Coronavirus/ Covid-19 (2019-nCoV)


On 13.03.2020 the NHS has instructed all GP practices to start "Telephone First".

This means patients must first have a telephone consultation with the doctor. This can also be a video consultation.

If the doctor feels it is essential to see the patient in the surgery, then the doctor will arrange a face-to-face appointment. 

You can obtain health advice, request telephone consultation, repeat prescription, medical certificate or letter, or arrange administrative help, via:


available online 24 hours, 7 days a week 

Or by email

Or by phone 020 8888 2518 or 8889 0492 




The vaccination programme is co-ordinated centrally by the NHS authorities. They have set out a list of priority groups.

Your GP surgery can help you with booking when your turn comes up.

If you are not sure whether to have the vaccine and have questions about it, do talk to your doctor, nurse or have a look at the scientific information.

Vimeo Coronavirus vaccine update 2021-02-15 (English)

Vimeo Coronavirus vaccine 新冠病疫苗 2021-02-15 (Chinese)

Coronavirus vaccine update 2021-02-15 (English)

Coronavirus vaccine 新冠病疫苗 2021-02-15 (Chinese)




Please scroll down to the section on Coronavirus test


Shielding (4 November 2020)

Shielding letter (Official) 4 November 2020



Shielding (20 December 2020) - updated 5 January 2021

As you are aware, the government has designated London as a Tier 4 area, and with it imposed many restrictions that apply to everyone.

Moreover, a (third) national lockdown begins on 5 January 2021, with additional restrictions.

The government has advised people in the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable categories to further restrict their activities, for their own protection.

People are identified by the government from the NHS database. If you are among the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable categories, you will receive a letter directly from the government.

Your GP surgery is not involved in selecting who will be within the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable categories.

If you feel you should be within a Clinically Extremely Vulnerable category and have not received a government letter, then you must discuss this with your employer and come to a mutually acceptable decision. The following document may help.

Shielding advice (Alexandra Surgery) 23 December 2020



Coronavirus* tests


Coronavirus where you can go for test 

There are two kinds of tests for Coronavirus infection.


  1. Test for whether you have the virus infection now.

This test is now open to any member of public who has symptoms of coronavirus.

It requires swabs from the nose and throat.

You can watch a video of how the test is done:

This can be done by a trained professional at a testing site. Or by yourself or a family member at home. 

  • This looks for the virus itself. It is called Antigen test.
  • The test is useful when you are having new symptoms, or soon after you have been in contact with another person with infection.
  • The virus shows up in the nose and throat from day 3 to day 7 of contact with the virus – that is the best time to do this test.


You should request this test yourself. When booking the test, the NHS may ask for an Identity Check. Your GP cannot refer you.

To request this test:


  1. Test for infected people without symptoms ("asymptomatic") 

Many work places (especially in health care and social care) routinely test staff every week. This is arranged by the employers, for workers without symptoms.

Workers who test positive will have to self isolate even if they are not unwell.

With the latest lockdown, the government also indicated that secondary school students would be tested before they return to school.

In Haringey, children from age 12 upwards can access this testing at:
48 Station Road, Wood Green, N22 7TY.

Free rapid COVID-19 testing site in Haringey (4 January 2021)


  1. Test for whether you have had the virus infection in the past.

This test is open to NHS staff and care home workers, and some patients in care.

It requires a blood sample from a vein in your arm.


  • This looks for the body’s reaction to the virus. It is called Antibody test.
  • This test is useful if you once had symptoms, but was not tested for the virus antigen at that time.
  • The test is best done at least a month after the symptoms – the immune system takes two to four weeks to develop antibody. (By that time the virus antigen has disappeared.)
  • Some people catch the virus but have little or no symptoms. If you are one of them, this test can also show you had caught the virus some time ago.


To request this test:

  • Ask your NHS workplace, or
  • Ask your GP surgery (Your GP will have to refer you to the hospital and you may need to show you work in the NHS or a care home)

If you do not qualify for the NHS antibody test, some private clinics in London offer antibody test. If you are interested you may search on the internet for "coronavirus antibody test London". 



* A word about vocabulary

To make this easier to read, we have used the word ‘Coronavirus’ above. Technically, there are many different Coronaviruses. The particular virus that is causing the pandemic is SARS-CoV-2 or nCov-2019. The disease it causes is called Covid-19. Really, they are pointing to

Coronavirus tests for NHS staff and the public

Advice to NHS staff - antibody test

Assessment for NHS staff - risk at workplace



Quit for Covid


From Tuesday 9 April 2020, a GP HOT HUB is open in Haringey.

This is designed to:

  • review patients who have Covid related illness; or
  • review patients who may have Covid with another urgent medical problem.

If you have an illness that fits into these two groups:

  • you will not be seen at your GP practice;
  • either your GP practice or 111 may refer you into the Hot Hub service.

Patient Information leaflet for Hot Hub BG

Patient Information leaflet for Hot Hub BG

The patients who are at highest risk of becoming seriously ill from viral infection, should receive a letter from the NHS.

If you (or someone you know) have not received the letter, you may view a copy here:

Vulnerable groups letter from government 2020-03-21

Patients who are shielding (i.e. advised to stay at home for the whole time), and do not have family or friends that can help, can register at:






NOTE: Each government department may have criteria on who can access help, or what sort of help one can get.

If you do not fit into these criteria, there may be VOLUNTARY GROUPS near you who can help.

At Alexandra Surgery we do not have our own Voluntary group. However, if you live in this area and you have organised one, do please let us know.
Email to 

Coronavirus and pregnancy

Advice from Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists UK:

Coronavirus and pregnancy - RCOG UK

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