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 Appointment requests will dealt with by receptionists who will offer you the most appropriate telephone or face-to-face appointment with the most appropriate clinician.
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/
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 is also an excellent resource
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
Keeping Active during the pandemic
Support for children
https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/coronavirus-and-mental-health/ is aimed at our younger patients.
COVID Help Groups
Community Resilience Programme 464653 firstname.lastname@example.org
Village Post Office, David Andrews 392179
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