Third doses of the Covid vaccine for people with suppressed immune systems
People aged 12 and over and who had severely weakened immune systems at the time of their first or second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine are eligible to receive a third dose. They may not have generated a full immune response to the first two doses and therefore may be less protected than the wider population.
Conditions which mean you might have had a suppressed immune system include:
- a blood cancer (such as leukaemia or lymphoma)
- a weakened immune system due to a treatment (such as steroid medicine, biological therapy, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
- an organ or bone marrow transplant
- a condition that means you have a very high risk of getting infections
- a condition or treatment your specialist advises makes you eligible for a 3rd dose
Please check the full list here to see if you are eligible.
You can book your vaccination by contacting the practice.
This third dose is part of the primary course of vaccinations. It is not the same as a booster dose, which is given later to extend the duration of protection after the primary course of vaccinations.
Vaccinations for children aged 12-15 who are at increased risk from Covid-19
Children who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid-19, or who live with someone who is more likely to get infections, can now get their Covid vaccine. Two doses of the vaccine will be given.
If your child is at increased risk from Covid-19 and you haven’t already been contacted to book your appointment, please contact the practice.
Conditions that mean your child may be at high risk and can get vaccinated include:
- a severe problem with the brain or nerves, such as cerebral palsy
- Down’s syndrome
- severe or multiple learning disabilities (or they’re on the learning disability register)
- haematological malignancy
- sickle cell disease
- type 1 diabetes
- congenital heart disease
- a condition that means they’re more likely to get infections (such as some genetic conditions or types of cancer).You can find a complete list of conditions here.Children aged 12-15 who are not classed as clinically extremely vulnerable are not eligible to receive their vaccination at the practice. They will receive a single dose of the vaccine via other routes, for example at school.
From Monday 19th July 2021
Infection Control Poster
Covid restriction update:
Since March 2020 we have made every attempt to make the Surgery as safe as possible for patients and staff. This is something that we remain fully committed to.
From 19th July, nothing will change at the Surgery. Staff will continue to wear PPE and patients will be required to wear a mask to enter the building (unless you’re exempt) Continuing to wear masks protects everyone who comes to the Surgery, especially the young, elderly and vulnerable.
We have been seeing patients face to face all through the pandemic. Everything starts with a phone call and if a face to face appointment is clinically required then this is arranged by the clinician usually on the same day.
We have remained open throughout and our GPs, nurse practitioners and healthcare assistant have been seeing patients for bloods, covid vaccinations, children and babies immunisations, dressing of wounds, cervical smears, INR testing, chronic disease reviews and 6 week baby/new mother checks. This is in addition to patients being asked to attend following a telephone discussion with a GP/nurse practitioner.
Our staff are working extremely hard to ensure our service delivery continues. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
If you or someone you care for is recovering from Covid19, there is very useful information on the NHS website -
General Practice Data for Planning & Research
All GP practices in England are legally required to share data with NHS Digital for this purpose under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (2012 Act). More information about this requirement is contained in the data provision notice issued by NHS Digital to GP practices. You have the choice to opt out if you wish to you need to complete the attached form and send this to your Practice. You can learn more about how NHS Digital uses your data here: General Practice Data for Planning and Research: GP Practice Privacy Notice - NHS Digital
NHS Digital has issued a Data Provision Notice for Planning and Research. This means we are required to share your information with them unless you tell us not to. To opt out complete and return the form below to us by 30th June 2021.
Opt out form - complete and return by 30th June 2021
Opt out form
LLR Privacy Notice
Covid Vaccination Status
We are unable to issue this certificate at the practice.
Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for further information.
Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHSapp, (which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions)
The NHSapp can be downloaded from https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-app/id1388411277 for iPhone or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.online.nhsonline for android.
Alternatively you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.
GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status
AstraZeneca Vaccination and blood clotting information.
SHACC (Sexual Health & Contraception in the community)
Sexual health services are still here for you.
De Montfort Surgery, Saffron Health and Victoria Park Health Centre are now restoring sexual health services for patients registered with Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland GP practices.
We provide everything from sexual health screenings to contraception including;
- Coil fitting and removal
- Implant fitting and removal
- STI Screening
Patients do not need to be registered at any of these practices to get an appointment.
Patients can book an appointment by calling 0800 7566 277. Our telephone lines are open Monday to Friday between 10:00 – 16:00.
Your appointment will be provided within a COVID secure environment this may include an initial telephone/video consultation, followed by a face to face appointment.
Supplementary Privacy Notice issued in response to COVID-19
(This Privacy Notice is to run alongside our standard Practice Privacy Notice)
Due to the unprecedented challenges that the NHS and we, Highgate Medical Centre face due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, there is a greater need for public bodies to require additional collection and sharing of personal data to protect against serious threats to public health.
In order to look after your healthcare needs in the most efficient way we, Highgate Medical Centre may therefore need to share your personal information, including medical records, with staff from other GP Practices including Practices within our Primary Care Network, as well as other health organisations (i.e. Clinical Commissioning Groups, Commissioning Support Units, Local authorities etc.) and bodies engaged in disease surveillance for the purposes of research, protecting public health, providing healthcare services to the public and monitoring and managing the Covid-19 outbreak and incidents of exposure.
The Secretary of State has served notice under Regulation 3(4) of the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 (COPI) to require organisations to process confidential patient information in the manner set out below for purposes set out in Regulation 3(1) of COPI.
The notice can be seen here
Purpose of this Notice
The purpose of this Notice is to require organisations such as Highgate Medical Centre to process confidential patient information for the purposes set out in Regulation 3(1) of COPI to support the Secretary of State’s response to Covid-19 (Covid-19 Purpose). “Processing” for these purposes is defined in Regulation 3(2) and includes dissemination of confidential patient information to persons and organisations permitted to process confidential patient information under Regulation 3(3) of COPI.
