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Covid-19 Coronavirus

UPDATED 09/04/2021

Safety of the AstraZeneca Vaccination

Recently, there have been reports of a very rare condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after vaccination. Although this condition remains extremely rare there appears to be a higher risk in people shortly after the first dose of the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine.

Around 4 people develop this condition for every million doses of AZ vaccine doses given. This is seen slightly more often in younger people and tends to occur between 4 days and 2 weeks following vaccination. This is being carefully reviewed but the risk factors for this condition are not yet clear.

This condition can also occur naturally, and clotting problems are a common complication of COVID-19 infection. An increased risk has not yet been seen after other COVID-19 vaccines but is being carefully monitored.

Following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), we will be offering people under 30 who have not yet had their first COVID-19 vaccination, a choice of vaccine other than AZ. If you choose to have an alternative vaccine you may have to wait to be protected. You may wish to go ahead with the AZ vaccination after you have considered all the risks and benefits for you.

This leaflet from Public Health England provides more information about the benefits and risks of the AZ COVID-19 vaccination.

If you have already had a first dose of AZ vaccine without suffering a blood clot as a side effect, you should have your second dose. This includes people aged 18 to 29 years who are health and social care workers and unpaid carers.

 The benefits of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine outweigh any risks for the vast majority of people and you should still book your COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

We want to reduce your exposure to the risk of COVID-19. PLEASE arrive for your appointment on time – NOT EARLY. A longer wait outside increases your risk of exposure to the virus.

Our doors maybe closed BUT WE ARE STILL OPEN! If you think you need to speak or see a doctor or nurse please phone the surgery as normal. If you need to be seen you will be given an appointment time and instructions.  Please follow.

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A reminder that we're taking referrals for counselling those who are shielding until June 30th 2021. If you're interested, contact for a registration form. Please read the flyer for details about eligibility thanks again to our funders #mentalhealth

From Monday 8th of February we would ask that all our patients wear a face covering/ face mask if possible. We understand some people are exempt from wearing a mask, but we would ideally like you to wear one for the short while you are in the Health Centre to keep us safe which keeps us up and running.

The Kent variant which has now been found in Bristol is easier to pass on than the original which is why we need to be so careful. Thankfully the vaccines probably still work OK against it.
Thank you for your understanding at this challenging time from the team at Hartwood Healthcare Centre. 😊

We have sent invites to Group 6 patients to book a Covid-19 vaccine online or via 119 for Ashton Gate Stadium Vaccine Centre as we were advised to do.
We have been advised the link to this does not yet seem to be set up yet. Please wait a few days then try again. Please do not call the surgery as we are unable to book appointments at Ashton Gate Stadium Vaccine Centre
Thank you for your understanding and patience at this challenging time.
From Your Team at Heartwood Healthcare

Just some of the team who have helped out at the vaccination hub.

It's been nice to see so many of our patients getting vaccinated.


Thank you for you patience over this challenging time. From The Team Hartwood Healthcare.#HandsFaceSpace

If you need support and you're in the clinically extremely vulnerable, please click the link: 

New guidelines. We are now in Lockdown. 

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This year our flu up take has been really, really good, but we still have people who are eligible who haven't had the flu vaccine.  Thank you to everyone for your support at this challenging time. From Team at Hartwood Healthcare. 

We would like to thank all patients for adhering to social distancing and following our one way system. It’s all very different this year.

If you haven't had your flu vaccine there is still time, please call reception on 0117 3015 226. 

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Please click on the attachment which may answer some questions you have regarding the flu vaccine: Facts and Myths about the flu vaccine.

No needles involved-the vaccine is sprayed into the nostrils.

Protecting children helps to protect the whole family from this horrible virus and this is more important than ever this year with the risk of Covid-19.

The vaccination is free


Who can get the vaccine?

Children aged 2 or 3 years on 31st August 2020

Children aged 4 to 18 who have a condition that puts them more at risk from flu:

  • Taking a steroid inhaler or tablets for asthma 
  • heart disease
  • kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • cerebral palsy
  • a learning disability
  • diabetes
  • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
  • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy

     We will be taking bookings for over-18 flu immunisation sessions from Tuesday 15th September.



Useful links for support during Coronavirus:

 National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

 NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000 If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact NSPCC professional counsellors for help, advice and support.

 Childline 0800 1111: Offers free, confidential advice and support for any child 18 years or under, whatever the worry.

 MIND: Mental Health Support with specific advice on ‘Coronavirus and your wellbeing’.

 YoungMinds: Supporting children and young people and their parents/carers with their mental health and wellbeing. Specific advice on managing self-isolation and anxiety about coronavirus.

 Icon Babies cry: You can cope.

 SafeLives: Specific resources for domestic abuse and COVID.

 IRISi interventions:

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