The UK vaccination programme is being rolled out in phases and over the next few weeks and months many more clinics will be established to provide vaccinations.
The national Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has determined the priority order for people receiving vaccinations and in this initial phase we are focusing on the over 80s, care home residents and care home staff. Vaccinations of the over 80s and care home staff are underway and the vaccination of care home residents will also begin soon. Everyone in the UK will be offered a vaccination, however the whole programme of work will take months to complete due to its scale and complexity.
We appreciate that many people are enthusiastic about having a vaccination and in the Humber Coast and vale region we are working hard to vaccinate people as quickly as we can in line with the JCVI prioritisation.
Please do not contact the Surgery - we will ring you.
Please do not visit the surgery unless you have been asked to do so. If you require an appointment please telephone 01482 336810. Initially, you will be offered a telephone appointment. You will then receive a phone call from a clinician who will decide whether it is safe to manage your symptoms over the phone or whether it would be better to see you face to face. If they decide that a face to face appointment is necessary then arrangements will be made for you to see a clinician.
From Friday 24th July all patients over the age of 11 visiting the surgery will be asked to wear a face mask or covering. This to protect both our patients, clinicians and staff. Thank you for your co-operation.
We are now able to offer video consultations. To allow us to offer you a video consultation please ensure that you have Google Chrome downloaded on your smartphone and that the camera and microphone settings for Google Chrome are enabled.
St Andrews now offers online consultations; please click the following link to create an account.
You can order your repeat prescriptions on-line by using the NHS App or via our website at standrews.surgery-hull
If you are over 65 or housebound you can ring the surgery on our usual numbers between 2:00pm and 4:00pm
We would prefer all prescriptions to be collected from or delivered by your nominated pharmacy. If you do not have a nominated pharmacy, then please speak to one of our Receptionists who can make the necessary arrangements. Alternatively, speak to the pharmacy you usually use.
Fit Notes (Sick Notes):
We do not issue Fit Notes for periods of self-isolation for Coronavirus symptoms. You can download your own Isolation Note by going to NHS111 Isolation Note
COVID-19 Update and guidance:
Please keep yourself up to date with latest information on COVID-19 and how to keep yourself safe by visiting www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.
Everyone is being reminded to follow the public health advice on the NHS website to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus.
Further information is available on nhs.uk
Advice for Parents, Guardians or Carers:
COVID-19 Advice for Parents
Parent Guide - COVID-19
If you are looking after someone with COVID-19 symptoms please watch this helpful video:- Caring for people with COVID-19 video
Advice for Smokers:
Smokers who get the COVID-19 infection are 14 times more likely to have a severe infection. If you or someone you know smokes and wants to stop, the specialist stop smoking service is the best way of doing this and you can refer yourself by calling 01482 977617 or visiting www.hullstopsmoking.org.uk
Help for vulnerable residents:
Hull City Council has launched a Hull Helpline (01482 300307) to support vulnerable residents impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The helpline has been set up for those who may have no other means of support and who may need help to access essential items and services including food, health and wellbeing and financial advice.
It is available seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. Residents should register their need for support through an online form which is now live on the council’s website hull.gov.uk or by calling the Hull Helpline number on 01482 300307. Please share details with anyone who would benefit from the support available.
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Humber Long COVID Triage and Assessment Service
The NHS has a new online resource www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk to help patients understand what has happened and what they might expect as part of their recovery.
Recovery time from COVID-19 is different for everyone, but for many people symptoms will resolve by 12 weeks. In addition to recovery time, the problems that people can experience can vary too.
If new or ongoing symptoms occur they can change unpredictably, affecting patients in different ways at different times.
If you want help or are uncertain, rather than leave things, please contact NHS 111, your hospital team or your local GP surgery to discuss your situation.
Most patients with ongoing symptoms following COVID-19 will come under the care of their GPs, where self-management will be encouraged and supported while other causes of the symptoms are explored, and ruled out first, for up to 12 weeks.
For patients living in the Humber area, which includes Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire, a new service is available for patients visiting their GP with ongoing symptoms consistent with post-COVID syndrome, where their condition has not improved after 12 or more weeks.
The new Humber Long COVID Triage and Assessment Service will bring a range of health professionals together to ensure patients are referred onto the right clinical pathway to support their ongoing rehabilitation and recovery. Your GP will be able to refer you, if appropriate, to the new service
What is long COVID and what are its symptoms?
Long COVID describes a set of symptoms that continue long after the initial COVID-19 infection has gone. Long COVID is not just about people taking time to recover from a stay in intensive care. Even people who had relatively moderate COVID-19 at the time can experience long COVID symptoms.
Doctors are in the early stages of understanding this condition and there are a variety of different symptoms affecting many parts of the body. There is no medical definition or list of symptoms shared by all patients - two people with long COVID can have very different experiences.
Symptoms can include: fatigue, breathlessness, a cough that won't go away, joint pain, muscle aches, hearing and eyesight problems, headaches, loss of smell and taste as well as damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys and gut. Mental health problems have also been reported including depression, anxiety and struggling to think clearly.
Many of the symptoms above could be caused by other conditions, which medical professionals would expect to investigate and rule out first.
How can I access the new Long COVID Triage and Assessment Service?
Your GP will be able to refer you, if appropriate, to the new service which is for people with suspected Post-COVID-19 syndrome, when symptoms have not resolved after 12 weeks.
The service will have specialist clinical input including respiratory, geriatric, rehabilitation, mental health, therapies and others. The clinical team will review each patient’s needs and will follow up with recommendations on the most appropriate support and rehabilitation to manage ongoing care.
The team will make a decision on an appropriate treatment plan and/or onward referral to other specialist services and will let you and your GP know of the recommendation.