People with cancer and their families might feel especially worried about the coronavirus virus outbreak. Cancer and its treatment can lower your ability to fight infection. So people with cancer are among those at higher risk of complications.
You might be worried about how the coronavirus outbreak will affect cancer treatment, care and support.
If you’re worried you have cancer, you should still contact your GP and go for any tests you need.
Please follow the link to the Cancer Research UK website where they update their coronavirus information with guidance as and when it becomes available.
As you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind.
These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.
Your COVID Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery. Find out more information at www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all GP practices in England have implemented a ‘total triage’ model using telephone and online consultation tools.
This means that patients will be reviewed over the phone in the first instance as many health issues can be dealt with quite safely over the phone, and we are also gradually introducing video consultations where patients have a smartphone enabled. This reduces the need for patients to attend surgery and allows us to implement social distancing more easily.
Telephone and video consultations will extend to not only GP appointments but also medication reviews with our clinical pharmacist, some annual reviews of certain long term conditions with our nursing team, and support from our social prescriber.
However this doesn’t mean that face-to-face appointments will not be available. They certainly will, and in some circumstances are absolutely necessary. However these requests will still need to be triaged before an appointment is made. So please do not be offended if our Reception team ask that you have a telephone appointment in the first instance as this is our new procedure.
Its been a tough few months but before we know it flu season will be upon us again.
If you are in a high risk category, you still need to make sure you are protected from seasonal flu.
Patients in the high risk categories will once again be eligible to get their FREE flu vaccine at their practice from early September 2020 to protect them from seasonal flu.
High risk categories include:
To book your flu jab, please contact the reception team who will be more than happy to help.
This service, at nhs.uk, is for those who have been told to stay at home because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer.
This service is only for people who:
If you are not sure if you need to stay at home, get the latest NHS advice on coronavirus.
If you have to stay at home but feel well enough to work, ask your employer if you can work from home. If you can work from home, you will not need an isolation note.
You can also use this service for someone else.
Find out about the main symptoms of coronavirus and what to do if you have them.
Advice about staying at home (self-isolation) and treatment for you and anyone you live with.
Information about testing for coronavirus and what to do if you’re contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.
Advice for people at higher risk from coronavirus, including older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women.
Advice about avoiding close contact with other people (social distancing), looking after your wellbeing and using the NHS and other services during coronavirus.
Government information and advice