Getting your COVID-19 booster
In response to the national effort to protect people against the Omicron variant, the NHS is working to offer everyone aged 18 and over the chance to book a COVID-19 booster vaccine by the end of December.You can now have your booster 3 months after your second dose and we will contact you when it is your turn. We will be prioritising people according to their age so please do not contact the practice for an appointment until you are invited. Alternatively, you can book an appointment at a community or pharmacy vaccination centre using the NHS National Booking Service. You can book online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119. The service is currently very busy but more appointments are being added all the time so please keep checking back if you can’t get an appointment as quickly as you would like.
Due to the new Omicron variant the government have requested that all GP surgeries re-deploy staff to support the expanded covid booster programme.We will therefore need to re-arrange routine appointments during the next six weeks so that we can support the covid boosters. If you already have a routine appointment booked at the surgery from the 20th December to the end of January 2022 you will shortly receive a text message or letter to inform you that your appointment will be re-arranged in due course. Please note that your GP surgery will continue to operate and the surgery doors will remain open along with our telephone lines to deal with any urgent problems and any appointments that still require ongoing treatment. Please continue to order you prescription on-line.
When attending our GP surgery, you must continue to wear a face mask and follow social distancing rules after 19 July, unless you are exempt. Practice staff will continue to use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).This will help to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and staff, especially those who are more vulnerable to infection.This is in line with the latest national guidance which applies to all healthcare settings in England. You can find more about this on the NHS England website here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2021/07/nhs-patients-staff-and-visitors-must-continue-to-wear-face-coverings-in-healthcare-settings/
Please note we are unable to provide COVID-19 vaccination status letters or answer any questions regarding this. Please visit the NHS website www.nhs/covidvaccination or call 119 for further information and support.
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 the NHS App which you can download from app stores. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use this service.
If you cannot access this online service, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel abroad in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.
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.
Help stop coronavirus spreading
- if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you'll need to stay at home for 10 days
- if you live with someone who has symptoms, you'll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms
The symptoms of coronavirus are: 1) a cough, 2) a high temperature and 3) shortness of breath, but these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness as the symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as the common cold and flu.
There are things you can do to help the Coronavirus spreading:
DO Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- DO Put used tissues in the bin immediately
- DO Wash your hands with soap and hot water often. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- DO avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- DO NOT touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Covid 19 Sick Note
If you are currently off work ill due to Coronavirus - whether through self isolation for yourself or a family member with potential symptoms or if you are isolating because you have health issues that put you at-risk please download our Coronavirus specific sick note for your employer to use.
Covid 19 Vaccination Programme
The NHS is now offering vaccinations to people under 50. Vaccinations will be offered to people according to their age.
Getting an appointment
If you would like to book an appointment, please visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. This will tell you what the current age limit is and allow you to book an appointment at a time and location that suits you. If you are not able to book online you can call 119 free of charge, between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. As the age limit reduces, this will be updated on the booking homepage.
Getting your second vaccination
People need two doses of the vaccine to make sure they get maximum protection. If you had your first dose at a GP centre, we will contact you when it is time for your second dose. This will usually be 11-12 weeks after your first vaccination. Please don’t contact the practice for an appointment, unless it is over 11 weeks since you had your first vaccination.
For more information about the vaccine, please visit www.nhs.uk or www.kirkleesccg.nhs.uk/your-health/health-campaigns/covid-19-vaccination
Based in Scissett, Huddersfield, we are a small and approachable practice offering you a personal and friendly service for your medical needs. We offer a good range of services and continuity of care for our patients. The practice is based in modern, purpose-built premises with free parking. The surgery has disabled access.
If you have registered for online services then you can book and cancel GP and Nurse appointments, order repeat prescriptions, update your personal details and send us secure messages online.
Do not use the secure messaging service to send us medical information please. Remember prescription requests take at least 48 hours to process. If you are cancelling an appointment please do so in good time.
All appointment requests are being triaged on the phone by a clinician who will decide if a face to face appointment is necessary or can be mitigated by a telephone/video consultation due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please do not visit the practice without an appointment.
PLEASE NOTE that the practice retains a small number of appointments to accommodate patient’s requests to be seen the same day. These are very limited so if you need to see a doctor urgently please contact the surgery before 10am. Requests made after 10 am may not be managed until the following working day.
See our advice on which clinicician - GP, Nurse, Healthcare Assistant, Pharmacist etc... is best placed to help you with a number of common health issues and chronic conditions.
Please give our receptionists as much information as possible - this will enable us the team to get you an appointment sooner with the most appropriate clinician to help with your condition. Please rest assured that all staff, including the recption team, are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the doctors.
The practice is open 8.30am - 6.00pm Monday - Friday. We are closed at weekends and on public and bank holidays.
URGENT appointments can be booked on the day, however, doctors’ appointments can be booked up to 4 weeks in advance.
Evening & weekend appointments available
Patients can now see a local GP, Physiotherapist and Phlebotomist (blood taker) for routine appointments on weekday evenings and at weekends.
Pre-bookable and on-the-day appointments are available between 6.30pm and 8.30pm each weekday, with additional slots available on Saturdays and Sundays between 8.45am and 5.15pm.
GP, Physio and Phlebotomy appointments are available for any Greater Huddersfield patient in the Primary Care Centre Hub at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and some physio appointments are available at other sites as well.
You can book an evening or weekend appointment by ringing the practice on: 01484 862 793. If you need to book an appointment when the practice is closed then you can ring the free NHS 111 phone line out of normal working hours and they will book an appointment for you if appropriate
Average GP earnings
All GP Practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice. The average pay for GPs working at the Dearne Valley Health Centre in the last financial year was £83,482 before Tax and National Insurance . This is for 1 full time and 2 part time GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.