COVID 19

As you will be aware the COVID-19 Pandemic has gained a significant foothold in our country. Health Services, including Hospitals and GP Practices, will be working tirelessly and well beyond their safe capacity levels to help the sickest and most vulnerable patients. 

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 Benchill Medical Practice are doing telephone consultations to assess patients and only bringing patients in if they feel they need to be seen, once they have been assessed.

                                                            Latest Figures & COVID 19

                                                       GOV.UK Information of COVID 19


Symptoms of COVID-19
The main symptoms of coronavirus are: a high temperature (this means you feel hot on your chest or back; you do not need to check the temperature); a new, continuous cough (coughing a lot in an hour or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours); a loss of smell or taste

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS (www.nhs.uk)


Self-Isolation
If you have symptoms, you need to get a covid-19 test and begin self-isolating for a total of 10 days (from the start of your symptoms). Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started and the next full 10 days. If you live with others, they also needs to isolate, but for 10 days. Anyone who is in your support bubble will also need to self-isolate, if you have been in contact with them since your symptoms started or 48 hours before. The 10 day self-isolation is also required if NHS Test and Trace have asked you to isolate. 

Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus - GOV.UK 

COVID-19 Stay at Home Guidance - GOV.UK

How Long to Self-Isolate - NHS.uk


Testing and Tracing 
If you are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS Covid-19 app then you must do so immediately. Do not leave your home or have any visitors in your home. If you live with someone at high risk from corona virus, you should arrange for them to stay with friends or family while you self-isolate.

If you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace - NHS (www.nhs.uk)


Self-Isolation Note / Returning to Work
If you need to self-isolate, you do not need to call the practice for a sick note. You can use the website below to create a self-isolate note

Get an Isolation Note - NHS (111.nhs.uk)

You will also need to fill in the form below on your return to work. Further details can be found on the gov.uk website.

Self Certificate Form - Benchill Medical Practice

You can return to your normal routine after your isolation period ends. If you have a cough, or loss/change of smell or taste, these may persist for several weeks. However, if you are still having temperatures, please seek medical advice.


Seeking Help
If you feel you cannot cope at home with your symptoms, please seek help. One option is the NHS online 111 service. Otherwise, call 111 or 999. Please DO NOT attend your GP for the safety of your community, particularly the vulnerable and those at high risk. 

Only use the NHS 111 Online Service if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, your symptoms gets worse or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days. 

Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get online help. 

NHS 111 Online - About Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Supporting Recovery After COVID-19
For some, covid-19 can cause symptoms for weeks and month after the initial ones have gone. The website below give some more information. Please contact your GP for a telephone consultation.

Long-term effects of coronavirus (long COVID) - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Your recovery - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

There is also some useful links from Manchester City Council. If you need additional support please call 0800 234 6123.

Support / Help Line Numbers for Manchester
Poster: Manchester Support Helpline Numbers
Poster: Manchester Support Helpline Numbers
Poster: Manchester Support Helpline Numbers
Poster: Mental Health Support for Under 18's


COVID GroupsCOVID-19 Vaccinations - Phase 1
The NHS is currently offering the covid-19 vaccination to those who are most vulnerable.
The vaccines being used have been approved for use in the UK. The vaccine is currently being given to those over 80, over 70, those who live or work in care homes and NHS front line staff. We will contact you when you will be eligible for a vaccination. You will be offered the
first dose and then a second dose 3 to 12 weeks later.

The order in which the population are being offered the vaccination is based on advice from
the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations. There is a priority list and further information can be found below.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Advice from JCVI on Priority Groups for COVID-19 Vaccinations - GOV.UK

As of the 18th of May 2021 all priorty groups 1- 9 have been invited for their vaccine. If haven't booked your appointment for Wythenhshawe Lifestyle Centre please contact Reception on 0161 493 9101 or fill out an online form using the following link.

COVID-19 Vaccine - Online Consult


COVID-19 Vaccinations - Phase 2
Over the last five months we have vaccinated thousands of Manchester patients and are so grateful to everyone involved in the programme. We are now focussing on cohorts 10-12 (ages 18 – 49) and patients within this age range will be contacted when it is their turn to be vaccinated.

As of the 18th May 2021 all patients aged 35 - 50 have been invited for the covid vaccination. 

Patients will receive
•           A text, call or letter from their GP Practice
•           A letter or text from the National Booking Service inviting them to book at the mass                vaccination centre or local vaccination site.


Second COVID-19 Vaccinations
Once you have received your first COVID vaccine we are notified electronically of this and will invite you 10 weeks after your first vaccination to arrange your second at 11-12 weeks after your first vaccination. 

PLEASE NOTE: Your second vaccine must be given at the same place you were given your first dose.

