Covid-19 and the Coronavirus

Coronavirus Vaccine for Over 70’s

People aged 70 or older in England who have not yet had their coronavirus vaccine but would like to are being asked to contact the NHS.

A national booking system can be accessed online or people can call 119 free of change between 7am and 11pm.



Covid first vaccinations should by now have been offered to all Byfield medical centre patients aged 80 or over.
If you or anyone you know who is a registered patient in the 80 or over category, and has been overlooked, they should at once contact Byfield surgery so as to arrange an appointment.

Tracy Rymer

Practice Manager

COVID-19 vaccination phishing SMS text message

There has been an increasing trend of COVID-19 phishing and SMS text message scams, prompting the NCSC to publish materials to raise awareness (see attached leaflet).

As it stands, there are five key trends:

 Fake URL links claiming to redirect you to GOV.UK website to claim relief payments.
 Lockdown fines suggesting you have breached government regulations.
 Offers of health supplements that will prevent you from being infected.
 Financial support that appears to be from your bank.
 Fake text messages claiming to be from the NHS advising individuals that they are eligible to apply for vaccine, but requiring sensitive data such as financial information to make a payment.

To protect yourself and those close to you:

 Keep abreast of the news: As awful as it may seem, knowledge of attack methods and techniques will hone the ability to separate fact from fiction.
 Never click links within emails or text messages: Links take you to fake websites.
 Never call back using an unrecognised SMS phone number: This could lead you to speaking directly with a criminal or criminal organisation.
 Use official channels: For example, use GOV.UK to find relevant information about COVID support and support services. Once the official communication channels are known you can verify information and find out what the next steps are.
 Guard your data: A legitimate organisation won’t make unsolicited requests for sensitive information or payments. For example, the vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups. Use the official NHS app only available from Google Play or Apple Store for more.
 Don’t give into pressure: If someone tries to coerce you into giving them sensitive information, end the conversation.
 Watch your digital footprint. Cyber criminals will use social media accounts and relevant websites to research you and make their scams more effective. Request the removal of unnecessary information and check your privacy settings for every account.

Please report all Fraud and Cybercrime to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or online.
Forward suspicious emails to:
Report SMS scams by forwarding the original message to 7726 (spells SPAM on the keypad).

Byfield Medical Centre – Lockdown Procedures

From Tracey Rymer – Practice Manager.

We will still be triaging patients by phone and will only call into the surgery those that the clinician feels needs to be seen.

From tomorrow all medication will be delivered by our volunteers. You will NOT be able to come to the medical centre to collect this. Deliveries will be like they were in March, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The front door of the medical centre will be closed, and there will be a bell to attract the attention of the reception staff who will come and let you in after checking you have an appointment.

As we are sure you are aware the number of COVID cases in our area is rising sharply – please follow government advice and stay safe everyone.

Eydon’s action against Coronavirus 2020


In the face of increasing threat from coronavirus, we have decided upon a PLAN FOR THE WORST – HOPE FOR THE BEST approach to try and protect the health and well being of residents. We have contacted local relevant GP Practices for advice: The symptoms of Coronavirus are :

A new persistent dry cough, high temperature above 37.8 and shortness of breath.

If showing these symptoms please do not visit a GP SURGERY,PHARMACY OR HOSPITAL directly until instructed.

Phone 111 to speak to the NHS helpline directly, 111 also has an online Coronavirus service that can be accessed at

For information about local assistance in Eydon please visit Coronavirus Eydon document available in the miscellaneous document archive.