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***Henfield Medical Centre Vaccination update - 19.03.21***

Spring is in the air!


Just a quick update before the weekend.


1. Due to the recent news releases you will all be aware the offer of first dose vaccines will reduce nationally. Henfield and Steyning are currently in a strong position and we will be running a clinic for those in priority groups 1-9 next week. If you believe you are eligible and would like to receive your vaccination at Henfield Medical Centre please send us an instant message on Facebook or email us on cwsccg.henfield-henfield@nhs.net.


2. If you would like to look up more information regarding the AstraZeneca Vaccine please see our website.


3. 2nd Vaccination update from The Glebe Surgery.
Those of who have had your first COVID-19 vaccine at The Glebe Surgery should be aware where and when your second dose is due. Unfortunately the government vaccine delivery chain has not been able to match the 12 week follow-up date originally planned. As a result we now have to manually match your second doses which means a lot of phone calls. We are only getting informed of vaccine delivery dates 2-3 weeks ahead so we cannot avoid short notice changes.
Henfield Medical Centre will be contacting the first group of patients next week to confirm the date of your second vaccination but the time of your appointment will not change. For example if you had your first vaccination at 09:35 then your second vaccination will be on a new date but still at 09:35.

The first group of patient who need their appointment changed will be those who had their first COVID-19 vaccinations on 14th, 15th and 16th January. The appointments will remain at the same time of day but the dates will change as follows:


Those who had their first COVID-19 vaccination 14th January 2021 will now have their second dose on 1st April 2021 at the same time.

Those who had their first COVID-19 vaccination 15th January 2021 will now have their second dose on 2nd April 2021 at the same time.

Those who had their first COVID-19 vaccination 16th January 2021 will now have their second dose on 3rd April 2021 at the same time.

We appreciate that this may cause clashes in diaries but it is vital that you all receive your second vaccination before 12 weeks in order to be as protected as possible from COVID-19 infection. This is especially important now lockdown restrictions are easing.


4. With this in mind, arrangements previously made with the Link Drivers will need to be amended for ease their contact details are below.

Many Thanks, Henfield Medical Centre.

If you receive a text message from a mobile number ending in 921, it is from us and is NOT a scam.

Please click HERE for further information on 'Why I have to wait for my COVID-19 Vaccine?'.

**** AstraZeneca Vaccine Update 19.03.21***** 
You may have seen the news that some countries have temporarily suspended the use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as a precautionary measure because of concerns about some possible serious side effects.

We want to reassure everyone that it has not been confirmed that any reported cases of issues with blood clots have been caused by the AstraZeneca vaccine and there is no evidence to support it.
Advice from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) and the UK Government is that people should still come and get their Covid-19 vaccine when asked to do so.
All the vaccines being used in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness in offering protection against Coronavirus and of the millions of people who have had their first jabs, reports of side effects such as allergic reactions have been very rare.
Please keep your appointment for your vaccine to help boost protection against the virus. We look forward to seeing you soon.
For more information please follow this link:
https://www.gov.uk/.../mhra-response-to-irish-authorities..
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-56411561 

Back to School                                                                              

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Hi, I’m Dr Ranj and I’m at a secondary school to see what's happening behind the scenes as schools prepare for all children to return in March. So let's have a look! We know that school is the best place for children to be - not only to learn but to support their sense of routine, their mental health and their overall wellbeing. In addition to all the existing measures in schools, such as handwashing and study bubbles, two further measures are now in place for added protection. Firstly, there will be regular testing available for all secondary school pupils, college students and education staff. But also, staff and students in secondary schools and colleges are now advised to wear face coverings in all areas, including classrooms, where social distancing cannot be maintained Here’s Assistant Head Teacher Aston Barrett to tell us more. This has been a really tough time for students and for staff but what does it mean to you to see all children come back to school? Personally for me, I cannot wait to get my students back. I've missed having face to face contact with them, I've missed having a laugh with them, I've missed everything it means to be a teacher. What extra protective measures have you been putting in here? When students come in we make sure their hands are sanitised, they have their face masks on they then go off and wash their hands. We make sure the desks are cleaned, the windows are opened, the doors are opened. We also make sure they keep their distance in the playground in terms of different bubbles. We are really looking forward to them coming back and we've put everything in place to make sure that it is as safe as possible. We've all seen the effort that you've gone to, to put in extra safety precautions.
Why is it so important that schools have those measures in place? We know that the school is as safe as it can be and with all the things that we've done we know that we're minimising the risk of infection which will allow us to get on with teaching and back to our normal routines. So be honest, how excited are you about seeing all your friends again? I'm very excited. I kind of just miss all of our real life interactions. Do you understand the reason why we have all of these extra precautions in place? Obviously we know it's keeping everyone safe and it's for the best reasons. I think I've definitely gotten used to it over the couple of lockdowns that we've had, it is better to just listen so that we can get back to normal. Everyone here is excited for all children to return next week and it’s clear they have the right measures in place to make it as safe as possible! If you or your children have any questions about the return to school including the new precautions such as testing visit gov.uk/backtoschool for more information.

For patients needing transport:

If you need transport to go to us or a mass vaccination clinic for your Covid-19 Vaccine please note that the links service is still running.
The contact details are:
Penny Ann - 01273 494109
Jackie Clark - 01273 047248
Diana Halsey - 01273 757834

When will I get my jab?

Sussex Health and Care Partnership have launched a public campaign this week called ‘When will I get my jab?’ to help people know when and where they will get their vaccination.
The roll-out of the programme is complex and can be confusing so they are aiming to provide simple and easy to understand messages.