We want to make sure that everyone who attended our vaccination site for their first dose receives an offer for their second dose within 12 weeks of their first vaccination.
If it has been more than 10 weeks since your first dose and you have not received a second dose invitation please click on the link below:

2nd Dose Covid-19 Vaccination Request - Wythenshawe Lifestyle Centre

If you are not able to complete the form using the link please please call 0161 697 5676 and leave a message and the team will get back to you as quickly as possible.

When you are called for your second dose of the vaccine, please do make sure that you have it. It’s really important you get your 2nd vaccination to make sure you are fully protected from coronavirus. We will be happy to talk through any questions you may have about your vaccination.



Healthcare Workers & COVID Vaccination

Front line healthcare workers who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine include:

  • Staff involved in direct patient care
  • Non-clinical staff in secondary or primary care/community healthcare settings
  • Laboratory and pathology staff
  • Front-line social care workers

Please see p11 of this document if you are unsure whether you are a front line healthcare worker.

COVID-19 - SARS-CoV-2 Green Box - GOV.UK

If you fall into the catorgies identified and havent been offered a COVID-Vaccine either from the Practice or your employer please complete the following online form.

Identify Front-Line Healthcare Workers - Online Consult


COVID Vaccine Fraud
The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge on the NHS.

we will never ask for:
❌ your bank account or card details
❌ your pin or banking password
❌ copies of personal documents to prove your identity such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.

For details on how you will be contacted by the NHS about the COVID-19 please click on the following link.

How you will be contacted for your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk)



NHS App & COVID-19 Vaccine Passport 
The NHS App is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet or laptop. You can download the free app from the Apple or Android app stores and follow the simple on-screen instructions to set it up. You will not need to visit the practice to set up your app.

You can use the app to book and manage GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions, check your symptoms and register to be an organ donor.

From 17 May 2021 you will also be able to access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the app. It is recommended that you register with the app before booking international travel.

Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. We cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.

If you are unable to access the NHS app but would like confirmation of your vaccination status you can call the NHS helpline on 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.



Wythenshawe Vaccination Centre at Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre

We are now inviting patients in their priority groups for their vaccine and are able to book patients to attend the Vaccination Centre held at Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre. The centre has been a huge success from the very first clinic on the 16th December 2020 and we are extremely proud to be able to offer this Service to patients. 

Please click on the following link for more information and FAQ's, about our local vaccination centre.

Wythenshawe Vaccination Centre - Wythenshawe PCN


I
ndividuals at Higher Risk
The website below gives advice for those who are at high rand moderate risk from covid-19. Information is also provided regarding pregnancy and coronavirus. If you have any questions or queries that aren’t answered by the information below, please book a telephone consultation with your GP.

Face Covering
Face Coverings
WE will not be providing letters or exemption certificates for face coverings in shops and on public transport. Exemption Cards are however available to print and we will post these separately for you to use if you believe you meet the criteria to be exempt from this from 24th July.

See further advice below by clicking on the link and for Exemption Cards

Face Covering Exemption Cards


Citizens Advice Bureau
We are aware that many people are significantly concerned about job security, loss of income and the knock on effect COVID-19 may have on their lives and ultimately their health and wellbeing. Citizens Advice Bureau want to emphasise their support is still available during these difficult times.

Please the link below for further information about Citizens Advice Bureau. 

Citizens Advice Bureau & COVID-19

If you would like them to contact you about any support or advice please complete the following form and email the completed form back to citizensadvice.manchester@nhs.net

Citizens Advice Referral Form

Upon receipt of referral, Citizens Advice will make a first attempt to contact the patient in no more than 2 working days. Please be aware that calls will come from a withheld number.


Take Part in Research
If you wish to take part in the coronavirus (COVID-19) health research please click on the link for more information about the research. 

Take part in coronavirus (COVID-19) health research - NHS (www.nhs.uk)


PRINCIPLE study
A clinical trial exploring treatment for the COVID-19 virus is taking place. If you experience a new or worsening continuous cough and/or a high temperature and have had it for less than 14 days and are not starting to feel better OR you have had a positive test for SARS-Co-V2 infection which was taken fewer than 15 days ago, AND are unwell with symptoms of COVID-19, please click here to find out more. Please call the Trial Team if you have any questions or do not have access to online systems: 0800 138 0880

Principle Patient Recruitment


Useful Links Relating to COVID-19

COVID19 - Patient Data Processing Notice

Website: Sick Pay and COVID-19
Website: C
OVID 19 Guidance in Different Language
Website: Covid-19 Guidance On Social Distancing and For Vulnerable People
Website: Employee Assistance Programme
Poster: Employee Assistance Programme 
Website: COVID 19 Manchester Community Response
Website: Coronavirus Advice and Resources
Website: Coronavirus Extremely Vulnerable
Poster: Advice for Parents During COVID-19
Poster: Privacy Notice re COVID-19
Poster: COVID-19 - A quick guide for parents / carers
Website: LGBT Coronavirus



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