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/
If you have Covid-19 symptoms, please visit the government website - https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test - use the online service to book a test. GP practices do NOT have the ability to book or perform a test for you. If you are unable to use the online service, you can contact 119. Please do not contact the surgery to organise a Covid-19 test and do NOT attend the GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
If you have symptoms, you should stay at home, arrange a test and not go out until you have the results back. Everyone in your household should also stay at home until the test results come back. If your test is positive, you will be advised on how long you and your household members need to stay at home for.
If are unwell and you cannot manage your covid symptoms at home, please contact NHS 111.
Government COVID guidance from 19th July for ALL healthcare settings
In line with current Government guidance, patients are STILL required to wear a face covering in ALL healthcare settings after 19th July. We also ask you to continue to social distance in the surgery.
If you have COVID symptoms, you must get a PCR test and you and your household must isolate until you receive your test result. If the test is positive, you will be advised by the NHS on next steps.
Thank you for your co-operation.
April 2021 - Message from the Bolton CCG regarding planned care in Secondary Care
“Back in November our hospitals in Greater Manchester took the difficult decision to cancel some planned operations to help deal with the increased number of cases of Covid 19.
In recent weeks the number of people in hospital with Covid has started to fall, as have numbers of cases in the community. Covid will be with us for some time, but we hope we are moving permanently away from the intense pressure the NHS has seen over the last year.
Not all of planned care has been delayed; some was able to continue throughout the Covid period or start again during recent months and hospitals have been in touch with many patients already about their treatment.
Our hospitals are now able to start catching up on the backlog of people waiting. Consultants will be looking at who has the greatest clinical need and who has waited the longest, and prioritising people against these two key principles as each service gets back up and running.
Some people may be asked to see a different consultant for their treatment, or have their procedures in a different hospital to the one they may have expected to have gone to, including private hospitals in the independent sector.
We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried, but you will be contacted as soon as possible over the coming months. Please continue to bear with us.
Thank you to our patients for their continued support and patience.”
Suspected COVID19 and important information to keep safe while isolating at home
Please see leaflet below
COVID19 Isolating at Home
Bolton Council has produced an extensive FAQs which explain how to self-isolate, who needs to self-isolate and how long for.
They also include information on what to do if a child is asked to self-isolate by their school.
It would be helpful if practices could share the FAQs or the link to them on their websites.
Children returning to school/nursery
Following the return to schools after a long break, it is common for colds & viral infections to circulate. It is important to understand how COVID19 symptoms differ from the usual colds & viruses, please click on the link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
If your child has any of these symptoms, they must remain at home and a COVID tests needs to be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
Advice for parents during Coronavirus
Please click below for useful guidance from the Royal College of
Paediatrics and Child Health.
Parent Guide COVID19
When should I worry - guide for parents with children with coughs, colds, earaches and sore throats
When should I worry Booklet
Children who have been shielding or self isolating
Children who have been shielding, do NOT need a consultation/letter from the GP informing them they are safe to return to school. Click on the below link for the latest government guidance.
The Government has stated that from September school attendance will be mandatory once again. This decision has been taken because the current level of risk of infection is low and therefore “perceived risk of Covid to child or parent” will not be considered adequate grounds for a child to not attend school.
Pupils who are shielding or self-isolating:
We now know much more about coronavirus (COVID-19) and so in future there will be far fewer children and young people advised to shield whenever community transmission rates are high. Therefore, the majority of pupils will be able to return to school. You should note however that:
- a small number of pupils will still be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves; or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19)
- shielding advice for all adults and children will pause on 1 August, subject to a continued decline in the rates of community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). This means that even the small number of pupils who will remain on the shielded patient list can also return to school, as can those who have family members who are shielding. Read the current advice on shielding.
- if rates of the disease rise in local areas, children (or family members) from that area, and that area only, will be advised to shield during the period where rates remain high and therefore they may be temporarily absent (see below).
- some pupils no longer required to shield but who generally remain under the care of a specialist health professional may need to discuss their care with their health professional before returning to school (usually at their next planned clinical appointment). You can find more advice from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health at COVID-19 - ‘shielding’ guidance for children and young people.
If parents of pupils with significant risk factors are concerned, we recommend parents discuss their concerns with schools and schools provide reassurance of the measures they are putting in place to reduce the risk in school. Schools should be clear with parents that pupils of compulsory school age must be in school unless a statutory reason applies (for example, the pupil has been granted a leave of absence, is unable to attend because of sickness, is absent for a necessary religious observance etc).
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
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/
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.
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
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, how you contact your GP surgery will be different at the moment. This is to limit face-face contact where possible and help stop the spread of coronavirus
Face-to-face appointments are available to all patients, but you will be asked to discuss your conditions over the phone or online first to assess what would be most appropriate for you
In addition to face-to-face consultations, many GP practices are offering consultations online or over the phone. This can be a convenient and flexible way to receive healthcare but if you would prefer to see a GP or healthcare professional in person then this will be arranged for you.
If you call the practice, one of our trained reception staff who will book you in with the correct healthcare professional. Please be aware that you will be asked the reason for your call.
If it is agreed that you need to be seen the GP or other healthcare professional will arrange a time for you to attend the practice – you MUST wear a face mask.
Measures are in place to keep you safe from infection during your visit to the surgery.
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.
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 aged 11 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 are offering a limited service to provide appointments for medical - e.g. taxi/HGV/fostering - whilst we manage the coronavirus outbreak.