Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Cornoavirus - what you can do

  • The NHS message is:-
    • The NHS is well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases and has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. Check online at gov.uk and at nhs.uk for advice on your travel and contact history and the latest COVID-19 information before attending the practice.

    We will maintain services for as long as we can with the resources we have.  To do so we rely on our community to follow the published official advice regarding self isolation and using 111 as first point of contact.  

    Here's what you can do to help us:

    Please check on neighbours and friends.  Make sure they are up to date with the current advice. 

    Please read and comply with the signs before entering our premises.  Messages are also on our telephones, web site, and via text and email messaging for anyone signed up to those services. 

    Please use our services appropriately and only when necessary.  Make use of our online services including E-Consults, 111 online checker and  NHS Choices.  

    Please make use of community pharmacies and the follow the advice regarding self-limiting illnesses (D&V, coughs and colds etc), advice regarding self-care and over the counter medication to relieve symptoms.
    Please check for the latest information on the official websites.  Pass information on to those you know who haven't got online access.

    Please  follow national guidance about good hygiene and hand washing.    Please use the hand gel and hand washing facilities while you are here but please leave them insitu for others to use to help prevent spread of any infections. 

    For good hygiene reasons we have removed toys and magazines from the waiting room.  This is standard infection control procedure to prevent spread of infection.  Please bring your own reading materials and toys to entertain your children while you wait.

    Please note that we have suspended online bookings for routine face to face consultations.   This is so that we can,  if we need to, manage contacts with our workforce and services to patients effectively throughout the coming weeks.   Online telephone bookings are still available.  

    Thank you for your assistance.  
    Sue Stokes
    Practice Manager

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