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Flu Campaign & Covid Boosters
Our flu campaign will begin in September and continue throughout October. Due to the success of last years flu campaign, we have been given permission by NHSE to deliver your covid booster vaccinations at Shiremoor Resource Centre. We will be hoping to deliver this at the same time as your flu jab. We are awaiting an update from NHS England before we can confirm. Soon, you will receive a letter from us with your individual bar code that is unique to you. This letter will inform you of the date and time of your flu/covid booster injection. Please keep this letter safe as you will need to bring this along to the flu clinic.
This year the government has once again extended the flu vaccination programme to include all over 50-year-olds. Anyone over the age of 50 is entitled to a free flu vaccination at the practice. You will receive your invite via letter too. Keep checking the website for further updates.
Please be aware Bridge Medical would never ask for payment or your bank details to book the COVID-19 vaccine. If you receive a request for payment to book your vaccine please DO NOT divulge this information.
Demonstrating your 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 through the NHS COVID Pass service from:
the NHS App which you can download from app stores
the NHS website
119 – by requesting a paper letter
You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.
If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 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. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.
When you’re planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.
Travelling to England
Click here for information regarding travelling from a country on the “red” list.
Click here for information regarding booking coronavirus tests if you are travelling to England.
Do you have a smartphone? Bridge Medical is now using the myGP app which allows you to book appointments, order prescriptions and view your medical records on your smartphone. myGP also gives you access to many useful resources, such as a “health marketplace” which includes links to access self-referrals for mental health and a wide range of advice regarding medical conditions. You can also check the status of any NHS referrals you have, as well as having the ability to check, change or cancel your hospital appointments.
Only some medical problems are suitable for an eConsult. If you are thinking of contacting your GP surgery this way please check here to see if your GP will be able to deal with your concerns in an eConsult.
Due to the current climate, and to further protect all of our patients and staff, from Friday 3rd April 2020, we ask all of our patients to stay at home and contact us via telephone or e-consult if you need help or advice.
While the practice remains open and fully staffed to answer your calls, our doors will be locked to protect patients with pre-booked appointments and members of staff that continue to provide the best and safest possible healthcare during this unprecedented time.
If you have a pre-booked appointment you will be asked to stay in the car park and you will be called in by the clinician, we ask that you please attend the surgery alone unless you have a carer. Please inform our reception team via telephone of any change to your mobile number. If you choose to wear a face mask, you can find out how to wear a mask and what you can use as a mask here.
Even after July 19th 2021 when you attend any healthcare setting you must:
- Keep wearing a mask
- Wash your hands
- Keep your distance
These measures remain in place to keep you and our vulnerable patients safe. Thank you for your understanding.
Click here for updated government guidance on self-isolation.
Please visit our dedicated coronavirus page which may answer any further questions you may have.
Mental Wellbeing and Domestic Abuse
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Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service
Click here for more information regarding specialist care and support for Service leavers, reservists, veterans and their families.
Register with our Practice
We are currently accepting new patients. To register with us, please complete the family doctor services registration form and our New Patient Questionnaire and return them to the practice. Please note only patients aged 16 and over need to complete the new patient questionnaire.
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