LIMEGROVE MEDICAL CENTRE - UPDATE 18.03.19
We have received lots of questions regarding our activity in Practice now that we have moved to telephone triage, so would like to provide an update as to what we are currently undertaking.
Yesterday we received hundreds of telephone calls for information regarding Corona Virus - if you need to access up to date information, we recommend that you go online and look at both the NHS website and the Gov.uk website which has the most up to date information, the details are below.
Yesterday our clinicians spoke with over 180 patients over the telephone, providing clinical help, assistance and advice. For urgent care and emergencies we saw patients face to face and we saw and assessed very unwell patients with symptoms linked to Corona Virus in our designated isolation room.
Our reception team signposted many more patients with a cough and/or fever to NHS 111 online.
In addition we received many, many additional prescription requests, national guidance has advised patients NOT to order “extra” medication just in case as this will disrupt the NHS supply chain and could jeopardise future care. This also includes over the counter medication such as paracetamol Please, please be sensible with prescription requests and purchases at the pharmacy – we need to make sure there is a medication supply for every patient. We ask everyone to be sensible; buy a small supply for you and your family, please do not stock up. It is EVERYONES responsibility to protect your NHS and it’s supplies.
It is clearly a worrying time for all. Help us to help you. Take care of yourselves and those around you. Read the wealth of information that is available on the internet.
We are very grateful to all our team and those who are covering for team members who are either poorly or self-isolating.
We will continue to operate as at the present time – the surgery is not open but operating via telephone triage.
Many thanks - Stay safe, stay well and please take care of one another
Lime Grove Medical Centre - Statement – Latest Update 17.3.20
During these unprecedented times, the whole team here at Lime Grove Medical Centre are working extremely hard to continue to provide as many urgent care services as government guidance currently allow.
The whole of the NHS is experiencing extreme pressure at present.
We thank you for your diligence in respecting the guidance that has been issued to the general public from the Prime Minister, and ask the you help us to help you during these difficult times. Please find below some information regarding both Corona Virus and how we are operating at the present time.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Updated 17.3.20
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we have taken urgent measures to protect our patients, staff and the most vulnerable in the community. Please read the information below and share with friends and family to help us get the message to as many patients as possible.
If you have Coronavirus symptoms:
- a high temperature and/or
- a new continuous cough
you will be asked to stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days.
DO NOT come to surgery, your local pharmacy or hospital. You DO NOT need to contact 111 to tell them that you are self-isolating unless you feel you cannot cope, your conditions gets worse or your symptoms do not get better . For more information, visit https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
If you or a household member are symptomatic and have an appointment booked, please DO NOT attend .
Appointments with a GP/Nurse Practitioner
All appointments will now be conducted by telephone .If you wish to make an appointment you must call the surgery rather than attend. If you attend surgery to make an appointment you will be asked to return home and call the surgery. We know this will increase the volume of our calls and we appreciate that there may be a wait, but please understand there is increased demand by telephone and we will get to your call as soon as we can.
When you call for an urgent appointment, you will be placed on to a clinicians list for them to call you by phone. If the clinician feels it is appropriate to do so, you will then be booked in for a face to face appointment. For this reason, it is essential that you ensure we have your most up-to-date contact details.
Appointments with our Nursing Team
To reduce risks to patients, we will not be booking patients in for non-urgent nursing team appointments.
The nursing appointments that will continue in surgery are:
- Childhood immunisations
- Urgent smears
- Urgent blood tests
- Urgent dressings
Some appointments, for example your annual review will be switched to telephone appointments which you will be notified of via text message.
Access to the Surgery
From Tuesday 17thMarch, all surgery doors will be closed except for those patients that have been asked to attend following a telephone appointment.
When coming for your appointment, we would strongly advise attending alone unless you require a carer.
If you normally collect your prescriptions from the surgery, your prescriptions will now be sent electronically to a local pharmacy. Please inform our clinician or reception of your chosen pharmacy.
You can still continue to request your prescriptions either online or via e mail and these will be sent electronically to the pharmacy.
Please do not call us unless you require urgent care – this ensures we can help the most vulnerable in our community as quickly as possible.
Please respect advice given by our clinicians and please cooperate with any screening questions that you are asked by our reception team.
Your help, support and respect for our team that are working through this crisis at this difficult time is very much appreciated.
OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE - CORONAVIRUS
If you suspect you have coronavirus*, PLEASE DO NOT BOOK AN APPOINTMENT. PLEASE DO NOT COME TO SURGERY.
Please stay at home and use the 111 online coronavirus service or ring 111 to find out what to do. Do not use public transport or taxis. Do not go to work, school or public places. Do not just present yourself to any GP surgery or hospital without seeking advice first
*Coronavirus is suspected where you have had travel from Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam or contact with a confirmed case AND you have a respiratory illness (with at least one of fever, breathlessness or cough) starting within 14 days of the above travel
HOW DO I SUSPECT CORONAVIRUS?
Please consider the following two questions:
Have you recently become ill?
Q1 SYMPTOMS Have you had at least one of the following symptoms?
- Breathlessness / short of breath
Have you recently travelled OR had contact with a confirmed case?
Q2 TRAVEL Have you travelled from any of the following countries in the 14 days before you became ill?
- Hong Kong
- Myanmar (Burma)
Official list of specified countries and areas
Q2 CONTACT Have you had contact with a confirmed case such as:
- Living in the same household as a confirmed case
- Had direct contact with the confirmed case or their body fluids
- Had direct or face to face contact with a confirmed case, for any length of time
- Been within 2 metres of a confirmed case for longer than 15 minutes
- Been advised by a public health agency that contact with a confirmed case has occurred
WARNING TO ALL PATIENTS
In order to protect our staff and other patients, we are screening all patients for travel history and contact with a confirmed case before enabling you to book an appointment with us. In time, we will increasing screening for conditions and symptoms.
We thank you for your understanding throughout this time.
Please be aware that not giving the correct information about your condition is now unlawful.
Under new emergency legislation, The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 , it is an offence to provide false or misleading information intentionally or recklessly to any person carrying out a function under these Regulations.
Please be honest with your condition as you might otherwise put yourself and others at risk.