CORONAVIRUS & FLU VACCINATIONS
COVID-19 Boosters & Flu Vaccinations
Following the COVID-19 booster guidance released last week we have received confirmation that we can run co-administered Flu & COVID-19 booster clinics back at the Barnstaple Leisure Centre. We will be looking to invite patients who are aged 65+ and patients who are aged between 16 and 64 with underlying health conditions to these clinics to have both vaccines administered at the same time.
For all other patients who are eligible for the Flu vaccine, this will be available at the GP practice and we will be contacting you separately in due course.
Other patients who are eligible for the COVID-19 booster will be able to book their appointment via the National Booking Service by calling 119 or by clicking on the link provided below.
We would like to re-assure patients that we are working hard to get our clinics up and running as soon as possible so that our eligible patients are able to have both the Flu and COVID-19 booster administered in one appointment. We will invite these patients via telephone or text message. The National Booking Service is also getting ready to contact eligible patients to invite them to book their appointment online for their COVID-19 booster vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccinations (1st & 2nd Doses)
If you still need to have your 1st dose of the vaccine then please contact the National Booking Service by calling 119 or clicking the link below.
For anyone who is still needing a 2nd dose of the vaccine, then please contact the CCG either by email or telephone (contact details provided below). If you email you should get a response or if you ring then you may get put through to an answer machine so please leave a message. The CCG will then get in contact with you but this may not be immediately due to the support team not being staffed full time.
NHS National Booking Service:
NHS Devon CCG Vaccination Support Contact Details:
Telephone: 01752 398836
General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDfPR)
The data in patient’s medical records at GP practices is used every day to support health and care planning and research in England, helping to find better treatments and improve patient outcomes for everyone. NHS Digital has developed a new way to collect this data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.
NHS Digital has engaged with the British Medical Association (BMA), Royal College of GPs (RCGP) and the National Data Guardian (NDG) to ensure relevant safeguards are in place for patients and GP practices.
NHS Digital will not collect patients' names or addresses. Any other data that could directly identify patients (such as NHS Number, date of birth, full postcode) is replaced with unique codes which are produced by de-identification software before the data is shared with NHS Digital.
Further information about the service can be found here.
As a patient, you have the right to opt out of your data being used in this way by completing and signing the Type 1 Data Opt Out Form and returning it to us. To download the opt out form, click here.
You can email your opt-out form to us but it must be signed.
NHS Digital are not setting a specific starting date for the collection of data.
If you have any further queries, please contact Sabrina Maines-Blatherwick or Kate Graddock at the surgery.
Online consultations (eConsults) are a quick and simple alternative to visiting your GP practice.
To find out what eConsults are all about and how to do it, then watch the video below:
Note: eConsults are only available from Monday to Friday (08:00 - 18:00).
Here is a quick and simple guide on how to consult with your GP online:
1. Click the blue square below to get started or download the NHS app
2. Fill out the form (it is simple and only takes a few minutes)
You can use it to:
- Ask about an existing condition or new symptoms (it’s important to include as much information about your symptoms as possible)
- Get information about your condition and how to treat yourself
- Discuss a test result and request sick notes.
3. Get a quick response
Once you have submitted the form, we will normally let you know the next step by the end of the next working day. This might be advice on what to do next or we may decide you need a face-to-face appointment. If you want to consult online but don't have access to a device or the internet, a staff member will be happy to help you fill it out on your behalf over the phone.
Quick E-Consult Links:
To access your online account to book appointments, request repeat prescriptions and access your medical record, click below:
North Devon Minor Injury Units
Bideford Minor Injuries Unit is currently closed. The unit has been closed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. This was to allow the highly skilled minor injuries unit staff to be redeployed to the emergency department at North Devon District Hospital where extra space and staffing was needed to provide a COVID safe service.
In line with national requirements, COVID-19 infection control guidelines are still in place at North Devon District Hospital therefore there is an ongoing need for the additional space and staffing in the main emergency department.
For more information, please click the link below:
Ilfracombe's Tyrell Hospital is offering a weekend minor injuries unit until the end of the Summer.
Patients can either book in through the NHS 111 service or attend without an appointment between 10:00 and 18:00 on Saturdays and Sundays until the end of August 2021.
The service will be provided by a paramedic and technician.
They will be able to treat:
- Wound Infections
- Other Minor Injuries
For more information, please click the link below:
What are the symptoms?
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough (You have started coughing repeatedly)
- A loss or change in your sense of taste or smell
What do I do if I have any of the symptoms?
- Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if you have COVID-19 as soon as possible
- Stay at home and do not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get your test result (only leave your home to have a test)
- Check if the people you live with need to self-isolate
- Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Testing for COVID-19 is not needed if you're staying at home.
Read the advice about staying at home here.
How long do I need to stay at home?
