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LASTEST INFORMATION RE WEARING OF FACE MASKS

NHS England have today confirmed that despite yesterday's Government announcement that from today (27 January) face coverings will no longer be mandatory in public places, the UK Health Security Agency's Infection Prevention Control guidance remains in place in GP Surgeries.

 This means that we will still require patients to wear face coverings (facemasks or face shields), to maintain social distance and use hand sanitiser to enter the practice building. As we are a higher risk environment,  continuing these measures will help to ensure that we keep all our patients and staff safe.

 Please help us by wearing a mask or face covering when you visit our practice. Thank you for your support.

To our patients update on the COVID-19 booster programme

Across Derby and Derbyshire, the NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.

All adults are eligible from Monday 13th December, and you will be able to book via the National Booking System from Wednesday 15th December.

You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months.

We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination

services may also contact patients directly.  New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. Further availability will come online from Wednesday 15th December.

We will be working with all of our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days.

All of these appointments will be added to the National Booking System and so we encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is

approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.

In terms of any planned appointments with Arthur Medical Centre there are no changes at the current time, and everyone should attend their planned appointments as

normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.

Covid-19 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: 

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 two vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you had your second dose more than five working days ago. It may take seven 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.


Your Covid-19 vaccination is very important. You may be worried about information shared in the media over recent days about the AstraZeneca vaccine so please read the following statement from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA):  

“We are closely reviewing reports but the evidence available does not suggest the vaccine is the cause. “Blood clots can occur naturally and are not uncommon. More than 11 million doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca have now been administered across the UK, and the number of blood clots reported after having the vaccine is not greater than the number that would have occurred naturally in the vaccinated population. “We are working closely with international counterparts in understanding the global safety experience of COVID-19 vaccines and on the rapid sharing of safety data and reports. People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do”


Please use the below useful web link to access an information leaflet for patients who have covid-19 who are well enough to stay at home. It includes useful information on what to keep an eye on, and what to do if things get worse:

Covid Vaccine Scam

We have been made aware of a scam whereby patients are being contacted and offered the Covid-19 vaccine for a charge. The Covid-19 vaccine will only be available via the NHS for free.


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Online booking system for blood tests now live - 6th April

UHDB have launched an online booking system for blood tests which can be booked by individuals or their family members/carers. The booking system is live and accepting bookings. For more information and to book, go to: https://www.uhdb.nhs.uk/service-phlebotomy-blood-tests
Please book in advance as it will reduce your waiting time and will support social distancing.


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