The NHS in Derbyshire and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.
Anyone who has travelled to China or places listed above in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
- Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus.
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the GP practice and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Direct Access Services
Did you know that you don't always need to see a GP to be referred on to other services?
There are many services that patients can access directly, cutting down on waiting times for you - getting you seen and treated as soon as possible.
Check out our section about local Direct Access services here.
Meet our new members of staff:
Dr Ruth Dils
Dr Dils has joined the practise to cover Dr Lewis' Maternity Leave.
Sister Joselyn Farrell - Advanced Nurse Practitioner
There is now no need to book in and see a GP if you have a minor injury, or require antibiotics for minor/acute illnesses as we now have a Nurse Prescriber for such ailments.
Please ask our receptionists for further details.
Need an appointment outside of normal working hours?
In addition to the extended hours at our surgery, there are now extra evening and weekend appointments available at Avenue House Surgery.
These are provided on our behalf by local clinicians.
There are pre-bookable GP and nurse appointments, as well as slots for routine blood tests on Saturday mornings.
The clinic times are as follows:
Monday – Friday 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Saturday 8am – 12 midday
Sunday 9am – 12 midday
All Chesterfield Practices have signed a Sharing Agreement to allow secure access to your records through a “Hub” which can only be viewed at the time of your appointment. This is to ensure your records are kept up to date and to allow clinicians a full picture of your health for example: any allergies or sensitivities to certain medications.
Please speak to a member of the reception team for more details.
NEXT WEDNESDAY EARLY CLOSURE
Please note we will close at 12.30pm on Wednesday 12th February 2020 for staff training.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
If you require medical attention after 1pm please contact the Out Of Hours service on 111.
Next PPG Meeting
Our next PPG meeting is due to be held at the surgery on Wednesday 18th March 2020 at 4pm
New Patients Welcome
If you want to come along to a meeting please leave your name and a contact number with a receptionist to pass onto our Chair - Ken Davis, who will contact you to arrange this.