Pinfold Medical Statement - 06/04/20
Thank you to everyone who is following the stay at home advice issued by the Government 23/3/20 to save life and protect the NHS : https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Everyone must now stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading.
This includes people of all ages - even if you do not have any other symptoms or health conditions.
You can only leave your home:
To shop for Basic essentials – only when you really need to
To do one form of exercise a day – such as a run walk or cycle, alone or with the other people you live with
For any medical need – for example to attend an essential medical appointment, visit pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
To travel to and from work – but only when absolutely necessary
We want to reassure you all that we are committed to delivering ongoing medical care in the weeks and months ahead. We have set up systems to enable to remote assessment via telephone and anticipate to be able to carry out video consultations in the very near future.
Prescription requests should continue to be ordered remotely (online or if unable access via telephone) and sent directly to local pharmacies. The surgery and pharmacies are dealing with an immense volume of prescription requests at present. Your prescriptions will be processed but please allow several days where possible and avoid phoning to check when it will be ready for collection unless urgently needed. We will continue to automatically flag more urgent prescriptions to the pharmacists when they are issued.
We are experiencing a particularly high number of requests for rescue packs of steroids and antibiotics from patients with respiratory conditions at present. Unless this is already part of your management plan you do not need to be prescribed a rescue pack to take now as a precaution or to keep at home just in case. If you have developed symptoms and feel you may need steroids/antibiotics please contact the surgery and a Clinician will assess you. This is to ensure patients still receive appropriate clinical assessment and avoids potential disruption to the supply of medicines.
We have put together a list of useful links below for information on Government/NHS advice.
Please stay home and stay safe. We will be there for you but we need your help to protect our NHS.
Pinfold Medical Management Team
Covid19 Resources For Patients
Stay at home information
Online Self-Assessment of Symptoms (111)
Hand Washing Technique Advice (NHS)
Stay At Home Advice (UK Government)
'Social Distancing' Advice (UK Government)