Coronavirus Update 30th MARCH
Following NHS advice, we have closed the doors of the practice. They will remain closed for the foreseeable future. This is to minimise the irsk of the virus spreading.
We are still open, we are just operating differently to how we usually would. All requests for a GP appointment will first have a telephone consultation, only if the GP thinks you need to be seen, will you be invited for an appointment.
Routine HCA and Nurse appointments have been completely suspended. Services we are continuing with are
- INR bloods
- PSA bloods
- High risk drug monitoring
- Depo injection
- Zoladex injection
- Childhood immunisation
- 6 week baby check (will now be done at 8 weeks alongside first immunisation appointment)
B12 clinic is cancelled. This will remain cancelled until further notice.
Our pharmacist is working through the list of patients who attend and they will be contacted in the next 7 days, with information of how we plan to manage this for the coming months.
Those who are due this week will be prioritised.
Current NHS advice is to self-isolate for 7 days if you have either :
- a high temperature (above 37.8 degrees)
- or a new continuous cough, persisting for more than 4 hours
Only use the 111 coronavirus service of your symptoms do not improve after 7 days or your condition gets worse : https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19
- Who needs to isolate for 12 weeks?
All ‘high risk’ patients are advised to isolate for 12 weeks. There has been some confusion as to who falls into this category. Generally speaking, if you are eligible for an NHS flu vaccination for any reason, this puts you in the ‘at risk’ category but not necessarily ‘high risk’.
Every patient is different and if you feel your medical history makes you vulnerable or high risk, the decision to isolate for 12 weeks is one you need to make yourself. Our advice to patients would be to read the online information from reliable websites (111/NHS/GOV UK). Don’t rely on receiving a letter to tell you to isolate, as these are only being sent to a specific group of people (detailed below). If you are still unclear, please call for guidance from the receptionist.
The groups defined as “extremely vulnerable” who should have received the letter are:
- Solid organ transplant recipients.
- People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer.
- People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment.
- People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer.
- People having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or Parp inhibitors.
- People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs.
- People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
- People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID and homozygous sickle cell).
- People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
- Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.
- Can I have a sick note for my isolation period?
No, we are not issuing sick notes for any isolation reason. 111 website can issue sick notes for those isolating due to symptoms of COVID-19 or a household member having symptoms of COVID-19. Sick notes for other reasons continue being issued as normal.
- Can I rebook my cancelled appointment for a couple of months’ time?
At the moment, all routine checks are suspended and we do not know when this will change. We therefore cannot book anything at this time but all annual reviews we have cancelled, will be contacted when normal clinics resume.
- I have symptoms of COVID-19, what do I do?
Visiting the 111 website remains the first thing to do in this situation. There are a series of questions to answer and it will advise you of the path to take. If 111 advise you to contact us, then please do so. You will be put down for a phone call with the GP and they will assess you over the phone.
- Am I allowed to still contact you about routine problems?
Yes! Please still contact the surgery as you would for all routine health problems. It is important for us to be keeping patients well in the community.
- How do I request a prescription?
Patient access is the preferred option for prescriptions requests. For those who aren’t registered for online services, there is the email address, firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who don’t have access to email, family or friends can request on your behalf.
- I need to collect my sick note/blood form/referral/prescription etc, can I come to the surgery?
All documents will be sent electronically where possible or posted to you.
GP Earnings 2018-19
All GP Practices are required to declare the average earnings for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.
The average pay for GPs working in Market Street Medical Practice in the last financial year was £78,965 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 2 full time GPs and 4 part time GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.
Patient Participation Group meeting
We would like to invite any interested patient to attend our bi-monthly meeting to discuss health issues dear to your heart.
Next meeting : watch this space
All new members welcome.
WE WELCOME ALL NEW PATIENTS TO THE PRACTICE
We have a mix of female and male GPs, nurses and health care assistants to provide all your health care needs.
To register, call in to collect a form from the reception desk.
WANT AN EVENING APPOINTMENT? : The Practice is open until 7.30pm each Tuesday and Thursday for appointments with GPs, telephone consultations and appointments with nurses.
PRACTICE TRAINING DATES FOR 2020
We will close from 1pm on the following dates for GP and staff training:
Thursday 19th March
Wednesday 22nd April
Wednesday 20th May
Yellow Fever vaccination: from 1st April 2019 the fee for yellow fever will increase to £100, which includes an admin fee of £25
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Please read our Privacy notice.MSMP Patient Privacy Notice.
Hard copy available at reception desk.
Want a GP appointment at the weekend? Furness General or Westmorland General? Book at reception or ring direct : 03000 247 247 CHOC poster 112018