Advice for the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable      

The guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable has been updated in line with what was announced on Monday 22 June. You are no longer advised to shield and you can now visit shops, places of worship and other venues. You can return to work if your workplace is Covid-secure but should carry on working from home wherever possible.

 

You should maintain social distancing wherever possible and adopt other measures to keep yourself safe, such as regular hand washing. More information on how to keep yourself safe can be found here.

 

Please be aware that local advice may change if incidence rates and transmission becomes a concern. The government will write to those affected when advice is changed.

 

For the latest local advice for Warrington residents please visit:  

Warrington Borough Council Coronavirus updates

Warrington Borough Council: update for Shielded patients – 31 July 2020

NHS Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group information for shielded patients

gov.uk shielding webpage. 

 

Advice to the clinically extremely vulnerable has been and remains advisory.  

                                                  More places where you must wear a face covering

From the 8 August, members of the public must wear a face covering, by law, in the following settings.  

Face coverings are also needed in NHS settings, including hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries. They are advised to be worn in care homes. Individual settings may have their own policies and require you to take other measures.

 

Important Patient Notice

As from Monday 15th June 20 any patient attending the Practice should provide and wear their own face covering, this should  not be a clinical grade mask but something as simple as a scarf or bandana to cover your mouth and nose whilst allowing you to breathe comfortably

 Covid -19 Update 23/3/20

 

NHS England will be contacting directly by letter patients in the highest risk group regarding Covid-19 infection. As of 21/3/20 patients in this group include:

 

  • Solid organ transplant recipients

  • People with specific cancers:
  • People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
  • People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are any stage of treatment
  • People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
  • People having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors.
  • People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs 
  • People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD
    • People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections(such as SCID,homozygous sickle cell disease

    • People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase the risk of infection.
    • People who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired
    • All patients on the following medications have been centrally identified and will be contacted via letter:
        • Azathioprine
        • Mycophenolate (both types)
        • Cyclosporin
        • Sirolimus
        • Tacrolimus

    IMPORTANT -COVID 19 UPDATE

    We are now operating controlled access to the surgery via the intercom system only; this is to protect patients and staff at this difficult time. All routine face to face appointments have been cancelled in line with Public Health guidance with regard to the corona virus situation. Online appointment booking of appointments has also been suspended.

    Please do not come to the surgery unless a member of staff has told you to attend. 

    Please contact the practice using eConsult (see below). 

    We understand that this is a worrying time for all but please be assured that we will continue to make sure that all of our patients get the care that they need.

     

    HOW TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT OR COLLECT A PRESCRIPTION HAS CHANGED 

     

    APPOINTMENT BOOKING

    YOU WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS AT THE RECEPTION DESK UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES

    If you wish to make a same day appointment for an acute condition or a routine GP appointment, you can complete an eConsult. The eConsult system can be accessed by clicking the 'get started' tab in the box below. It is an easy to use system and you do not need to be the registered patient to access it. A doctor will triage your request and let you know the most appropriate course of action; this may be telephone advice, a face to face consultation, a prescription or referral etc. Please be vigilant for a telephone call or text reply. You may also still call the surgery to make an on the day appointment.  

    If you wish to make a routine appointment for a review such as Asthma check or Diabetic check with the Practice Nurse these appointments can still be made over the telephone.

     

    ONLINE BOOKING

    We have temporarily suspended the online booking system as all appointment requests must be triaged due to ongoing concerns around COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  This is to ensure that we are able to fully assess risk before appointments are booked at the surgery.  Patients are advised to seek advice via our e-consult service which can be accessed from the 'GET STARTED' button below

     

    PRESCRIPTIONS

    WE WILL NO LONGER BE OFFERING PRINTED PRESCRIPTIONS; THIS IS TO AVOID PATIENTS COMING INTO THE SURGERY UNNECESSARILY.

    Patients must select a nominated pharmacy for the electronic prescription to be sent to. If you do not already have a nominated Pharmacy, please ask reception staff or contact the Chemist of your choice and advise them you would like to nominate them.

    FIT NOTES/SICK NOTES / MED3 

    Any Fit Notes/Sick Notes/Med3 forms issued by a GP will no longer be available to collect from the surgery; these will now be sent out in the post to patients

    IF YOU ARE SELF ISOLATING OR IN QUARANTINE DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS YOUR DOCTOR WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ISSUE A SICK NOTE.

    Please refer to the attached letter for a detailed explanation, which you may wish to print off for your employer, or click on the following link for an isolation note: https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/ 

    Corinavirus and MED3 Letter to Patients

     

    BLOOD FORMS

    Blood forms will no longer be available to collect from the surgery these will be posted out to patients

     eConsult

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    Extended Hours

    Extended access appointments Pre-bookable evening and weekend appointments with a local GP are available from 6pm-8pm Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm Saturdays and Sundays 10-2pm at Bath Street Health and Wellbeing Centre. Easily accessible, the Health and Wellbeing Centre is in the town centre and has links to public transport on the town’s main bus routes. To access an out of hours’ appointment or to sign up for GP online access please call your own GP who will arrange the appointment for you. Please be aware that you will need to consent to share your medical record with the service.

    GP out of hours service The out of hours GP service is open Monday to Friday 6.30pm - 8.00am and weekends and public holidays 24 hours a day. The emergency GP out of hour’s service in Warrington provides urgent healthcare services for patients who feel their illness cannot wait until their GP surgery re-opens. To access, please call NHS 111.

    Where are Out of Hours and Extended Access appointments held? Bath Street Health and Wellbeing Centre, Legh Street, Warrington, WA1 1UG

     



     

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