Click to listen to Susie Bailey, Medical Director Derbyshire GP Task Force, Radio Derby appeal to 'Think 111 First' before contacting theIr GP about vaccine side effects.

Derbyshire GPs are appealing to patients for help in coping with the current pandemic by thinking carefully before ringing for an appointment when concerned about possible side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Practices have reported increases in calls asking for advice when experiencing minor symptoms such as headaches and fatigue, and are asking people to instead call NHS111 for advice.

Very common side effects after receiving the vaccine include:

• having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around 1-2 days after the vaccine

• feeling tired

• headache

• general aches, or mild flu like symptoms

These symptoms normally last less than a week. If your symptoms seem to get worse or if you are concerned, call NHS 111. If you do seek advice from a doctor or nurse, make sure you tell them about your vaccination.

·         For more information on what to expect from your , you can read the official NHS advice, here: https://joinedupcarederbyshire.co.uk/application/files/9116/0793/7371/Covid-19_what_to_expect_leaflet.pdf

For more information on the NHS 111 service, visit: 111.nhs.uk

For information about local health services during the pandemic, including urgent treatment centres, visit the Joined Up Care Derbyshire website:

·         https://joinedupcarederbyshire.co.uk/public-info-covid-19/help-us-help-you

GPs remain open for business

Despite the pandemic, most GP practices are continuing to treat patients, with an increase in the use of phone and video consultations to ensure there is a reduction in unnecessary contact within the surgery. Patients are still seen face-to-face in surgery where this is necessary. Practice staff have also been busy helping to run the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Patients should continue to call their practice if they are ill, but have concerns about things they are worried might be a sign of cancer so that these can be checked out.  Patients should though consider also using the NHS 111 service for advice where appropriate, while also using Urgent Treatment Centres if they are available. In cases of life-threatening health emergencies, they should still call 999.