COVID-19

COVID-19 Risk Assessment

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Corona Virus

Staying safe when you need medical care from GP practice

 

  • Do not come in to the surgery for routine care if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 (Cough, high temperature, loss of smell or taste)
  • If you need any medical help or advice contact us by phone and a GP will triage your request. ​

If your GP decides that a face to face assessment is necessary, they will book an appointment for you to be seen by the duty doctor in the afternoon. Here is some important information about your visit to help keep you and our staff safe.

  • Come in at your appointment time, not before. This is to minimise the amount of time spent in the surgery and avoid having more than 1 person in the waiting room at a time.
  • Please come to your appointment alone unless you are accompanying a child or vulnerable adult.
  • Stand in the area marked out in the waiting area and let the receptionist know you have an appointment.
  • Please wear a face covering or mask to your appointment. This needs to be well fitted and covering both your mouth and nose. 
  • We have a hand sanitiser in the waiting room, please use this before going through to the consulting room.
  • The GP or Nurse you see will be wearing full PPE this means a mask, apron, gloves and visor

Please read this important communication from the Government about social distancing

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-support

Please be aware that our Ashfield site is temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 out break. All requests for appointments will be put on a telephone triage list where a GP or Nurse will call you back.

Click here for more information.

Changes to repeat prescriptions from 31st January 2020

From 31st January Pharmacies will no longer be able to order repeat prescriptions on your behalf. 

Click here to find out more.

New Opening Hours

PPG Meeting

We have held our first PPG after relaunching the group this summer. Thanks to those PPG members who attended. We had some really good ideas to improve communication and recruit more PPG members to ensure that we have a diverse group that represents the practice population.  To see the minutes from the meeting click here.

Online Consultations Update 

We have done our first week of online GP consultations and had some brilliant feedback from patients about the service.

Our average response time for queries before 12pm has been 30 minutes

Patients have been able to obtain treatment and advice without coming to the surgery

We have found that patients who consult online but still need to be seen in person by a GP take less time to be seen due the detailed information given online

Keeping in touch.......

Our Summer News letter is available here, in the Surgery or on our

Facebook page

Measles Outbreak

Please be aware that there have been confirmed cases of measles in the area. For advice on vaccinations or symptoms click the links below. If you are unsure and want further advice please contact the surgery.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/measles-outbreak-advice/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/measles/

Extended Access appointments - Seacroft Hospital and St Georges Minor Injuries Unit

To access a routine GP appointment during the out of hours period, Monday to Friday 6.30 - 8.00pm, Saturdays 8 and to 2pm and Sundays 8am to midday, please call 0113 206 2049.  Outside of these hours, please contact Ashfield Medical Centre to book.   

Clinical pharmacist

We now have a clinical pharmacist working at the practice.  As a specialist in medicine, you can see her if you have medication related problems to discuss rather than seeing a GP.  As at reception.  

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Covid-19

Face Coverings

With the Governments new rules on face coverings coming into effect from 24th July 2020, face masks / Facial coverings will be mandatory in shops and other public areas. We understand some patients will be worried about wearing a mask especially if you have breathing difficulties.

GPs are not in a position to provide exemption letters or certificates for patients who believe they should be exempt from wearing a face covering as this would divert the GP's time away from direct patient care.

The guidance suggests there is no requirement for the public to provide evidence, medical or otherwise, for exemption therefore a self declaration from the individual should be sufficient.

Please see the governments web page for the lastest advice. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

GP Appointments

  • Call at 8am, our reception team will take a description of your symptoms and add your name to the GP's triage list.
  • The GP or Nurse will then ring you back to assess you over the phone. (This will be the same for housebound patients - GP will call and only visit if necessary)
  • Your problem may be managed by the GP or Nurse over phone with advice and/or a prescription or you may be asked to come into the surgery if appropriate.

 

Do not come in to the surgery for routine care if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 (Cough, high temperature, loss of smell or taste)

If your GP decides that a face to face assessment is necessary, they will book an appointment for you to be seen. Please follow the instructions below to keep you and our staff safe.

  • Come in at your appointment time, not before.
  • Please come to your appointment alone unless you are accompanying a child or vulnerable adult.
  • You will be provided with a mask and gloves for your appointment.
  • The GP or Nurse you see will be wearing full appropriate PPE

 

Stay alert and Stay Safe

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the following symptoms

  • high temperature
  • new, continuous cough
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

Testing

You can ask for a test:

  • for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • for someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms

The tests are not suitable for children under 5 years old. 

If you're asking for a test for someone else and the person is aged 13 or over, check they're happy for you to ask for a test for them.

https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

For the latest updates and advice go to:

 

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