18.08.2020-latest updates

 

  • You should continue to act responsibly: follow the national guidance on social distancing, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds and wear a face covering in public places.
  • The NHS is here for you: please seek help if you need it. If you need medical advice, please call us or dial 111 in the first instance or use  eConsult (please check her website). In a medical emergency, call 999.
  • If you experience a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or changes in your sense of smell or taste, you must book a covid-19 test immediately. You can book a free test today.
  • Information and support is available for people who are recovering from covid-19, their families and carers. You can access information about recovering from Covid-19 here.

Self-isolation prior to surgery: latest guidance

  • Patients who have an appointment for surgery at a hospital need to have a swab test for COVID19 a few days before their surgery and will need to follow self-isolation guidelines after this test, until they arrive at hospital for surgery.
  • Patients must complete the ‘coming into hospital’ checklist on the day of their surgery. The checklist is provided when the appointment is booked.
  • All patients attending hospitals need to follow guidance on wearing a face mask, social distancing and hand washing.
  • NHS premises are safe and this change in guidance will ensure more patients who need operations will be able to have them.
  • If you are called for an appointment, please make sure you attend. We have put in place rigorous infection control measures to keep patients and staff safe.

NHS open for business 

  • NHS premises are safe. If you are called for an face 2 face appointment following a telephone appointment , please make sure you attend. We have put in place rigorous infection control measures to keep patients and staff safe.
  • Please contact us if you need medical advice either through calling us on 02073797209 or using eConsult (please check her website). You may be offered a telephone, video or online consultation, as they are now all available across NW London practices.  We may ask you to send us pictures. If you are called in for a face to face consultation, please follow the guidance your practice will provide, so that your care is as safe as we can make it.
  • Talk before you walk. If you think you need to see a GP or hospital doctor, it is best if you call ahead – either phone or dial 111 – please use 111 online in the first instance as this will be quicker. In a medical emergency, call 999.
  • We have learnt a lot from these new ways of working and they will be a part of how you access your GP in the future. You can help us by supporting everyone in your family to use the technology.

Flu

  • Preparations for the annual flu season are well underway. All GP practices have ordered their flu vaccine and are planning how they will achieve the maximum take-up.
  • We have sufficient vaccine available in NW London so that all those eligible for the vaccine can receive it.
  • All GP practices are developing plans so that the flu jab can be delivered in a Covid-safe way.
  • The majority of patients will be asked to visit their own GP practice to receive their flu immunisation but some may be asked to go elsewhere.