We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating regarding special ‘rescue packs’ for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to 111.nhs.uk/covid-19 before doing anything else.
Please read this helpful information from the British Lung Foundation: www.blf.org.uk/coronavirus/people-living-with-lung-condition
You will note that there is no recommendation to have a rescue pack, there is no evidence for this and indeed there are concerns steroid will reduce your immunity to fight off this virus.
Please use this service if you have been told to stay at home because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer – 111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
Protecting You and the Community
As a temporary measure to minimise risk of coronavirus infection, we are taking a number of precautions:
- All prebooked and urgent appointments shall be triaged by the Doctor by telephone only. The Doctor will discuss by phone how to help you and, if necessary, can arrange a face-to-face appointment
- For the time being, there will be no online or face-to-face appointments to book directly. Please contact your registered surgery to arrange a telephone consultation
- Please do not come to the Surgery for any reason if you have a cough, cold or temperature, or have travelled to an at-risk country in the past 14 days. Please speak to us first.
- Prescription requests can still be made online, via your Pharmacist or post through the letterbox at our surgery doors
- Advice, information and a self-assessment for coronavirus are available on NHS111 online via www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19
Please be aware that from Monday, March 16, 2020, all routine face to face appointments have had to be cancelled in line with Public Health guidance regarding the coronavirus situation.
Please do not come to the surgery unless this is by prior arrangement as you will not be able to access our building to book an appointment or to collect your prescription.
You can request your medication online via the website or using Patient Access, all prescriptions will be sent electronically to a pharmacy of your choice, please make you sure you state your preferred pharmacy on your request as you will not be able to collect this in person from the surgery.
This is to reduce the infection risk to our patients and staff.
If you need to call your registered surgery you will be offered a triage telephone appointment where needed, or given other appropriate advice and guidance.
We would recommend you make use of our website where you can find links to further information.
Coronavirus information from NHS111 online
Due to the increased volume of calls, if you require travel information during the coronavirus outbreak, please visit the following pages for up to date travel advice:
Foreign Commonwealth Office and Public Health England
People are being urged to keep an extra special eye on themselves and the people they care for over the winter period so minor illnesses don’t become more serious.
Those who are older or have long term conditions may be particularly vulnerable to winter bugs which could become serious and require hospital treatment. Getting help earlier may prevent this from happening.
To make sure winter bugs don’t become more serious:
- Have your flu jab.
- If you start to feel ill, get help from your pharmacy straight away.
- Keep your home warm, at least 18 degrees.
- Make sure you take any medicines as directed.
- Get any repeat prescriptions filled in advance as many surgeries and pharmacies close over Christmas.
- Keep a supply of cold and flu remedies in the house so you don’t need to go out if the weather is bad.
- If you are prescribed antibiotics finish the course.
- Don’t go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS 111 can help you get the right treatment.