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Covid Vaccination Status

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 from:

·         the NHS App which you can download from app stores

·         the NHS website (from 17 May 2021)

It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use these services.

If you cannot access these online services, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 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.

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

Covid Vaccination Appointment Texts

NHS services are using text messages as one of the ways to invite people in for their Covid vaccination. A genuine message will never ask for your bank details or request a payment. It may ask you to confirm your date of birth to make sure the message has reached the intended person. Text messages for our local GP-led site may include a weblink from ‘accurx.thirdparty.nhs.uk’.

If you receive a text message which looks suspicious, you can forward this free of charge to the 7726 SMS reporting service.

USEFUL INFO ON ARTHRITIS AND COVID-19 RISKS

If you have an autoimmune condition and/or if you’re receiving treatment to control your immune system your risk from COVID-19 is higher. Some types of arthritis are caused by the immune system becoming overactive and attacking healthy parts of the body, such as the joints, by mistake.

One Bromley Covid-19 Recovery Plan leaflet for Practice Websites

One Bromley has developed a comprehensive recovery plan which describes how we will restart services paused in the pandemic, take steps to reduce the risk and manage any second wave of Covid-19. We have produced a summary of the plan and a simplified leaflet for Bromley residents. The flyer can be used on GP practice websites and/or printed to share with patients and members of staff.

We have produced a One Bromley recovery plan summary leaflet to share our learning and next steps to stay well over winter with Bromley residents.

The leaflet includes:

  • How Covid-19 affected Bromley
  • The response to Covid-19 in Bromley
  • Changes to services (this section includes information on online, video and telephone

consultations for outpatient services, fewer face to face appointments, infection control measures in all face to face services, appointment only blood testing services and changes to the location of some services (to meet social distancing guidelines and keep Bromley residents and staff safe)

  • Tips on keeping safe and well over winter

More information on the One Bromley Covid-19 Recovery Plan is available (see link) including the full Recovery Plan, public summary (for stakeholders and the public) and simplified leaflet.

https://selondonccg.nhs.uk/in-your-area/bromley/working-together/managing-covid-19-in-bromley/

Keeping well with a long term health condition during Covid-19

A 10-minute video tutorial from the Bromley Well Mental Health and Wellbeing Service looks at ways people with a long-term health condition can manage their mental wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Watch now on YouTube and find the accompanying support pack on Bromley Well’s website.

To use Bromley Well Services, people can:

Call Bromley Well on 0300 330 9039 or email spa@bromleywell.org.uk. Open seven days a week from 9am-5pm.

Follow for the latest updates on social media:

Twitter: @bromleywell
Facebook: @bromleywellservice

Face coverings when using NHS Services

All patients and visitors to NHS services must wear a face covering at all times. This includes hospitals, community clinics and GP services. Evidence has confirmed that face coverings can help reduce the risk of transmission if you are suffering from coronavirus, but not showing symptoms.

The government has set out advice for people on how to make their own face coverings easily at home, using scarves or other textile items. These face coverings should cover the mouth and nose, whilst allowing the wearer to breathe comfortably and can be as simple as a scarf or bandanna that ties behind the head to give a snug fit.

Please wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting on a face covering and after taking it off. Please avoid touching your face covering whilst wearing it to avoid transmission of the virus.

If you attend an appointment without a face covering, you will be provided with a face mask in an emergency.