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COVID-19 Update 14th December 2021

In line with the Government’s announcement, the NHS is aiming to offer every adult the chance to book a COVID-19 booster vaccine by the end of the year. This means our practice is now prioritising the booster rollout.

As part of this, some of our routine services may be stood down temporarily to allow us to focus on protecting as many patients as possible.

We are still there for anyone who may need care for an urgent need, but would ask for patience as we support this key national priority over the coming weeks. We hope to be able to stand back up any services as soon as possible and will update this page as soon as we know more.

Please don’t forget there are many services available for you, depending on your condition. These include:

  • Self-care – This is the best choice to treat minor illnesses and injuries such as hangovers, coughs, colds, grazes, small cuts or sore throats. Many of these can be treated at home, simply with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest.
  • Pharmacy – Pharmacists can give advice on and treat a range of symptoms. They can support you with things such as diarrhoea, earaches, painful coughs, sticky eyes, teething and rashes.
  • NHS 111 – You can access 111 online or via the telephone. This is for any urgent but non-life threatening health concerns. They will be able to signpost you to the relevant service and provide advice where appropriate, or book you in to an Urgent Treatment Centre.
  • A&E / 999 – You should only attend A&E or dial 999 in a life-threatening emergency such as severe bleeding, breathing difficulties and severe chest pain.

If you are now eligible for your COVID-19 booster please book it as soon as you can. It is vital as many people as possible get boosted as soon as possible. Please do not ring the practice regarding your boosters, instead visit https://www.birminghamandsolihullcovidvaccine.nhs.uk/ or call 119 to book an appointment or to find a walk-in clinic near you. You can also find out more about who is eligible, how the vaccine is given and other frequently asked questions. If you are a housebound patient, there is a community team which will be coming out to you to vaccinate you, so please do not contact your GP as the team will be making contact with you.


COVID-19 Booster Vaccine

The government has announced that all people over 18 are now eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccine. We have been instructed to focus on the most vulnerable patients in the first instance. You will be contacted to invite you for your vaccine when we are ready to give it to you. We kindly ask that you do not call your GP practice and be assured you will be called in the forthcoming weeks for your vaccine.

Covid-19 Vaccinations Update

We are no longer giving covid vaccines at Saltley Health Centre. All our patients are being re-directed to the Iridium Practice on Bordesley Green East, this is for any covid vaccination 1st and 2nd doses.

Iridium are currently holding walk in clinics for the whole of August from Monday to Friday. 9am – 8pm on Monday and Wednesday, and 9am – 5pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. 

COVID Vaccination Certifications

We are unable to issue these certificates at the practice.

Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for further information.

Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHSapp.

The NHSapp can be downloaded from https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-app/id1388411277 for iPhone or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.online.nhsonline for android.

Alternatively 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.


  • COVID-19 vaccination videos – videos of GPs and staff receiving their vaccination and talking about its importance
  • COVID-19 vaccine safety resources – still images highlighting how vaccines are developed and why they are safe
  • The new local COVID-19 vaccination website – still images publicising the new website where people can find the latest local vaccination information
  • Mental health support resources – still images encouraging people to call the mental health support telephone number if they need support

To access these materials, please click here.

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Long COVID

Long COVID is a range of symptoms that can last weeks or months after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 or can appear weeks after infection. Long COVID can happen to anyone who has had COVID-19, even if the illness was mild, or they had no symptoms. People with long COVID report experiencing different combinations of the following symptoms:

  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Difficulty thinking or concentrating (sometimes referred to as “brain fog”)
  • Headache
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Dizziness on standing
  • Fast-beating or pounding heart (also known as heart palpitations)
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Fever
  • Symptoms that get worse after physical or mental activities

Multiorgan Effects of COVID-19

Multiorgan effects can affect most, if not all, body systems including heart, lung, kidney, skin, and brain functions. Multiorgan effects can also include conditions that occur after COVID-19, like multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS) and autoimmune conditions. MIS is a condition where different body parts can become swollen. Autoimmune conditions happen when your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake, causing painful swelling in the affected parts of the body.

It is unknown how long multiorgan system effects might last and whether the effects could lead to chronic health conditions.

Effects of COVID-19 Treatment or Hospitalization

Post-COVID conditions also can include the longer-term effects of COVID-19 treatment or hospitalization. Some of these longer-term effects are similar to those related to hospitalization for other respiratory infections or other conditions.