This Notice is necessary to require organisations such as Highgate Medical Centre to lawfully and efficiently process confidential patient information as set out in Regulation 3(2) of COPI for purposes defined in regulation 3(1), for the purposes of research, protecting public health, providing healthcare services to the public and monitoring and managing the Covid-19 outbreak and incidents of exposure.
Requirement to Process Confidential Patient Information
The Secretary of State has served notice to recipients under Regulation 3(4) that requires Highgate Medical Centre to process confidential patient information, including disseminating to a person or organisation permitted to process confidential patient information under Regulation 3(3) of COPI.
Highgate Medical Centre is only required to process such confidential patient information:
where the confidential patient information to be processed is required for a Covid-19 Purpose and will be processed solely for that Covid-19 Purpose in accordance with Regulation 7 of COPI from 20th March 2020 until 30th September 2020 (depending if renewed) for a Covid-19 Purpose.
A Covid-19 Purpose includes but is not limited to the following:
- Understanding Covid-19 risks and controlling them
- Identifying and understanding information about patients or potential patients with or at risk of Covid-19
- Monitoring and managing the response to Covid-19
- Delivering services to patients, clinicians, health services and adult social care services
- Supporting research and planning
A record will be kept by Highgate Medical Centre of all data processed under this Notice.
Data protection and electronic communication laws will not stop Highgate Medical Centre from sending public health messages to you, either by phone, text or email as these messages are not direct marketing.
It may also be necessary, where the latest technology allows Highgate Medical Centre to do so, to use your information and health data to facilitate digital consultations and diagnoses and we will always do this with your security in mind.
Visitors to The Practice
We have an obligation to protect our staff and employees’ health, so it is reasonable for staff at Highgate Medical Centre to ask any visitors to our practice to tell us if they have visited a particular country, or are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. This must only be in pre-approved circumstances and we would also ask all patients to consider government advice on the NHS 111 website and not attend the practice.
Where it is necessary for us to collect information and specific health data about visitors to our practice, we will not collect more information than we need, and we will ensure that any information collected is treated with the appropriate safeguards.
Review and Expiry of this Notice
This Notice will be reviewed on or before 30 September 2020 and may be extended by The Secretary of State. If no further notice is sent to Highgate Medical Centre by The Secretary of State this Notice will expire on 30 September 2020.
Our Data Protection Officer
The Practice has appointed Umar Sabat as its Data Protection Officer.
He can be contacted on the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any concerns about how your data is shared, or if you would like to know more about your rights in respect of the personal data we hold about you, then please contact the Practice Data Protection Officer.
How to contact the appropriate authorities
If you have any concerns about your information is managed then we would encourage you to first speak to our Data Protection Officer in the first instance.
If you are still unhappy following our Data Protection Officer’s review you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office at the following address:
Tel: 01625 545745
Sharps Bin Collections
If you require a needle collection, your doctor/nurse will give you a prescription for a sharps box. Patients should call 01509 634563 to arrange a collection, calling before 5pm on a Tuesday - collections take place on a Wednesday. The surgery cannot accept sharps boxes.
Every Mind Matters
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. The NHS has produced some useful information, including TV campaigns. Please do look at the information on the link below and see what you can do to help yourself:
To learn more about how to look after your mental health and create your own action plan, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
The NHS App
For more information go to www.nhs.uk/nhsapp
Use the NHS App to:
- Check your symptoms
- Find out what to do when you need help urgently
- Book and manage appointments at your GP surgery
- Order repeat prescriptions
- Securely view your GP medical record
- Register to be an organ donor
- Choose how the NHS uses your data
Most carers don't see themselves as carers - they see themselves as someone who's looking after a relative or a friend. Carers can be of any age and don't just look after someone who's elderly - they could be caring for someone with a disability or nearing the end of life.
We recognise that many carers don't know about or receive much support. We now have a named Carer's Coordinator, Jennie Wilson, who has developed a pack of useful information and is also available for just a chat! She works alongside our doctors and nurses to ensure we recognise who are carers are, and offer support and signpost to appropriate services in a timely manner.
Please contact Jennie at the surgery.
First Contact Plus
First Contact Plus is an online tool which helps adults in Leicestershire find information about a range of services all in one place.
The initiative allows residents who require help with one or a number of issues to access a catalogue of information, advice, help and support.
Information and resources on housing, health, living independently, money advice, work, security and other topics that assist the county’s residents can be found on this site.
First Contact Plus is delivered by Leicestershire County Council in partnership with GPs, the police, health organisations, voluntary groups and social care departments, district & borough councils who are helping adults across the county by working together to make access to services much easier.
Zero Tolerance: we have recently been experiencing an increase in rudeness and aggression from patients. If you are rude, swear or aggressive to any member of our staff, either over the telephone or in person, action will be taken. All staff are trained to help and support patients and direct them appropriately - please help us to help you!
Need emergency dental care? If you are unable to see your dentist, particularly when they're closed, please contact NHS Dental Access - 10 Nelson Street, Leicester, LE1 7AB Tel: 0116 295 1278
'Talk before you Walk' - We urge patients to contact the surgery during opening times or contact 111 before attending the A&E department. Ring the practice on 01509 816364 or call NHS 111: we can advise you about what to do. A&E is not always the best place! Please remember the surgery can deal with a range of minor injuries as well!
We are accepting new patients!
The surgery list is open and we are registering new patients. It's a simple process...fill in the application form on line via this website, or collect a form from the surgery. Once completed, leave the rest to us! We are happy to show you around if you like and meet our award winning team.
Isabel Symptom Checker:
The practice prides itself on early diagnosis and patient engagement. Please visit www.Isabelhealthcare.com to see how this can help you!