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Coronavirus Vaccination Plan
NHS in Sheffield are asking that patients and members of the public not to contact hospitals, GPs or other NHS organisations at this time because we do not have specific information yet as to when different groups of people will be vaccinated.
All of our latest information about how we are delivering the COVID-19 vaccination is available here
Following extensive trials, the first safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK and is now available to priority groups.
Vaccinations are being delivered according to priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The vaccinations may not take place at your GP practice, but rather a local vaccination service (led by GPs, practice nurses and community pharmacists) who are responsible for delivering the vaccine to people in your community.
When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccination, you will receive an invitation to come forward. This may be via the phone, or through a letter either from your GP or the national booking system.
We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking people not to contact us to get an appointment as you will not be able to get one until you are contacted.
Coronavirus Testing Hub at Sloan Medical Centre
Please note, this page applies to any patient who has been directed by a local GP to attend the Sloan Medical Centre for a triage appointment during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Please do not attend this hub without an appointment.
In view of reduced demand and the need for practices to increase our normal workload safely the Portervalley Network has closed the Greystones Hot Hub. Patients with possible Coronovirus symptoms will now be seen at the Sloan Medical Centre.
The following information may be of use to you before attending your appointment at the Sloan Medical Centre.
The Sloan Medical Centre is located at: 2 Little London Road, Sheffield, S8 0YH (Sat Nav S8 ORL)
They are able to offer these appointments during the day, evenings, and weekends.
You will be directed to these appointments following assessment via a GP at the Hollies. Please do not attend this hub without an appointment.
- Upon arrival you will need to park at the rear of the car park and make your way to the door at the end of the building next to the fire escape
- Do not try and enter the building - please call 07707466793 where a member of staff will triage you.
- The duty doctor will call you on your mobile phone to discuss your case before assessing you.
- At your assessment, we will need to take your oxygen saturation levels with a probe on a finger. This won’t work well if hands are cold, so please wear gloves or turn the heating up in the car en route.
- The doctor will be wearing personal protective equiptment (PPE) including apron, gloves, facemask and glasses for your mutual protection.
Patients can contact these below for essential needs
Sharrow Community forum: 0114 2508384
Whirlow and Millhouses
Whirlow - Ameena 07723384496 or Iwan 07766710712
Millhouses - Jude 07977096567 or Anna 07955642303
S11 in general
Who Can Ask For a Test
You can ask for a test:
- For yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
- For someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms
Test & Trace
The NHS test and trace service will help to control the rate of reproduction (R), reduce the spread of the infection and save lives.
If you develop symptoms, you must continue to follow the rules to self-isolate with other members of your household and order a test to find out if you have coronavirus.
Order a test here or call 119
If you test positive for coronavirus, you must share information promptly about your recent contacts through the NHS test and trace service to help us alert other people who may need to self-isolate.
If you have had close recent contact with someone who has coronavirus, you must self-isolate if the NHS test and trace service advises you to do so.
Find out more: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works
Get an Isolation Note
Use this service if you have to stay at home because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer.
For patients requiring a sick note relating to self–isolation and Coronavirus, this will NOT be issued by the practice. Patients can visit www.111.nhs.uk/isolation-note to print off a note themselves.
If you have to stay at home but feel well enough to work, ask your employer if you can work from home. If you can work from home, you will not need an isolation note.
You can also use this service for someone else.
Guidance for Patients Requesting Face Covering Exemption Letters
Wearing face coverings has become mandatory on public transport and comes into effect in shops on 24 July 2020.
We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks in various public settings.
GPs are not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask in these settings.
Sheffield Local Medical Committee has therefore prepared this guidance note as the statutory body that advises and supports all GPs and practice teams across the city.
The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption. Therefore, it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this. Indeed, some transport authorities have produced their own self-declaration forms.
The responsibility for issuing exemption certificates in line with national guidance lies with the service provider not your GP. Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers they have another reason to be exempted.
The list of exemptions from wearing face-coverings include:
- If you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering.
- If putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress.
- If you are travelling with, or providing assistance to, someone who relies on lip reading to communicate.
- If you are travelling to avoid injury or escape the risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you.
- If you need to remove it during your journey to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others.
- If you need to eat, drink, or take medication you can remove your face covering.
- If you are asked to remove your face covering by a police officer or other official, for example to check your railcard.
- A child under the age of 11.
The full guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19- safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#exemptions-face-coverings
We hope that this guidance provides some clarity on this issue.