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COVID-19: Service Updates & Resources


Covid 19 Vaccination Update

Second doses of COVID-19 vaccine brought forward for those aged 40 and over in NHS Tayside area.

People aged 40 years and over in NHS Tayside area whose second coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination appointment is scheduled more than eight weeks after their first are being encouraged to seek an earlier slot. They can do this by going online at Covid19 Vaccine Appointments where they can also check the status of their second appointment, by calling the vaccine helpline on 0800 030 8013, or attending one of the drop in centres.

It follows recent advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommending that the interval for second doses be brought forward from 12 to eight weeks, where supply allows. The national vaccination programme is already scheduling appointments to reflect the latest guidance. However, many people, particularly over 40s, have already received an invitation in line with the previous recommendation of a 12 week interval, and they are now being invited to reschedule an earlier appointment. 

Supplies permitting this will also apply to under 40s when their second dose appointments are due. 

NHS Tayside encourages anyone aged 40 or over who has an appointment for the second dose of their COVID-19 vaccine which is more than eight weeks after their first dose, to change this online, call the helpline or attend one of our drop-in centres operating in the area. 

You don’t need an appointment to attend the drop in. If you’re 40 or over and it’s been eight weeks since your first vaccine, please just come along. Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said:

“The second dose is vital in providing greater and longer lasting protection against the virus, particularly the new Delta variant. In the six months since vaccinations started in Scotland, we have delivered first doses to more than three quarters of the adult population and second doses to more than half. We remain on track to offer the vaccine to all adults by the end of July, but the emergence of the new variant shows that we cannot be complacent. The vaccination programme is one of the main ways, along with restrictions and testing, that we are working to beat this virus and so it is crucial that everyone attends for their appointments".

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Covid19 Vaccinating Carers

Register for a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine as a carer

People who provide vital face to face care and support for others, and who haven’t already been given an appointment, are now being invited to register for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. Please see the Vaccinating Carers page at NHSInform for further information.

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Covid-19 Vaccination

How to get the vaccine, Who will be offered the vaccine first?, are COVID-19 vaccines safe? Find out in our Covid-19 Vaccination leaflet.

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VAC4COVID Study

By taking part in the VAC4COVID Study you can help us understand how people do after vaccination and support public confidence in COVID19 vaccines.

Please register to take part in VAC4COVID before vaccination, if you can. You can still register after vaccination.

VAC4COVID will contact you monthly (and weekly for 4 weeks after you have any COVID19 vaccines) to ask about your health. The study will not provide your COVID19 vaccination. Vaccines will be provided by usual health providers.

To register, for more information or to contact VAC4COVID, please visit: www.vac4covid.com

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Your community health care services

If you are wondering how health services are different as a result of coronavirus or which service is right for you, we are here to help.

See Changes to NHS services due to coronavirus for further information.

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NHS 24 Guide to GP practice services during the coronavirus pandemic

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Practice Service Updates

DO NOT ENTER UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN ASKED TO ATTEND BY A DOCTOR OR MEMBER OF RECEPTION

PLEASE REMAIN 2 METRES FROM RECEPTION (BEHIND THE WHITE LINE)

Appointments

Until further notice, if you require an appointment or advice, you should contact the practice.

Prescriptions

If you require a repeat prescription, please order this online, if you have not registered, please see the instructions on our online services page, your registration will be processed immediately.

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Face Masks

If you have been asked to attend for an appointment, can you please ensure you are wearing a facemask or covering.

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Epilepsy Scotland Check-In Service

If you are struggling due to the continued restrictions caused by coronavirus, we are here to help.

Register for our check-in service to receive a regular call from us to ask questions relating to your epilepsy and talk confidentially about any concerns arising.

To register call 0808 800 2200 or email contact@epilepsyscotland.org.uk.

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Salt Water Gargling

ELVIS COVID-19  - using salt water to wash out nasal passages and gargling to reduce Covid symptoms (University of Edinburgh study).

If you have developed symptoms of COVID-19 including a continuous cough or high temperature or loss of sense of smell or taste within the past 48 hours, the study team would appreciate your help in this study. They will gather information of your symptoms throughout your illness and use this to see if nasal washout and gargling with salt water helps.

For more information, and to get involved, please follow the link to the website: https://www.ed.ac.uk/usher/elvis-covid-19

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People who develop symptoms of coronavirus

When to self-isolate

The medical advice is clear: you must self-isolate if you have coronavirus symptoms or live in the same household as somebody who does. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

For more information,  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/.

If you have one or more of these symptoms, you must self-isolate straight away for 7 days – or longer if you still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste.

If you live in the same household as someone with coronavirus symptoms, you must self-isolate straight away for 14 days.

How to order a test

The sooner you have a test, the sooner we can let you know if you and other members of your household must remain in self-isolation.

Members of the public can order a test through the https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

If you are an essential worker or an employer, please visit https://test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/appointment

If you don’t have access to the internet, you can order a test by phoning 119.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested has more information on the testing programme.

When you order a test, you will get information on the options available to you.

If you test negative

If you get a negative test result, this means you are at low risk of having coronavirus.  Other members of your household can stop self-isolating. If you feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus, you can stop self-isolating. You could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until you are better.

If you test positive

If you get a positive test result, this means that when you took the test, you had coronavirus. You – and other members of your household – must continue to self-isolate.

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Psychological Resources for Covid-19

Download our Psychological Resources Guide for Covid-19

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Self Isolation and Work

If you require a self certificate from work these can be accessed from DWP website (search for SC2 statement of sickness). Please visit https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/ for further information on benefits during coronavirus including isolation notes.
The practice will not issue sick lines to cover COVID self isolation.