COVID -19 Updates

THE PRACTICE WILL BE OFFERING TELEPHONE CONSULTATIONS. FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENTS ARE ONLY IF YOU ARE CALLED IN BY A CLINICIAN. 

Prescriptions: Please use patient online access or myGP app for ordering your prescriptions.

DO NOT come into the practice to speak to a receptionist or to put your prescriptions in.

Please help us NHS workers stay in work by you staying at home and practicing social distancing.

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 GUIDANCE FOR MED3 -FIT NOTE

Due to the current pandemic and pressure on General Practice, we are prioritising the urgent medical needs of our patients and will not be providing a medical certificate for this absence.

"By law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness. After 7 days, employers may use their discretion around the need for medical evidence if an employee is staying at home.

We strongly suggest that employers use their discretion around the need for medical evidence for a period of absence where an employee is advised to stay at home either as they are unwell themselves, or live with someone who is, in accordance with the public health advices issued by the government.”

Please see the NHS 111 website for information on isolation notes

 

Contraceptive Pill Check Form:

Please download this form, complete it and email this back to Yewtree.medicalcentre@nhs.net

Advice in your region:

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The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:

  • 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)

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

Use the 111 coronavirus service

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

How long to stay at home

  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you'll need to stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with someone who has symptoms, you'll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible

Read the advice about staying at home.

For information on:

 

Guidance issued today by the RCGP and BMA about identifying vulnerable patients in Primary Care has been summarised below.
Vulnerable patients have been placed into 3 categories:
Category A: At Risk
These patients are aged 70 or older, or are under 70 with an underlying health condition (i.e. anyone eligible to get a flu jab as an adult).
These patients will have received advice on social distancing on 16th March.
Category B: At Very High Risk (Groups 1-3)
These patients have had a solid organ transplant, have specific cancers, severe respiratory diseases, on immunosuppressants, or are pregnant with heart disease.
These patients are being contacted by NHS England centrally
Category C: At Very High Risk (Group 4)
These patients are those that do not fall into Groups 1-3 above but are still at "Very High Risk". These include poorly controlled diabetics, COPD and asthmatic patients who have required recent hospitalisation, patients with significant heart failure, those who have had a splenectomy, and patients taking immunosuppressants that are not in Groups 1-3.
Patients in category B & C would require to stay off work for 12 weeks. Please wait for your letter from NHS England regarding this which you can show to your employer. Do not contact the practice for a letter for your employer for this.