Coronavirus

Prioritisation of workload

COVID-19 - Temporary Changes to General Practice

Due to the increased pressures the NHS is experiencing as a result of the COVID pandemic, GP practices have been advised to prioritise clinically urgent (High Priority) matters and postpone non-urgent routine work.

The NHS is very busy responding to the coronavirus pandemic and, at certain times, your GP practice may need to prioritise High Risk patients with the most urgent health needs. If you have a health issue that isn't urgent, advice is available on the NHS website www.nhs.uk or NHS app or speak to your local pharmacist.

We kindly ask you to take the above into consideration. You may be advised to re-sechdule your consultation.

 

Are you experiencing cold or flu like symptoms; cough, fever or shortness of breath?

Please note, if you attend the Practice with these symptoms you will be asked to go home and self-isolate.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

It is very important that you stay at home whilst you have these symptoms. This will help to protect yourself, your friends, colleagues and the wider community and will help control a potential the spread of viruses (including coronavirus).

If your symptoms persist beyond 7 days from when the started, or if your health deteriorates and you start experiencing shortness of breath, you are advised to contact 111 immediately.

For more information on self-isolation in relation to potential or confirmed cases of coronavirus please click here.

If you are experiencing the mentioned symptoms, or may feel like you have contracted a virus please ensure you DO NOT VISIT YOUR GP.

You are also advised to carry out a NHS 111 online assessment. Click here to begin. Once the page has loaded, click on “start now”.

For more information on the “do’s and dont’s” regarding coronavirus, please click here.

Appointments at Andover Medical Centre and COVID-19

Due to the current growth in potential cases of the coronavirus and under guidance from PHE, we are currently reviewing our appointment system with the aim to minimise risk amongst our patients, staff and wider community. Same day appointments will not be bookable by patients without the patient first being triaged by a clinician. Face to face appointment booking via our online systems has also been suspended.

More useful information about CORONAVIRUS

Hand Hygiene

It is important to ensure your hands are washed thoroughly and frequently throughout the day. Click here for the “Hand washing: how to wash your hands properly” tutorial.

Face Mask Usage

For information on how and when to use a mask, please click here to watch a video tutorial published by the World Health Organisation.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Following extensive trials, the first safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK and is now available to priority groups.

Vaccinations are being delivered according to priority groups;

  • Patients aged over 80 years  - Offered
  • Patients aged over 75 years - Offered
  • Patients aged over 70 years - Offered
  • Adults on the NHS shielding patient lsit - Offered
  • Patients aged over 65 years - Offered
  • Adults under 65 years with long term conditions (please refer to priority groups list) - Offered 

The Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will be administering the vaccinations. The vaccinations may not take place at your GP practice, but rather a local vaccination service (led by GPs, practice nurses and community pharmacists) who are responsible for delivering the vaccine to people in the community.

We are currently booking patients to have their vaccinations administered at Bingfield Primary Care Centre and Hanley Primary Care Centre

When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccination, you will receive an invitation to come forward. This may be via the phone, text message or through a letter either from your GP or the national booking system.

Those patients aged 50-64 can now call 119 and book a COVID Vaccination via the National Vaccination Programme - subject to availability.

We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking people not to contact us to get an appointment as you will not be able to get one until you are contacted.

For further information regarding the COVID-19 Vaccination, please click here to visit our Coronavirus update page.

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