CORONAVIRUS at risk guidance
The most up to date guidance and advice can be found on www.gov.uk
This guidance is for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers. It is intended for use in situations where the extremely vulnerable person is living in their own home, with or without additional support. This includes the extremely clinically vulnerable people living in long-term care facilities, either for the elderly or persons with special needs.
Shielding is a measure to protect people who are clinically extremely vulnerable by minimising all interaction between those who are extremely vulnerable and others. We are strongly advising people with serious underlying health conditions (listed below), which put them at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19), to rigorously follow shielding measures in order to keep themselves safe
Current 'at risk' guidance on the government website here
FACE COVERINGS: Guidance note for patients requesting exemption letters for wearing face masks
We are getting an increasing number of queries and requests from patients re exemptions letters for wearing face masks. Devon LMC have responded as follows
Guidance note for patients requesting exemption letters for wearing face masks
Some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks in various public settings.
GPs are not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask, whether in regard to their use on public transport or in any other setting as required by legislation.
Devon Local Medical Committee has therefore prepared a guidance note for GP practices to share with their patients.
The Government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption, therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.
We have put measures in place to minimise the risk of infection with coronavirus to both our patients and staff.
We now operate telephone consultation system for the GPs to deal with both routine and urgent enquiries. The doctors will then make arrangements directly for patients who need to be seen face to face after this.
You may be asked to wait outside or in your car until the time of your appointment, and then escorted through a different entrance. You will then have ypur temperature taken and asked to wear a face covering.
Please ensure that you and members of your household are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 before attending your appointment .
We are changing routine chronic disease appointments with the nurses to telephone calls on the day. By definition these patients are at higher risk of developing complications if they contract coronavirus and we want to minimise this risk. If patient does need a face to face review this will be arranged directly with the patient.
We hope these measures will help to minimise the risks for us all and thank you for your ongoing patience during this time.
If you have an appointment already booked, but are feeling unwell with a cough or fever, please do not attend the practice
We are currenly only offering telephone triage on the day appointments due to the current coronavirus.
Available On The Day
When you call for an appointment the receptionists will offer you a telephone appointment on the day. It will be possible to book a telephone consultation on the day and speak to a GP for advice if you wish to discuss over the telephone. Our receptionists will normally ask you a few questions to add to your booked telephone triage appointment to inform the GP why you would like the appointment. All our Medical Receptionists are very aware of patient confidentiality. .
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Cancellations & Reminders
Late For Your Appointment
Please attend your appointment on time, if you are late you may not be seen. If you are not seen you will not be able to rearrange your appointment until the next working day-except in the event of an medical emergency that requires immediate attention.
If you require an interpreter to attend with you when you see your Doctor please notify the receptionist and she will arrange this for you.
For visits that day:
- Home visits will be made for patients who are housebound or too unwell to attend surgery. Due to the large area covered by this practice, we cannot guarantee that a home visit will be made by the doctor of your choice. Home visits take the doctors away from the surgery for some time, delaying other appointments.
- Telephone the health centre as soon as possible - there is a receptionist on duty from 08:00 until 18:00. This will ensure the doctor can plan his/her visits and avoid unnecessary delays. Please ensure you inform the receptionist of your correct contact telephone number. The duty doctor will then ring you to ascertain the reason for the visit.
- All urgent visit requests will be put through immediately to the duty doctor for immediate action.
- State the patient’s name, address and full directions of how to get there when necessary.
- Please give a correct contact telephone number.
- Your doctor would appreciate a name or number clearly marked on your house.
Private Medical Examinations
Medical examinations for special purposes such as pre-employment, fitness to travel, elderly drivers, fitness to undertake sports etc., will require longer than a routine appointment.
These examinations do not form part of NHS Services, you will be charged for any such examination. Please check the fee chargeable page here before arranging any such examination. Please inform the receptionist when arranging such appointments.
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