Seasonal vaccinations and COVID-19
Update: We understand you may be concerned about the ongoing COVID-19 situation and attendance of clinic appointments. Please see below for the current situation when attending clinics at hospitals in the Thames Valley and Wessex Network.
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During the current coronavirus outbreak, adult patients should attend their clinic appointment on their own unless mobility, carer or mental health support is required.
Your consultant will decide the timing of your next appointment and whether you require a telephone call, video clinic appointment or a face to face clinic appointment. We will contact you to confirm any changes. This may result in you being seen later than planned. If you have any concerns about your rescheduled appointment date, please contact the ACHD nurse specialist team at Southampton on 023 8120 4739 or at Oxford on 01865 740412 or alternatively speak to your consultant’s secretary.
For further information for patients attending the hospital please use the links below.
Please click the link here for more information on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Who can have the COVID-19 vaccine
COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone aged 12 or over
British Heart Foundation guide to the Covid-19 vaccine for patients with CHD
COVID-19 and pregnancy
Please click here: A Guide to COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy
Pregnant women with significant heart disease have been classed as extremely vulnerable. You will have been advised of this by your medical team. It is important that you follow the advice for the extremely vulnerable.
What is a significant heart disease in pregnancy?
- Impaired left heart function (any cause)
- A systemic right ventricle (congenitally corrected TGA, Senning/Mustard surgery for TGA) even if well-functioning
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with abnormal heart function and/or outflow tract obstruction
- Heart disease due to high blood pressure with thickening of the muscle on the left side of the heart
- Fontan circulation
- Pulmonary arterial hypertension (any cause)
- Cyanotic conditions ie saturation in air < 92%
- Moderate or severe valve stenosis (narrowed)
- Severe valve regurgitation (leaking) and moderate if symptomatic
- Symptomatic coronary artery disease
For further information and answers to questions for pregnant ladies and their families please refer to the guidance that has been published by the Royal College of Obstretricians and Gynaecologists.
COVID and Pulmonary Hypertension:
COVID and adult congenital heart disease: information from Somerville Foundation
Please visit: https://thesf.org.uk/ It is free to register to access the Somerville Foundation advice pages.
Please click here for more information on the flu vaccine for adults.
The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who:
- are 50 and over (including those who’ll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
- have certain health conditions
- are pregnant
- are in long-stay residential care
- receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- frontline health or social care workers
If you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, do not come to our hospitals. Stay at home and follow the national advice.
If you have any concerns about you or your child’s health or wellbeing, you should seek appropriate medical advice- care if available in our emergency department.
You can also use the following guidance:
- NHS 111 online
- Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health – Advice for parents and carers traffic light poster
- COVID-19: British Congenital Cardiac Association (BCCA) updated guidance for patients, parents, charities and support groups in light of national lockdown for England (November 2020)
- Shielding advice
Each consultant is triaging their outpatient clinics so if you have received a clinic appointment and haven’t been contacted to cancel your appointment, please do attend.
Where possible we will provide virtual or telephone clinics.
If you have an appointment and have not heard from us, you should attend as planned. If you are self-isolating, please contact our service.