Coronavirus/ Covid-19 (2019-nCoV)

VACCINE PASSPORT

If you had Covid-19 (Coronavirus) vaccines in the UK, you can see them in the NHS App on their mobile phones.
(Please note this is different from the NHS Covid-19 App)
The App also generates a QR code, known as the Covid Pass, or vaccine passport.

If you had the vaccine in a different part of London or another city in the UK, It may take a few days for the information from the vaccination centre to be transferred. If after waiting, it does not happen, please get in touch with us and we can try to query with the NHS computing department.

If you had the vaccine in another country, do please let us know, and we can update your GP records.
Please tell us (1) the name or manufacturer of the vaccine, (2) the date you had the injection, (3) the serial number, (4) the expiry date of the vaccine, (5) which arm you had the injection.

This information should then appear in your Immunisation records page.
However, we cannot make the QR code appear. That is done by a separate government department called NHS Digital.


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CORONAVIRUS VACCINE

There are two options to receive the Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine:

1. Pre-book appointment - choose a place and time slot yourself online, or ask the surgery staff to choose for you

2. Walk in without appointment (see below)

Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site - England:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site/

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Walk-in vaccination clinics - North Central London CCG area:

https://northcentrallondonccg.nhs.uk/my-health/covid-19/covid-19-vaccinations-in-north-central-london/walk-in-vaccination-clinics/

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Getting a COVID vaccine if you are not registered with a GP

Anyone can have the Covid vaccine at Walk In clinics, even if you do not have a GP.

You just cannot ask GP surgery to book an appointment, if you are not registered with the practice (That is obvious0.

https://www.london.gov.uk/coronavirus/how-get-vaccine/getting-covid-vaccine-if-you-are-not-registered-gp#:~:text=You%20do%20not%20need%20to,not%20registered%20with%20a%20GP.

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Of course, we do encourage everyone to register with a GP. You may not need to see a doctor often, but he/she will be there for you.

To register with us, please see New Patients tab.

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Coronavirus NHS invite

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TESTING FOR CORONAVIRUS

 

Coronavirus* tests

 

Coronavirus where you can go for test 

There are two kinds of tests for Coronavirus infection.

 

  1. Test for whether you have the virus infection now.

This test is now open to any member of public who has symptoms of coronavirus.

It requires swabs from the nose and throat.

You can watch a video of how the test is done:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCqo7MhQT6U
 

This can be done by a trained professional at a testing site. Or by yourself or a family member at home. 

  • This looks for the virus itself. It is called Antigen test.
  • The test is useful when you are having new symptoms, or soon after you have been in contact with another person with infection.
  • The virus shows up in the nose and throat from day 3 to day 7 of contact with the virus – that is the best time to do this test.

 

You should request this test yourself. When booking the test, the NHS may ask for an Identity Check. Your GP cannot refer you.

To request this test:

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  1. Test for infected people without symptoms ("asymptomatic") 

Many work places (especially in health care and social care) routinely test staff every week. This is arranged by the employers, for workers without symptoms.

Workers who test positive will have to self isolate even if they are not unwell.

With the latest lockdown, the government also indicated that secondary school students would be tested before they return to school.

In Haringey, children from age 12 upwards can access this testing at:
48 Station Road, Wood Green, N22 7TY.

Free rapid COVID-19 testing site in Haringey (4 January 2021)

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  1. Test for whether you have had the virus infection in the past.

This test is open to NHS staff and care home workers, and some patients in care.

It requires a blood sample from a vein in your arm.

 

  • This looks for the body’s reaction to the virus. It is called Antibody test.
  • This test is useful if you once had symptoms, but was not tested for the virus antigen at that time.
  • The test is best done at least a month after the symptoms – the immune system takes two to four weeks to develop antibody. (By that time the virus antigen has disappeared.)
  • Some people catch the virus but have little or no symptoms. If you are one of them, this test can also show you had caught the virus some time ago.

 

To request this test:

  • Ask your NHS workplace, or
  • Ask your GP surgery (Your GP will have to refer you to the hospital and you may need to show you work in the NHS or a care home)

If you do not qualify for the NHS antibody test, some private clinics in London offer antibody test. If you are interested you may search on the internet for "coronavirus antibody test London". 

 

10.06.2020

* A word about vocabulary

To make this easier to read, we have used the word ‘Coronavirus’ above. Technically, there are many different Coronaviruses. The particular virus that is causing the pandemic is SARS-CoV-2 or nCov-2019. The disease it causes is called Covid-19. Really, they are pointing to

Coronavirus tests for NHS staff and the public

Advice to NHS staff - antibody test

Assessment for NHS staff - risk at workplace

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Quit for Covid


CORONAVIRUS HOT HUB

From Tuesday 9 April 2020, a GP HOT HUB is open in Haringey.

This is designed to:

  • review patients who have Covid related illness; or
  • review patients who may have Covid with another urgent medical problem.

If you have an illness that fits into these two groups:

  • you will not be seen at your GP practice;
  • either your GP practice or 111 may refer you into the Hot Hub service.

Patient Information leaflet for Hot Hub BG

Patient Information leaflet for Hot Hub BG


The patients who are at highest risk of becoming seriously ill from viral infection, should receive a letter from the NHS.

If you (or someone you know) have not received the letter, you may view a copy here:

Vulnerable groups letter from government 2020-03-21


Patients who are shielding (i.e. advised to stay at home for the whole time), and do not have family or friends that can help, can register at:

www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

BARNET:
www.barnet.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-information-and-advice

CAMDEN:
https://coronavirus-help.camden.gov.uk/

ENFIELD:
https://new.enfield.gov.uk/forms/covid-19-community-support-request-form/

HARINGEY:
www.haringey.gov.uk/community/connected-communities

ISLINGTON:
www.islington.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/coronavirus-covid-19/need-help

NOTE: Each government department may have criteria on who can access help, or what sort of help one can get.

If you do not fit into these criteria, there may be VOLUNTARY GROUPS near you who can help.

At Alexandra Surgery we do not have our own Voluntary group. However, if you live in this area and you have organised one, do please let us know.
Email to alexandrasurgery@nhs.net 


Coronavirus and pregnancy

Advice from Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists UK:

Coronavirus and pregnancy - RCOG UK




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