Practice Coronavirus Update - 11th May 2020

IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, stay at home. Do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. This applies whether your synptoms develop during our opening hours or when we are closed.

Use the 111 coronavirus service to find out what to do. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
 

ACCESSING MEDICAL HELP AT THIS TIME

Although we have made some temporary changes to some of our services, in many ways it is business as usual at the Practice. We are taking all necessary precautions to protect patients and staff from the risk of infection.  You can read all about the changes we've made to our appointment service and visits to the practice here. Please call us on 01373 301301 if you need our help. 

The RUH are also reassuring the public that they are open as normal to provide essential health care, including via their accident and emergency department. This short video gives you an insight into how the hospital has been set up to ensure it can continue to provide different services to patients.

 

SIGN UP FOR THE NHS APP

We are asking patients to sign up for the NHS App - a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on their smartphone or tablet. The App enables patients to check symptoms, view medical records and order repeat prescriptions, amongst other things - all of which are useful at anytime, but particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. 

You can read our latest news about the App and the appointment of our Digital Health Connector, Rachel, who is available to support patients with downloading and using the App here. 

Find out more about the NHS App here. 

 

USEFUL LINKS

We’ve added more to our useful links page, including:

  • physical activity you can do at home
  • domestic violence information 
  • new mental health links
  • new links for parents 
 

CONTRACEPTIVE ADVICE

It’s important to ensure everyone who needs it continues to have access to contraception during the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Contraception and Family Planning Page where you will find a link to a useful document full of FAQs from the Faculty of Sexual Health and Reproductive Healthcare, which will hopefully answer some of the questions you might have about contraceptive choices at this time. 

 

SELF CARE - MANAGING JOINT AND MUSCLE PAIN AT HOME

We know many of you are keen to do what you can at home to manage health conditions, where this is possible. So we are working on our website self care section to share information to help you with this where possible. 

You can now view a new area all about managing joint and muscle aches and pains, which our First Contact Practitioner, Dan, has put together. Hopefully this will be helpful to some of you. 

 

SHARING UPDATES WITH YOU THROUGH OUR WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA 

As well as providing regular updates on our website, we are also sharing updates and information on social media. You can find us on social media as follows:

We would be grateful if you could also share  our information with family / friends / neighbours who you are keeping in touch with who might not otherwise have access to our updates.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS

You can find more information about coronavirus on our website here.

Published: May 11, 2020