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 07/08/20: OUR PHONE LINES ARE NOW WORKING AS OF 08:48AM


Due to a power outage in the area overnight our phones were unavailable this morning from 08:00am - 08:48am, we apologise for any inconvenience caused. 



THE SURGERY DOORS ARE LOCKED AND WILL BE OPENED BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.


PLEASE WEAR A MASK OR FACE COVERING TO ANY APPOINTMENT.


For further advise on this and what to do if you would ordinarily attend surgery check 'Whilst the doors are locked' here (item 03).




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If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 10 days.


Do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP Practice.


If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do. 


Only call 119 if you cannot go online, or are advised to do so by the online service.  For the latest Covid-19 advice please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus


The surgery see's patients with long term conditions who could be extremely vulnerable.


We advise EVERYONE to check latest information and advice regarding the recent Coronavirus outbreak shared here (item 02).


If you need help support with domestic violence/ abuse during these unprecendted times please check here.


If you're struggling with anxiety/mental health issues during social isolation; you can contact the new 24 hour mental health emergency number:


0300 303 3972 


Please note our privacy notice has been added to during the pandemic you can check this here.


 




Online consultation is the best way to contact your GP whilst the social isolation measures are in place:


Please click here if you would like an online consultation.





 

Coronavirus

The surgery doors will remain locked until further notice and opened for appointments only, telephone triages will continue and face to face appointments will only be given once telephone triage is passed. 

Please wear a mask or face covering if you are attending the surgery.

Please note the latest advise surrounding coronavirus is constantly under review and as such may change/differ to advise given on the practices website, for the most accurate and up to date information we recommend you check Gov.UK  


For information on what to do if you have symptoms scroll to '01. What to do if you have symptoms.'

For information on what all patients and members of the public should be doing scroll to '02. What to do; everyone.'

For information on how to correspond with us whilst the doors are locked scroll to '03. What to do whilst the surgery soors are locked.'

For information to help with anxiety surrounding the coronavirus scroll to '04. Managing Anxiety surrounding Coronavirus'

For local support and services available scroll to '05. Local Support and Services'

For Domestic Violence/Abuse support scroll to '06. Domestic Violence & Abuse Support'

For advice for Parents with unwell children scroll to '07. Advice for Parents with unwell Children'


01.What to do if you have symptoms:

Stay at home for 10 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough
  • wheezing or sneezing
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You can organise a test online at https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test  

Read the stay at home guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus/covid19 infection.

You do not need a GP Note if you are self isolating, simply check go through the NHS 111 isolation note service.

ONLY call NHS 111 if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111 coronavirus service


02.What to do; everyone:

Follow the above advice if you have symptoms and have travelled recently if you have not the general advise for everyone is: 


Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others.

Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual unless the hospital contacts you to tell you otherwise.

  • 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.

Further information is available on gov.uk/coronavirus and nhs.uk.

Please also check the Coronavirus Preparation List attachment below to ensure should you need to self isolate, you are as prepared as possible to do so:

Coronavirus Preparation Sheet 


03. What to do whilst the surgery doors are locked?

Appointments

  • If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 10 days. You do not need to book a GP appointment or attend your GP Practice. If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do. 
  • If you have other symptoms/issues not the symptoms mentioned above please call the surgery at 8am.
  • All GP appointments will be begin with an initial telephone triage from a clincian.
  •  All nurse appointments will be booked via triaging from our reception team,  you may not always need to attend practice.

