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Covid-19 - updated 7 January 2020

As we experience high demand through the winter we would like to remind patients how they can access appointments with the doctor. All doctor appointments are by telephone first, if you need to be seen the doctor will arrange this. For routine appointments with the GP please book online or call the surgery during opening hours.  If you have an urgent matter if possible please call before 10am and you will receive a call back from the duty doctor.  By calling before 10am it allows the doctors to manage their workload and for our team to process any medication necessary on the same day.  Thank you.

Covid-19 vaccinations - if you are a genuine healthcare frontline worker please contact the surgery and provide evidence of your employment in order to book your vaccination.

Covid-19 vaccinations - it is unlikely that we will be able to provide these vaccines in our own surgery initially and we are working closely with the other surgeries in our Primary Care Network in order to make these vaccines accessible to those most in need as soon as possible. We ask that patients refrain from ringing the practice with enquiries about this vaccine, please be patient and wait for us to contact you which we will do as soon as the vaccine is made available for your cohort. Thank you.

Covid-19 vaccination scam - please note that any contact inviting you for a Covid-19 vaccination should come from your surgery.  There is a prevalent text scam in circulation which looks like this: Covid-19 fraud scam

How you can help with vaccine research.

The NHS Covid-19 Vaccine Research Registry is part of the UK Government’s UK Vaccine Taskforce. 

The Vaccine Research Registry aims to enrol over half a million people to take part in vaccine trials over the coming months. Researchers are looking for people from all backgrounds, ages (aged 18 and over) and all parts of the UK, including both people with or without existing health conditions, to take part in vaccine studies.

 By registering  users are not signing up to take part in a specific trial or study; researchers working on vaccine studies supported by the NIHR will be able to search for volunteers who have signed up to the service.

https://www.nihr.ac.uk/nihr-comms/campaigns/nhs-covid-19-vaccine-research-registry.htm

Advice about Sick Notes / Fit Notes during Covid-19

Parents of school age children - Guidance for parents of school children showing Coronavirus symptoms 

Patient leaflet - Dentistry during Covid-19 Pandemic

Staying alert and safe - Easy Read information

If you need a medical certificate due to self-isolation, please do not call the surgery. Please visit https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note

If you have a new persistent cough and/or fever and/or loss or change in taste or smell, your should self-isolate for 10 days.  Do not call 111 unless your symptoms worsen and you need medical help. 

DO NOT ENTER THE SURGERY UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN SPECIFICALLY ASKED TO DO SO BY A CLINICIAN. PLEASE WEAR YOUR OWN FACE MASK OR COVERING IN ORDER TO HELP US PRESERVE OUR PPE STOCK FOR CLINICIANS.

PLEASE COLLECT PRESCRIPTIONS FROM OUR DISPENSARY WINDOW.  PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE DISPENSARY TO ASK IF YOUR REPEAT PRESCRIPTION IS READY, PLEASE WAIT 3 WORKING DAYS BEFORE COLLECTING.  IF THERE IS A SUPPLY PROBLEM WE WILL CONTACT YOU.

IF YOU ARE SELF-ISOLATING, PLEASE ASK A FRIEND OR NEIGHBOUR TO COLLECT YOUR PRESCRIPTION ON YOUR BEHALF AND DROP IT ON YOUR DOORSTEP.  THEY MUST MAINTAIN A DISTANCE OF AT LEAST 2 METRES FROM YOU. 

From 7th January 2021 - for shielding patients, if family or friends are unable to collect medication on your behalf then please call the dispensary who will arrange delivery.

For the most up to date advice please visit: Advice and common questions: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

For patients concerned that they may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 online service has created coronavirus pages that tells patients what they should do based on their particular circumstances.  These can be accessed at: https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19

Information for the public:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Please read the advice in the links above, if you meet the criteria do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital.  Instead use the 111 online service.

Stay At Home advice can be found here.

 

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.

 

Information remains subject to regular change and updates. More information can be found on the NHS website here

BEWARE OF SCAMMERS

 There is heightened coverage around the recent Coronavirus outbreak around the world, which is now severely impacting on the UK and the NHS. 

 Unfortunately fraudsters are targeting these circumstances to take advantage of public fear and concern

 We have been made aware that our patients are receiving phone calls, texts and letters from fraudsters. They will try and obtain your personal details and in particular your NHS number.

 Scammers are sophisticated, opportunistic and will try many ways to get the information they want. They often target the vulnerable.

 If you are suspicious, do not give any details over the phone, hang up and then ring your GP Practice to confirm.

In Times of Bereavement

In the unfortunate event that a person has passed away, there are three things that must be done in the first few days;

  • Get a medical certificate from your GP or hospital doctor (this is necessary to register the death)
  • Register the death within 5 days (8 days in Scotland). You will then receive the necessary documents for the funeral.
  • Make the necessary funeral arrangements.

Register the death

If the death has been reported to the coroner (or Procurator Fiscal in Scotland) they must give permission before registering the death.

You can register the death if you are a relative, a witness to the death, a hospital administrator or the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors.

You can use the ‘Register a Death’ page on the gov.uk website that will guide you through the process. This will also explain the registration process for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Arrange the funeral

The funeral can usually only take place after the death is registered. Most people use a funeral director, though you can arrange a funeral yourself.

Funeral directors

Choose a funeral director who’s a member of one of the following:

    These organisations have codes of practice - they must give you a price list when asked.

    Some local councils run their own funeral services, for example for non-religious burials. The British Humanist Association can also help with non-religious funerals.

    Arranging the funeral yourself

    Contact the Cemeteries and Crematorium Department of your local council to arrange a funeral yourself.

    Funeral costs

    Funeral costs can include:

    • funeral director fees
    • things the funeral director pays for on your behalf (called ‘disbursements’ or ‘third-party costs’), for example, crematorium or cemetery fees, or a newspaper announcement about the death
    • local authority burial or cremation fees

    Funeral directors may list all these costs in their quotes.



     
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