Corona Virus (COVID-19)

The NHS across Hampshire and Isle of White will be better prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases if the public follows Public Health England advice.

The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of patients and staff, which means your patient experience is subject to change.

For information about the COVID vaccine click here

For Guidance on Shielding click here

Temporary changes to fit notes (Sick Notes)

For Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), where employees go off sick on or after 10 December 2021, employers can only ask employees for proof of sickness (such as a fit note) after 28 days of sickness (including non-working days). Proof of sickness cannot be requested earlier than 28 days.

Fit notes do not have to be provided for DWP benefit claims until 27 January. This will not affect claims to benefit.

These changes are to give GP’s more time to work on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) booster programme.

If you are concerned about your health condition, please contact us!

For more information for employees, please click here

Covid Boosters

All adults are eligible from Monday 13 December for a booster jab, 3 months after their second dose. 

All GP surgeries are working really hard to create as many vaccination appointments as possible, and all patients will be invited for their booster dose at the right time.
Please bear with us.

In order to vaccinate as many people as possible in the most safe way, we are prioritising booked appointments – we will contact you.

If you want to see what other options are available, please use the National Booking System here or call 119:

  • From 13 December for all those in their 30s and above
  • From 15 December to everyone over the age of 18

For more information, please visit COVID-19 Vaccination | Frimley Health and Care

Covid Pass

Check that the name on your passport matches how it is displayed by NHS COVID Pass 3 weeks before you travel. If the names are different, contact us with a copy of your passport so we can update your Patient Record accordingly.

Please note that we are unable to provide you with your Covid Pass. Please call 119 if you require a paper copy.

A domestic COVID Pass is generated for all users who have received a full course of an approved COVID vaccine – irrespective of whether or not they have received a booster vaccination. It is not necessary to demonstrate that you have received a booster dose as part of a domestic certification policy.

The NHS are currently exploring whether and how boosters should be incorporated into the COVID Pass for Travel.

Covid Pass for 12-15year olds

From 13 December, 12-15 year olds, who have received a full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccination in England, can request an NHS COVID Pass letter online via NHS.uk or by calling 119, or by asking a parent or guardian to request the letter on their behalf.

The NHS COVID Pass letter will be sent to the 12-15 year olds using the address recorded on their GP record. Parents and guardians are advised to check that the young person’s registered address is up to date before requesting a NHS COVID Pass letter on their behalf. The letter can take up to 5 working days to arrive.

Few countries require full vaccination for under 16s. Some countries treat under 16s as fully vaccinated – currently including Iceland, Switzerland and Montenegro. Other countries will accept testing and a very small number will accept proof of recovery, to allow under 16s to be treated as fully vaccinated.

Please see articles also:

How can 12-15 year olds obtain a NHS COVID Pass letter for Travel?
 
Can a 12-15 year old get a digital NHS COVID Pass on the NHS App?
 
How will young people (aged 12 to 15) who have received a COVID-19 vaccine be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 status in a domestic setting.

The difference between Covid Tests

There are different tests you can get to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19). The test you need depends on why you’re getting tested.

The 2 main tests are:

PCR tests – mainly for people with symptoms, they’re sent to a lab to be checked

Rapid lateral flow tests – only for people who do not have symptoms, they give a result in 30 minutes using a device similar to a pregnancy test

Both tests are free.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

Get a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

You and anyone you live with should stay at home until you get your test result.
Only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone in your childcare or support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Important information to keep you safe whilst isolating at home
Looking after yourself at home if you have Covid-19

Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus or please go to NHSUK\Corona Virus

If you require a sick note for your employer, please do not contact us.
Please fill out your isolation note online 

Babies and children

Call 111 if you’re worried about a baby or child under 5.

If your child seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there’s something seriously wrong, call 999.

Do not delay getting help if you’re worried. Trust your instincts.

Get more advice about coronavirus in children.

More information

We recommend that your regularly check the NHS website for up to date information about the Corona Virus which includes details on those who are at high risk, self-isolating, testing and tracing and social distancing

Page Reviewed/Updated 15.12.2021