
List of diseases and conditions considered to be high risk:
1. Solid organ transplant recipients
2. People with specific cancers:
• cancer and are having chemotherapy
• lung cancer and are having radical radiotherapy
• cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
• immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
• other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
•had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
3. People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
4. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).
5. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
6. Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.
All patients must call if they require an urgent appointment.
- Do NOT come to the surgery.
- Most appointments will be telephone consultations in the first instance. If you need to be seen you will be invited to attend the Surgery.
- We will try and manage your condition / needs without you having to come to the surgery
Coronavirus Information For The Public
PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING IF YOU HAVE
-a high temperature
-shortness of breath
If you have please stay indoors and avoid close contact with people.
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
The latest information on symptoms of coronovirus infection and areas where recent travel may have resulted in a high risk of exposure can be found on
As online appointments are booked without knowledge of the patients symptoms we have taken the advice of Mid Essex CCG to no longer allow online appointment bookings.
To help prevent the spread please;
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- 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 straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
Thank you for your co-operation.
The Government has also confirmed that it will be reviewing shielding guidance alongside wider changes to social distancing, including plans to write to those on the shielding patients list with information about next steps on shielding after the next review on 15 June 2020.