Coronavirus/Covid 19

ADVICE FROM PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND ON 2ND DOSES OF AstraZeneca 2nd DOSE:

We know that 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are required for the best protection and that side effects from AstraZeneca are generally very mild after the second dose. The evidence shows that mixing vaccine brands is more likely to cause more common side effects. So even if you felt unwell after your first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, you are best to complete with this vaccine for your second dose. Every effort should be made to give people the same vaccine, but in exceptional circumstances where this is not possible it is better to give a second dose of another vaccine than not at all

Balham, Tooting and Furzdown PCN Vaccination Appointments (your local hub!) 

These appointments are bookable via the GP practice, following a text link or telephone invite.

1st Vaccination Invites: All clinics on the system currently for first doses are the Pfizer Vaccine

2nd dose vaccine invites have been sent out to those who had their first vaccine 10 weeks ago (or 8 weeks ago if over 50). If you received your vaccine 10 weeks or more ago but have not been invited for your 2nd then please email swlccg.adminbalhamparksurgery@nhs.net in case there has been an error.

Please avoid calling regarding vaccines, unless you are unable to use email, to reduce the wait on our phone lines. 

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National Guidance 

Patients over the age of 18 can book their vaccination appointments through the National Booking System (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/).

In line with JCVI guidance, the National Booking Service now allows people in this age group, without an underlying health condition, to book into an appointment offering an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Pregnant women: the new NBS functionality will enable pregnant women to book appointments at a site that offers the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine following a series of screening questions. This is in line with JCVI guidance and the Green Book.

COVID-19 vaccination status is available for people living in England, for international travel, via the NHS App or by calling 119 to request a letter copy. If you have problems with the app, please use this link to contact them https://www.nhs.uk/contact-us/nhs-app-contact-us/

Further advice has been published regarding 30-39 year olds and the AstraZenica vaccine:

The advice provided indicates a ‘preference for adults aged 30-39 without underlying health conditions to receive an alternative to Oxford/Astra-Zeneca vaccine-where available and only if this does not cause substantial delays in being vaccinated.’

They emphasize this is a precaution, that no new risks have been identified and the new approach is influenced by the lower infection rates in the UK currently.

Where possible patients in this age range will be offered an alternative vaccine, however if there are none available and they are due to be vaccinated then the AstraZeneca vaccine will be offered.

 Guidance for pregnant women in eligible groups: 

For people in the eligible cohorts who are also pregnant, JCVI guidance is that they should be offered mRNA vaccine. Women can attend any vaccination service that has a mRNA vaccine available or through referral to the SWL Covid-19 Maternity Vaccination Service.

We are in the process of identifying patient who are in the eligible cohorts but have not been offered a vaccine due to a pregnancy code on their record. If you are over 40, have been told you are at high risk or moderate risk of Covid, are pregnant and would like to be vaccinated then please email swlccg.adminbalhamparksurgery@nhs.net.

Please avoid calling regarding vaccines, unless you are unable to use email, to reduce the wait on our phone lines. 

17.05.2021

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

Vaccinated in the UK? 

Please use the button below to access information on how to receive your COVID Pass for events and travel.

NHS Website Information on how to get an NHS COVID Pass

Vaccinated Abroad?

Please ensure evidence of your vaccination has been sent to the practice on swlccg.bpsitteam@nhs.net so that we can ensure your local clinical record is up to date.

If you have been vaccinated outside of England, your vaccine will not show on the NHS App Covid Pass page as it was not given by the NHS. The country in which you had you vaccine should be able to provide you with their version of a COVID Pass.

The nationally provided vaccine data system does not currently have the capability to add data for vaccinations administered abroad (this includes Wales, Scotland, Oversees territories and Channel Islands). So for people vaccinated abroad the official NHS vaccine passport is not currently available.

 Although not yet considered a “COVID passport”, your vaccinations have been documented on your patient record, which is visible through Patient Access and the GP Health Record tab of the NHS App.

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