Pharmacy Easter Opening Hours
Your pharmacies are able to provide qualified health advice on everyday illnesses and answer any questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. Check the opening times of your nearest pharmacy:
Remember, do not visit your pharmacy if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 (including fever, loss of smell or taste and/or a new, continuous cough). You should stay home and isolate if you are experiencing symptoms. If you require medical advice use the NHS online service or contact: NHS 111
Restrictions are easing across the UK In England
Step 1 of the roadmap out of lockdown has begun. From 29 March, the ‘stay at home’ rule ends - and up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside. Shielding ends on 31 March.
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Response to COVID-19 Vaccine Oxford-AstraZeneca media reports
The UK Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, which is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe, have said that evidence DOES NOT suggest that the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab is linked to blood clots.
People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.
Please read more here: MHRA Response to Temporary Suspension
Covid-19 – Who is being vaccinated next?
The NHS is prioritising vaccinating those experts have agreed will benefit from having it the most. From Monday 15th February, people in cohorts 5 and 6 are being invited by the NHS to have their vaccine.
- Cohort 5 – all those 65 years of age and over
- Cohort 6 – all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
Local GP vaccination services are focusing initially on the clinically vulnerable from Cohort 6 because of the relationship between general practice and those with long term conditions, and continuity of care.
The way the cohorts are being invited may result in a younger person with a underlying health condition being offered an appointment before someone in the over 65 year age group. This doesn’t mean you have been missed so please wait until the NHS contacts you.
People may also receive a letter from the National Booking Service inviting them to book at a Large Vaccination Centre. In the North East these are Newcastle’s Centre for Life, the NHS Nightingale Hospital North East, Sunderland, Arnison Centre Durham and Darlington Arena.
People are invited to attend Large Vaccination Centres by the National Booking Service run by NHS England. People receive a letter and are invited to book either on-line or by calling 119 free of charge between 7am and 11pm – only people invited to book can do so.
We know people are very keen to have their vaccine, but it may be more convenient to wait for St Andrew's to get in touch. If you want to wait to be called by St Andrew's then don’t respond to the national booking service invitation.
In the meantime the message remains the same – the NHS/St Andrew's will be in contact with you when the time is right for you to be invited for your vaccine.
Please do not contact the Surgery, please wait for the NHS/Surgery to contact you.
FLU VACCINE OVER 50
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Some patients have been asking us about COVID-19 vaccination and whether flu vaccination is still required. The message for patients, including social care workers, is that they still need to get the flu vaccine even if they will be getting the COVID-19 vaccine soon, as the COVID-19 vaccine will not protect them against the flu or stop them spreading the flu virus.
Eligible patients should still get their flu vaccination at the earliest opportunity to protect themselves and those around them. They should not delay getting vaccinated in anticipation of being offered the COVID-19 vaccine.
Ideally there should be a gap of at least seven days between a flu vaccination and either dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19. If patients are called to get a COVID-19 vaccination within seven days of receiving their flu vaccination, in the majority of cases, vaccination with the COVID-19 vaccine will proceed to avoid any further delay in protection. The suggested seven-day gap between the flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine is recommended so that if patients experience any side-effects, it will be easier to identify which vaccine caused them.
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If you require an appointment or wish to talk to a medical professional, please use our email first email@example.com or phone or alternatively, use eConsult.
We are operating a same day phone triage service and will see if we can manage your health need over the phone. If clinically necessary, we will arrange to see you face to face at the surgery later in the day. There will be significant pressures on the phones but we will get to you as soon as we can.
Please note online booking of appointments has been withdrawn.
Hands Face Space
Remember: wash hands, cover face, make space
Wearing of face masks in the surgery
In accordance with current government guidelines can we please ask that you wear some form of face covering, either a scarf or mask when you attend the surgery.
Failure to do so will result in you being refused entry. This does not apply to children under the age of 4.