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Be kind, be careful, go safely.


To keep yourself healthy, eat well, exercise regularly.


To help us help you, try to ensure you have access to a thermometer and learn how to check your pulse and that of family members.


https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/accidents-first-aid-and-treatments/how-do-i-take-someones-temperature/


https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/accidents-first-aid-and-treatments/how-do-i-check-my-pulse/


COVID 19

16th March 2020

COAGH MEDICAL CENTRE CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19 ADVICE FOR PATIENTS.

Dear patient,

We know that many of you are anxious about this condition. The most up to date local information is available online on the Northern Ireland public health agency website so please consider accessing this if you can.

UK health experts have made changes to recommendations regarding self-isolation and testing for this viral infection. It is likely that advice will continue to change as the spread of COVD-19 continues so please refer to the PHA site for most up to date advice.

NHS 111, online and telephone services, are available for advice. If possible access the online version in the first instance.

 To minimise the risk of you becoming infected, or of you spreading the infection, while in the surgery, we are restricting access to the building. Unless it is an emergency, only those who have been given an appointment to see a doctor or nurse will be permitted to enter the building. The front door will be locked. Please use the intercom system to seek access on your arrival. Please wear a face covering if you are able to do so.

Routine chronic disease monitoring appointments will be carried out where it is medically necessary to do so. Essential tests and examinations required for patient safety will not be affected.

Rest assured that we will continue to deal with all your medical problems as necessary. Telephone triage by an experienced doctor will be available in the usual way from 9 o’clock each morning until capacity for the day has been reached. Thereafter urgent contacts only will be dealt with.

Our prescription line is extremely busy at present and this is affecting patient’s ability to get through to us for other matters.

Please use the prescription line outwith normal surgery hours or, ideally, register for online prescription ordering.

We will ask you to nominate the pharmacy to which you would like us to send your prescription, so please leave this information as part of your message. Please do not go to a pharmacy yourself if you have the above symptoms or if you have been advised to self-isolate.

You do not need a sickness certificate if you are unable to work for up to seven days. Anyone who does require a certificate should ring the surgery. We will send this to you. We will not permit you to come in to the surgery to pick up this or any other item of routine paperwork.

Please continue to wash your hands frequently, to clean hard surfaces such as worktops, door handles, your mobile phone. Practice good social hygiene.

Please understand our reasons for adopting this approach. It is in all our interests to reduce the spread of this virus as far as possible.

Help to keep us well so that we can continue to help you.

Be kind, be careful, go safely.

All at Coagh Medical Centre.


COAGH MEDICAL CENTRE CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19 ADVICE FOR PATIENTS.

COVID-19 is a viral infection which originated in mainland China but has now spread to many countries including the United Kingdom and Ireland. The majority of people suffer a mild illness.

   The aim is to try and reduce the rate of spread to make it easier for services to cope with people who do become more severely affected.

The most important thing anyone can do to prevent ANY viral infection, is to practice careful PERSONAL AND SOCIAL hygiene measures.

Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water. This is particularly important after coughing or sneezing, after being away from home and after using public transport. Wash your hands as soon as you arrive at your destination. Use alcohol based hand gel if no soap and water is available.

Clean door handles and other hard surfaces in your home frequently. Clean hard surfaces in your car frequently.

If you do cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue or into your elbow or arm. Bin tissues immediately, and wash your hands immediately.

Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.

Drink fluids regularly but not excessively. Try to eat healthily.

If you have not been advised to self-isolate, then its important to get fresh air and exercise. 

Avoid going out to crowded places and try to keep at least two metres distance from others.

If you are self-isolating try to get fresh air by opening your windows and keep moving about in your confined area as much as possible.

Always wash your hands before coming to the surgery, when you arrive and as soon as you get home.

PLEASE WEAR A FACE COVERING IF YOU ARE ABLE TO DO SO.

DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT.

USE ONLINE AND TELEPHONE PRESCRIPTION LINES TO ORDER MEDICATION.

PLEASE ACCESS THE MOST RECENT ADVICE ON THE NORTHERN IRELAND PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY WEBSITE. CONTACT NHS111 for general advice and if you have symptoms.

IF YOU HAVE ANY GENERAL HEALTH CONCERNS please telephone us as usual.

IF YOU ARE FEELING VERY UNWELL PLEASE INFORM THE RECEPTIONIST AT THE START OF YOUr CONVERSATION.



 
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