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The NHS in Barnsley and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

It is important we prevent the spread of this virus, in particular to people with underlying health problems.

If you have a temperature (above 37.8) and/or a cough (this includes children) loss of taste or smell, please do not come to surgery but go home and self isolate for 7 days from the onset of symptoms following the current advice.  If you have serious symptoms and cannot manage at home you should use NHS 111 online (people should only call NHS 111 if they cannot get online).

After 7 days of self-isolation, people who feel better and no longer have a high temperature can return to their normal routine.  If they have not had any signs of improvement after 7 days and have not already sought medical advice, they should use NHS 11 online (people should only call NHS 111 if they cannot get online) before they leave their home or let visitors in.

Coughs may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean someone must continue to stay at home for more than 7 days.

Please play your part and help us prevent the spread of the virus.

DO NOT go to a GP Surgery, Community Pharmacy or Hospital.  Use NHS 111 oneline (only call NHS 111 if you cnannot get online) stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

Further information is available on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Children (0-18 years) and Shielding Update (from 6 July 2020)

The majority of children who have been previously identified as 'clinically extremely vulnerable' will no longer need to shield.

Does my child need to continue shielding?

Children should continue to shield until 31 July 2020. From Saturday 1 August 2020, the guidance will be paused so clinically vulnerable people of all ages will no longer need to be advised to shield.

Children will only be removed from the shielded patient list by their GP or specialist doctor following consultation with the child and their family.  Specialists and GPs will be asked to contact children and their families to discuss this over the summer.  Families do not need to take any immediate action. We expect these consultations to happen over the summer.

Children who are removed will not be advised to shield again if government guidance on shielding is changed in future.

If you child is transitioning to adult services before 31 July, you should have a discussion with their current AND future specialist to determine whether your child should continue shielding.

GPs and specialist clinicians have been informed of the changing guidance.

Why is this changing?

The original shielded patients list was intended to identify people with conditions that put them at highest clinical risk from Covid-19, based on evidence available at the time.  It was developed early in the outbreak where there was less evidence and data on the groups most at risk from Covid-19.

Specialists in the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (RCPCH) have looked at the most recent evidence specific to children and developed specific guidance.  The Chief Medical Officer and senior clinicians have reviewed the guidance and are confident in the findings and advice.

The latest evidence shows that risks to children are low and only those with certain medical conditions are likely to be advised to shield if shielding needs to be reintroduced in the future.

Can my children return to school/nursery

Children should continue to shield until 31 July 2020. From 1 August 2020, following the pausing of guidance, children will be able to return to school or nursery in line with their peers and school terms.

Please see our Coronavirus Privacy Notice that will run until 30 September 2021 unless we received further guidance after this date.

COVID-19 PRIVACY NOTICE

CORONAVIRUS VACCINATION UPDATE

The NHS across Barnsley is doing an incredible job to deliver the largest vaccination programme in our history.  Across our GP-led vaccination service sites we have now vaccinated a large proportion of Barnsley's most vulnerable residents in the first four high priority groups.  Again, a huge thanks to everyone making this possible.

Whilst we are still working our way around housebound patients over the next couple of weeks, the majority of over 70s and clinical extremely vulnerable (shielding) patients should now have been contacted and invited for a first dose appointment.  This might be via your GP or at one of he large vaccination centres.

We are now asking you to get in touch if you are in the following groups and have not had your vaccine, or have an appointment booked.

Please get in touch with our vaccination team (not your GP), if:

*  If you are 70 or above and have not had your vaccine, or have an appointment booked.

*  If you are clinically extremely vulnerable (to be eligible you must have previously received a letter advising you to  shield) and you haven't had your vaccine, or have an appointment booked.

If you have an appointment booked, you do not need to contact us.

If you are in either of these groups and have not been offered an appointment yet, please contact the vaccination team either by telephoning 01226 448 808 Tuesdays to Fridays 9.15am - 7pm and Saturday 9.15am to 4pm or via email at Vaccine@barnsleycvs.org.uk with your details below:

*  First name

*  Last name

* Date of birth

*  Postcode

* Telephone number (so you can be called to arrange an appointment)

You will also be asked some screening questions during the phone call to ensure that the vaccination team are booking you in to receive the most appropriate vaccine based on your medical requirements.

You can do this on behalf of a family member, with their permission, if they do not have access to an email.

PLEASE BE AWARE - THE NHS WILL NEVER ASK FOR BANK DETAILS TO BOOK YOUR VACCINATION

Your Covid-19 vaccination booking team will then be in touch with eligible patients to book suitable appointments.  Please do not call your GP practice.

Please note - if you are 69 years old or younger and are not extremely vulnerable please do not contact the vaccination team as they will be not be able to respond.  This will delay the most vulnerable patients from getting a vaccine appointments.  Also, you do not need to contact them if you are registered as housebound with your GP practice.

For more information on Covid-19 vaccination in Barnsley go to www.barnsleyccg.nhs.uk/covidvaccine.

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