COVID 19 Information
New Islington Medical Practice - Updated 24.03.20
PLEASE ENSURE WE HAVE AN UPTODATE MOBILE NUMBER FOR YOU.
ALL STAFF at the practice have been made aware of government and local guideline in relation to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Please note that our staff have the right to work free from abuse, harassment or bullying. The surgery has a ZERO Tolerance policy which is still in effect during the COVID 19 Pandemic.
Our staff will abide by the government advice, policies and procedures which include self-isolation if showing symptoms of the virus, this may mean that we have some staff shortages and things may take a little longer to process. The practice is doing all it can to keep staff and patients safe during this time.
NEW : STAY AT HOME!
NEW Government guideline state you are to stay at home!
you can leave your home for the following reasons only.....
- essential shopping ONLY
- to receive medical care / Medication ONLY
- ONE form of exercie ONLY
- key worker going to work - where you cant work from home, Please do, ONLY.
NEW: BUILDING ACCESS:
From TUESDAY 24.03.2020. The surgery doors will be closed.
There will be a building member of staff at the door to let you in if you are expected ONLY. All other patients are requested to contact the surgery before arriving at the building.
Protecting the vunrable and at risk people. - YOU WILL BE SENT A LETTER / or TEXT MESSAGE
Please see the following links for further advise regarding SHEILDING.
If you think you are in one of these groups please self isolate for 12 weeks.
The practice is now able to attach a document to a text message for you to download to your phone. There is no need to attend the practice to collect documents.
All routine and urgent appointments are currently being transferred to telephone consultation where possible with both the GPs and Nurse. Routine blood tests, B12s and other ongoing appointments are currently being cancelled and are to be booked in at a later date. This is to reduce the number of patients entering the building inline with the government advice.
ENTERING THE BUILDING:
Please do not enter the building unless invited to by a GP or Nurse.
Repeat prescriptions can be emailed to the surgery at firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, before seeing the GP or nurse you will need to wash your hands.
The practice is doing its best to manage all prescription requests in a timely manner. Where possible the practice will authorise this month’s medication and a forward dated prescription for 4 weeks’ time directly to your chosen pharmacy.
It is advised that all patients have their medication sent electronically to their nominated pharmacy, please speak to your local pharmacy to sign up this service. When seeing or speaking to a doctor or nurse during a telephone call or appointment please check we have this information on our system (this can be changed at any time)
Please note that the practice WILL NOT prescribe an inhaler if not clinically required or if you are requesting it as a precaution in related to the coronavirus outbreak.
If you think you need an inhaler that you have not used for some time, please complete an online ASTHMA review online consultation by following this link:
You will then be contacted by the Nurse regarding your request.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, we are having increasing requests for prescriptions of steroid inhalers. PLEASE NOTE: that steroid inhalers are helpful for symptoms of asthma such as wheeze and cough but are not used for viral infections. If your asthma is stable / well managed and you do not have symptoms then you do not need a steroid inhaler.
The demand for paracetamol on prescription has also increased since the outbreak of coronavirus. Paracetamol is available over the counter. If you have not been prescribed paracetamol by the practice for pain or other reason recently then the GP / Nurse will review this request and decide according to your clinical need.
There is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse.
But until we have more information, paracetamol would be more preferable to use for treatment of the symptoms of coronavirus, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you or your child. If you or your child are already taking ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) on the advice of a doctor, do not stop taking it without checking first.
FIT NOTES(Sicknote) / SELF ISOLATION NOTES:
Please see the gov.uk website for further information on self-isolation. GP Practices will not be issuing Fit notes for self-isolation.