~ Please note ~
Coronavirus (COVID19) guidance as of 23rd March 2020 following HM Government announcement, in an attempt to delay and reduce the transmission of the illness and subsequent impact on the health and social care system, please follow this advice:
- If you have developed the following new onset symptoms: persistent or continuous cough and/or fever (≥37.8C or 100F) - you must self-isolate for 7 days from the onset of symptoms
- If you are living with someone with anyone who is symptomatic - you must self-isolate (quarantine) for 14 days (subsequently, if you develop symptoms you must self-isolate for 7 days)
- Everyone should STAY AT HOME and practice social distancing:
- Avoid all non-essential travel and contact with people
- Work at home unless you are an essential services worker and cannot work from home
- Only go outside for limited durations for purchasing essential shopping or exercise; travel to and from work; or for medical reasons
- Stay 2 metres away from others?
- Everyone should regularly wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face
- Look after your mental and physical wellbeing - see our website for resources
- See the following websites for additional advice:
People at higher risk from COVID19 (generally people who receive the flu jab) – people with long-term or chronic conditions (cardiac, respiratory, kidney, liver, neurological), diabetes, immune system problems including HIV, on immunosuppressant medication including steroids, transplant patients, people without spleens including people with sickle cell disease, active cancer including those on chemo or radiotherapy, or pregnant women or people aged over 70 years.
Please DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE - in order to avoid spreading the virus to other patients and staff. You do not need to call the practice or NHS111 to inform us of your self-isolation. Please only call if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms, your condition gets worse or lasts longer than 7 days OR you have other problems not related to this condition.
Use the following website to find out what to do if you have concerns about coronavirus https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ before calling NHS111 or your GP.
To reduce people attending the practice there is a new telephone appointment triage system in place in order to assess patients and give advice on the telephone or arrange a face to face appointment if required based on clinical need. These telephone appointments can be booked online from 6am or via reception from 8am.
ONLY ATTEND THE PRACTICE IF YOU HAVE BEEN INVITED IN OR HAVE AN APPOINTMENT.
NB: Please be aware that this practice will need to prioritise clinically urgent workload over routine depending on the demands on the system.
About the NHS at BHWC
Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre was founded in July 2013 by Gary Toyne (Managing Partner), Dr Laura Marshall-Andrews (Clinical Partner) and Chris Dance.
The practice is built on the principles of Narrative Medicine and Medical Humanity. We believe that conventional medicine and other forms of therapy can work well together. As an example, people undergoing chemotherapy can often benefit from acupuncture, massage, relaxation techniques and nutritional advice. This has been well demonstrated by the Maggie Centres for many years.
People are all different, and will respond differently to various forms of treatment. Careful diagnosis and working closely with patients can help to develop treatment plans which reflect not just the illness but the person who has the illness. Hippocrates said "It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has".
Dr Marshall-Andrews and Chris Dance had jointly cared for a number of patients over the years and it was the story of one patient that gave rise to Robin Hood Health Foundation, a fund set up to help improve access to non-NHS therapies for patients at BHWC on low incomes.
Through our Healing Arts Centre we run programmes in literary arts, performance arts, singing groups, and visual arts. These programmes can help people to deal with loss, trauma and illness and can be used to develop greater reflection and understanding of oneself.
We have founded the Brighton Narrative Medicine and Medical Humanities Group which is committed to setting up a faculty of Narrative Medicine at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.