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Coronavirus

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we will be cancelling routine face to face consultations and instead conducting telephone consultations.

Please do not come into the surgery unless advised to do so by a member of our staff.

Click the following link for information on what is going on in the surgery

Our surgery plans and how this will affect you

INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS REGARDING

COVID-19 INFECTION (CORONAVIRUS)

 

For all those who develop relevant symptoms ( for example respiratory symptoms, shortness of breath, cough, fever, loss of sense of smell or taste) however mild

SHOULD NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE

Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people immediately

Patients should remain at home and either:

Click on the following link for general information

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

OR

If you are concerned that you may have Coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 online service has created coronavirus pages that tell patients what they should do based on their particular circumstances. These can be accessed at

https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19

ISOLATION NOTE

If you require a self-isolation note for your employer please click on the link below. We cannot issue you with a sick note or a letter:

https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/?fbclid=IwAR0X_JFsjkMBJrkHrQlcF4iy0dJ5zsIaI7dubF6-Dz7dvAEgxEVLmEw75JM

LETTER FOR PATIENTS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN RETURNING TO SCHOOL

Guidance note for parents

In light of the COVID-19 situation LMC Law has sent us the following information, set out below, that practices may wish to use in terms of updating their Privacy Notices.

Following the latest Notice issued by the Department of Health & Social Care, under Regulation 3(4) of The Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002, we have revised the information that we originally provided in respect of Practice Privacy Notices and the Covid-19 pandemic as follows:

  1. COVID-19 Pandemic wording for practice privacy notices as at 25th March 2020:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and your information

The ICO recognises the unprecedented challenges the NHS and other health professionals are facing during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The ICO also recognise that 'Public bodies may require additional collection and sharing of personal data to protect against serious threats to public health.'

The Government have also taken action in respect of this and on 20th March 2020 the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care issued a Notice under Regulation 3(4) of The Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 requiring organisations such as GP Practices to use your information to help GP Practices and other healthcare organisations to respond to and deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to look after your healthcare needs during this difficult time, we may urgently need to share your personal information, including medical records, with clinical and non-clinical staff who belong to organisations that are permitted to use your information and need to use it to help deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. This could (amongst other measures) consist of either treating you or a member of your family and enable us and other healthcare organisations to monitor the disease, assess risk and manage the spread of the disease.

Please be assured that we will only share information and health data that is necessary to meet yours and public healthcare needs.

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has also stated that these measures are temporary and will expire on 30th September 2020 unless a further extension is required. Any further extension will be will be provided in writing and we will communicate the same to you. Please also note that the data protection and electronic communication laws do not stop us from sending public health messages to you, either by phone, text or email as these messages are not direct marketing. It may also be necessary, where the latest technology allows us to do so, to use your information and health data to facilitate digital consultations and diagnoses and we will always do this with your security in mind.

If you are concerned about how your information is being used, please contact our DPO using the contact details provided in this Privacy Notice.  


 
UPDATE

Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
 
'The NHS across Hampshire and Isle of Wight will be better prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases, if the public follows Public Health England advice.
 
The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of patients and staff which may mean your patient experience is subject to change.
 
The Chief Medical Officer announced on Friday 13 March that the country is moving into the ‘Delay’ stage of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
 
The new advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer is to stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  

  • a high temperature or
  • a new continuous cough

 

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or a hospital. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

 

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

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

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

 

Stay At Home advice can be found here.

 

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • 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.

Information remains subject to regular change and updates. More information can be found on the NHS website here '

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE LETTERS

Insurers and travel companies will issue refunds on advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Public Health England, not letters from GPs. We cannot issue holiday cancellation letters.

RESPIRATORY GUIDANCE

https://action.asthma.org.uk/page/58019/donate/1

https://www.brit-thoracic.org.uk/about-us/covid-19-information-for-the-respiratory-community/

https://www.brit-thoracic.org.uk/about-us/covid-19-resources-for-people-with-lung-disease/

https://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/news/uk-cf-medical-associations-statement-on-coronavirus

RHEUMATOLOGY GUIDANCE

https://www.rheumatology.org.uk/Portals/0/Documents/Rheumatology_advice_coronavirus_immunosuppressed_patients_220320.pdf?utm_campaign=1353487_220320%20NHS%20Coronavirus%20member%20update&utm_medium=email&utm_source=British%20Society%20For%20Rheumatology&dm_i=4FXI,T0CV,23IIPZ,3HRJQ,1

CROHNS AND COLITIS

https://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/news/uk-cf-medical-associations-stateent-on-coronavirus

 

BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION

https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/news/coronavirus-and-your-health

KIDNEY CARE UK

https://www.kidneycareuk.org/news-and-campaigns/coronavirus-advice/

HIV

https://www.bhiva.org/BHIVA-statement-on-COVID-19

DIABETES

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus

CANCER

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-in-general/coronavirus-and-cancer

SICKLE CELL DISEASE AND THALASSAEMIA

https://b-s-h.org.uk/media/18148/hbp-hccs-response-to-covid-draft-5-17th-march-2020.pdf

ADVICE FOR THE EXTREMELY VUNERABLE

 https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable



 
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