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Recommended communication from BSol CCG re Covid Booster increased Roll Out


In line with the Government’s announcement, the NHS is aiming to offer every adult the chance to book a COVID-19 booster vaccine by the end of the year. This means our practice is now prioritising the booster rollout. 


As part of this, some of our routine services may be stood down temporarily to allow us to focus on protecting as many patients as possible. 


We are still there for anyone who may need care for an urgent need, but would ask for patience as we support this key national priority over the coming weeks. We hope to be able to stand back up any services as soon as possible and will update this page as soon as we know more. 


Please don’t forget there are many services available for you, depending on your condition. These include: 



  • Self-care – This is the best choice to treat minor illnesses and injuries such as hangovers, coughs, colds, grazes, small cuts or sore throats. Many of these can be treated at home, simply with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest.

  • Pharmacy – Pharmacists can give advice on and treat a range of symptoms. They can support you with things such as diarrhoea, earaches, painful coughs, sticky eyes, teething and rashes.

  • NHS 111 – You can access 111 online or via the telephone. This is for any urgent but non-life threatening health concerns. They will be able to signpost you to the relevant service and provide advice where appropriate, or book you in to an Urgent Treatment Centre.

  • A&E / 999 – You should only attend A&E or dial 999 in a life-threatening emergency such as severe bleeding, breathing difficulties and severe chest pain. 


If you are now eligible for your COVID-19 booster please book it as soon as you can. It is vital as many people as possible get boosted as soon as possible. Please do not ring the practice regarding your boosters, instead visit https://www.birminghamandsolihullcovidvaccine.nhs.uk/ or call 119 to book an appointment or to find a walk-in clinic near you. You can also find out more about who is eligible, how the vaccine is given and other frequently asked questions. If you are a housebound patient, there is a community team which will be coming out to you to vaccinate you, so please do not contact your GP as the team will be making contact with you.


Communication Aids

Birmingham Integrated Language & Communication Services

The following services are available to practices through the BILCs team,  commissioned and funded by NHS Solihull CCG. 

BILCS website

As well as interepters BILCS are now offering additional services available to our patients free of charge
Specifically for LD and for Non Hearing Patients we can provide:

· British Sign Language (BSL)/English Interpreters (NRCPD Registered)

· Lip-speakers (NRCPD and/or Association of Lip-speakers Registered)

· Deafblind Interpreters: Visual Frame, Hands-on or Manual (NRCPD Registered)

· Speech-to-text operators (Palantype and SpeedText) (NRCPD/BIVR or AVSTTR Registered)

· Note-takers (electronic and manual [hand-written]) (NRCPD Registered)

· Deaf Relays (Language intermediaries for Deaf people who are not fluent in BSL)

· BSL/English translations (video, DVD, website etc)

· Translation including Braille Transcription (Provided by RNIB WebDocs platform)

· Sign Supported English (SSE) Interpreters

· Deaf Advocates



 
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