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Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice

 

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for
outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure
the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to
the public as normal.


The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from
mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan,
Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning
travellers.


Call 111 now if you've been:


 To Wuhan or Hubei Province in China, Iran, Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy in the last 14 days (even if you do
not have symptoms)
• to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14
days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if
it's mild)
• to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in
the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of
breath (even if it's mild)
• in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay
indoors and avoid close contact with other people.
Further information is available on nhs.uk.


Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact
with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A
person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash
their hands.


The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated
surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited
Wuhan or Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.


Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations.
This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the
hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact
with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has
also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be
reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all
appointments as usual.


Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:


• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public
transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.


You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England and Further
information is available on nhs.uk.


Clinical Triage

To help us to better manage our appointments, we are implementing a new system called Clinical Triage. Anyone calling the surgery for an appointment will be asked by a member of our trained receptionist team for some details about their call. The details of your call will be shared with the GP carrying out the Clinical Triage and will be used to help us to best deal with your issue.  As NHS employees, all staff working in the surgery are bound by a duty of confidentiality and will only provide this information to the GP.

The GP will review the information you have given to the receptionist and either call you back / send you a text message / book you an appointment or arrange / organise what is most appropriate to meet your needs. For example, if your issue is that you require a medication, the GP will organise a prescription on your behalf. The GP may also organise for you to have an appointment with a member of the clinical team which may be a GP, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, a Paramedic Practitioner, a Clinical Pharmacist or a Physiotherapist depending on your issue.

We realise that there is a high demand on the telephone lines and are looking at innovative ways to manage this. We have started a text service called AccuRx which allows us to inform you about your appointments and results etc. This is a new service which is different from our other text messaging service MJOG which we use to send our patient reminders.  It very important that we have your correct mobile phone number as we will send you a text unless you have notified us to the contrary. If you change your mobile number, please contact the surgery as soon as possible so that we can update your details.

 We are also looking into online consultations and Patient Access to assist you to book your appointments and will continue to explore new ways of working to ensure that we are able to manage our patient appointments are effectively as possible.

Restrictions on Over the Counter medications

The CCG have released an updated list of over the counter medications that they will ask GPs to restrict prescribing unless related to serious/long term illnesses.

More information will be provided however for now, click on the icon for a list of medications and conditions that GPs will be limiting their prescribing for.

OTC medications and conditions

Community Wellbeing Service (East Sussex)

Is your mental and emotional wellbeing affected by the pressures of daily life? The Community Wellbeing Service provides ‘Social Prescribing’ to help you find practical solutions to life challenges. We work in partnership with GPs to provide tailored support to improve mental health and wellbeing.

The service is commissioned by, and works in partnership with, Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group and East Sussex County Council.

Find out more here

The NHS Friends and Family Test

The NHS friends and family test (FFT) is an important opportunity for you to provide feedback on the care and treatment you receive and to help us to improve services. Your answer is voluntary, but if you do answer, your feedback will provide valuable information to celebrate good practice, and identify opportunities to make improvements.

If you would like to participate in the NHS Friends and Family Test, please complete the simple questionnaire available in the practice and post it into the Friends and Family Test collection box in the reception area.
We have also registered our practice with iWantGreatCare to provide an online version of the Friends and Family Test. The link to the iWantGreatCare website can be found by selecting "Friends and Family Test" on the right hand side of this home page under "Further Information".

Alternatively you can access NHS Friends and Family Test survey on the iWantGreatCare website directly at:
https://www.iwantgreatcare.org/gpsurgeries/churchwood-medical-practice

Once on the website you will need to select "Review this surgery"

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