MINIMISING THE RISK OF CORONAVIRUS WHILST VISITING THE SURGERY
We are trying to keep the flow of patients through the surgery as safe as we can, so could you please:
• Arrive literally at your appointment time, i.e. if you are early please stay in your car or outside until your appointment time and not in the surgery.
• Please wear a face covering when in surgery.
• Do not wear multiple layers of clothing that will need to be removed for the procedure/examination to be performed as this will also help to minimise any risk.
Thank you for your co-operation
The main symptoms of coronavirus are either:
•a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
•a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
•loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Use the 111 online coronavirus service. It will ask about your symptoms and tell you what to do. The website address is www.111.nhs.uk
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. The telephone number is 111
If your symptoms are mild, you’ll usually be advised to not leave your home for at least 7 days.
Anyone you live with should not leave your home for 14 days.
For further information go to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
From Friday 20 March onwards, those who have COVID-19 or are advised to self-isolate will be able to obtain an “isolation note” by visiting NHS 111 online and completing an online form, rather than visiting a doctor. For COVID-19 cases this replaces the usual need see a GP to provide a “fit note” after seven days of sickness absence. Isolation notes will also be accepted by Jobcentre Plus as evidence of a patients inability to attend.
We have been advised by Public Health England to take further measures to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Therefore we have suspended all online pre-bookable appointments until further notice.
We are taking steps to minimise the risk of exposure to Coronavirus to protect both our patients and staff and are reviewing our ‘face to face’ work.
As a result of this, we have moved, temporarily, to a telephone consultation system for all appointments.
If the GP does need to physically see you, they will still ask you to present at the surgery. In such cases, risks for both the patient and our staff will have been assessed.
We will continue to book essential Nurse appointments but will phone all patients to check that patients are free of COVID – 19 symptoms.
In doing this, we reduce footfall through the surgery thereby minimising the risk of any transmission to staff and patients alike.
If you already have a pre booked GP appointment, you will be contacted personally if you are affected by these measures.
We would also welcome the use of our Web Based service, eConsult. eConsult allows patients to self-check their symptoms and, if appropriate your consultation will be sent to your GP within the practice who can act on this the same day. The system is fully NHS accredited.
WARREN SURGERY – DAWLISH WARREN
Please be advised that as from 20th March until further notice the Warren Surgery site is closed.
Guidance updated 20.3.20
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection
Who this guidance is for
This advice is intended for people with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), including those with a diagnosis of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, who must remain at home until they are well.
Will I be tested if I think I have COVID-19
No- no testing of those self-isolating with mild symptoms. The following advice is designed to help people prevent the spread
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
Read our advice about staying at home
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BARTON SURGERY IS STILL OPEN
We have received reports that Social Media Sites have said that the practice is closed due to the Coronavirus but this is not the case. The Barton Surgery Practice which is closed is in Torquay and people may have become confused because the Practice names are the same. We apologise to our patients for any inconvenience caused.
WARREN SURGERY – DAWLISH WARREN
Please be advised that as from 20th March until further notice the Warren Surgery site is closed. The
main site at Barton Terrace is open.
The Barton Surgery is the only GP practice in Dawlish and is situated in the upper part of the main car park in the town, adjacent to Dawlish Community Hospital.
The Warren Surgery is a small branch surgery situated in the centre of Dawlish Warren and is open for part of every day, Monday to Friday.