They have also created a new video that will help explain how the vaccination is currently being delivered to the first priority groups - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh4DLdKD6uw&feature=youtu.be

The link to all of this information is available on their website - https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/covid-19-vaccination-sites/ 

Easy read leaflet on the Covid-19 Vaccine

Please click HERE to view the leaflet.

Warning over COVID vaccination scams

Be on your guard against fraudulent text and email messages as new scams are being sent to patients.

People are receiving a text or email notification of their ‘vaccination appointment’ and are being asked to confirm it by clicking on a link.

This looks very similar to the genuine texts being sent to patients to arrange their appointments at the GP led vaccination services.

Please follow the advice below.

  • The COVID-19 vaccination is ONLY available from the NHS and it is FREE – you will never be asked to pay for it or give your bank details.
  • If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
  • If you receive a text or email that you believe to be fraudulent please delete it. Please be assured that if you don’t respond because you are worried and it is a genuine text or email, you will remain on the vaccination list and be contacted again
  • If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.

If you receive a text message from a number ending in 921, it is us, it is NOT a scam.

FAQ on COVID-19

Please click HERE to see our answers to your frequently asked questions.

Are you aged between 13-19 years old?

If yes please click HERE for further information.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

STAY 2 METRES APART TO STOP CORONAVIRUS SPREADING

Starting from 00:01 Boxing Day(26th December) West Sussex will be in Tier 4.

You must only leave the place you are leaving for:

  • Work and Volunteering
  • Shopping for essentials as locally as possible
  • Collecting items through click and collect or as a takeaway
  • Fulfilling legal obligations
  • Education and Childcare
  • To visit your support bubble
  • Exercise and recreation
  • Medical reasons
  • Communal worship
  • Meet others safely

Further information on the above can be found HERE.

ENSURE YOU ARE 2 METRES APART FROM ANYONE OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSEHOLD/SUPPORT BUBBLE.

You do NOT need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. 

Further advice on what you can and cannot do click HERE.

DO:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often - do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get back home
  • 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 immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Stay at home if you are showing symptoms or anyone in your household is self-isolating
  • wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult , and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet

DON'T:

  • Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool

URGENT ADVICE: Use the NHS 111 online service if:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

ONLY CALL 111 IF YOU CANNOT GET HELP ONLINE.

Christmas Day in Tier 2

  • On Christmas day you can form a 'Christmas Bubble' of up to two other households.
  • The households in your 'Christmas Bubble' must NOT include anyone from Tier 4
  • Stop all unnecessary social contact outside your immediate household as soon as possible for at least 5 days before Christmas
  • Stay local where possible

For Further information about Christmas day please click HERE.

West Sussex County Council Community Hub

WSCC is offering people help and support that need it as a result of COVID-19. Click HERE to see how they can help you. 

West Sussex County Council

Treatment for coronavirus

There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus; antibiotics DO NOT help, as they do not work against viruses.

Treatment aims to to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.

COVID-19 Key points in multiple languages

Please click HERE to view an educational Facebook page that aims to post simple, yet key information in multiple languages for everybody to understand COVID-19 and future developments. 

Advice on Vitamin D Supplements

For advice on taking supplements, including Vitamin D during COVID-19 please click HERE.

Advice for those with Diabetes

For further information and a helpline for those with diabetes please click HERE.

There is now online help and support available for those with diabetes. For more information on that please click HERE.

Advice for children or those with children going back to school

For further information and advice from a top NHS doctor please click HERE.

Advice for those that have been discharged and been tested positive for COVID-19

If you have the COVID-19 infection and have recently been discharged from A&E or a GP consultation click HERE for further advice. 


Henfield Medical Centre's Privacy Notice - COVID19


What to tell your children?

Please click HERE for a book that has been written for children to give information on the Coronavirus without fear.


Volunteer to help find the vaccine for COVID-19

Be part of the fightback against the virus by volunteering to be contacted by researches to take part in COVID-19 vaccine research. 

For more information and how to sign up please click HERE.


Join a COVID-19 clinical trial

The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19. You could be eligible to join if

  • You have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:
    • a continuous new or worsening cough
    • a high temperature
  • You are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness
  • You are aged 65 and above

Find out more principletrial.org


Keep West Sussex Safe - Available in multiple languages

West Sussex County Council have written an article to summarise what we all need to do to prevent new outbreaks and keep West Sussex safe. 

Please click HERE to access and scroll to the bottom to read in multiple languages. 


Public Health England - Translated COVID-19 Guidance for the public

Please click HERE for the full article from Public Health England. For translated guidance please follow the link and look for the grey box near the top titled 'Translated advice and guidance for the public'


NHS Test & Trace explained in multiple languages

If you click HERE it will take you to a document with links to numerous videos explaining Test and Trace in different languages. 

Please select the link in the language that you need and it will open a Youtube Video for you to watch.


Your COVID Recovery

– helping patients to understand what to expect as part of their recovery from COVID-19

Your COVID Recovery is an NHS website designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of COVID-19 and support them to manage their recovery. It has information from rehabilitation experts about how to manage ongoing symptoms and health needs at home, and signposts to sources of support. A significant proportion of post COVID-19 patients are likely to have ongoing health problems. How quickly somebody recovers and the problems they have is likely to vary, and this website can help to answer some questions for patients.


COVID - Got Symptoms? Get Tested?Hand Hygeine


Do not enter pharmacy with symptoms

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