Face coverings required in practice
Wearing Face Coverings in GP Practices
COVID-19 restrictions have been removed in England but there are no immediate changes to national guidance for healthcare settings. This includes the requirement for staff, patients and visitors to wear a mask or face covering.
Our practice is following the guidance set out by national government and local NHS Sheffield CCG infection prevention and control advice to keep patients and NHS staff safe by reducing the chance of catching COVID whilst at the health centre.
We understand that there are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear a face covering. Not being able to wear a face covering does not mean we will not treat you, but we may need to take additional safety measures in these circumstances.
Patients arriving ahead of an appointment in the building and who are not able to wear a face covering may be asked to wait outside until their appointment time, this is in line with British Medical Association recommendations.
This is to keep the patient who is unable to wear a face covering as safe as possible as they will be in the best ventilated environment, away from any potential source of COVID infection. Patients may wait in their vehicle in the car park if they wish to and we can contact them as the appointment starts. This will also help to keep other patients and health centre staff as safe as possible.
There are a range of other measures alongside face coverings that help keep patients and NHS staff safe that you will still experience at the health centre:
· social distancing measures inside the health centre
· regular hand washing
· using hand sanitiser
· using remote consultations where possible
· screening questions about Covid symptoms when patients arrive
· staff wearing PPE (including face masks)
· all staff having their Covid vaccines
Our staff continue to take regular lateral flow tests and to isolate if they have COVID symptoms.
Thank you, The Team at Mill Road Surgery
Step Out Sheffield
Patients who may benefit from walking are invited to attend one of the free walks, led by volunteers from Step Out Sheffield. They are an entirely volunteer-led organisation and provide accredited short walks of up to an hour. Their walks are free and, under normal circumstances, run throughout the year except for Christmas Day. Some volunteers even lead walks during Christmas week. People don't need to be referred or have a medical condition to join one. The aim is to encourage people to get out and socialise.
Covid Booster Jabs for anyone over 18
If you have not yet arranged your appointment for your 1st, 2nd or booster covid vaccination then there are 3 ways for eligible people to book their appointment .
- National Booking Service
- or attend a walk-in clinic
- or by calling 119
To see where in Sheffield is offering public vaccinations, please see the link below:
Whatever this pandemic brings, we are committed to offering our patients the best General Practice care that is possible from our cheerful, caring team.
Diabetes UK: time to get moving
Diabetes UK are offering online courses open to anyone living with diabetes. Please see the link and information below:
- Try a different gentle activity each week
- Get tailored diabetes information and support
- Meet other people living with diabetes
- There are also chair-based classes available
To find out more and sign up visit: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/
Important Message: the Omicron Variant and COVID Vaccination Boosters
Omicron is variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and was first identified in Southern Africa. Although we don’t know a lot about it yet there is evidence that it may be more easily transmitted between people.
To help reduce the risk of this, on 29 November 2021 the UK Government announced that it would extend vaccinations to offer:
- a booster dose to everyone aged 18 years old and over;
- a booster dose to people aged 16 years old and over with a severely weakened immune system;
- booster doses from 3 months after the previous dose - currently it's from 6 months after the previous dose;
- a 2nd dose to all children aged 12 to 15 years old.
If you are in one of these groups we are working on plans to offer you a booster as soon as possible and you will be contacted once these are in place. In the meantime please don’t contact your practice as they won’t be able to help. If have any questions please contact NHS 111 online or call 119.
If you are clinically vulnerable, over 40, or health and care staff you are already eligible for a booster jab six months after your second dose. Eligible people in Sheffield can now book their booster on the National Booking Service, by calling 119, or attend a walk-in clinic
Remember, you can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone safe this winter:
- Always wear a face covering when in enclosed spaces with other people – on public transport, in shops and other public places;
- Keep your distance from other people when out in public;
- Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds, particularly when you have been outside;
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms book a PCR test as soon as possible and self-isolate until you know the result;
- If you have returned from one of the following countries in the last 10 days you should take a PCR test: South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola.
NHS Sheffield CCG Open Letter to Residents
Please follow the link to view NHS Sheffield CCG Open Letter to Residents
Messaging on Covid vaccines for 12 – 17 year olds
16 and 17 year olds
- The Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunisation (JCVI) has announced that all 16 and 17-year-olds in the UK will be offered the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine.
- Book vaccines via nhs.uk/coronavirus-vaccination, 119 or by attending a walk-in clinic.
- Please don’t contact your GP about vaccination for this age group.
- 16 and 17 year olds will not need parental consent to have the vaccine.
- The only vaccine currently approved for under-18s in the UK is Pfizer.
12 – 17 year olds with underlying health conditions
- Children aged 12 to 17 years with specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of severe COVID-19 should be offered 2 doses of Pfizer vaccine with an interval of 8 weeks between doses.
- This currently includes children with severe neuro-disabilities, Down’s Syndrome, underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression, profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), severe learning disabilities or who are on the learning disability register.
- If you are eligible you will be contacted by the NHS when it is time for your vaccination appointment.
- Please don’t contact your GP about vaccinations.
Mask Wearing at the Surgery
Changes from 19th July
Whilst government guidance changes on the 19th July in respect to the wearing of masks we will continue to ask that they be worn when attending the practice. As a health care provider we have worked tirelessly over the past 15 months to create a safe environment within which staff can work and you can attend. Whilst the number of positive cases continues to rise we believe it appropriate to continue with our current arrangements.So you will still be asked the COVID related questions, asked to wear a mask and you will be socially distanced in the waiting room. Please note that we are still open from 8am until 6.30pm. We are still operating on a telephone triage basis initially, however, if you need to be seen face to face then the clinician will book you in. Please respect the job that the receptionists are doing, they are working to protocols set out by the partners in order to keep this practice operating as efficiently and as safely as possible. We hope you understand the reason for us continuing to work in this manner. The situation will be reviewed regularly and changes made where appropriate. Our key focus is keeping the staff and community as safe as possible, thank you for your understanding and continued support.
Covid-19 vaccination status
From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from:
the NHS App which you can download from app stores
It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use this service.
If you cannot access this online service, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel abroad in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.
This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.
When you're planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get proof of your vaccination status before you leave.