You will be contacted by the practice when you become eligible for the COVID vaccine. As this is such a rapidly changing situation you may only get 24 hours notice and no longer than 10 days.
The current government plan is for the COVID vaccinations to be delivered at scale at central sites. A significant logisitical challenge is the fact the Pfizer vaccine needs to be stored at -70oC. We have been ordered by NHSE to deliver the vaccine in a group of 6 GP Practices that make up Winchester Rural North and East Primary Care Network. Therefore the vaccine will be delivered in the Holiday Inn, Winchester, SO21 1HZ. Currently the first wave of vaccines are being given people who are 80 years and older and front line NHS staff. Each delivery will contain 975 vaccines. As these will be equitably split between our 6 GP Practices that means only approximately 200 of our patients will be offered the vaccine each time.
The licencing of the Astra-Zeneca is welcome news. This vaccine can be stored for longer at normal fridge temperatures. This has allowed us to start delivering the vaccine to our housebound patients over 80 and also all our care home residents. Each delivery comes with 400 doses of the vaccine and again this will need to split across the 6 GP practices that make up Winchester Rural North and East Primary Care Network.
With both vaccines - you will need 2 doses of the vaccine for the best immunity - however national guidance has increased the interval between the two doses. This will be at least 21 days but may be up to 12 weeks.
We will update you as soon as we know more.
Symptoms of COVID - What to do?
If you have symptoms of FEVER or COUGH or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell it is possible that you have Coronavirus.
You DO NOT need to see or speak to a GP or Nurse to confirm this diagnosis.
You are likely to get better with self management but, if you feel worse or do not get better then you should visit NHS 111 online or phone 111.
DO NOT come to the practice if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus.
Click Here to get a COVID swab.
Click Here to find out about self isolation.
Number of Stockbridge Patients to have received a COVID Vaccine
316 patients over the age of 80 have recevied the Pfizer Vaccine up to 10th January.
Winchester Rural North and East Primary Care Network (made up of 6 GP Surgeries - Stockbridge, Gratton, Two Rivers, Alresford, West Meon and Watercress) have so far received 1,975 Pfizer vaccines to be shared between the patients of our 6 practices.
Because of COVID19:
- All of our GP appointments are now being held initially as telephone or online video consultations. Rest assured you will be given a face to face consultation if it is clinically required.
- We have suspended online access to our appointments
Some nursing appointments will continue to be offered face to face:
- For immunisations and injections
- For dressings and wound checks
- For phlebotomy
Covid19 and Children
COVID19 is unlikely to cause a serious illness in children, but please remember children can still become seriously unwell from other causes that are always around. Please do not let concerns over COVID19 stop you from contacting medical services. If you are not sure if your child needs to be seen please go to www.what0-18.nhs.uk/national for advice or contact 111 or your GP. For information about crying babies go to www.what0-18.nhs.uk/national. If your child is severely unwell call 999 or go to ED.
Please take note of the following advice when attending an appointment:
- Ensure you are appropriately dressed so the GP can examine you.
- Use the toilet before you leave home and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Please ensure you wear a face mask when you enter the waiting area.
- Please come into the waiting room; the receptionist will then inform the clinician you have arrived and ask you to go back and wait in your car.
- The GP will be wearing protective clothing, including a face mask.
- After your appointment clean your hands with hand gel.
General practice transparency notice for GPES data for pandemic planning and research (COVID-19)
Information for patients explaining how your data is being processed to support vital coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and research.
This practice is supporting vital coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. This transparency notice supplements our main practice privacy notice.