WELCOME TO ABBOTS CROSS MEDICAL PRACTICE - UPDATE 11/08/2020
PLEASE CLICK ON LINK BELOW FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO REGISTER FOR COVID-19 RESEARCH
TO HELP REDUCE THE POTENTIAL SPREAD OF INFECTION,
WE ARE ADVISING ALL PATIENTS TO PHONE BEFORE COMING TO THE SURGERY
It is a requirement for patients to wear a face covering when entering the surgery.
We would be grateful if you could come with your face covering on –
covering your nose, mouth and chin.
This can be in the form of a mask, scarf or handkerchief of any sort of fabric.
This is for the safety of everyone in our surgery
Thank you for your understanding.
Face Masks in other enclosed spaces
In Northern Ireland it is now mandatory to wear a face mask in enclosed spaces. Since 10 July 2020, passengers aged 13 and over on public transport in Northern Ireland must wear a face covering unless they have a reasonable excuse not to. Information on NI Direct states that “There is no need to get a letter from a doctor or government to show that you do not need to wear a face covering. If you have a condition which means you cannot wear a face covering you only need to say, if asked, that you cannot wear a face covering because you are exempt.”
The practice will not be providing letters to exempt patients from wearing face masks. It is the individuals responsibility to adhere to the guidelines
You may also wish to print a card or badge available on UK government website:
COVID-19 UPDATE 30/07/20
If you have symptoms you can get tested for COVID-19
Everyone must help stop coronavirus spreading.
If you go outside stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people.
Groups of up to 30 people who do not share a household can meet outdoors, maintaining social distancing.
Groups of up to 6 people who do not share a household can meet indoors, maintaining social distancing.
Avoid touching your face and wash your hands as soon as you get home.
You can spread the virus even if you don't have symptoms.
Everyone, including health and social care workers, should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or loss of/ change in smell or taste.
The individual’s household should also self-isolate for 14 days as per the current guidelines.
The individual should stay at home for 10 days, or longer if they still have a fever.
TASTE TRACE PROTECT
Throughout the pandemic, your support in following public health guidelines has been vital in reducing the spread of coronavirus. By doing so, you have saved lives. As ‘lockdown’ restrictions are eased, we face the risk of a second wave of infection. We can all help minimise that risk by continuing to support public health measures to control the spread, such as testing and contact tracing.
Testing and contact tracing helps break the chain of transmission of the virus. By identifying people who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, and asking them to self-isolate, we can limit the onward spread (reproduction) of the virus. Keeping the reproduction (R) number low allows us to continue moving towards more normal family, working and social lives. Friends and family can see each other, and schools and businesses can reopen. It will also help to protect our health service from being overwhelmed.
Test, Trace, Protect - From 16 July children under five can be tested. Parents/guardians will need to arrive at the site prepared to swab the child. Instruction on how to use a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test kit on a child are available here. More information on the system for Test, Trace, Protect is available on the PHA website
Testing and contact tracing will only work if we all play our part. This means:
• get tested if we have symptoms;
• help with contact tracing; • self-isolate when we are advised to.
Along with social distancing and hygiene precautions, testing and tracing is our best chance to protect our communities from coronavirus.
Testing and contact tracing campaign update
The Public Health Agency has launched a new public information campaign Test Trace Protect. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of Coronavirus and encourage individuals who are symptomatic to follow the appropriate steps including:
· Booking a test quickly
· Helping with contact tracing
· Self-isolating when advised
NEW NORTHERN IRELAND CONTACT TRACING APP INFORMATION AND LINK - UPDTAED 04/08/20
BUT PLEASE CONTINUE TO SEEK ADVICE REGARDING MEDICAL PROBLEMS
If you have a new continuous cough OR fever OR loss of/change in smell or taste
Do not come to the surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
For further information and self-isolation advice, visit www.pha.site/coronavirus
HEALTHCARE APPS TO HELP DURING COVID-19
We would urge all parents to take up the opportunity to have their preschool-aged children vaccinated at our surgery when invited to do so. It is completely safe to attend a healthcare setting for vaccination as long as you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 – cough and/ or temperature, or are feeling unwell, or have been potentially exposed to someone with coronavirus.
