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Patients who are high risk and should be shielding will receive a letter early April to explain what they have to do -  PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE SURGERY

For more information go to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Covid-19 Vaccine Research

NHS requests potential Coronavirus vaccine volunteers

The NHS is seeking people who might consider volunteering to be part of a COVID-19 vaccine trial and asking them to sign up to a registry.

 

By registering, you are not signing up to take part in a specific trial or study. Instead, researchers working on vaccine studies will be able to search for volunteers who have signed up to the service and later ask them if they would want to take part in a specific study. There is no obligation to take part in any study and users can change their mind and remove their contact details from the registry at any time.

 

The service is available to anyone aged 18 or over, living in the UK. Researchers are looking for people from all backgrounds, ages and parts of the UK, including both people with or without existing health conditions.

 

To register, users need to fill in some personal and contact details, and answer a series of basic health screening questions on an NHS.UK website form. The service is highly secure, with personal data and permissions held in a NHS system managed by NHS Digital. Signing up is an individual choice.

You can sign up to the register here or find out more information here.

 Help the Fight against Covid-19

Take part in this study to help beat Covid-19.


Dear Patients at Derby Road Health Centre­

 We have been asked by the Centre for Academic Primary Care, at the University of Bristol who are funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to update the Germ Defence website with COVID-19 information, they are asking general practices across England to promote this to their patients to help prevent a wave of COVID-19 and ‘flu this Autumn/Winter.

 Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, has endorsed this as a national priority project and it has been adopted on to the portfolio of the Clinical Research Networks (CRNs) as an Urgent Public Health Research (UPHR) study. The Royal College of General Practice (RCGP) also supports this work and has recommended that all practices take part.

All you need to do is use our practice's unique link  and you must be aged 16 and over:

www.germdefence.org/index.html?src=C84039 

(If this link does not open when you click on it, please copy and paste it into your web browser.)

MESSAGE FROM:  Professor Lucy Yardley, Dr Jeremy Horwood, Professor John Macleod 

Centre for Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol

Germ Defence is an evidence-based behaviour change website that provides advice on infection control at home. A clinical trial of 20,000 people during the time of the H1N1 pandemic and seasonal ‘flu (published in The Lancet) showed that using Germ Defence successfully reduced the number and severity of infections in the home, as well as the need for primary care consultations and antibiotics.

We are now examining whether the updated COVID-19 version of Germ Defence will be effective at reducing infections and GP consultations this Autumn/Winter. Half of practices in England are being asked to promote Germ Defence to their patients now and the other half after Christmas. We will then use anonymised national patient record data to assess the website’s effectiveness.  Derby Road Health Centre (C84039) has been randomised to promote Germ Defence immediately.

The COVID-19 version of Germ Defence was developed by clinicians and scientists at the Universities of Bristol, Southampton and Bath in collaboration with Public Health England. It was co-designed with members of the public to be simple and quick to use, including by people with limited reading or computer skills. The website has already had over 100,000 users, who gave it a median rating of 8/10 for usefulness, and it can be accessed in 20+ languages. GP practices that have already shared the link have not received any patient enquiries about the website.

You do not need to sign up to the study or register to use the Germ Defence website or provide us with any data. We will record your practice’s participation by monitoring use of the unique link that is sent to patients, allocating one recruit to each practice that promotes the website. There is no financial reimbursement for taking part.

You can find more information about the study, including frequently asked questions (FAQs) here.

 Many thanks

 Professor Lucy Yardley, Dr Jeremy Horwood, Professor John Macleod

 Centre for Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol



 
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