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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are 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 NHS strategy  is to identify cases of COVID-19, isolate them and then contain the virus. Devised to protect, you, the patients and the general public, have a critical role of play. 

DO NOT GO TO YOUR GP SURGERY, COMMUNITY PHARMACY OR HOSPITAL. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

General Information on the Novel Coronavirus

Wuhan Novel Coronavirus - Information for the Public

If you suspect symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact NHS 111 immediately. The criteria for suspecting a COVID-19 infection are:

* have travelled to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days (even if they 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 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 mild)

* in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus.

If someone calls the NHS 111 they are assessed against a clinical pathway. If they are identified as a possible COVID-19 case, NHS 111 will not refer them to a GP or a pharmacist. For those assessed and found not to be a potential COVID-19 case, NHS 111 will handle their call as normal, which would include referring them to a GP, pharmacist or a dental Practice, based on patient need.

Coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with an infected person via cough, sneeze, hand contact or by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

* always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze Bin the tissue and wash your hands or use 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.

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Please be advised that the `Minor Ailments Scheme' under which patients could receive acute treatment for a defined set of minor illnesses from a pharmacy where they were registered for the scheme WILL CEASE SERVICE FROM 1.4.2020. If you would like to know more, please read the leaflet below.

Over the Counter Leaflet : Easy to Read version

Over the Counter Leaflet : Normal size

Basic Information on Health Conditions


NHS New Out of Hours Arrangement from 1.10.2018

This new integrated out-of-hours service, starting at 11 AM on 1 October 2018, will be managed by the LAS (London Ambulance Service). ALL PATIENTS REQUIRING ACCESS TO THE OUT OF HOURS SERVICES WILL NEED TO RING 111. The old number, 020 8185 0545 is no longer in use. In effect, 111 will be the single point of telephone entry into urgent care services in the out of hours period (when the surgery is closed).

Travel Vaccinationsglobal air travel

If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.

There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below

 

Europe Europe & Russia North America North America
Central America Central America South America South America
Caribbean Caribbean Africa Africa
Middle East Middle East Central Asia Central Asia
East Asia East Asia Australasia Australasia and Pacific

It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.

Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.


Travel Health Questionnaire

To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.

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Travelling in Europe

If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.

 
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