Information for patients who have CVD during this time of Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

In line with Government advice, The Castle Medical Group and all GP practices in Clitheroe, Slaidburn, Sabden and Whalley have reduced face –to-face contact with patients to reduce the risk of spreading the viral illness COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

For this reason, we have not been arranging routine face-to-face reviews. However, we very much want to support you over this difficult period, and our doctors and nurses are available for advice over the telephone, and we can also arrange video consultations. If, following assessment, we feel you need a face-to-face assessment then we can arrange this. We are currently conducting face-to face-appointments at Clitheroe Community Hospital.

You will have read information that certain groups of patients are at increased risk of being ill from Covid-19 and this includes patients with cardiovascular disease. This means conditions such as heart disease, including angina and heart failure, peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation to the legs), and anybody who has a history of stroke.

The best ways to look after yourself are to:

• Maintain social distancing or shielding as appropriate, and follow the guidelines regarding handwashing and reducing the risk of infection in general.

• Make sure you are taking your medication as prescribed.

• Avoid smoking, or try to reduce or stop completely. This can be difficult at times of stress, but stopping smoking will reduce your risk of complications of COVID-19. Contact your practice to speak to a Practice Nurse if you need support with this.

• Continue to self-monitor symptoms or measurements e.g. weight or blood pressure if this is something you normally do as part of an agreed self-management plan. If you are wondering whether self-monitoring would help your condition, contact your practice to speak to a Practice Nurse. Self-monitoring can sometimes increase anxiety and is not always recommended.

• If you develop a fever, shortness of breath or dry cough and you are concerned about these symptoms, please contact the Covid-19 Service via 111. If you are unsure whether your symptoms could be COVID-19, please contact your GP practice first

• Whether or not you have coronavirus symptoms, it is essential to dial 999 if you have symptoms that could be a heart attack or stroke, or if your heart symptoms get suddenly worse.

For further advice on managing heart and circulatory conditions during COVID-19, please visit:


Message to our patients – update on the COVID-19 booster programme.

The NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.
All adults are eligible from Monday 13 December, and you will be able to book via the National Booking System from Wednesday 15 December.

Please do not contact the practice over any vaccination queries or try to book through the practice as this will stop patients with medical conditions being able to get through.

You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months.

We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly.

New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. Further availability will come online from Wednesday 15 December.

We will be working with all our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days.
All these appointments will be added to the National Booking System. We encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.

In terms of any planned appointments with The Castle Medical Group, there are no changes at the current time, and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.

See more about the vaccination programme or to book:

Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS

Or call 119.