Coronavirus/Covid 19

NOTICE: If you have a mobile number, we ARE sending out text invites for patients to book vaccinations, these will say something along the lines of:

“You can now book your COVID-19 Vaccination. Please book using the link below to reduce pressure on our team. To check this message is genuine, you can view the notice on our website. If you have a query please call our Care Coordinators on 020 8772 8772 -option 3. Balham Park Surgery”

Our invite will ALWAYS include the surgery name and will always take you to a website called “AccuRx” or “AccuBook”. We will not send any text invites that do not link to the AccuRx/AccuBook website and that do not have our name on. Examples of fake, fraudulent invites are included in the image at the end of this page. 

Covid-19 vaccinations

We continue to contact patients who are eligible to be vaccinated at our GP-led vaccination centre. When you are invited to book in with us, we will not be able to confirm the date for your second appointment but you will need to have this at the same vaccination centre and you can be assured that we will arrange this date with you nearer the time.

If you had your first vaccination with us and have not yet been contacted for your second dose, we will be in touch with you as soon as we have slots available.

If you are aged over 50, you will be contacted by the national booking service to book your first dose and can book using the following link:

National Booking Service: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccinations

To book via Balham Park Surgery at Balham Health Centre or Mitcham Lane Baptist Church: use the invite link texted to you.

We have sent the invitation link to most of our patients over the age of 40.

We have been made aware that the link has failed to send to a small group of patient in the age range of 40-49, these patients will receive the link as soon as more appointments become available. Please do not call the team at the moment as they will be unable to book you in. The website will be updated as soon as we have been made aware when the next clinics will be. Patients who do not have mobile numbers and are over 40 will be called when appointments become available.

Balham Park Surgery Covid Vaccination Bookings Team: 020 8772 8772 – option 3  (Patient Services Team)

If you are having concerns about the vaccine and would like to discuss it with a GP, you can do so by contacting our bookings team on the above number.

Housebound Patients

Central London Community Health Services (CLCH) have completed all housebound patients in our area. If you are housebound and have not been vaccinated by the 18th February then please contact the surgery on 020 8772 8772 – option 3.

Where will the vaccinations be given?

Patients of Balham Park Surgery will be asked to go to:

Balham Health Centre
120-124 Bedford Hill
SW12 9HS

OR

Mitcham Lane Baptist Church
230 Mitcham Lane
SW16 6NT

Public Transport to Mitcham Lane:

155/ 355 towards Mitcham get off at Tooting The Mitre (Stop TJ) and then get a 57/ 333 towards Elephant & Castle and get off at Dahomey Road (Stop R) you will then need to walk down the Alleyway/ Path to get to the Church.

Wandsworth Community Transport are offering free rides for the elderly on their mini buses to get them to their vaccine. They can be called on 020 8675 7460 once you have been booked in to arrange this.

Patient Leaflets

Created by Public Health England

Covid-19 Vaccination What to ExpectCovid-19 Why Do I Have To WaitCovid-19 Guide for Health Care Workers

If you currently have covid-19 symptoms, and would like to ask for a test, please use this link

https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/covid-19-testing/

The Government have advised patients who are deemed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) of adverse affects from Covid-19 to resume shielding during this lock down.

These are patients who would have received a letter advising them to shield either during the first lock down or anytime after.

If you are unsure if you are meant to be shielding and feel that you are at high risk then please contact your GP to discuss further.

19.03.2021

LONG COVID

Over recent weeks, you may have heard about ‘Long Covid’ in the media. This is a fluctuating condition affecting multiple systems in the body following Covid-19, lasting for a prolonged period of time. The presentation can vary widely, from profound fatigue, breathlessness, and chest pains, to more generalised and non-specific symptoms such as dizziness, mood changes and ‘brain fog’.

There have been over 80 scientific papers published on ‘Long Covid’ thus far, and yet the cause is still unknown. Theories range from a prolonged inflammatory process in the body, an auto-immune reaction (where the body ‘turns against itself’), to reservoirs of the virus persisting in our body.

Although numbers quoted in current studies vary greatly, it is clear that a significant proportion of people with Covid-19 have a delayed recovery, which in some people can go on as long as 3-6 months. Furthermore, the severity of the illness does not seem to correlate with later outcomes; meaning people with mild Covid infection can still have significant long-term symptoms.

What we do know is that for most people who are not hospitalised with the illness, a significant improvement in symptoms generally occurs within 4-6 weeks, and taking things easy and living a healthy lifestyle are all that is needed.

However, for those suffering with ongoing or severe symptoms, there is support available. This should start with booking an appointment with one of your GPs. They will go through your symptoms, assess whether an examination or further investigations are necessary, then discuss the next steps.

Rest assured there are a wealth of resources available to help get you through what can be a challenging recovery period. A number of organisations have produced helpful guides for patients on recovering from Covid-19 (see below). We particularly recommend the ‘Your recovery website’, which has advice on symptom control as well as getting back to normal activities. Your GP may also recommend having some supervised rehabilitation through our physiotherapy service, or referring you to the local psychological therapy service, Talk Wandsworth. They can help with those suffering with ongoing fatigue or low mood/ anxiety.

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) are working with the Royal College of General Practitioners to develop more guidance on managing persistent symptoms of Covid-19. We hope these will be published by the end of the year, and should help further enhance our support for patients with ‘Long Covid’.

Links to trusted information on recovery after COVID-19

NHS Your Covid RecoveryGuys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust - information on recovery after Coronavirus

If you do need to speak to someone about Coronavirus, please call NHS 111.

You can use NHS 111’s online tool as well, to assess your symptoms 111.nhs.uk and get advice. This will be the same advice as given if you phone NHS 111.

Links to information and support regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Click here to read more about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please click here if you are Struggling with COVID-19? 

Click here to access information to support your recovery from Covid-19

Self certification form for employers due to Covid-19

NHS 111 Isolation Note

Guidance on Shielding & Protecting Vulnerable People

Mental Wellbeing Resources

Face Coverings: When to wear one & make your own

Face Covering exemptions

Wandsworth residents can access the wellbeing Covid-19 Support Line for patients who may be struggling with social isolation and lockdown:

Wellbeing support line (9am – 5pm) 020 3513 6264 – choose option 4

COVID-19 Conjuntivitis

Advice for Parents during Covid-19

Are you struggling with Coronavirus?

Document detailing support available for patients during Self-Isolation

ACERS Post COVID-19 Patient Information Pack – helping you to recover and manage your symptoms following COVID-19