CORONAVIRUS - COVID-19
Please DO NOT attend the surgery unless you have a booked appointment.
All queries and requests must be made by telephone (024) 76383784.
National Changes to General Practice
Please see the above attachment
Following the latest guidance, If you are calling with symptoms of a cough cold sore throat or high temperature regardless of travel history or contact with a suspected case of covid 19. - if you are well stay at home.
If you are unwell use the 111 website for information or, if you don’t have internet access, then call them. Do not attend a GP surgery or hospital
We have been advised to move to a full telephone triage system for access to face to face GP appointments. The reception team will take your details and a GP will call you back for a telephone assessment. You may then be asked to attend as appropriate.
Nurse or HCA appointments will only be made for essential treatment and the nurse may call you before you arrive. If you have any flu or cold symptoms please cancel the appointment.
Anyone arriving at the surgery will be assessed for symptoms before being allowed into the building.
Do not attend the surgery speculatively for an appointment. You will be asked to telephone in.
If you do not currently receive your prescription electronically to your pharmacy we will be asking you to nominate one to remove the need to enter the building.
Med 3 Certificates for self isolation - https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
Link to NHS 111 online: - https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19
Link to further advice: - NHS corona Virus advice /
Guidance re schools re-opening
Coronavirus - Frequently Asked Questions
This information is correct at the time of publishing (21st March 2020)
Is the Practice closed?
No. We are operating a closed-door policy. This means you will not be able to come to the Practice to book an appointment at reception. Please phone us to book an appointment. You will need to provide the receptionist with details of your condition. A nurse or doctor will attempt to deal with your concern by phone where possible.
What is the Practice doing to ensure continuity of service?
We are meeting as a team on a daily basis to discuss the latest updates and how as a Practice we can best help you. The pace of change is incredibly quick and we are doing all we can to continue to provide the safest and most appropriate clinical care. We have increased our staffing levels where possible to assist with this.
I'm worried and I don't know who to contact
There is a lot of information available online including NHS 111 online. Please try to use these resources for information before contacting any healthcare professionals. If you would like to check your symptoms without phoning 111 you can do so by clicking here.
I have seen that GP's have started doing Rescue Packs. Am I able to get one?
We have seen this post circulating on social media. The post is misleading and is not accurate. Please do not contact your GP for a rescue pack - they are only issued for certain patients with personalised care plans and are not issued as standard. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19 go to www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19
Can I order my medication early?
Please don't over-order your medication, order too early or order medication you do not need as this will prevent others from obtaining their medication.
If your regular medication is due please request this as normal.
I need a letter for my holiday cancellation. How do I get one?
Following RCGP advice please do not request GP letters for holiday cancellations in light of COVID-19. Airlines and holiday providers should be looking towards national guidance as part of their policy as this is a global issue.
I've had to self-isolate and I need a sick note. How do I get one?
Please do not request sick notes from your GP if you are self-isolating due to Coronavirus. For the first 7 days off work, employees can self-certify so they don't need any evidence for their employer. After that, employers may ask for evidence of sickness absence. Where this is related to having symptoms of coronavirus or living with someone who has symptoms, the isolation note can be used to provide evidence of the advice to self-isolate. After answering a few questions, an isolation note will be emailed to the user. If you do not have an email address, you can have the note sent to a trusted family member or friend, or directly to your employer. The service can also be used to generate an isolation note on behalf of someone else. To obtain an isolation note click here
Do I need to self-isolate?
If you live on your own and develop a new continuous cough and/or a temperature/fever you must self-isolate for 7 days. If you live with others and someone in your household develops symptoms the whole household must isolate for 14 days.
Everyone must make an effort with social distancing for the next 12 weeks. For the latest updates, visit the self-isolation guidance and social distancing guidance on the government website.