Effects of COVID-19 treatment and hospitalization can also include post-intensive care syndrome (PICS), which refers to health effects that remain after a critical illness. These effects can include severe weakness and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD involves long-term reactions to a very stressful event.

Treatment

There are ways to help manage post-COVID conditions, and many patients with these symptoms are getting better with time. If you think you have a post-COVID condition, talk to your healthcare provider about options for managing or treating your symptoms and resources for support. Post-COVID care clinics are opening at medical centers across the United States to address patient needs.

The best way to prevent these long-term complications is to prevent COVID-19

Important Ways to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

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COVID19 - The Road to Recovery

There is much we are still learning about Covid-19, one thing we know for certain, is that the road to recovery isn’t always straightforward.

This short animation illustrates what physiotherapists say many patients can expect when recovering from Covid-19.

Emergency Food Assistance

This second period of lockdown is a difficult time for families.  Emergency food assistance and early help is available for families.  Please see the following links which are just a few of the ones available in and around Birmingham.

bvsc.org/news/emergency-food-assistance-for-families

billhelp.uk/charity-foods-banks-Birmingham/

birminghamcentral.foodbank.org.uk/get-help/foodbank-vouchers/

NHS Diabetes Advice Helpline

What it is and who is it for?
NHS Diabetes Advice is provided by NHS England and NHS Improvement in response to disruption to normal services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response.

The service is for adults living with diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition and require immediate advice from a team of clinical advisors.
Whether they or a member of their household have caught the virus, or routine care has been disrupted, the helpline can provide clinical advice to help them understand how to effectively manage their diabetes.

How do patients access it?
The helpline is accessible via Diabetes UK’s support line on 0345 123 2399. It is open Monday to Friday from 9am – 6pm.

What clinical advice will the helpline provide?
NHS Diabetes Advice supports adults living with either type of diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition, and who require clinical advice on topics such as: Hyperglycaemia, Hypoglycaemia, Sick day rules and Missed injections.

However, the service is not intended to replace routine care, support paediatric patients or support pregnant patients. These patients are advised to contact their own doctor or care team.

Who are the clinical advisors?
NHS Diabetes Advice clinical advisors are volunteers. They are all health professionals with expertise in diabetes. All the advisors providing advice are clinically trained and competent.

24/7 mental health support line for all people across Birmingham and Solihull

A range of new, easily accessible mental health support is now available for patients in Birmingham and Solihull.

This service is provided by a range of local organisations, and offer emotional help, guidance and reassurance to people in Birmingham and Solihull who may be finding the current Coronavirus situation overwhelming.

This line is now the central point to refer an individual for any mental health need, of any age, including children, young people and key workers.

This support line can offer immediate support and advice, access to a range of practical interventions available within the third sector, a route into secondary mental health services and crisis services, whilst being able to offer a menu of therapeutic interventions, including IAPT.

To access the service, individual simply need to call 0121 262 3555

Domestic Violence Service

Some of you may be living in lockdown with an abusive partner. If you are female you can contact Women's Aid on 0808 800 0028. If you are male you can contact the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327. If you are a member of the LGBT community you can contact the Birmingham LGBT Centre on 0121 643 0821. If you are worried that you are being abusive and would like support you can contact Respect on 0808 802 4040. If you are over 65 and being abused by someone other than a partner or family member you can also call the Age UK Advice Line 0800 678 1174.

Aquarius Gambling Service

Gambling problems share many similarities with other addictive disorders. However, there are usually no visible signs or physical changes to directly indicate a problem.

If you have any questions, please 0300 456 4293 or visit the Aquarius Gambling Service website.

Cancer Research UK resources

A number of Cancer Research UK resources are available:

LGBT domestic violence support

Birmingham LGBT offers an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) service that provides support to LGBT people in Birmingham and the wider areas, who are experiencing abuse from partners, ex-partners and family members. It also supports LGBT people who are experiencing, or are at risk of honour based violence and forced marriage and can be reached on 0121 643 0821. The following leaflets are also available to download:

Young carers support in Birmingham

A leaflet giving information on Spurgeons Birmingham Young Carers help is available to view here [EXTERNAL PDF]. This offer is for children and young people up to the age of 18 who help care for someone in their family because they have a disability, are ill, have a learning difficulty, are struggling with their mental health, misuse substances or have a sensory impairment.

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