COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic
As a country we are entering unprecedented times with the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) the unknown is frigthening but our best approach is to work together.
If you have any queries, reliable sources are the nhs website (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/) gov.uk website (https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response)
NHS 111 (https://www.111.nhs.uk/) Please use these resources or NHS choices before calling the surgery.
Working in conjuction with our neighbouring practices in the Purbeck Primary Care Network, are priority is to offer safe, effective care to our patients with all medical problems, new and ongoing.
To protect our resources and be there for you over the coming months, we are starting remote assessments. These maybe by telephone, video consultation or online consultation (e-consult). Our Practitioners already use these methods safely and effectively. If you need to be examined this will be arranged.
Some preventative care maybe suspended if safe to do so. Blood tests effecting your immediate care, eg Warfarin dosage, will be continued. Our experienced team will make those decisions.
Childhood immunisations will continue. Protection against other diseases is more important than ever. Whooping cough, measles and rubella are more dangerous to children than COVID-19.
How can you help?
If you think you have COVID-19 follow the advice on the links above. General practice does not have testing equipment and there are no preventative medicines. If you become unwell enough to require hospital admission this will be via NHS 111. Remember 90 - 95% of us will be fine and will require simple self management and 7 days isolation if you live alone and 14 days for family members - please see links above for exact information.
Self manage other aliments where possible. Ensure you have stocks of home remedies. If you require medical assistance for a new or ongoing problem please telephone 01929 480441 to speak to our receptionist. You may receive help from someone outside your normal team but they will have access to your GP records.
DO NOT prevent yourself at the surgery unless told to do so by surgery staff. You can still collect prescriptions from the surgery, please follow the arrows at the front door.
Reduce your social interaction, following current government guidelines. Stay informed.
Don't stockpile medication (and put others at risk) but order your medicines in good time.
Help others, check on an elderly neighbour or relative if safe to do so.
I am proud everyday of our skilled, dedicated team. Help them to help you in the coming difficult months.
Dr Mark Lepper
Last updated on 18 March 2020.
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