Covid-19

At Sunniside Surgery we are committed to providing the best and safest care for you and your family. We are frequently assessing the latest evidence and guidelines and we are having to make changes to our service to protect our patients and staff.

Please do not attend the surgery if you are worried that you have coronavirus. Self isolate at home to prevent possible spread. 

Important Covid-19 Info

 

Click here to get NHS advice and information about Covid-19, including symptoms, testing, self isolation and vaccination.  

  Face masks are now optional. However, we will continue to ask patients and staff to wear face masks while COVID-19 levels remain high.  

We are also continuing with social distancing in the waiting room. This is to protect vulnerable patients and staff, including those who may not have been able to have the vaccine.  

GP’s are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel they should be exempt from wearing a face covering. Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found on the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#face-coverings

Do NOT come to the surgery unless you have been invited to by a doctor.

Please do not call reception for a fit note if you are off work because of COVID-19. Instead you need an isolation note

We will not tolerate verbal abuse or rudeness to our staff. Your call is being recorded.

 

NHS COVID Pass

Just like a normal passport, make sure to leave plenty of time before you set off on holiday to apply for your Vaccine Passport. If you’re getting the NHS App for the first time, it can take some time for your identity to be verified.

 If you’re not able to use the App, as long as you’ve had two doses of the vaccine, you can receive a paper copy by ringing 119 and one will be posted to you within five working days. 

More info here and at nhs.uk/nhsappwww.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad 

Every Mind Matters

You Are Not Alone

  It's OK to feel worried or anxious about lockdown restrictions finally being lifted.   

 

 It's completely normal to take some time to readjust to parts of life you haven't experienced for a while, such as travelling on public transport or socialising at big events.

  

 The NHS Every Mind Matters has a section dedicated to Coronavirus and wellbeing, providing expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing during this time.

 

    If you feel you are struggling, we are here to help. You can book an appointment with one of our GP's to talk through your thoughts and any worries you have. Click here to book an online appointment or ring us on 0191 488 3200   

 

 Alternatively, you can refer yourself directly to NHS Talking Therapies Services, who can help you if your mental health is suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Your Covid Recovery

Whilst the vast majority of people get better within 4 weeks after having COVID-19 (often even sooner), some people can continue to have symptoms for up to 12 weeks. This is called ongoing symptomatic COVID. 

 

If you still have symptoms more than 12 weeks after infection, this is known as post-COVID syndrome, or long COVID.

 

There is an NHS website dedicated to supporting people during their recovery, with loads of really helpful information. There is also a page for friends and family which explains how you can help loved ones who have ongoing symptoms.

 

Click here to access the Your Covid Recovery NHS Website.