Monthly Archives: March 2022

staff sickness and recruitment

Dear Patients

We have recently experienced higher levels of appointment requests and a significant amount of staff absence in both clinical and non-clinical teams.  Some of this is due to COVID but other factors also play a part.  This  impacts on the  remaining members of the team who are covering extra hours, and adds additional pressures to the service we provide.  Please be patient with our staff.

We are recruiting more staff but please bear with us as we train them.

We have recently recruited other allied health care professionals to our Primary Care  Network (Minerva PCN) who may be more appropriate for you to see / speak to than the GP.  The reception team may advise one of these additional team members for you to speak to

More information on these team members can be found by clicking on the link below:

PCN Services (minervapcn.co.uk)

Thank you for your patience at this busy time

 

 

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.

These long-term effects are often reported by people who didn’t need to go to hospital during the acute phase of Covid.

Long Covid symptoms commonly experienced by patients we have already assessed include:

  • fatigue
  • breathlessness
  • anxiety and depression
  • palpitations
  • chest pains
  • joint or muscle pain
  • not being able to think straight or focus (‘brain fog’)
  • dizziness
  • persistent cough
  • loss of taste or sense of smell

BSW Long Covid Rehabilitation Assessment Clinic

A team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists and respiratory nurses are working together to assess patients from across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire to provide a Long Covid rehabilitation assessment clinic.

The clinic is designed to help people who still have symptoms related to a Covid infection after 12 weeks. The aim of the clinic is to identify what symptoms a person is experiencing and how this is affecting them day to day. We help them find resources and/or treatments to manage these symptoms effectively so they can rehabilitate to living a fulfilling life.

For full details about the clinic including how to access it and get a referral, please visit Wiltshire Health and Care’s website.

CV-19 Spring Boosters

Following the government announcement regarding spring CV-19 boosters, we can advise you of the following:

Care Home Residents

Patients aged over 65’s years living in a residential or care home are eligible for a Booster vaccine. The practice will be organising vaccinations for this group of patients and we will arrange this directly with the Care Homes we look after.

Housebound Patients

A team from The Racecource CV-19 Vaccination Centre will be carrying out the Spring Boosters for housebound patients. The Racecourse CV-19 Vaccinations team will be in touch with housebound patients directly to arrange this.

Any other Patients Eligible

Spring Boosters are also available for people aged 75 years old and over, plus people aged 12 years old and over with a weakened immune system. Please book via the National Booking system or by calling 119.

You can also book via the National Booking System or by calling 119 for:

  • 1st and 2nd doses for people aged 12 years old and over
  • boosters for people aged 16 years old and over, plus at-risk children aged 12 to 15 years old
  • additional primary doses for people with a severely weakened immune system aged 12 years old and over