COVID-19/Coronavirus: Important Update

We are pleased to announce that all eligible patients of The Limes Medical Centre will be able to attend a local vaccination centre near either of our sites. These vaccination centres have been designated by NHS England and Improvement (NHSEI).

You will be contacted by the practice when you become eligible, by phone call or SMS message.  You may also receive a letter from the NHS centrally as well.

Please don’t contact the practice to ask for a vaccine before you have been invited.

To enable everyone to get the vaccine in a safe and controlled way, priority groups have been agreed so the vaccine can be delivered to people who need it first.

To help answer your likely questions, we have included some important information you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccination:

  • The vaccine is being given in order of priority to those at highest risk first (see below).
  • We will be in contact with you with information about where and when you will need to receive the vaccine.
  • Please act on your invite when it comes and make sure you attend your appointment.
  • Please continue to follow social distancing, face covering and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.

What are the priority groups?

Older adults in care homes, care home workers and frontline health and social care workers are being offered the vaccine first.

Then the vaccine was then offered in age order to:

  • Group 2 – Those aged over 80 years
  • Group 3 – Those aged over 75 years
  • Group 4 – Those aged over 70 years and Adults on the NHS shielded patient list
  • Group 5 – Those aged over 65 years
  • Group 6 – Adults under 65 years with long term conditions
  • Group 7 – Those aged over 60 years
  • Group 8 – Those aged over 55 years
  • Group 9 – Those aged over 50 years

If you are not in the groups above, you will have to wait for a COVID-19 vaccination until more supplies are available. When more vaccine becomes available, we will be offering it to more people.  This is currently expected to be over late spring and summer for all adults.

The likely groups will be:

  • Group 10 – all those aged over 40 years
  • Group 11 – all those aged over 30 years
  • Group 12 – all those aged over 18 years

More information

If you need more information on the COVID-19 vaccination, please visit: www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or www.birminghamandsolihullcovidvaccine.nhs.uk.

 

I think I might have Coronavirus. What should I do?

You may have Coronavirus if you have the following symptoms:

  • A high temperature (your back or chest is hot to touch)
  • A new continuous cough
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you have these symptoms please do not visit your local health services like your GP, Pharmacy or Hospital.

You must self-isolate for the current period shown in the NHS guidelines.

You do not need to call anyone regarding your symptoms unless you have an underlying health condition which you are concerned about or your symptoms are severe enough that you need medical attention e.g. you are short of breath. If you do have a question or want to talk someone about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 or access their online advice portal by clicking here.

Non-Coronavirus queries

For all non-Coronavirus queries, we are conducting initial patient appointments by telephone or video. This is to keep patients safe. You can book your appointment in the usual way.

The GP will arrange a face-to-face appointment for you, if they think it’s safe and appropriate for you to come in. They will discuss this with you during your telephone/video call.

Please see the section below for further information about what you will be asked to do when you attend a face-to-face appointment.