COVID-19 Information

NHS COVID Pass – NHS Digital

From 17 May 2021, 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 through the NHS COVID Pass service from: 

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores 
  • the NHS website 
  • 119 – by requesting 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 website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.

We need you to, keep washing your hands regularly, wear face coverings, keep a safe distance from others and continue limiting your contact with others.
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Our GP surgeries are working hard to ensure that they can continue to safely provide local people with access to services when you need it. To keep you and our healthcare staff safe, our GP Practices are having to change some of their services temporarily.

It is really important that you do what you can to help us to help you during this unprecedented time. Please do not attend your GP surgery unless you have an appointment. Here you will find an overview of these changes, and how this might affect you.

Each and every one of us has a responsibility to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Wash hands, cover your face, make space

Dealing with your repeat medications

Our pharmacy teams are urging people to follow these 4 steps and help them to help you during these unprecedented times:

  1. The right time- it is important that people order prescriptions at the right time, so as not to overload the system. Don’t order your prescriptions too early, don’t leave it too late. The best advice is to order when you have around 1 weeks supply left.
  2. The right amount- it is important that you don’t order more than you need. There is no need to increase the amount of medication you would usually get on prescription.
  3. The right things- it is important that you don’t order differently, you do not need to add items to your prescription that you have not been taking regularly or recently.
  4. The right place- it is important that people order in the right place, do not go to your GP practice. Place your order by email to, online via patient access or by calling 01384 366166

If everyone follows this simply advice it will ease the pressure on the pharmacy system and ensure that everyone can get the medicines they need, when they need it.

You should order your prescription by email (, by the patient app or by phone. This will stop you coming into contact with other patients when you don’t need to.

During this crisis, phone lines may be busier than usual. So, we recommend that you use email or the patient online access app. It’s available 24/7, and only needs a few presses of a button. You can access it via

How to get a sick note

Most sick notes can be issued without you seeing a doctor face-to-face. A telephone consultation with a doctor is fine.

Need a sick note? Please contact the reception team to request a telephone appointment.

The GP will now email the sick note to you if possible. This will avoid you attending the surgery.

Please note : you should self-certify for the first seven days of your illness. However, this guidance may change during the crisis.

Need more information?

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Tips to help parents support children’s mental wellbeing
Parents and carers are being given top tips to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people during the coronavirus emergency.

Public Health England has put together a guide – available here which includes advice about helping children and young people to cope with stress and how children of different ages might react to the crisis, as well as information specific to young carers, children and young people in receipt of mental health services, and children with disabilities, autism or physical health issues.

It also includes details of organisations which can support children and young people such as Shout, Childline and The Mix, and Young Minds for Parents and Carers.