Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The NHS in south east London and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to protect patients, our community and NHS staff while ensuring as many services as possible are available to the public.
Symptoms and households
If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough, a loss of or change in your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), or a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days.
Please do not attend your GP practice.
If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.
But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.
Please call the surgery if you have been unwell for 7 days and still have a fever or have increasing shortness of breath.
Services at the surgery
The surgery has made significant changes to all services that we offer. We are still offering telephone consultations with our GPs but we must minimize the number of people entering the surgery to the greatest extent possible. This is to protect patients and to try to reduce the number of medical staff who need to self-isolate at one time.
Please follow these instructions:
- Check the NHS COVID-19 information regularly since this is a fast changing situation: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
- If you need to contact us please email SOUCCG.email@example.com (for non-urgent but important matters) or call the surgery. We are open, but please do not come to the surgery unless instructed to do so by a member of staff.
- Request your repeat prescriptions as usual, either online or via email. Do not order extra medication, if you stockpile medication this will mean someone else will not have the tablets that they need.
- We are not booking any face-to-face appointments with the GP. If you have a medical problem please telephone the surgery to arrange for a call back. If the GP needs to see you they will make the booking after a call.
- We are still booking practice nurse appointments for: vaccines, injections, dressings and stitch removal. It is very important to continue routine immunisations for children, we cannot afford to have outbreaks of measles, mumps, rubella etc while the health system is responding to COVID-19.
- Our phone lines are likely to be busy. Please keep trying to get through if you need to speak to us. Keep calls as brief as possible so that other patients can get through.
- Please be patient with us. We are taking these actions to create a resilient, safe and caring service during this unique situation.
- We would encourage you to reach out to your neighbours and wider community to help those who are more vulnerable or who are self isolating. Follow the government advice if you are helping someone who is self isolating.
Do Not Delay Seeking Treatment
Please do not delay seeking treatment for potentially serious medical problems. The surgery is still offering advice on the phone for all our patients.
When your child is ill or injured it is very difficult to decide if/when to call your child’s GP, NHS 111 or go the Accident and Emergency Department (A&E). During the current situation and while the government is asking everyone to stay at home, it can be confusing to know what to do. Here is some guidance: advice for parents
It is very important to continue routine immunisations for children, we cannot afford to have outbreaks of measles, mumps, rubella etc while the health system is responding to COVID-19. Please call the surgery to book an appointment with the practice nurse.
(Site updated 20/05/2020)