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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.
A percentage of rental income derived from complementary and self pay services delivered at Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre is donated to Robin Hood Health Foundation to support patients at Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre to access complementary therapies who can't afford to pay for them.
Womens health Clinic
The Women's Health Clinic are nationwide clinics across the UK that are only staffed by nurses, ensuring women get a quick and timely appointment where they can discuss all of their concerns in a safe environment.
GPs and their wider team need time to give patients the best care they possibly can. You can help free up time for those who really need expert advice by considering three alternatives before booking an appointment:
For minor ailments you could safely treat your symptoms at home, for example through rest or with appropriate over the counter medicines.
- Use trusted NHS online services
Online NHS services offer sensible advice on a range of health issues and are a useful place to turn for initial guidance. Visit www.nhs.uk
- Seek advice from a pharmacist
Pharmacists are highly skilled healthcare professionals who can offer valuable advice.
External resources provided by NHS Choices