After clean water, vaccination is the most effective public health intervention in the world for saving lives and promoting good health,
and therefore one of the most important things we can do to stay healthy.
WHEN YOU RING US, OUR STAFF WILL ASK YOU SOME QUESTIONS TO DETERMINE YOUR CONDITION.
SOME OF THESE QUESTIONS MAY INCLUDE IF YOU HAVE A TEMPERATURE OR COUGH. THESE QUESTIONS HELP US TO DETERMINE THE BEST ACTION TO TAKE BUT ALSO HELPS PROTECT OUR STAFF AND OTHER VULNERABLE PATIENTS.
IF APPROPRIATE, YOU MAY RECEIVE A CALL BACK FROM A GP OR BE GIVEN OTHER RELEVANT ADVICE.
IF YOU REQUIRE AN URGENT APPOINTMENT - PLEASE PHONE RECEPTION
You will be aware that face-to-face appointments will only be undertaken when clinically necessary, using full PPE;
but we will continue to offer advise through our telephone triage system.
Unfortunately we cannot resume normal services pre-pandemic and will be unable to do so in the near future,
but we thank you for your co-operation and understanding, all your efforts to not overwhelm the NHS have been appreciated by all our staff
IF YOU HAVE A SKIN RASH YOU CAN NOW SEND AN IMAGE TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are very unwell please inform the receptionist at the beginning of your call.
VULNERABLE OR IN NEED PATIENTS - UPDATED 23/06/2020
PLEASE CLICK LINK BELOW FOR NEW UPDATED GUIDANCE
SHIELDED PATIENT ADVICE - 23/06/20
As a result of our combined efforts, the risk of coming into contact with Covid 19 in Northern Ireland is now much lower. If the risk continues to remain low, my assessment is that, from 31 July 2020, you will no longer need to follow the current shielding advice.
In the interim and because of the lower risk, from 6 July, I am also introducing some further easements to the current shielding guidance, and these are outlined below.
EASEMENTS FROM 6 JULY
From 6 July, people who are following the shielding advice will now be able to meet up to six people outside of their home, as long as social distancing is strictly observed.
If you are shielding alone, you can also form a support bubble with one other household. Where you form a bubble:
social distancing is not required with the other household in your bubble; this will allow you to visit, stay over and spend more time with the second household;
the second household can be of any size; and both households should not be part of more than one bubble and should continue to socially distance outside the bubble.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER 31 JULY?
After 31 July, providing the Covid-19 risk remains low, you will not have to shield. That will mean your personal “lockdown” will no longer apply.
However, you must continue to follow public health advice at all times and be really strict about social distancing and washing your hands.
If you require further help please call the helpline listed below:
It is operated by the Department of Communities - you can call freephone on 0808 802 0020, between 09:00 BST and 17:00,
seven days a week.
If you received a shielding letter from us, you can still register for priority delivery slots
Four supermarkets in NI have agreed with the Department for Communities to prioritise delivery slots for people who are shielding during the pandemic.
The supermarkets involved are Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys and Iceland.
You can also email email@example.com or text ACTION to 81025 to get in touch
Attending a Covid-19 Centre
Please see link on advice if you need to attend a Northern Trust Covid-19 Centre
Visiting a Northern Community Covid centre - Advice for Patients:
What other help is available?
Some councils have their own resources, helplines and teams that you can use if you are struggling to get what you need.
- Antrim and Newtownabbey: Its website has a list of community support services that can help with shopping and medicine collections; it also has a list of local shops and restaurants offering home delivery services of groceries and hot food.
Age NI also offers an advice and advocacy service which provides older people with information, advice and support - you can contact them on 0808 808 7575,
email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit its website.
Mid & East Antrim Agewell Partnership covers the Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus areas and is offering a good neighbour scheme to help vulnerable people in the community by volunteering to drop off supplies at their door. You can contact them on 028 2565 8604 or email email@example.com
IF YOU ARE PREGNANT
It provides useful information and support, as well as advice and guidance on the most commonly-asked questions.
