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Covid testing

 As well as COVID, common colds are also in circulation.

This video contains some useful information about when to get a COVID test and how to tell if your symptoms are likely to be a cold: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-54182329

 If you have the following symptoms you need to get a test;

-a high temperature

-a new, continuous cough

-a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

To request a test visit; https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name

Sadly GP’s are unable to access tests on behalf of patients.

If you cannot get a test straight away, or the location or time are not convenient, try again in a few hours.

 

Children & parents – Covid:

 

Now that children have returned to school it is important that parents & carers are able to access the right support if their child becomes unwell and that schools are able to signpost parents and carers to the appropriate sources of help.

 

GP’s are unable to provide individual risk assessments, letters or notes that a child is Covid-19 free or provide evidence of a child that has been told to self-isolate.

 

Should your child become unwell please see the following information:

 

Childhood illnesses:
If a child is unwell with other symptoms such as sore throat, earache, stomach ache, runny nose, skin rashes, or a winter related illness such as norovirus with vomiting and diarrhoea, then parents are advised to check NHS 111 online health condition advice – is my child too ill to go to school, and contact their local pharmacy or GP if they need further help.  

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/is-my-child-too-ill-for-school/

 

NHS 111 phoneline should only be used for an urgent medical problem where parents or carers are unsure what to do.  If a child is too ill to attend school, the parent or carer should advise the school as per normal and arrange to care for the child at home until they are well enough to return.

 

For schools there is also government guidelines that say when a child should be kept off school and when they shouldn't which can be accessed via: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-protection-in-schools-and-other-childcare-facilities/chapter-9-managing-specific-infectious-diseases .

 

Urgent & Emergency Care:
The following link explains how to access urgent assistance for a child: https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/urgent-and-emergency-care/.  The advice as always is to call 999 if it is a medical emergency - when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.

 

Healthier Together:
It can be extremely stressful when your child is unwell. We know that there is a huge amount of information available at your fingertips, but finding something that provides clear and accurate information is not always easy!
The resources on the Healthier Together website have been developed in partnership between parents and healthcare professionals from across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. You'll find clear information on common childhood illnesses, including advice on what 'red-flag' signs to look out for, where to seek help if required, what you should do to keep your child comfortable and how long your child's symptoms are likely to last.

https://what0-18.nhs.uk/ they also have a whole section on Covid-19.

 

 Diabetic Eye Screening: Important Notice about Diabetic Eye Screening

The National Diabetic Eye Screening Team have recently issued guidance to restart screening for all in a phased approach. Our Restoration Plan has been agreed with the local NHS England and NHS Improvement Commissioners and we are very pleased and eager to start screening once again.

  • We will invite people to screening appointments in the following order: 
  • Invite over next few weeks and months – those who are pregnant, under digital surveillance, newly diagnosed, had background retinopathy at last appointment (R1M0) or Did Not Attend their last appointment.
  • Next Year – Those who at their last appointment had no retinopathy or maculopathy (R0M0) are at much lower risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.

Should you notice any severe changes to your sight in the meantime, please telephone your local Hospital Eye Department or A&E. 
The Bookings Team will be in touch to rearrange all other appointments once screening resumes. Thank you for your patience.

 

Flu Clinics- Updated September

 We are now booking our flu clinics for patients who are considered at risk. There are no walk-in clinics – it is booked appointments only. If you are coming to the surgery to see a nurse or doctor, (not phlebotomy) we may be able to give you your vaccination while you are here.

Patients currently being vaccinated include:

All patients who will be aged 65 or over on 31st March 2021 (i.e. date of birth before or on 31st March 1956)

All patients aged under 65 who have a condition which puts them at risk should they contract flu, all carers and all pregnant women.

The patients in both the above groups will have or are about to receive a text or letter inviting them to call the surgery and make an appointment.

In addition we will vaccinate all patients who received a letter earlier this year advising them to shield as they are considered high risk for covid and their household members. Please do not call if your household member did not receive a letter.

Please do not call if you are aged 50-64 and are not at risk. Although, the Government has indicated that this cohort of patients should be vaccinated, we do not yet have vaccine for them. All our under 65 vaccine is reserved for patients truly at risk as described above.

Parents of children aged 2-4 (date of birth between 01/09/16 – 31/8/18) or aged 4-17 at risk will be receiving letters this week (w/c 22/09/20) asking them to book appointments in our child flu clinics. Please do not call if you have not received an invitation.

All children in year R-7 will be vaccinated at school by the School Nursing Team. We will not be vaccinating any child in this age range unless they are at risk and have received an invitation.

 

Before Entering The Surgery Today



Please do not come into the surgery if you have any of the following;

A high temperature or fever

A new continuous cough

Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Please stay at home and use the following website for further help.
111.nhs.uk/covid-19

You need to be wearing a face covering/mask before entering the building, even if collecting a prescription.

This link gives some great ideas and patterns for making your own.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering?fbclid=IwAR0BxVNuCTvPl6ukh5fi9buMXhifX2KbTDT_OYdcPcBpJQIWnCl1Q-PwAj8

We do have a very limited supply of face masks which have been made by the Hampshire Scrubbers, but we must stress we only have a limited supply of these & a donation should be made if you do need to be supplied with one.

To ensure there are as few patients in the building as possible;

Do not attend more than 5 minutes before your 
appointment time.

You should attend the surgery alone, unless you need an essential carer or parent/guardian to accompany you.

Any enquiries relating to appointments, repeat medications or otherwise please telephone (01962 732345) as these cannot be dealt with at the reception desk at this time. 

Ordering prescriptions online

Patient Access:

We are trying to reduce the need for patients to put in hardcopy repeat prescriptions form, in order to reduce our patients exposure to Covid-19.

If you are already registered for Patient Access, then please place your requests for repeat prescriptions via this route if you have not yet registered for this service before, please visit our website; https://www.alresfordsurgery.co.uk/prescriptions1.aspx?pr=J82124

Download the application form

Email the completed form to us

We will then be in contact to verify your request & give you the details you need in order to use the service.

NHS APP:

If you’re a patient at our practice you can use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.

You can use the NHS App to check your symptoms and get instant advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record and more.

If you already use Patient Access you can continue to use it. You can use the NHS App as well.

For more information go to https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/the-nhs-app/

 

 





 




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