National & Local Coronavirus Updates
The latest news can be found on the GOV.uk website
You can also find guidance on the NHS111 website https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
Coronavirus Test for any patients aged 5 and over with symptoms
Please click the below link to see if you qualify for a test
You can get a note from 111 for your employer for the isolation period by visiting https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/
Face Masks/Face Coverings
The latest guidance for face masks can be found on the government website
along with guidance on those who be considered exempt from wearing a mask
GPs are unfortunately NOT in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask. Please see the below letter for more information.
Guidance note for patients requesting exemption letters
You can download an exemption card, you will need to use the card most appropriate to your circumstances. If you are on regular medication for one of the exempted conditions, you could also consider having a copy of your repeat medication list with you from the right hand side of your prescriptions.
Patient Mask Exemption Card Own
For - public transport - some operators such as First Bus and Arriva have their own exception cards for which passengers can apply
First Bus - https://www.firstgroup.com/help-and-support/coronavirus-information/face-coverings
Arriva - https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/travel-help-and-accessibility/how-to-obtain-assistance-cards/
Advice for parents during Coronavirus
Please click below for useful guidance from the Royal College of
Paediatrics and Child Health.
Parent Guide COVID19
Childhood Immunisation Programme
During the pandemic, it is more important than ever to keep up with your child's immunisations to prevent outbreaks of other diseases. Our Childhood Immunisation Clinics are still continuing every week.
Please note: you will be contacted by the reception team on the morning of your appointment to check if your child or anyone in the household has COVID19 symptoms before you attend the practice.
Please click the below link for information and guidance from Healthwatch Bolton, including support groups and other information you may find useful during this time.
Diabetes Eye Screening Service
Update regarding eye screening service
If you have experienced a coronavirus (covid-19) infection and are still experiencing persistent symptoms, you can now access help directly to aid your recovery and rehabilitation - https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/
Domestic Abuse Support Guidance during COVID
Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse.
Fort Alice Bolton
Keeping yourself and your family safe from Domestic Abuse
If you need advice or support, please ring 01204 356 677
You can also contact via email@example.com or on live chat via www.fortalice.org.uk
Fortalice safety advice poster
PRACTICE NEWS - CORONAVIRUS
Your GP practice is working differently and there are changes to how we review patients during this time. We will not accept patients walking in and having face to face appointments unless the doctor has spoke with you on the telephone. If you want to request your repeat medication and usually drop your request off at the practice, we will accept the request over the phone during this time.
We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult period and helping us to keep our patients and our staff safe and well.
Telephone/Video Triage Service - We continue to offer a telephone/video consultation service only at present. Please DO NOT come to the surgery unless you are advised by a member of the surgery team. Thank you for your co-operation.
Video Consultations - During this coronavirus outbreak, if you call with an urgent problem, the doctors at the surgery may need to use video consultation to assess you. This requires your smartphone using the internet browser and camera. Please update your phone operating system and internet browser to the latest version if possible. Thank you.
If you are asked to attend the surgery to see one of our doctors or nurses:
- Anyone ages 3 or over will be required to wear a face mask/covering. The practice has limited stocks, so if you have your own face masks, please use these so we can ensure we maintain a stock of face masks. If you do not have access to your own face mask/covering, you could make your own at home - please search for "make your own face mask" on youtube. Further guidance about wearing masks can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering
- Please ensure you keep 2 metres apart and maintain social distancing where possible.
- Please stand away from the reception desk.
- Please use the hand sanitiser facility when entering the premises and leaving the premises.
- Please attend appointments alone wherever possible unless you require a carer, interpreter, or are attending with children/babies (only 1 adult to attend).
Medicals - Please note - we will not be booking any appointments for medical - e.g. taxi/HGV/fostering - whilst we manage the coronavirus outbreak.
Travel - The surgery is currently receiving a lot of requests for travel cancellation forms from people who want to cancel their trips due to the risk of contracting coronavirus. Please Click Here for advice from the Foreign Office regarding travelling to specific areas of the world. Depending on your specific travel insurance policy, most insurance companies will cover cancelled trips to countries to which the Foreign Office advise not to travel. No certificate from your GP is required. In addition, please be advised that the surgery is unable to provide letters or certificates to travel insurance companies supporting requests for refunds by patients who, without any significant medical illness, cancel their travel plans.
We will also not be offering a travel vaccination service during this time.