Friday 16th July 2021 – 8.22am
IMPORTANT NOTICE –
Update on restrictions from 19th July 2021
For the time being there will be no changes here at the Medical Centre. Patients coming to the surgery will still need to wear a mask, use hand sanitiser and socially distance. Our staff will continue to wear appropriate PPE.
Often patients coming in to the surgery are sick, vulnerable and may be unvaccinated due to medical reasons, we feel that these precautions will help all of our patients access healthcare in a safe way. We also need to minimise the number of our staff catching COVID or needing to self-isolate so we can keep the Practice open, for this reason alone these measures are vital.
Our consultations will continue, these might be by phone or video, or face to face if the doctor feels it is needed clinically. Our dispensary continues to dispense in excess of 10,000 prescriptions every month, our clinicians are consulting with higher numbers of patients than before the pandemic and we are dealing with huge numbers of queries in addition to offering covid vaccination clinics. Our doors are open, just in a different way.
We hope you understand why we need to continue with these measures and keep the surgery a safe environment for patients and staff alike, especially as we are seeing high rates of positive covid cases in our community.
Thank you for your help and understanding.
Non-urgent advice: COVID-19
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
For any further information regarding Covid-19 please refer to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
If you feel you may need a test please contact either 119 or visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. The surgery cannot organise a test on your behalf.
Out of Hours and Emergencies
111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
In case of a life threatening emergency, please dial 999
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