We are noticing some confusion about the different types of covid tests that are available.
If you have symptoms of COVID you must do a PCR covid test. Lateral flow tests (that you do at home and give results in 30 mins) are NOT sufficient to exclude covid if you have symptoms. When discussing with the health centre please state what type of test you are referring to.
Lateral flow tests are only for use if you have NO covid symptoms.
How we are operating differently during the coronavirus pandemic
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We are operating differently during the coronavirus pandemic to keep our patients and our staff safe.
APPOINTMENTS All appointments with doctors will initially be a telephone appointment. This may be converted to a video or face-to-face appointment as required.
Please do not turn up at our surgeries if you have not been invited. When you do arrive for your appointment, please either stay in your car or remain outside the surgery -you will be called on your mobile when we are ready for you to come in. If you are not able to wait in a car or outside then you are able to come into the waiting room and take a seat as long as there is space allowing for social distancing. It is important that you sanitise your hands on arrival and follow the instructions for sanitising the seat that you sit on. You must wear a face covering when you enter our buildings.
PRESCRIPTION REQUESTS Help us to reduce footfall to the surgery. Please use online ordering or if you are not set up for this consider emailing your medication request to the Prescription Hub email@example.com
NOTES COVERING EMPLOYMENT 'sick notes' If you have to self-isolate and need a note for your employer, use this link to obtain one https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/. CAB website http://www.nscab.org.uk/coronavirus/
CHRONIC DISEASE MONITORING - Due to Covid we previously had to suspend routine chronic disease monitoring invites to ensure we were not putting our patients at any unnecessary risk. We have now started to resume invites, however we are prioritising conditions that may put patients at a higher risk of serious illness from Covid. Apologies if your invite is delayed.
TRAVEL CLINICS - We are not currently running a travel clinic. If you need travel services at this time, please contact a dedicated travel medicine provider.
Coronavirus support and wellbeing
Mental Health and COVID
North Somerset's '5 Ways to Wellbeing' is a really good tool to help you stay well https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2020-05/Five%20ways%20to%20wellbeing%20brochure.pdf
https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/ is also an excellent resource
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-mental-health-and-wellbeing-aspects-of-coronavirus-covid-19 useful info from the government website.
There is excellent information from the charities Mind https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/ and the Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-pandemic/
https://www.marchnetwork.org/creative-isolation shares home based creative ways to support your mental health
https://northsomersetlife.wordpress.com/2021/01/14/keeping-entertained-online/ has some great local tips on keeping yourself entertained.
Keeping Active during the pandemic
Support for vulnerable people
Support for children
https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/coronavirus-and-mental-health/ is aimed at our younger patients.
There is also some local information on childrens wellbeing here https://northsomersetlife.wordpress.com/2021/01/15/keep-your-wellbeing-in-check/
Nailsea COVID Help Group
Backwell Community Resilience Programme
01275 464 653
Long Ashton Coronavirus Support Network Facebook
Village Post Office, David Andrews 01275 392179
www.lacovid.org (coming soon)
Help with coronavirus research
The research team are recruiting patients to enter vital research studies which will help our understanding and treatment of COVID. Please click here for more information.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus and have arranged a swab via gov.uk, please also consider if you would mind doing a further swab for PHE surveillance purposes. This practice works with the RSC to give enhanced information on covid. If you would consider giving a further swab call our research nurses on 01275 850611