COVID-19 Advice

For the latest government advice please go to: http://gov.uk/coronavirus.

If you have coronavirus symptoms, book a test. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You can get up to date advice and guidance on Coronavirus from the NHS site.

Symptoms are:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste – you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

You must self isolate along with anyone else living in your household and await your PCR results. This will also apply to anyone in your support bubble.

If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111

For medical emergencies dial 999

Long Covid

What is long Covid? Covid disease is an infection caused by a coronavirus. Long Covid is a term to describe the effects of Covid-19 that continue for weeks or months beyond the initial illness. The health watchdog NICE defines long Covid as lasting for more than 12 weeks, although some other people consider symptoms that last more than eight weeks to be Long Covid.

Details of how some people are affected by Long Covid are still emerging, but research suggests around one in five people who test positive for Covid-19 have symptoms for five weeks or longer. For around one in ten people, they last 12 weeks or longer.

For more information please check the Wiltshire Health and Care website

Lifting of Restrictions from 19th July 2021

As of 19th July COVID-19 restrictions will be lifting, however, cases are currently extremely high. Medical settings are a higher risk environment and will need to be subject to more control measures than other public facilities.

Due to being a medical setting, our doors will remain closed, with access to the building for those who have appointments using our intercom that is currently in place. The wearing of face masks or a face covering is still required when entering the building and attending appointments. We are acting very cautiously and maintaining social distancing and the use of PPE for our healthcare staff. This is to protect our patients and staff in a high-risk environment.

We have a large team of receptionists manning the phone lines and our online consultation service. We strongly advise you to take advantage of this by phoning in if you wish to speak to us or filling out a form using eConsult, rather than coming to visit us.

Please note that although restrictions are lifting on 19th July, we have a duty to do all we can to keep both our patients and our staff safe whilst we deliver our care. Therefore, we will not be opening our doors, and face coverings, social distancing and PPE will still be required.

Covid-19 Vaccinations

For COVID-19 vaccinations please contact the National Booking Service to make an appointment, not your GP practice.

Local sites are now available through the National Booking Service online or by calling 119 and it’s the best way to get an appointment for the doses you are eligible for if you don’t have an appointment already.

Please don’t hesitate, when it’s your turn to be vaccinated please do so as soon as possible.

The NHS appreciates that at times the system can be busy and but be assured we will make sure everyone is offered the opportunity to be immunised so please keep trying.

New clinics are being set up all the time at various locations including some community pharmacies so your patience is appreciated.

If you are eligible for a vaccine and would like to book an appointment at a vaccination centre, please call 119 or follow this link.

We are aware that some countries such as Malta, may not be accepting the NHS app to prove you have had both your covid vaccinations. If you are travelling and need a letter as proof, please follow this link or call 119. Please do not contact the surgery as we are unable to get this letter for you.

17th November 2021 – Be sure to read this update to patients from  Dr Edwards & Partners

COVID-19 Vaccination Record Issues

If you have any queries about the COVID-19 vaccination not appearing in your record, or believe it is incorrectly recorded, please call 119 and ask the call agent to make a referral to the Vaccine Data Resolution Service (VDRS) team on your behalf. The VDRS team will then call you back within 5 working days.