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Coronavirus Update - 25th February 2020

 

If you have returned from these specific areas since February 19th, you should call NHS111 and self-isolate even if you do not have symptoms:-

  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
  • Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
  • Hubei province (as previously noted)

If you have returned from these areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should self isolate at home immediately and call NHS111. You do not heed to self-isolate if you have no symptoms.

  • Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including Pisa, Florence and Rimini)
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

Those who have returned from previously identified geographic areas (see earlier notification) within the past 14 days and develop symptoms, however mild, should self-isolate at home immediately and call NHS111.

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Coronavirus Update - 14th February 2020

 

The NHS in Derbyshire and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely 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 risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

 

Anyone who has travelled to China or places listed above in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus.

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the GP practice and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to: 

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a 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.

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Extended Access

We offer a small number of additional GP and Nurse Practitioner appointments during weekday evenings (until 8pm) and at weekends (Saturday & Sunday 8am to 11am). Extended access appointments are also available on bank holidays. For more information, please see our opening times pages or our leaflet.

Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is available here. You can always access the latest newsletter by clicking on the link on our news page.

Self Help

Please note that booking an appointment with a doctor may not be the most appropriate way to deal with your problem. We encourage our patients to take responsible action to care for themselves, where appropriate. You can find information about common conditions that normally resolve without the need to see or speak to a doctor or nurse on the self-care page of our website.

We now offer the opportunity for our patients to self-refer to some services without the need to see a doctor first. You can now access care directly for physiotherapy, foot care, counselling & talking therapies, audiology, citizens' advice, weight management, stop smoking, family planning and drug & alcohol services. Please see our self-referral page for full details.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

GDPR is an update of the Data Protection Act to provide increased protection for each individual's personal data. The new regulations come into force on 25th May 2018. GDPR requires us to process the data we hold on you fairly, lawfully & transparently. You can find out more details by clicking on the Practice Policies link at the bottom of this page, where you will find a copy of our privacy notice. The notice explains what data we hold, what we do with it & why, who it goes to and the rights you have over it. You can also read our leaflet about How We Use Your Information.

Information sharing

The practice has the facility to share your record when you need to receive care from other parts of the NHS (for example, if you need to see our community nurses or if you attend for physiotherapy). When you receive care from another part of the NHS, you will be asked for permission to share your record and information is only shared with your permission. This is extremely helpful for all staff within the NHS. You can find out more information about this by clicking on this link: https://derbyshirehealthcarerecords.org.uk/

Dementia Information Leaflet

Our patient participation group have put together a leaflet to provide sources of information about dementia and the help available to people with dementia and to their carers. It includes in

Are you a carer?

If you care for someone, please let the practice know. We can provide details of extra support available locally. You may wish to take a look at Derbyshire Carers Association website, which contains a wealth of useful resources.

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