For all the up-to-date information regarding Covid-19 please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR PATIENTS - FRAUD ALERT - BE AWARE OF SCAMS!!!
DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL IF YOU RECIEVE ONE!
There is heightened coverage around the recent Coronavirus outbreak around the world, which is now severely impacting on the UK and the NHS. Unfortunately fraudsters are targeting these circumstances to take advantage of public fear and concern.
Scammers are sophisticated, opportunistic and will try many ways to get the information they want. They often target the vulnerable.
We have been made aware that our patients are receiving phone calls, texts, letters and emails from fraudsters. They will try and obtain your personal details and in particular your NHS number and passwords. Our doctors/nurses/admin members never ask for any details apart from Name, DOB and Address to verify we are speaking to the correct person.
If you are suspicious, do not give any details over the phone, hang up and then ring your GP Practice to confirm who has tried to contact you..
Get Involved with helping to find a Coronavirus Vaccine
The NHS Covid-19 Vaccine Research Registry is part of the UK Government’s UK Vaccine Taskforce (set up with the National Institute for Health Research, NHS Digital, and the Northern Ireland, Scottish and Welsh Governments in collaboration with ZOE, the company behind the Covid-19 symptom study. The Vaccine Research Registry aims to enrol over half a million people to take part in vaccine trials over the coming months. Researchers are looking for people from all backgrounds, ages (aged 18 and over) and all parts of the UK, including people with or without existing health conditions, to take part in vaccine studies.
By registering please be aware that you are not signing up to take part in a specific trial or study; researchers working on vaccine studies supported by the NIHR will be able to search for volunteers who have signed up to the service. You will then be contacted and asked if you would like to participate in a trial.
For more information please click the following link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/research/coronavirus-vaccine-research/
COVID - 19 - Face Coverings
All patients that are attending the surgery for a face to face appointment with a clinician must wear a face covering. You will need to provide your own simple face covering, for example a scarf, bandanna or preferably a mask.
There are useful tips on the government website of how to make a face covering using things around your home. For further guidance please click Government Website / Face Covering
From 24th July 2020 individuals will be asked to wear a face covering in various public settings. The government website lists legitimate reasons for not wearing a face covering.
GP'S ARE NOT REQUIRED OR IN A POSITION TO PROVIDE EXEMPTION LETTERS FOR PATIENTS.
For information regarding self-exemption please visit Government Website - Gov.uk - Face Coverings
MED 3/FIT NOTES INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS
Click on the link below for more information regarding medical certificates and your employer:
Link: Information for Employee's re Med 3 Certification
Coronavirus / Covid19 Advice
The NHS Worcestershire 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 where possible. You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at: www.gov.uk/coronavirus and on NHS.UK Website
- If you have a new continuous cough, and/or fever, loss of taste/smell you should stay at home and follow the guidance for yourself and your household regarding self isolation. Stay indoors and do not be in close contact with anyone else. If your symptoms deteriorate NHS 111 have an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advice on what to do: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/Only telephone NHS111 direct if you are unable to go on-line. Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital.
- Testing is now available for anyone.To book a test please click: Book a test
- The Test and Trace System is now in place. If you test positive for Covid-19 you will be asked for details of people you have been in close contact with. The Test and Trace Service could contact you to inform you that you have been near someone that had test positive for Covid-19. Please follow the guidance given.
- Follow the guidance for Social Distancing and when this is not possible follow the guidance and wear a mask/face covering.
- Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water. Especially when you get home or into work, after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, after being in public areas, or when you eat or handle food. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
- To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
At the current time and based on our understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. As more information emerges, recommendations may change.