If you have still not received a COVID vaccination and are eligible, you can now use https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site/ to find your nearest vaccination centre.
The national booking service is available online here http://www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or by calling 119.
The surgery will be taking part in the booster scheme. However, we have a limited supply of stock; we are contacting patients in age order to receive their booster.
As long as your last vaccination dose was MORE than 6 months ago, the quickest and easiest way to arrange your booster vaccination appointment is online via the National Booking System (or by calling 119). There is no need to contact your GP practice; to find out if you're eligible please go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/
The surgery will be contacting patients in cohorts as necessary via text message; please ensure that we have your up to date number. If you do not have a mobile phone you will be contacted via letter.
Our staff would like to say a big 'Thank You' to all the patients who have taken the time to write cards and emails expressing their gratitude to the whole team at The Knoll Surgery.
A special Thank You to Jenny Penny for the lovely bouquets that were delivered to our staff, and to all those who have kindly dropped off treats for the team.
May we also take this opportunity to thank those who helped to provide much needed PPE in the early days, and to our much valued team of volunteers who help out at the COVID vaccination clinics.
Reading through your lovely messages helps to brighten our days and they are very much appreciated!
A request from The Practice
Useful COVID-19 resources
- For post COVID recovery support please see https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/. It includes information from rehabilitation experts about how to manage ongoing symptoms and health needs at home, and signposts to sources of support.
- Local NHS Trust, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership (CWP), has launched a new mental health helpline for residents of Cheshire West, Cheshire East and Wirral. Open 24 hours a day, seven-days a week, it is open to people of all ages including children and young people who need urgent mental health support. The helpline is part of the NHS Long Term Plan to improve access to mental health support. Originally due to go live next year, it has been fast-tracked to be available to support local people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Please call 0300 303 3972 and our dedicated local NHS staff will support you to access the help you need.
* Please see the attached document below for local guidance on the issuing of sick notes
B12 replacement during Covid-19 Outbreak
Guidance has been issued by the British Society of Haematologists (BSH) relating to B12 replacement
In line with this guidance and the need to keep both our patients and staff safe by reducing footfall to the surgery, we will be assessing patients on an individual basis via a telephone consultation to decide along with the patient if oral replacement is appropriate.
The guidance states that in non-dietary causes of Vitamin B12 deficiency, Options include continuing IM injections B12, or alternatively taking cyanocobalamin orally at 1mg per day until regular IM injections can resume.
Cyanocobalamin 1mg modified release tablets can be prescribed by the GP, unless the patient actively declines and wishes to self-purchase.
Patients taking oral replacement should be advised to monitor and report any neurological symptoms to their GP, at which point we can resume B12 injections.
Patients with a dietary cause of Vitamin B12 deficiency are advised that cyanocobalamin tablets at a dose of between 50-150 micrograms should be taken daily between meals and these can be purchased cheaply over the counter or via the internet.
There is also a recommendation that serum Vitamin B12 should be re-assessed prior to recommencing B12 injections.