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PLEASE CLICK ON OUR CORONAVIRUS UPDATE PAGE FOR UP TO DATE NATIONAL/LOCAL AND PRACTICE UPDATES - CAN BE FOUND IN THE FURTHER INFORMATION BOX FURTHER DOWN THIS PAGE - Coronavirus Updates

WE HAVE A NEW WAY OF RUNNING OUR BLOOD TEST (PHLEBOTOMY) CLINICS - FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CLICK ON CLINICS & SERVICES ABOVE AND GO TO THE BLOOD TEST TAB.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

National & Local Coronavirus Updates

The latest news can be found on the GOV.uk website

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

Isolation Notes

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 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#face-coverings

along with guidance on those who be considered exempt from wearing a mask

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#exemptions-face-coverings

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.

Healthwatch Bolton

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.

http://healthwatchbolton.co.uk/coronavirus-community-information/

Diabetes Eye Screening Service

Update regarding eye screening service

http://www.gmnorthdesp.co.uk/covid-19-update-patient-information/

Coronavirus Recovery

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.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help

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 info@fortalice.co.uk 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 ServiceWe 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.




 
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