- If you have symptoms, stay at home for 10 days
- If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
- If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term health condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home with someone else, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do, only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, your condition gets worse or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.
NHS information about COVID-19, including symptoms, testing, vaccination and self-isolation:
Sick/fit notes for COVID-19 will be issued via NHS 111 and not via GP surgeries. Please do not ring us for a sick/fit note if you have to self-isolate for 7 or 14 days or have the virus:
Government information and advice about COVID-19:
We encourage patients that are visiting the practice to continue to wear a face covering before entering the surgery as this will prevent any further spread of COVID-19 and keep our patients and staff safe. This also includes children if they are able to.
Wearing a face covering is an added precaution that may have some benefit in reducing the likelihood that a person with the infection passes it on. Evidence shows a face covering can help in reducing the spread of droplets; it stops them from leaving the mouth and nose area and reduces the size of area in which they spread.
Contaminated droplets can also be picked up from surfaces by touch and subsequently from touching the face. It is important people avoid touching their face covering when wearing it where possible to avoid hand to mask transmission of the virus. Face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing. Regular hand washing remains an important action and do not enter the building if you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms.
Face Covering Exemptions:
Some patients may not be able to manage wearing a face covering due to a disability or certain medical conditions. The Clinicians are not able to provide a letter or certificate to exempt patients from wearing a face covering.
For guidance on how to get exemption documents and how make to make your own face covering, click the link below:
The Fern Centre, North Devon's Cancer and Wellbeing Centre
The Fern Centre is based at the North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple. They offer support for patients with cancer as well as their loved ones by providing a dedicated space for therapies, care and advice in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
It is run by specialist staff and trained volunteers.
It is entirely funded by charitable contributions raised by the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust charity Over and Above.
For more information and to see the full list of services and support they can offer, please visit their website:
Intercom Trust are an LGBT+ charity based across the South West that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans+ people (as well as their friends and families). They are able to provide help and support to anyone that is struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity and they recognise the difficulties that many isolated or vulnerable LGBT+ people face accessing services, especially during these challenging times.
If you are aware of anyone that may benefit from the support of Intercom Trust or you would like to refer someone directly to their service, please follow this link: https://www.intercomtrust.org.uk/help/referral
Their helpline is also open from 09:00 - 16:00 (Monday to Friday) and can be reached on 0800 612 3010.
More information can also be found in this leaflet by clicking here.
Fremington Medical Centre is absolutely committed to doing what we can to help the environment and to be part of the solution to the climate emergency we are facing.
Approximately 73 million inhalers are used in the UK every year.
Landfill disposal of inhalers is harmful to the environment both in material waste and in greenhouse gas emissions as the residual gas from canisters is released into the atmosphere.
If every inhaler user in the UK returned all of their inhalers for one year this could save 512,330 tonnes of CO2eq, this is the same as a VW Golf car being driven around the world 88,606 times.
The only environmentally safe way to dispose of inhalers is through thermal treatment, such as incineration. This won't happen if people just pop their inhalers in the bin at home.
Instead, can we encourage all of our patients, wherever possible to please return their used inhalers to pharmacies so that they can be destroyed safely.
Cancer Care Car Service
The AccEPT Clinic is an NHS funded psychological therapies service in Exeter offering Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for adults who have had depression in the past and are looking for ways to stay well. MBCT is a nationally recommended treatment for recurrent depression, and we are a centre of excellence in the UK, running for 12 years now. We are the main local provider of MBCT serving the Mid, East and North of Devon, as well as being a centre for high-quality research and training in MBCT in the UK. The Service is free to all patients in the NEW Devon catchment area and patients can either be referred by their GP or you can direct patients to refer themselves. We run groups regularly throughout the year so referrals are always open. In usual times we run face to face groups in Exeter, East, Mid and North Devon but currently our courses are online via Zoom.
For further information, visit the website:
Fremington Medical Centre is proud to be breast feeding friendly.
People have the right to breastfeed anywhere, but we want new parents to feel relaxed, welcomed and supported if they choose to feed their baby whilst with us.
If you would like some privacy whilst you feed then please let one of our team know who will do their best to provide you with a private area.
Breastfeeding can have its challenges, as can lots of aspects of being a new parent. If you want to find out more about what support is available, please ask our reception team or the clinician you have an appointment with on the day.
Talkworks are running regular, free, one-off workshops called "TALKWORKS for challenging times".
This workshop has been developed as a result of the current COVID-19 situation (although is not specifically about Covid) and covers strategies for wellbeing. It is a 2 hour workshop which covers things like worry, managing routines and sleep. It may also be a useful space for people to reflect and consider whether the service can support them in other ways, and has been a useful opportunity for many people to go on and book a one-to-one assessment with one of our Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.
For more information visit: