This is an extremely busy time for general practice, and we know many of you are anxious please be supportive of our reception staff during these very challenging times.
Please do not contact the practice about the coronavirus vaccination unless you are over 70 and not yet had the vaccination. All other patients should wait to be contacted for a vaccination appointment. We must follow the national guidance and cannot take calls relating to this. You will be contacted by the practice using text, phone call or letter to make your vaccination appointment. If you recieve a text to book your appointment scroll down the message to the link and click on it to select and book your appointment date and time.
These vaccinations will take place at our local vaccination site at Sharley Park Leisure Centre in Clay Cross. We are not carrying out covid vaccinations at the practice. You cannot book directly with Sharley Park and must wait for us to contact you.
If you have received a letter from the national booking service saying you are eligible for the vaccine, you can book an appointment at one of the available sites. They include the vaccination centre at, Derby Arena, hospital hubs at Derby Royal, Chesterfield Royal and Kings Mill Hospitals and the pharmacy led site at Pinxton Village Hall. This is via the website link on your letter or by calling 119.
Testing information for patients
At a glance
· Only book a test if you or someone you care for has specific symptoms of COVID-19, a fever, loss of taste or smell or a new continuous cough.
· To book a test(s) please go to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus or phone 119
· DO NOT phone NHS 111, your GP surgery or visit your Emergency Department, as they have no access to tests
· Testing centres are not walk-in – you will need an appointment and cannot be tested without one
· If you can’t get a test immediately or near to you keep trying the website address as more tests are added throughout the course of each day and you will often find that you can book a test quickly by trying again
The aim is to get your test results within 48 hours. However, if you have been awaiting your results for longer than five days and want to ask when you should receive them please contact the Coronavirus testing helpline: 0300 303 2713
There is currently a high level of demand for Coronavirus tests so to help the NHS to manage this demand it is important that people consider the advice before applying for a test and go to the right place for their needs.
Booking a test
- To book a test(s) please go to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus or phone 119
- If you can’t get a test immediately or near to you please do keep trying the website address above as more tests are added throughout the course of each day and you will often find that you can book a test quickly by trying again
- The aim is to get your test results within 48 hours. However, if you have been awaiting your results for longer than five days and want to ask when you should receive them please contact the Coronavirus testing helpline: 0300 303 2713
If someone in your household starts to have symptoms, then that person must get tested and the rest of the household should self-isolate with them whilst they wait for the results. If other members of the household don’t have symptoms, then they should not get a test – only people with symptoms should get tested. Full guidance on self-isolation is available on gov.uk.
If people are self-isolating or in quarantine, then a negative test result does not mean they can end isolation early. The virus can take time to develop and so a test early on does not prove that they won’t go on to develop the virus. That means people could still be at risk of spreading the disease to other people.
Experiencing an inconclusive test or a delayed result
If an individual receives an inconclusive test result then they should continue to self-isolate and request another test if they still have symptoms. Individuals experiencing a delay with their results are advised to contact the coronavirus testing helpline: 0300 303 2713 who will be able to help or point the people in the right direction. Due to each test having a Unique Reference Number (URN) individuals have to follow up the test results themselves. Individuals are asked not to call their GP practice to book a test, as GPs have no access to the testing