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Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

Important - These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

There is separate advice about:

Symptoms and what to do

Do not leave your home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Read general information such as:

     

    Out of Hours

    Between the hours of 6.30 p.m. and 8.00 a.m. Monday – Friday and over the weekend or bank holidays please dial 111 or the surgery number (01787 378226) where your call will be diverted to the out of hours service provided by the NHS Suffolk

    Test Results

    All results are seen by the Doctor who ordered them. Please telephone for the result between 2.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. when our staff will be able to pass on the Doctor’s message to you. Please allow 3 working days for results to be available.

    Telephone Advice

    If you need medical advice your details will be taken and our Nurse Practitioner will phone you back later. If the matter is urgent, please advice us and it will be dealt with straight away.

    Latest News

    Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

     

    The NHS across Suffolk will be better prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases, if the public follows Public Health England advice.

     

    The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of patients and staff which may mean your patient experience is subject to change.

     

    The Chief Medical Officer announced on Friday 13 March that the country is moving into the ‘Delay’ stage of the response to coronavirus (Covid-19).

     

    The new advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer is to stay at home if you have either:

    • a high temperature or
    • a new continuous cough

     

    Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or a hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

     

    Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

    • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
    • your condition gets worse
    • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

     

    Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

     

    Stay At Home advice can be found here.

     

    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.

     

    Information remains subject to regular change and updates. More information can be found on the NHS website here


    Our text messaging system is now live!

    MJOG, our text messaging system is now live! Text messages will be sent to confirm appointment times, remind you about appointments you have booked and give you the option to cancel your appointment by sending a text back.

    In order to have MJOG used effectively and in the best way we can we need YOU to help us by keeping us up to date with your current mobile numbers. You can let us know over the phone if your number has changed or we have a short form you can fill out in the surgery. If you are not sure whether we have your mobile or the correct number, please don't hesitate to ask the receptionist, either over the phone or in person, to check to see if your details are up to date.

    If you do not wish to have text messages sent to you, all we need is written and signed confirmation specifically stating that you want to opt out. Once we have this, messages will no longer be sent to your mobile.

    Dispensary email address

    The email address for patients wishing to order their repeat prescriptions is longmelford.dispensary@nhs.net.

     

    Summary Care Record (SCR) 

     See the section on Summary Care Records to find out about what is included, who will be able to access it and what to do if you do not want a summary care record created.

     Patient Surveys

    Your feedback is important to us and will help us to provide a quality service which meets the needs of our patients across the practice area.
     
    We will be asking patients to complete a survey from time to time during the year. This can be done electronically, via our website or be collecting a survey form from Reception at either Long Melford or Lavenham. At the moment the Friends and Family Survey is open. Please click on the Survey button on the bottom of our home page to take part in this short survey.
     
    Thank you for time and support
      

    Out Of Area Registrations

    Some of you may be aware that NHS England has been working towards introducing a scheme to allow GP Surgeries to accept out of area registrations. The scheme which was due to be introduced in October 2014 has been postponed until 5th January 2015. The reason is to allow NHS England time to ensure that all arrangements are in place for patients to access urgent care when needed.

    Long Melford Practice has not yet decided whether or not it will participate in the scheme. At present we have decided that we will not be taking part in accepting patients from outside our area as we have not been given enough assurances on how patients who live elsewhere would access health care in the event of an emergency or if they required a home visit.

    We will continue to review the situation as we receive more information. The Partners and staff at Long Melford Practice are committed to providing quality patient care, safely & until we feel confident that any new systems will protect or improve patient safety, then we will not proceed. 

    Care.data

    See the section on Care.data to find out how some of your data may be used by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)

     

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