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Practice update 17 May 2021

In response to the news reports relating to how GP Practices are “having to open up”.  We would like to assure our patients that we are open and continuing to provide services just as we have been doing throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.  Face to face appointments have always been available to all where there is clinical need.

During April we carried out a total of 4,335 face to face, telephone and video consultations and over 1,000 Covid-19 vaccinations.

Appointments are delivered either by face to face, telephone or video calls – our team will assess with you what the most appropriate method is.  Staff here at Keighley Road Surgery will ask you be specific about your health needs, the GPs here tell staff to ask this so we can help you.

We are also delivering the Covid-19 vaccination programme on top of the day to day which involves our clinicians and staff giving up weekends to ensure our patients receive their jabs.

Unfortunately, we are seeing an increase in abuse directed towards our staff.  The GPs tell our staff to ask for specific information about your health needs where you are comfortable doing this.  Please remember that we are here to help you, so please be kind when speaking to us.

New guidance has been issued for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.


This follows further reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, and the Commission for Human Medicines, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.


The MHRA and Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations have emphasised that the risk of this condition is extremely small and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people.  They have recommended that:


Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they suffered any serious side effects after their first vaccination

People aged 30 and over or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.

People aged 18-29 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. (This has been recommended as a precaution as people under 30 are at less risk from Covid-19 and not because they are considered to be at particular risk of developing the rare blood clot.)

People under 30 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.

Please see the leaflet below that has been produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have

Covid19 vaccination and blood clotting.pdf

We have added a page to the bottom of our website for patients who might need Easy Read documents to help them manage their health. Please clinic here to get to the page! 

Over 6100 patients have now received the first vaccination for COVID-19 and over 5100 have received their second vaccine. Our Administrative Team will be in touch when it is your turn to be vaccinated.

If you are self isolating due to COVID-19 please follow the links below for information regarding Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) and an online Self-Certification form.

Visit the Asthma UK website for lots of information on understanding asthma including inhalers and medications, asthma and your child and severe asthma.

Asthma UK are now running a campaign to stop unfair prescription charges for people living with Asthma #payingtobreathe if you would like to sign the online campaign please visit the web address above!

Chances are someone living near you is either feeling lonely or needs a helping help. Find out how you can look out for your neighbours here:

A smile and a quick ‘hello’ is all it takes to brighten someone’s day and make them feel part of a caring community, and to help spread this message we’re supporting the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership’s Looking Out for our Neighbours campaign, which aims to encourage local people to do simple things to look out for one another to help improve the wellbeing of people living in their communities.

Social isolation can increase the risk of having a stroke by a third, and older people who live alone are 50% more likely to visit A&E than those who live with others, while the number of older people who are lonely is rising quickly. If loneliness is not addressed it can seriously affect people’s health and well-being.


Sepsis (blood poisoning)

There are around 250,000 cases of sepsis every year in the UK, with at least 46,000 dying every year as a result of the condition.

Anyone can develop sepsis after an injury or minor infection, though some people are more at risk than others, including:

Babies and the elderly
Frail people or people with weakened immune symptoms
People who have recently had surgery or a serious illness

There is lots of information about symptoms of sepsis here. Its important for patients to be aware of the symptoms people experience with sepsis


S - Slurred speech or confusion
E - Extreme shivering
P - Passing no urine
S - Severe breathlessness
I - It feels like you're going to die
S - Skin mottled or discoloured

The Foreign Office have recently reminded patient that certain medications may be illegal to carry abroad. If you need more information about the country you're travelling to, please click here

When we send off your specimens for testing...

What happens next?

If your result is NORMAL, you will NOT be contacted. 

However if the clinician reviewing your result needs to speak to you, we will contact you to make an appointment. Please let us have your up to date contact numbers

When should I call 999 or go to A&E?

Patients with the following conditions should go to A&E or call 999:

Collapsing / Losing Consciousness

Chest Pains

Choking / Severe Bleeding

Severe Breathing Difficulties

When should I go to the nearest walk-in centre or minor injuries clinic?





When should I go to a local Pharmacy?



Painful Cough

Runny Nose

If you are unsure you should first call 111 for advice.

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