Covid-19/Coronavirus

Reviewed September 23rd 2021

Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread

Find out what you can and cannot do HERE

Please continue to help us to keep ALL our patients safe by wearing a face covering when entering our buildings, washing your hands using the facilities provided and maintaining social distancing.

Inside our premises you still need to wear a mask, use the hand sanitiser and follow social distancing. Our practice has put in place comprehensive measures for staff and patients for the wearing of face masks and face coverings whilst at our surgery. All patients and visitors should continue to wear a face covering on entrance to our buildings and throughout the duration of their visit.

The face coverings can be a scarf, homemade face mask or one that has been purchased. The measures continue to be an important part, alongside social distancing, of reducing the spread of Covid-19 and to keep our patients and communities safe.

We do understand that it can be frustrating, but we do know that when patients come to see us they are often sick and vulnerable, so we feel it would be wrong to not take these small precautions that can protect people.

Click HERE to access Government Advice

Click HERE for NHS advice about COVID-19, including symptoms, testing, vaccination and self-isolation.

Think you might have COVID?

If you have a new (ie for less than 3 weeks) cough. It is not possible to exclude COVID19 except with a PCR test, this link will give you more information on this - https://tinyurl.com/4nerrwtc
 
 

If your symptoms are manageable at home AND you would not ordinarily require medical attention please DO NOT ATTEND OR CALL your GP surgery or 111.

 You can get advice from the 111 ONLINE service HERE

 HOWEVER - IF YOUR CONDITION DETERIORATES CALL 111 FOR ADVICE.

 FAQ's

Do NOT visit the surgery unless asked by a member of our team

Our phone lines are OPEN

We CAN NOT advise you whether you should self isolate

NO PAPER prescriptions will be accepted

Click for HERE alternatives

 We do not issue sick notes for Covid related situations or illness

OTHER HEALTH CONCERNS

If you spot any symptoms which could indicate other serious health concerns (click here to view a video) 

 

Please don’t just sit at home worrying about it – use the "Contact us" facility on this website and we can advise you on whether you need to get checked.  

 

 

COVID Testing

Click here for information on PCR tests

DO NOT phone NHS 111, your GP surgery or visit your Emergency Department, as they have no access to tests

Testing centres are not walk-in – you will need an appointment and cannot be tested without one

If you can’t get a test immediately or near to you keep trying the website address as more tests are added throughout the course of each day and you will often find that you can book a test quickly by trying again

 

 

Regular rapid coronavirus tests if you do not have symptoms Click here

The aim is to get your test results within 48 hours. However, if you have been awaiting your results for longer than five days and want to ask when you should receive them please contact the Coronavirus testing helpline: 0300 303 2713

INFORMATION

Advice for Asthma Patients - Asthma Org UK

 

Advice for COPD Patients - British Lung Foundation

 

Advice in Pregnancy - Royal College Advice

 

 Mental health Support - NHS Derbyshire Mental Health

                                  - Trent Psychological Therapies

 Advice for people at higher risk from coronavirus, including older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women - Click HERE

 

SUPPORT

Click HERE for Government Guidance on protection people who are extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

For information on the Government's "Very High Risk Patient Support Service" - Click Here. 

Derbyshire Voluntary Action - Can help with shopping, fetching prescriptions, having a chat with for anyone who:is self-isolating because they or a member of their household is at risk; is struggling to meet their basic needs because of financial, social or health restrictions. NDA Website or phone 01629 535091   

Chesterfield Volunteer Centre: Can offer a shopping service for housebound patients with no family to help them. They are open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm. Contact Number 01246 276777

  

Derbyshire Community Response Unit: Local authorities have been commissioned to establish Hubs to provide a community response to the most vulnerable. They can provide - shopping, collecting and delivering of medicines, befriending calls and advice on benefits and hardship funds. Open Monday to Friday 9am til 5 pm and Saturday 9am til 1pm

Phone 01629 535091;

Email ASCH.CommunityResponseUnit@derbyshire.gov.uk

 

 

Derbyshire County Council - useful information

 

The NHS Volunteer Responders Programme remains active and all previously shielding and/or otherwise vulnerable patients can access this support by calling 0808 196 3646.