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CORONAVIRUS

The NHS 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 hospital 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

We would like your views about the Practice. We are asking if patients would like to give their email address so we can contact you every now and again to ask some questions. Your contact details will only be used for this purpose and will be kept safely.

If you would like to be involved please print and complete this form and return to reception at any site.

Patient Participation Group

From 15th January 2020, our Heatherside site will be open on a Wednesday afternoon until 6pm on a temporary basis

Travel Vaccinationsglobal air travel

We are a Yellow Fever Centre and can offer this to anyone - you do not need to be registered with the practice to receive this.

All other travel advice and vaccinations are only available to our registered patients. If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to complete the questionnaire below and submit it to us 5-6 weeks before your travel date. One of our practice nurses will contact you within 2 working days to discuss your travel arrangements. Although the form has some mandatory fields you should complete as much as you can, including which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to help the nurses determine what vaccinations are required.

There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below.   

Europe Europe & Russia North America North America
Central America Central America South America South America
Caribbean Caribbean Africa Africa
Middle East Middle East Central Asia Central Asia
East Asia East Asia Australasia Australasia and Pacific

As stated above, it is important to submit your questionnaire as early as possible, 5-6 weeks before you travel, as a second appointment may be required with the practice nurse to a receive some or all of the vaccinations. Some of these vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.

Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.


Travel Health Questionnaire

 

To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form and submit it to the surgery. You will receive an e-mail confirming receipt. One of our nurses will review the form and contact you to discuss your travel arrangements and make the necessary appointment(s) to provide the vaccinations. NB. that we may not be able to offer this service if you contact us too close to your travel dates and you may be referred to an alternative travel clinic.

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Travelling in Europe

If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)

 

 
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