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PLEASE WEAR FACE COVERINGS. COVID-19 PROTECTIONS ARE STILL IN PLACE IN THIS SURGERY.
In line with current Government guidance patients are required to continue to wear a face covering in all healthcare settings. Face coverings primarily protect others, so doing so, unless exempt, is key to preventing spread of infection.
CONTINUE TO RESPECT (2M) SOCIAL DISTANCING TEST AND ISOLATE IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS.
If you have symptoms you must get at PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test as soon as possible and before visiting your GP. Rapid lateral flow tests should not be used to confirm infection. It’s vital that you and anyone in your household isolate until you receive your test result, and for 10 days thereafter if the result is positive.
WASH AND SANITISE HANDS REGULARLY
Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID 19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID 19 vaccination status.
Please note the following link to the GOV.UK website on Demonstrating your COVID 19 vaccination status when travelling abroad which explains the following:
How to access your COVID 19 vaccination status
Through the NHS App
You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet. Proof of your COVID 19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.
By calling 119
If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID 19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 working days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 5 working days to reach you.
The letter will be sent automatically to the address registered with your GP. The 119 call handler you speak to will not be able to see your address to check this with you. If you’ve recently moved house, make sure you’ve given your new address to your GP practice before calling 119.
Advice to help protect your home from COVID-19. A research study with 20,000 people found:
People who read the advice in Germ Defence are less likely to catch viruses
If they do become ill, the illness is likely to be less severe
The NHS is working hard to make sure that when you come in for your appointment or treatment, everything is done to protect you from the Covid-19 virus. From new social distancing measures and our staff wearing the right personal protective equipment through to enhanced cleaning measures. We’re doing everything we can to keep you safe whilst you’re in our care, so please keep your appointments and get the help that you need now.
Our front door is open, however please continue to call us rather than just coming to the practice. We can only have limited numbers of patients on site and need everyone to respect the guidance to keep as safe as possible.
If you need medical advice please contact us by telephone or online consultation and we will arrange for a clinician to call you back for a telephone or video consultation. If the clinician feels you need a face to face appointment they will give you an appointment time. If you are invited to come on site please respect the following guidance:
- Arrive as close to your appointment time as possible to minimise amount of time you need to spend on site.
- Allow 2 metres distance when queuing, as you would at a supermarket, if there are more than 4 people in the queue you will need to wait outside even if it is raining (so bring a brolly!)
- Please wear a face mask or covering. If you are unable to do this due to a medical issue please let the clinician know so they can make a note.
- Sanitise your hands on arrival and try not to touch surfaces unnecessarily when in the building.
- Come on your own - anyone that does not need to accompany you to your appointment will be asked to wait outside.
- Avoid taking any unnecessary time in the surgery - we need to make sure no one is in the building for longer than they need to be.
- The toilet is not in use so please plan for this as much as possible.
- If you have been asked to collect something from reception, you still need to follow the above guidance.
- If you are dropping something off, where possible use the post box and make sure you clearly label what you are dropping off with your name and date of birth.
We will regularly clean the patient areas to keep us all as safe as possible. We ask that you respect the above guidance and if the risk increases we will need to revisit locking the door.
Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself. See this Advice for Parents During Coronavirus leaflet for further information.