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This is a very challenging time we find ourselves in and there is understandably a lot of anxiety in the community around school age children, their risk from COVID-19 and the potential impact of school absence both for that child and for the family as a whole. The information below is to try to help you access good, up-to-date information to help us all work together over the next few months.

1.    Symptoms of coronavirus in children

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Please be reassured that if your child has symptoms of the usual winter bugs eg: runny nose or sore throat but DOES NOT have any of the symptoms listed above then they can still go to school.

2.    What to do if your child has the above symptoms

If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible - please be aware that you cannot under any circumstances get a test through your GP surgery so please do not ring for this purpose alone. You can ONLY get a test through 'NHS 111 online' OR by ringing 119 if you do not have access to the internet.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test. Please only order a test for the person in your household who has symptoms. These tests are NOT for individuals who do not have symptoms.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get the result.

 What you can do to decide if your child needs to see a GP

If you are worried about your child please click on the link below to an excellent website called 'Healthier Together' where there is lots of very useful information about managing illness in children: 

It is important to remember that COVID-19 appears to generally cause mild illness in children. Only about 1 in every 100 cases diagnosed in the UK have been in children and infection is generally far milder in children than it is in adults, although we do not yet understand exactly why this is the case.  Once you have looked at your child's symptoms if you are still concerned and think they need to be seen then please either:

-  access NHS 111 online OR ring 111 for COVID-19 symptoms

-  if you do not think your child's illness is due to COVID-19 then please contact the surgery.

Flu Campaign 2020

For information about this year's flu campaign, please click here

New clinic date added - Saturday 31st October 2020 at Trowbridge Civic Centre - available to book now

50-64 year olds regarding free flu vaccination.

All 50-64 year olds may be eligible for a free flu vaccination as part of plans to protect more people against seasonal flu, these free vaccinations will be subject to delivery later in the year.

This allows GP’s and community pharmacists to focus on those who are in an at risk group, such as pregnant women and people with long term health conditions. They will be given priority and offered the vaccine first; if you are in this category you will be contacted.

If you are aged 50-64 and not in one of the at risk categories you will be made aware in the coming months if you will be able to attend for vaccination. If the programme is extended this is likely to be November or December.  Of course if you wish to access a vaccine prior to this date you can pay to have this at your local pharmacy as in previous years, otherwise please wait for more information.

Refurbishment of Waiting Room

There is currently essential building work being carried out in the waiting room and reception area of the surgery.  This is causing some disruption to our normal services.  We apologise for any inconvenience during this period.  We anticipate this work continuing until at least the end of September 2020.  Please bear with us during this time.

Struggling with Hayfever?

There are things you should do;

  1. Clothing/towels/bedding should be dried indoors
  2. Wear a hat and sunglasses when outside, and when possible shower and change when you go back indoors
  3. Keep bedroom windows closed at night (the pollen rises with the hot air during the day and comes back down with cooler air at night)

Visit the Pharmacy;

  1. Nasal Steroids are the most effective treatment for hayfever but need to be used consistently and correctly
  2. Saline Nasal Rinse  has also been shown to help
  3. Over the Counter Antihistamines can help some people as can hayfever eye drops

The Pharmacist can advise you on brands and prices


If all these measures are being used consistently they should offer some relief. However if you are still continuing to really struggle or if you are wheezy, them please contact the surgery for help.


Wearing of Face Masks

We respectfully request that patients who have pre-booked appointments with any of our staff wear a suitable face covering when they attend the surgery to protect themselves and our staff.  Thank you.

For Exemption Information regarding Face Masks - please click here

Dr Catrinel Wright's Blog

Dr Wright has written some helpful advice for those struggling with mental health issues during the current pandemic.  Please click here to read it. 


During the current pandemic our main aim is to prevent our patients catching the Coronavirus.

ALL appointments will now be via the telephone, if the clinician feels that a further appointment is necessary they will arrange this for you.

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY unless you have a pre-arranged face to face appointment.  

All general enquiries or requests should be made over the telephone.

This situation is likely to continue for a number of weeks, thank you for your understanding.


Information remains subject to regular change and updates.

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at

For asthma advice - visit


If you need to self-certificate for 7 days you can find information about this here


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