Coronavirus

The NHS 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 while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. click here

 

If you are unwell with:

  • new continuous cough

           or

  • high temperature (of 37.8C or above)

          or

  • loss of/ change in smell or taste

 

Please check the government website for the latest COVID-19 advice. You may need to go online or call NHS 111 for further advice before making or attending an appointment.

 

You can find the latest information and advice regarding Coronavirus and your travel and contact history before attending the practice from Public Health England, nhs.uk, 111nhs.uk/covid-19 and gov.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.

 

Please see the attached poster with regards to how we are working during these times. 

 

Test and Trace

Please click on this link for a useful vido explaining the importance of the Test and Trace service.

 

Self-Isolation Notes

Click this link NHS 111 to self-declare and apply for a self-isolation note. You should answer yes to the question: “Have you been told to self-isolate by an NHS service or a healthcare professional?” and tick the box that says “I have been told to self-isolate by a test and trace service” you will be able to get a self-isolation note sent to you.
Alternatively, you can print this template letter and give a copy to your employer.

There is more information on the following link regarding Covid-19 and requests for Med3 ('Fit Notes'). Please click here to view this.

 

For guidance regarding self isolation, please click this link.

 

Please do take the time to complete the Covid-19 Vaccination Survery. a link to how you to this can be accessed here. 

 

More information regarding Coronavirus can be accessed on the following website: www.germdefence.org/index.html?src=M83146

 

Action Fraud: Vaccines

Action Fraud is warning the public to remain vigilant as criminals begin to take advantage of the roll out of the coronavirus vaccine to commit fraud.

The messages below are to help councils and the local NHS to promote safe behaviours through their channels if required. Please utilise this messaging across your own social media channels and directly with patients where appropriate.

  • The vaccine is free of charge.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced to your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
  • If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
  • If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk.
  • Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.
  • If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Announcement: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/coronavirus-vaccine-scams-warning