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Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

 Stay at home - Protect the NHS - Save Lives

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from essential work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

Advice for people with severe health conditions

NHS services are contacting people with a range of severe health conditions urging them to self-isolate for 12 weeks. We have also contacted all local patients with a generic message following the prime ministers advice. Please don’t panic if you have received the text and don’t have a severe health condition. Health advice will be confirmed by letter to those identified this week. There is no need to contact your GP about the message.

Visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus for Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

 

As part of the Practice's response to the threat of Covid-19 we are temporarily suspending the ability of patients to make face to face appointments. This is so all patients can be screened to make sure they are not at risk of having the virus before they come to the practice.

If you telephone for an appointment you will be asked whether you have potential coronavirus symptoms. If necessary a GP may ring you to give advice. 

The facility to order prescriptions online has not been affected.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and hope you understand we are making these changes for both staff and patient's safety. You will also appreciate the situation is changing rapidly and we will continue to respond to the situation as it develops.

Coronavirus: (Covid-19) - The following information is up to date as of 7th April 2020

The NHS in England and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff.

If you or anyone you live with have symptoms such as a high temperature (greater that 37.8C) or a new continuous cough, you should all stay at home for 14 days.

Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people. If symptoms persist or worsen use the on-line 111 coronavirus service at 111.nhs.uk

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Avoid all but absolutely essential travel.

If you need a sick note for your employer as a result of having to self isolate because of coronavirus DO NOT CONTACT THE SURGERY but go to the 111 website to get your own fit note

https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

  • You can find help and advice from Public Health England at

www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-England 

Further information is also available at www.nhs.uk.

Clinics & Services

Ante-Natal Care

Ante-Natal care is now led by our team of Midwives, who work in close co-operation with the GPs. We advise women to try to see one of the midwives at around 8-10 weeks of pregnancy, for initial advice. We advise all women who are trying to conceive, and until they are 12 weeks pregnant, to take Folic Acid 400 micrograms daily, available from any Pharmacy.

During pregnancy, most care is provided at the surgery. Women can be booked to have their baby in either the Queens Medical Centre or Nottingham City Hospital.

Family Planning and Contraceptive Services

We provide a full contraceptive service in normal surgery hours. For women wishing to have an IUCD (coil) fitted, it is necessary to have an initial appointment with Dr Smith who specialises in the fitting of coils.

Emergency contraception is available from the nurses as well as the doctors, and it is important to be seen within 72 hours of any potential contraceptive failure or omission. This service is also available from the Victoria Health Centre and Family Planning Clinic in town, from the Walk In Centre on London Road or from your local pharmacy (although there may be a charge).

Cervical Smears

These important checks facilitate early detection of cancer of the cervix. All female patients between the ages of 25 and 65 should be tested every three years as a minimum, and more regularly if advised.

Younger patients may also be recommended for testing, but women aged less than 25 years do not need routine cervical screening. Appointments can be made with any of the nurses or doctors.

Mammograms

These breast checks are carried out every 3 years and re-call appointments are generated automatically.

Minor Surgery

The doctors undertake minor surgical procedures, such as joint injections, removal of lumps and bumps at the surgery. These need to be arranged with the GPs, who will only perform procedures they feel are suitable. More complicated problems will be referred to Specialists for treatment.

Smoking Cessation Clinics

The Practice actively encourages patients to stop smoking. Smoke Free Life Nottinghamshire is the local NHS service which gives advice and help to those wishing to stop and they have an excellent success rate. It is advised that patients who want help to quit smoking receive professional support, as well as any necessary prescribed medication. If you want an appointment, please ask at Reception.

Child Development Checks

All Children are offered an initial check at 6 weeks. Hearing and further developmental screening is undertaken by the Health Visiting Team.

It is helpful if you can remember to bring your child’s red book in order that it can be completed.

Well Baby Checks

The Health Visiting team run clinics at West Bridgford Health Centre.

Asthma & Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease Clinics

Our nurses have additional training in the management of asthma. Adults with asthma should be reviewed yearly and children six monthly. If you have asthma and are using a blue inhaler on a daily basis, please make an appointment for an asthma review.

Newly diagnosed patients do require longer appointment times, so please ensure you highlight this if relevant.

British Lung Foundation - COPD

Diabetes Clinics

We run Diabetic clinics with nursing support, undertaking annual assessments of patients diabetes. We provide a comprehensive package of support to new diabetic patients.

Diabetes UK

Ischaemic Heart Disease Clinics

With more patients having Ischaemic Heart Disease (Angina or past Heart Attack), we offer Nurse-led clinics, to ensure patients are having the optimum advice and health checks.

We have clear advice on what constitutes best practice for most patients and we wish to ensure our patients receive it.

British Heart Foundation

Vaccination & Immunisation

Vaccinating your child against infectious illness is one of the single most important things you can do to protect their health. Vaccination is recommended for ALL children unless there is a medical contra-indication. The schedule is described in the child’s Red Book but this changes occasionally and the Health Visitor or Practice Nurse can advise when vaccinations are required.

Travel Clinic

See separate webpage.

 
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