The NHS is working at record speed to meet the new national mission to scale up the Covid-19 booster programme to protect communities against the new Omicron variant.
This includes thousands of extra appointments through GP surgeries, with workforce reallocated to focus on delivering Covid-19 booster vaccinations for the next three weeks to help prevent the spread of the Omicron variant.
GP surgeries will be in touch with patients very soon to invite you for a booster vaccine, please accept your invitation to your booster vaccine as soon as you receive it. The safest way to protect you, your friends and family is to get your booster vaccine as soon as possible, so please do not delay until after the New Year.
Please do not contact your surgery about making a vaccination appointment before you hear from them. You can find out more about the Vaccination Programme for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire on grabajab.net.
Practice teams will continue to be there for those who need care urgently, so people should come forward if they need help now. This includes anyone worried they might have symptoms of cancer, this could include a new lump, blood in wee or poo, or a condition that isn’t getting any better. As always, practice teams will be working hard to prioritise those who are most in need.
You may need to wait until the new year for a routine appointment, to allow teams to prioritise the delivery of the Vaccination Programme.
There is also a wealth of self-help health information on the NHS website – www.nhs.uk – including reliable guidance on managing common winter illnesses, alongside the NHS app. If you care for young children, the HANDi app has been developed by paediatric consultants for parents and carers and provides access to home care plans, as well as GP and hospital clinical guidelines, for the most common childhood health care conditions.
Please continue to be kind and respectful to general practice staff, who are working harder than ever this winter.
Most GP practices across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are open until Christmas Eve, and re-open again on Wednesday 29 December.