Covid-19

Latest NHS Information on COVID-19

Face Coverings

In line with the government recommendations, from June 15th you will be required to wear face coverings when attending your appointments at Stony Medical Centre.

Staff will continue to wear hospital masks and other PPE where necessary.

 

 

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Research and Daily Infection Data from the COVID Symptom Study

https://covid.joinzoe.com/data#interactive-map

Face Covering Exemption Card

If you cannot wear a face mask because of a disability or health problem please print and cut out one of the cards to wear when you are out and about.

 

 

Face Covering Exemption Card.docx

Restricted Entry to The Health Centre

To safeguard patients and staff safe we are restricting entry to the Health Centre.

To gain entry to the building please use the intercom located between the 2 sets of white doors at the rear of the Health Centre (car park).   

To avoid another closure please remember, if you have symptoms of Coronavirus (new persistent cough or fever) please DO NOT visit the Health Centre unless you have been advised to do so by one of the doctors.

MKC Coronavirus Briefing 6.pdf

What to do if you think you might have coronavirus

If you think you might have coronavirus or you've been in close contact with someone who has it:

  • Return home
  • Stay at home and avoid close contact with other people for 7 days
  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next

The 111 coronavirus service will tell you if you need to continue to stay at home (self-isolate) or if you need medical help.

Please note Travel history is now irrelevant

What to do if you have Symptoms but feel WELL

Anyone with symptoms who is WELL must return home without progressing further into the building and self-isolate for a minimum 7 days, or longer if your fever continues.

 

What to do if you have Symptoms but feel UNWELL

Anyone with symptoms who feels UNWELL must go to 111 online (or telephone 111).

Anyone with symptoms who is WELL must return home without progressing further into the building and self-isolate for a minimum 7 days, or longer if your fever continues.

111 will assess you and advise next steps

Symptoms

  • Continuous cough and/or
  • Fever over 37.8 and/or
  • Loss of taste or sense of smell

 

Advice on Self-Isolation

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-self-isolation-for-patients-undergoing-testing/advice-sheet-home-isolation

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • wear a face mask/face covering when travelling on public transport, when entering busy places where social distancing cannot be maintained and when visiting a health care setting

Don’t

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Vulnerable Patients

Some patients have received a letter from the Government because they are considered Highly Vulnerable if they are exposed to COVID-19.  This group of patients are known as Shielded Patients.  These patients are advised to isolate for 12 weeks.

For more information on who the government has defined as shielded patients please follow the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Follow the link to some Frequently Asked Questions:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/20200401-FAQs-Patients.pdf

Others patients (typically those who are invited for a flu vaccination) are considered Vulnerable Patients.   These patients are advised to take extra  care applying social distancing measures but the government are not currently advising that they isolate for 12 weeks.

For more information on who the government has defined as vulnerable please follow the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Please find more information about your employer’s responsibilities below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

Please apply social distancing.  Travel only for essential reasons.  Work remotely where possible.

Sick Notes and Certifying Absences

Requests for certification of absence from the workplace may fall into five categories:

  1. Personally affected so isolating for seven days
  2. Personally affected and remaining unwell for over seven days
  3. Household contact affected so isolating for fourteen days as per government advice
  4. At risk group so following government advice
  5. Those in full time education.
  1. Personally affected so isolating for seven days - Patients can and should self-certify for the first seven days as normal if you are unfit to work. You do not need to contact your GP.
  2. Personally affected and remaining unwell for over seven days - If you remain unwell and unfit to work after seven days the current advice is to visit 111.nhs.ukwhere there is an online self-assessment tool; you patient may be invited to call 111 and be given further advice and a MED3 certificate emailed to you. You do not need to contact your GP.
  3. Household contact affected so isolating for fourteen days as per government advice
  4. At risk group so following government advice - GPs cannot and are not the gatekeeper of the statutory sick pay system. Employers are responsible for putting in place arrangements for home/remote working where this is possible. Where it is not, the employee may self-certify and return to work following the relevant absence which their employer may authorise as per government advice. Where they do become unwell during or after this time, point 1 and 2 applies. You do not need to contact your GP.
  5. Those in full time education - there is no NHS requirement to issue certification to schools or colleges to confirm absence. These organisations must work with parents and students to ensure that any absence is appropriately recorded, obviating the need for a ‘doctor’s note’. You do not need to contact your GP.

Help & Support

Bereavement

Please follow the links opposite for special advice in the event of a bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Support Available During COVID-19 Emergency

Please follow the links opposite for a list of volunteers providing support to patients of Stony Medical Centre during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please be aware that many of the numbers listed are the personal contact details of the volunteers so please be considerate and respectful when making contact.

What Can You Do To Help?

Your NHS needs you! Join the team of NHS Volunteer Responders

For more information visit www.goodsamapp.org/NHS

NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this we need an 'army' of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Our doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer.

You can help by signing up for one or more of the tasks listed below. Once you have registered and checks are complete you will be provided a log-in to the GoodSAM Responder app. Switch the app to 'on duty', and you'll see live and local volunteer tasks to pick from nearby.

This programme enables volunteers to provide care or to help a vulnerable person, which is permitted under the new rules announced by the Government on 23rd March 2020. Volunteers may be asked to show the active task they are responding to if asked.

Join our team today

Volunteers must be 18 or over, and fit and well with no symptoms. Those in higher-risk groups (including those over 70, those who are pregnant or with underlying medical conditions) will be able to offer support by telephone.

Your safety is our priority. The majority of tasks can be undertaken while social distancing and volunteers will receive guidance through our 'getting started pack'. If you do become ill you can pause your volunteering.

Patient transport drivers will require an enhanced DBS check and will receive guidance to do this role safely, also included within the 'getting started pack'.

To avoid another closure please remember, if you have symptoms of Coronavirus (new persistent cough or fever) please DO NOT visit the Health Centre unless you have been advised to do so by one of the Doctors