LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19

Your visit to Henfield Medical Centre, what you need to know:

  1. A face covering must be worn at all times, unless you are medically exempt
  2. The one Way System is no longer in place. We ask all of our patients to please use the main entrance. If you are coming for a Covid-19 Vaccine please follow the new ramp on the right side of the building. Clinics will be clearly signposted.
  3. We ask all patients to use the self-check in screen if you have an appointment. Please sanitise your hands using the sanitising station to the right of the screen before AND after use.
  4. There are 3 sanitising stations within the waiting room, 1 in the Foyer, 1 by the check-in screen and 1 to the left of the television screen. We ask you all to make use of them!
  5. If you need to use the toilet while at Henfield Medical Centre may we please request that ONLY toilet roll is flushed. No wipes, paper towels, sanitary towels etc are to be flushed as this blocks the toilets.
  6. In these stressful times we can understand the frustration but we will not tolerate any abuse of any kind towards our staff. If any member of staff does experience abuse from any visitor, that visitor will be asked to leave.
  7. If you need to bring a child due to difficulty with childcare or an accompanying adult for support, that is absolutely fine.

Covid-19 vaccine walk in clinics

For anyone over the age of 12 including health and social care workers who may need their vaccine before the 1st of February to comply with the health and social care rules.

Monday 17 January 4pm-6:30pm
Tuesday 18 January 4pm-6:30pm
Wednesday 19 January 1pm-6pm

Firsts: To be eligible you must be aged 12+.
Seconds: To be eligible you must be aged 12-17 and had your first vaccine on or before 25 October 2021, or aged 18+ and had your first vaccine on or before 22 November 2021.
Boosters: To be eligible you must be aged 18+ (or in a vulnerable category) and have had your second Covid vaccination on or before 18 October 2021.

Covid-19 Vaccination and Blood Clotting

For further information on the Covid-19 Vaccine and blood clotting please click HERE.

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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Information for health professionals can be found HERE.

Self-care guidance is available on the NHS website for people who have mild COVID-19. This extensive guidance is helpful for those who have coronavirus and are in need of self-care advice.

The Government has released a new 4 step plan to ease lockdown in England. for further information please click HERE.

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 crowded areas and NHS locations

DON'T:

  • Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

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.

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. 

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.

Advice on Vitamin D Supplements

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


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.


COVID19 - Got Symptoms? Get Tested!Hand Hygeine


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