Practice Statement - 9th September 2021
We do apologise however due to current staff shortages the Waterfront Medical Centre will have limited Clinical appointments available during the month of September 2021.
The Practice staff are all working extremely hard during this time and appreciate your understanding.
We do apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Flu Clinic - Over 65 and under 65 at risk
Phone 01446 508159 to book your appointment
Lines are open 10:00 to 13:30, Monday to Friday
Flu vaccinations for patients aged 50 - 64 are not available until November.
We would appreciate if patients could not call the Practice to enquire about flu vaccinations
Nationwide Blood Bottle Shortage
There is currently a nationwide shortage of blood bottles which are needed to carry out blood tests. This problem is due to an issue with the manufacturer.
We are currently awaiting for further communication from Welsh Government and Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board regarding this shortage and will update all patients as and when we receive further information.
We have been instructed to temporarily restrict the collection of routine and non-routine blood tests for potentially the next three months in order to conserve our stocks of tubes. This does mean that some tests for some people will be postponed until the national stocks recover.
We apologise in advance if we cannot accommodate, or need to cancel your blood test, but we hope you understand the reasoning behind this. Those patients with the highest risk or need will of course still receive the blood tests needed
Accessing GP Services
How you access your GP surgery has changed.
Please watch this short video which explains how you can access services at your GP surgery and how you may be signposted to other healthcare professionals within the NHS
Extended Symptoms for Covid Testing
What is the extended list of symptoms?
The Cardiff and Vale Test, Trace, Protect Service is asking residents to consider taking a test if they are experiencing any of an extended list of symptoms and these are new, persistent and/or unusual symptoms for them.
The symptoms are:
- myalgia (muscle ache or pain)
- a sore throat
- a headache
- a runny nose
- nausea or vomiting
These are in addition to the three most common symptoms of Covid-19: a fever, a new continuous cough or a loss/change of taste and smell.
How have these been determined?
The Cardiff and Vale contact tracing team has identified that significant numbers of people who test positive for Covid-19 do not have any of the three most common symptoms during the early stages of infection, or never develop these common symptoms.
All of the symptoms on the extended list are known symptoms for coronavirus. The list has been compiled by local public health experts based on extensive investigation into cases in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
For more information, click here to visit the Cardiff and Vale Healthboard website
A polite notice to patients that we DO NOT provide covid testing for travelling abroad.
International travel will restart from Monday 17 May. Before you travel you must consult the requirements for visitors for the country you plan to travel to. Restrictions may be in place, including proof of vaccination, tests, quarantine and reasons for entry.
From Monday 24 May, a paper-based vaccination status will be available for people in Wales who have had two doses of vaccination and are travelling to a country that requires covid vaccination proof.
If it is necessary to show a negative test before you can travel those must not be NHS tests, instead you must book and pay for tests from a private test provider (on GOV.UK)
Covid Vaccination Passport
Click here to Request a Certificate online
How to request a certificate if required for urgent travel
Request a certificate only if:
- you have had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (you should wait 5 days after your second dose before requesting it)
- you urgently need to travel to a country which requires vaccine certification
- you are not able to either quarantine or provide tests to meet country entry requirements
Call 0300 303 5667 to request a vaccination certificate for essential international travel.
It can take up to 10 working days for a certificate to arrive. No requests can be fast tracked and certificates cannot be collected.
You can call 7 days a week between 9am and 5pm.
Calls from landlines are typically charged between 2p and 10p per minute. Calls from mobiles typically cost between 10p and 40p per minute. Calls from landlines and mobiles are included in free call packages.
We are working with the UK Government to enable Welsh citizens to use the NHS App to show their vaccination status. This will be available shortly.
Do not request a vaccination certificate from your GP or vaccination centre. They cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
We now have a surgery app
We now have an app that you can download to your smartphone or tablet for free.
My Surgery App was developed to help you access our service as quickly as possible, with news updates, access to online services for medication orders, health resources, video guides, and even lets you manage your own health. So download our app today following the links below to download to your preferred device.
Welcome To The Waterfront Medical Centre
The Waterfront Medical Centre is run from new, purpose built and very modern premises. The Practice is located within the Docks area of Barry at the Waterfront. The Practice boundary encompasses the whole of Barry.
With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.
Ein nod yw cefnogi ein cleifion sy'n siarad Cymraeg trwy ddarparu gwybodaeth allweddol yn Gymraeg, gweler adran Gymraeg ar waelod y dudalen, o dan “Gwybodaeth Bellach”
We are taking the steps below to ensure that Waterfront Medical Centre can remain open.
If infected patients attend the surgery it could result in a temporary closure whilst staff and Doctors are forced to self-isolate and the surgery will need to be deep cleaned.
Please help us to help all of our patients
The latest advice is to self-isolate for 10 days if you have a new continuous cough or high temperature.
If you live with other people, the entire household should stay at home for 10 days from the day the first person gets symptoms.
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days. If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
If you are worried about symptoms of Coronavirus you should use the NHS Direct Wales online symptom checker at www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/COVID19
You should only call 111 if the symptom checker advises you to.
Please do not attend your GP surgery, community pharmacy or A&E department if you have any symptoms of Novel Coronavirus to stop the spread of infection.
You can help stop the spread of Novel Coronavirus by ensuring you practice good hygiene. Cough and sneeze into a tissue, bin it and immediately wash your hands with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
For up to date advice please visit phw.nhs.wales/coronavirus
Please contact us by telephone if you have any queries – DO NOT attend the Surgery. Only ring for advice if absolutely necessary and please be patient with our staff who are trying to help.
We need to ensure that only urgent cases attend the surgery. If the matter can wait a few weeks whilst this issue settles then please wait.
We are constantly reviewing the situation and this advice may change so please check our website for up to date information.
The Public Health Wales website provides information on Coronavirus for Wales - https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/