In direct response to the unprecedented surge in Covid cases, GP practices in England have been mandated to support the national drive to accelerate the Covid booster programme.
We at Belvoir Health Group will be doing this by offering booster clinics at our surgeries and by supporting the Rushcliffe PCN booster clinics which run over the weekends and on bank holidays. This means that for the next 3-4 weeks, we will be unable to provide all our usual services.
We will be pausing all routine and non-urgent work and redeploying our staff to support the Covid vaccination programme whilst still maintaining core urgent and emergency clinical provision. The work on hold will include all routine reviews, blood tests, health checks and injections. We will continue to offer childhood immunisations, urgent blood tests and dressings. Our GP team will at times only be able to offer urgent on the day care and will focus on this as their immediate priority.
We encourage you to think about whether you may be able to seek care from community pharmacies for minor ailments – see the following link for details: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/prescriptions-and-pharmacies/pharmacies/how-your-pharmacy-can-help/.
Similarly, psychological and mental health support can be accessed directly through calling one of the following local services: Let’s Talk Wellbeing: 0115 956 0888 or www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/letstalkwellbeing Trent PTS: 0115 896 3160 or www.trentpts.co.uk/. Insight Healthcare: 0300 555 5582 or www.insightiapt.org/locations/nottingham/. The Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day: 116 123 or at www.samaritans.org. If you are in a mental health crisis you can call Mental health crisis helpline on 0300 303 0165.
Once our booster clinics are ready, eligible patients will receive invitations to book via the PCN’s Accubook service. Please wait for these rather than contacting our surgeries to book.
Please do contact us if you need to. Our doors are still open for patients who need us, as they have been right through the pandemic.