Coronavirus - Practice Updates
To Mask or not to Mask?
As per government guidelines, from the 19th July 2021 face coverings will become optional. The same guidelines also suggest caution and recommends wearing of masks in enclosed spaces, small or crowded areas and where vulnerable people will be present.
Due to the nature of our work and the fact patients will often be in close proximity to our clinicians and potentially other vulnerable patients we will continue to ask patients to wear face masks whilst attending the surgery. This will help to protect our staff but also ensure those who are most vulnerable are still safe when accessing healthcare. We hope you all understand why we are asking this and we thank you for working with us.
COVID-19 Face Masks Exemption Certificates
The surgery is unable to provide exemption certificates for wearing face masks. For more information on Face Masks: including how to make them, where and when to wear them and a downloadable exemption card please visit gov.uk
Lateral Flow tests
Lateral Flow tests are the small rapid tests which provide an instant result.
These are only to be used if you do NOT have symptoms.
If you have any symptoms of COVID you need to book a PCR test via 119 or via the government website.
Covid-19 Vaccinations - Boosters
We are providing some COVID vaccine boosters clinic appointments at Mile Oak Medical Centre. We are inviting patients to book for these in age order, starting with the Clinically Extremelty Vulnerable, pregnant women and those aged over 70yrs. You will be contacted in decreasing age order. You can also book appointments through the national booking line (119) or online
The NHS is well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases and 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. Check online at gov.uk and at nhs.uk for the latest COVID-19 information before attending the practice.
Visit Your COVID Recovery for more information on supporting your recovery after COVID-19. The website has information from rehabilitation experts about how to manage ongoing symptoms and health needs at home, and signposts to sources of support. A significant proportion of post COVID-19 patients are likely to have ongoing health problems. How quickly somebody recovers and the problems they have is likely to vary, and this website can help to answer some questions for patients.
If you have signs or symptoms of coronavirus please call 111 for advice, do not contact the surgery. The surgery is open the usual hours but please be mindful we are trying to reduce the need for patients to enter the building in order to protect our staff and most vulnerable patients who need regular treatment. Most problems can and will be dealt with over the phone. As you can imagine our phone lines are busy with the increased need so your patience is greatly appreciated at this time.
If you need to order repeat medication you can do this via the Prescription Direct Ordering (POD) Freephone Telephone 0808 1647678 or put your request in the Grey Mailbox on the outside of the Practice building near the main doors. Medical certificates can be posted or emailed to patients if needed.
COVID-19 at-risk patients Data Provision Notices
The Department of Health and Social Care has directed NHS Digital to collect this data for the purpose of direct care in response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus (also known as coronavirus).
The objective of this collection is, on an ongoing basis, to identify who may be clinically extremely vulnerable if they contract COVID-19.
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