COVID-19 Patient Information

Covid Vaccine 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: 

  • 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 website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.

Recovery Certificates
Please also be advised that we are unable to provide recovery letters for travel. We can issue you with a printout of your positive Covid result if you do not have your email confirmation.
Some Private Pratices do offer this chargeable service. Please do not contact the surgery to request a certificate as regrettably we will be unable to assist you with this request.

For the latest updates and information please see overview of Coronavirus –

In accordance with advice from NHS England and Public Health England, we have taken the decision to change our appointment system to ensure that we are able to look after our patients in the safest possible way:

We have turned off the patient check in machine and you will be asked a few questions by our reception staff over the telephone or front desk when arranging/arriving for your appointment. 

Please bear with us, as understandably this process will require a little more time and is changing rapidly. It is also important that appointment requests are not abused and that staff are not misled to invite you in for an appointment. The safety of EVERYONE must always be considered.

We will suspend our online access for the booking of future appointments.

Where necessary we will arrange a telephone or video consultation. Do not attend the surgery unless an agreed appointment time has been given. 

Extended hours GP appointments at Consett Medical Centre, and Tanfield View Surgery will now be telephone appointments. 

Please don’t contact 111 or the surgery for advice without checking the NHS.UK or GOV.UK websites first where possible.

Do not stockpile medications, this will over burden both practices and pharmacies. Please order your medication in the normal way when you need them. If you need any help setting up online ordering please contact the surgery. The prescription request forms are now in the foyer of the medical centre, we have a post box at both the gate and next door to Boots entrance. 

Follow the Government guidance on social distancing - everyone has to play their part to help others.  

Consider your neighbours and any vulnerable people you might know. There are lots of charities, community groups, and informal teams that are there to help too. 

Food banks are reporting reduced donations due to the strain on essential items, consider if you are able to donate anything. 

Face Coverings

Please ensure you wear a face mask of covering if you are invited in to the surgery. This must cover your mouth and nose, and may be a mask, face covering or scarf. Thank you for your co-operation in keeping our patients and colleagues safe.

face covering guidance

Exemption cards or badges

Some people may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering. This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a home-made sign.

This is a personal choice, and is not necessary in law.

If you would like to use an exemption card you can use the PDF attachments on this page

 More information can be found on the governments website here

Dear all,

We are aware of posts on social media telling patients to ask for rescue packs.

The advice from the prescribing team is that patients who have not previously had rescue packs should not have them issued for the following reasons:

  • In patients with COVID – 19 infection we are not aware of any evidence of benefit from early prescription of steroids
  • As COVID – 19 is a virus, antibiotics will not be of any benefit.
  • GP practices and pharmacies are already working at capacity, additional requests for prescriptions for the ‘worried well’ cannot be supported.
  • We need to protect the medicines supply chain.
  • The best way for ‘at risk’ patients to protect themselves is to self – isolate as per government guidelines.
  • Patients who develop severe symptoms should use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.

If you are concerned that the symptoms regarding your asthma or COPD are worsening, please contact the surgery using an e-consultation

Isolation Notes

If you require a fit note/sick note for your employer, click the click below to complete an isolation note. This can then be emailed to your employer, it also contains information if you are in receipt of benefits.

What is social isolating? This blog explains...

Other Useful Links overview of Coronavirus – info and guidance for the public –

Stay at Home Guidance –

NHS 111 Coronavirus Checker –

NHS 111 –

Silver Talk is a free befriending service which gives people the opportunity to connect for regular social telephone chats




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