IF YOU ARE DIABETIC
CORONAVIRUS DIABETES HELPLINE NOW AVAILABLE
This service is available 7 days a week from 9am - 3pm
Interpreting Service - British/Irish Sign Language
If you require an BSL or ISL interpreter please click link below
This service is open all day every day (“24/7")
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING DURING THIS TIME
Northern Emotional Wellbeing Service LINKS counselling services
If you are feeling anxious, low in mood or suffering from mild to moderate mental health difficulties,
we are here to help.
To arrange an appointments for telephone or video counselling
complete our on-line referral form at: www.linkscounselling.com/NEWS
or you can phone us on: 02838342825
you do not need to speak to a GP to arrange this
Dedicated Northern Ireland Covid-19 app launched
Date published: 27 March 2020
The Department of Health Northern Ireland has launched a new Covid-19 NI information app.
The new app is dedicated to providing people across Northern Ireland with immediate advice and links to vital trusted information, as the situation with the pandemic evolves we will keep the app up to date.
The app includes guidance on the symptoms of the coronavirus infection and supports individuals to identify whether they might potentially have the infection. It will also provide advice on what actions people should take if they think they may have coronavirus. The information provided will also help people decide if they need advice from a health or care professional and how best to access that advice should they need it.
People can ask specific questions through the app with an Advice Search ‘chatbot’ that automatically reviews all the guidance to find a response to match individual queries.
IF YOU REQUIRE TRAVEL ADVICE PLEASE CONTACT YOUR AIRLINE OR CLICK THE LINK BELOW
The Public Health Agency (PHA) does not issue travel advice. If you’re concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on your existing travel plans, check with your airline, tour operator, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers as applicable. People who plan to travel should check the travel advice here.
On Monday 8 June, new rules for entering or returning to the UK became law, you can find out more here.
Please be aware that this is an evolving situation. This information is correct as of 8.30 on 30/07/20 and may be subject to change
Our doctors are now working in Antrim Area Hospital Covid-19 Centre,
on top of their existing commitments in General Practice
and we would therefore ask that you treat all our staff with understanding and
patience throughout the most difficult period within the NHS history
If we all work together we can get through this.
Joanne Cooper Practice Manager
IF YOU NEED TO ORDER A PRESCRIPTION PLEASE CALL THE SURGERY ON: 02890364048
Our phone lines are currently extremely busy and we would therefore encourage you to use our prescription message line,
which is available 24 hrs per day
or request your prescription via this website or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do not ask for medications that you have not taken for many years. You can order your prescription up to a week in advance in most cases to avoid running out of medication but this is your responsibility. Stockpiling, just in case, is not an option, we need to ensure that there is enough medication for all our patients.
Paracetamol is only available to patients who have been prescribed this prior to the Covid-19 Pandemic
Rescue packs are only available to patients with severe (brittle) asthma or severe COPD
who are under follow up by a Specialist Respiratory Teams
AND NOMINATE A CHEMIST OF YOUR CHOICE.
ALL PRESCRIPTIONS WILL THEN BE SENT TO YOUR CHOSEN CHEMIST
PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE SURGERY
IF YOU REQUIRE A SICK LINE
Please use this link for employee / employer government guidance: We will not be issuing sick lines for patients self-isolating
- Those who follow advice to stay at home will be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP) from the first day of their absence from work – self certificate completed by the patient.
- Employers should use their discretion concerning the need for medical evidence for certification for employees who are unwell. This will allow GPs to focus on their patients
- If evidence is required by an employer, those with symptoms of coronavirus can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online, and those who live with someone that has symptoms can get a note from the NHS website
- employees from defined vulnerable groups should be strongly advised and supported to stay at home and work from there if possible
If you are pregnant
You can now self refer to the BHSCT Maternity Services as soon as you have a positive pregnancy test.
You can choose the Royal Jubilee Maternity Service (RJMS) or the Mater Maternity Unit for your care
You can read 'Now you are pregnant' leaflet for Birth place choices, click here.
Please complete the self referral form via the hyperlink below
Click to open Self Referral Form
PRACTICE CLOSURES 2020
Monday 31st August 2020
HALF DAY CLOSURE - EMERGENCIES ONLY WEDNESDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER 2020
Friday 25th December 2020
Monday 28th December 2020
IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY
OUTSIDE PRACTICE HOURS
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(Site updated 11/08/2020)