Coronavirus Information

Please do not call the surgery for Covid related information

Please do not call the surgery to book a covid vaccine unless we have specifically asked you to phone us.

We have no access to Covid-19 tests, these are arranged online here or by calling 119

 

Demonstrating Covid Vaccination Status

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 

  • the NHS website 

  • phoning 119 - to request a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 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. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.

Patients who have had their vaccine administered outside of England, (this includes Wales, Scotland, Oversees territories and Channel Islands) should keep/obtain any physical proof that they have had these vaccines. There is currently no capability to have the data for vaccinations administered abroad entered into the Point of Care systems used by NHS England. Therefore, patient's vaccinations from abroad cannot be visible on the NHS App.

 

Covid Boosters

As part of the Falmouth and Penryn Primary Care Network the surgery has signed up to provide covid boosters to eligible patients. In line with national guidance these are offered to patients in Cohorts 1-9 who had their 2nd Covid vaccination at least 6 months ago. 

We will invite patients as we did for their 1st and 2nd doses - via a booking text system (provided by AccuRx). Those patients unable to use mobiles will be contacted by the surgery. Once again we ask you not to contact the surgery to book a booster vaccine, we will contact those eligible.

Our first PCN Covid booster clinic will run on the weekend of 16th & 17th October, at PENRYN COLLEGE, Kernick Road, Penryn, TR10 8PZ.

This location is due to the sheer volume of appointments, the car parking required and the space for patients to wait afterwards (15 mins after vaccination)

The vaccine provided will be Pfizer - regardless of which vaccine you had for your 1st and 2nd dose. Those eligible for a flu jab will be given this at the same time provided they haven't already had it.

There is also a national booking system for covid boosters which patients may choose to use instead of the service provided by the surgery, or if unable to attend that weekend - click here to book at a national site.

Risks of Covid Vaccinations

There has been a lot of publicity about the risks of Covid vaccinations. We would like to reassure patients that we are following the MHRA and JCVI advice about specific vaccines being offered to specific age groups. A useful document have been created by Public Health England summarising the risks of covid vaccination here

Penryn Surgery remains open, our doctors are available to speak to in a booked telephone consultation for any health concerns you may have.

Please wear a face covering when entering the surgery

  • we ask patients not to physically attend the surgery unless instructed to do so, in order to protect others.
  • we would also urge patients not to order extra medication, or order earlier than usual, as this will create shortages in medications for others. 
  • wear a face covering to your face to face appointments at the surgery and only remove if instructed by a clinician.
  • we have ensured continued access to a GP, this will be initially via a telephone call. Online booking has been suspended.
  • contact the surgery if you are concerned about any health issue or are concerned you have symptoms of cancer.

Thank you all for your support during these challenging times.

Please DO NOT ATTEND the surgery under any circumstances if you have:

  • a fever
  • OR a new continuous cough
  • OR loss of/change in taste or smell

To arrange a Covid test please call NHS 119 or https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

If you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/nhs-test-and-trace-if-youve-been-in-contact-with-a-person-who-has-coronavirus/

Germ Defence

We are letting you know about a very useful website called Germ Defence which was created by a team of doctors and scientists to give you advice that has been proven to reduce the spread of viruses in the home. It can help you plan how to protect yourself and members of your family from infection by COVID-19 and ‘flu.  

It’s easy to use and only takes 10 minutes - just click on this link:  

www.germdefence.org/index.html?src=L82006 (if this link does not open when you click on it, please copy and paste it into your web browser.)

Please pass details of the Germ Defence website to your friends and family.

There’s a button at the bottom of the Germ Defence website for sharing by social media.

If you’d like to know more:

  • Over 20,000 people previously took part in research about Germ Defence
  • People who followed the advice in Germ Defence had fewer and less severe illnesses - and so did the people they lived with
  • Results of the study were published in The Lancet medical journal
  • Germ Defence has been updated with COVID-19 advice to help prevent a wave of COVID-19 and ‘flu this Autumn/Winter
  • Information about how the Germ Defence website is being evaluated is available here.