 

Repeat Prescription Requests

  • Repeat prescriptions are still being processed as usual, however we ask patients requesting to please ensure we have a nominated pharmacy to send the prescription to.
  • We will not take a prescription request over the phone.
  • Prescription request forms are available outside the surgery door and can be posted in the black box beside the door.
  • You can still request online via Patient Access if you are registered for this service.
  • If you are not already register please use the NHS app instead, the app allows you to verify your ID within the app itself. (Patient Access requires you to have presented ID at the practice and in attempt to decrease the footfall of people coming to the practice, we request patients not to do this at this time.)
  • You can still request via your local pharmacy.
  • You can still request via emailig us, ensure we have your name, DOB, items needed and a pharmacy we can send them to: handbridge.medicalcentre@nhs.net 

 

Collecting Repeat Prescription Requests

  • Wherever possible patients will be asked to nominate a pharmacy we can send electronic prescriptions direct to pharmacies.
  • If you do not have a nominated pharmacy and the prescription has already been issued, you can collect from the surgery from our 'Prescription Collection' window by the surgery front door; please press the intercom if there is no one at the window. 

 

Sick note requests

  • You do not need a GP Note for the first 7 days off work, you simply need to fill in a self-certification note and give this into your employer. Self certification notes are available from gov.uk.
  • If you have been off longer for 7 days with coronavirus symptoms; NHS 111 can supply you with a note: NHS 111 isolation note service.
  • If you have been off longer for 7 days with other symptoms call the surgery on 01244 680169 if you already have a note, we can put in a request for extension, or if not you may need to speak to a GP to get a note, reception can facilitate this on the phone if needed.

 

Collecting Sick notes

  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus you should be self isolating and send someone who has not been in close contact with you to collect the note for you and post it through your door.
  • Sick notes are available to be collected  from our 'Prescription Collection' window by the surgery front door; please press the doorbell if there is no one at the window.

 

Holiday Cancellation Forms

  • We understand that some people wish to cancel their planned trips due to the risk of contracting coronavirus and/or because of the impact of the virus on the area concerned. 
  • Please click here (for advice from the Foreign Office regarding travelling to specific areas of the world.) Depending on your specific travel insurance policy, most insurance companies will cover cancelled trips to countries to which the Foreign Office advise not to travel. No certificate from your GP is required. 

  • In addition, please be advised that the surgery is unable to provide letters or certificates to travel insurance companies supporting requests for refunds by patients who, without any significant medical illness, cancel their travel plans. 
  • If you do cancel a holiday and need to claim on travel insurance, the insurance company will usually send you a form. If this requires a doctor’s report/opinion, please direct this to our Secretary Julie Davies who will ensure that the correct processes are followed including consents and any fee payable.

Mask/Face Covering Exemption Certificates 

  • These cannot be provided by a GP, people who cannot wear masks for medical reasons can obtain documention reflecting this on Gov.UK 

Other Queries

  • For any other queries that are not answered here, please call the reception team on 01244 680169. Do not come into the surgery as the door is locked and you will not be able to walk in with general enquires.

 


04. Managing Anxiety surrounding Coronavirus

If you're struggling with Anxiety/any Mental Health issues during social isolation; you can contact the new 24 hour mental health emergency number: 0300 303 3972 

Please also see the wonderful links and advise compiled by our Wellbeing Co-Ordinator; Philippa.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/16/coronavirus-health-anxiety

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

https://gozen.com/ (For Children (ages 5-15)

https://www.neurolove.org/ (For young people)


05. Local Support and Services

Please check general advise from Cheshire West and Chester . Gov

Please see the attached documents, compiled by our Wellbeing Co-Ordinator; Philippa which gives advise regarding support and services in our local area.

Handbridge Support and Services

Food Services across Chester

The Government are trying to help supermarkets provide food to the most vulnerable as a priority, if you have received a letter from NHS England advising you that you are extremely vulnerable please ensure you register yourself as such through Gov.uk


06. Domestic Violence & Abuse Support

Domestic abuse comes in many shapes and sizes. If you’re reading this now, it’s may be because you’re worried about your behaviour toward someone close to you or you're worried about their behaviour. It could be your partner, child or another member of your family. It could be physical or emotional harm. 
 
We know that with more people stuck indoors under stressful circumstances, domestic abuse might get worse or happen more often. It might even be the first time you recognise harmful behaviour as domestic abuse. 

Please use this link for help/advice and support numbers.
 


07. Advice for Parents with unwell Children.

Advice For Parents with Unwell Children



 
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