Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
Firstly to all our patients and GPs: We have a dedicated direct urgent line which is manned from 7 am to 10 pm every single day to reassure you about your GP scan appointment or if the need arises, just someone to talk to!
**Urgent C-19 contact number is 07818057832**
All our patients who have been referred by their GP and who still need their scan will be seen in a timely fashion as always. Please work with our booking team in explaining your needs and if you have presented with any symptoms.
**If you do present with any symptoms on the day of your scan - please do not attend for the scan, call our booking team who will explain what will happen next**
Our commisioners have scaled down the amount of clinics we have at this time but this is under reveiew, this is to ensure we continue to keep you safe and adhere to the present social distancing measures.
**There are still special aspects of the UK plan to keep people most at risk shielded**
People most at risk from coronavirus are sometimes called "shielded" or "extremely vulnerable" people.
This includes people who:
· have had an organ transplant
· are having certain types of cancer treatment
· have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
· have a severe lung condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
· have a condition or are taking medicine that makes them much more likely to get infections
· are pregnant and have a serious heart condition
**How to protect yourself from coronavirus**
People most at risk from coronavirus need to take extra steps to avoid getting it.
· stay at least 1 metre away from other people as much as possible
· get food and medicine delivered and left outside your door – ask friends and family to help or register to get coronavirus support on GOV.UK if you need it
· prepare a hospital bag, including a list of the medicines you're taking – in case you need to go into hospital
· wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
· make sure anyone who comes into your home washes their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
· use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
· clean objects and surfaces you touch often (like door handles, kettles and phones) using your regular cleaning products
· clean a shared bathroom each time you use it, for example by wiping the surfaces you have touched
· do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family, unless they're providing essential care
· do not stop taking any prescription medicines without speaking to your doctor
How to look after your wellbeing
Staying at home and reducing contact with other people can be hard.
There are things you can try to help you to stay well:
· stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
· spend time doing things you enjoy – such as reading, cooking, indoor hobbies, listening to the radio or watching TV
· do light exercise at home
· spend time with the windows open to let in fresh air
· spend time in your garden or on your doorstep, if possible – but stay at least 1 metre away from other people
· read the advice about how to look after your mental wellbeing while staying at home from Every Mind Matters
Our approach will reduce the social contact between patients, adhere to Government instructions and to support our own GPs
If you do present with any symptoms the NHS advice is clear - do not go to your GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy if you have symptoms of coughing or fever or shortness of breath and if:
A) you’ve been to a country with a risk of coronavirus and have become unwell within 2 weeks of returning,
B) you’ve been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of coronavirus
Contact 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people. Tell 111 about any recent travel and any symptoms you have.
A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practise, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.
You can read more about coronavirus on NHS.uk.