Coronavirus

NHS APP + Covid Passport

The NHS App is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet or laptop. You can download the free app from the Apple or Android app stores and follow the simple on-screen instructions to set it up. You will not need to visit the practice to set up your app.

You can use the app to book and manage GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions, check your symptoms and register to be an organ donor.
From 17 May 2021 you will also be able to access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the app. It is recommended that you register with the app before booking international travel.

Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. We cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.

If you are unable to access the NHS app but would like confirmation of your vaccination status you can call the NHS helpline on 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.

Covid Vaccination second doses

When you are called for your second dose of the vaccine, please do make sure that you have it. It’s really important you get your 2nd vaccination to make sure you are fully protected from coronavirus. Please call the practice now if you think your second dose is due.  We will be happy to talk through any questions you may have about your vaccination.

Covid Vaccination – those opting into phase 2

Over the last five months we have vaccinated thousands of Manchester patients and are so grateful to everyone involved in the programme. 
We are now focussing on cohorts 10-12 (ages 18 – 49) and patients within this age range will be contacted when it is their turn to be vaccinated.

Patients will receive

  • A text, call or letter from their GP Practice
    A letter or text from the National Booking Service inviting them to book at the mass vaccination centre or local vaccination site.

We will also continue to provide second doses for those patients who have already received their first vaccination. Your second dose of the vaccine is just as important as the first. You are not fully protected until you have had both doses so when you are called for your second, please do make sure that you have it. Please call the practice now if you think your second dose is due.  We will be happy to talk through any questions you may have about your vaccination.

Covid Vaccination – those opting out of phase 2

Over the last five months we have vaccinated thousands of Manchester patients and are so grateful to everyone involved in the programme.
The vaccine programme is now focussing on cohorts 10 -12 (ages 18 – 49).  We have taken the decision to opt out of offering vaccination services for these cohorts to enable us to focus on our day-to-day GP services.
Patients registered at the practice between the age 18-49 will be invited for their vaccine via a text or letter from the National Booking Service and will be able to book an appointment online via nhs.uk/covidvaccination or by calling 119.

We will continue to provide second doses to our patients who received their first dose through the practice. When you are called for your second dose of the vaccine, please do make sure that you have it. It’s really important you get your 2nd vaccination to make sure you are fully protected from coronavirus. Please call the practice now if you think your second dose is due.  We will be happy to talk through any questions you may have about your vaccination.


What parents and carers need to know returning to school 

Click here for government guidance for parents and carers.

This is for children at:

  • registered nurseries and childminder
  • primary and secondary schools
  • further education colleges

COVID-19 (coronavirus) absence: A quick guide for parents / carers

What to do if… Action needed Back to school…
…my child has COVID-19 (coronavirus) symptoms* • Child shouldn’t attend school
• Child should get a test
• Whole household self-isolates while waiting for test result
• Inform school immediately about test results
…when child’s test comes back negative and symptom free for 48 hours
…my child tests positive for COVID-19
(coronavirus)
• Child shouldn’t attend school
• Child self-isolates for at least 10 days from when symptoms* started (or from
day of test if no symptoms)
• Inform school immediately about test results
• Whole household self-isolates for 14 days from day when symptoms* started (or from day of test if no symptoms) - even if someone tests negative during those 14 days
…when child feels better, and has been without a fever for at least 48 hours
They can return to school after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of smell / taste. These symptoms can last for several weeks once the infection is gone.
…somebody in my household has COVID- 19 (coronavirus) symptoms* • Child shouldn’t attend school
• Household member with symptoms should get a test
• Whole household self-isolates while waiting for test result
• Inform school immediately about test results

…when household member test is negative, and child does not have COVID-19 symptoms*

…somebody in my household has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus) • Child shouldn’t attend school
• Whole household self-isolates for 14 days from day when symptoms* started (or from day of test if no symptoms) - even if someone tests negative during those 14 days

…when child has completed 14 days of self-isolation, even if they test negative during the 14 days

…NHS Test and Trace has identified my child as a ‘close contact’ of somebody with symptoms* or confirmed COVID 19 (Coronavirus)

• Child shouldn’t attend school
• Child self isolates for 14 days (as advised by NHS Test and Trace) even if they test negative during those 14 days
• Rest of household does not need to self isolate, unless they are a ‘close contact’ too
…when the child has completed 14 days of self isolation, even if they test negative during those 14 days
…we / my child has travelled and has to self isolate as part of a period of quarantine

• Do not take unauthorised leave in term time
• Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel
• Provide information to school as per attendance policy

Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed:
• Child shouldn’t attend school
• Whole household self isolates for 14 days even if they test negative during those 14 days

…when the quarantine period of 14 days has been completed for the child, even if they test negative during those 14 days
…we have received advice from a medical / official source that my child must resume shielding • Child shouldn’t attend school
• Contact school as advised by attendance officer / pastoral team
• Child should shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again
…when school / other agencies inform you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to school again
….I am not sure who should get a test for COVID 19 (coronavirus) • Only people with symptoms* need to get a test
• People without symptoms are not advised to get a test, even if they are a ‘close contact’ of someone who tests positive
…when conditions above, as matching your situation, are met

* Symptoms include at least one of a high temperature; a new continuous cough; a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste. See more at:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

For further information:
gmhscp.contacttracing@nhs.net
gov.uk/backtoschool

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