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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).

In Times of Bereavement

In the unfortunate event that a person has passed away, there are three things that must be done in the first few days;

  • Get a medical certificate from your GP or hospital doctor (this is necessary to register the death)
  • Register the death within 5 days (8 days in Scotland). You will then receive the necessary documents for the funeral.
  • Make the necessary funeral arrangements.

Register the death

If the death has been reported to the coroner (or Procurator Fiscal in Scotland) they must give permission before registering the death.

You can register the death if you are a relative, a witness to the death, a hospital administrator or the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors.

You can use the ‘Register a Death’ page on the gov.uk website that will guide you through the process. This will also explain the registration process for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Arrange the funeral

The funeral can usually only take place after the death is registered. Most people use a funeral director, though you can arrange a funeral yourself.

Funeral directors

Choose a funeral director who’s a member of one of the following:

These organisations have codes of practice - they must give you a price list when asked.

Some local councils run their own funeral services, for example for non-religious burials. The British Humanist Association can also help with non-religious funerals.

Arranging the funeral yourself

Contact the Cemeteries and Crematorium Department of your local council to arrange a funeral yourself.

Funeral costs

Funeral costs can include:

  • funeral director fees
  • things the funeral director pays for on your behalf (called ‘disbursements’ or ‘third-party costs’), for example, crematorium or cemetery fees, or a newspaper announcement about the death
  • local authority burial or cremation fees

Funeral directors may list all these costs in their quotes.



 
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