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Coronavirus Update 19th March 2020: Practice staffing has been affected by the impact of COVID-19; both self-isolation and the need to protect high risk members of staff. We will therefore only focus on urgent patient need.

 

It is important that patients work with us to protect the NHS, not just for unwell patients with COVID-19 but all other urgent conditions e.g. chronic heart conditions, cancer care.

  • DO think before ringing; We do not have the capacity to field minor queries for well patients.
  1. DO NOT use services unless absolutely necessary
  2. DO NOT request Med3s / reports / Holiday Cancellation Letters for COVID-19
  3. YOU MUST follow self-isolation/social distancing guidance
  4. DO use Electronic Prescribing Service to order NORMAL QUANTITIES of repeat medications
  5. DO be patient with all staff – everyone is doing their bit and working flat out

Your understanding at this difficult time for all of us is appreciated.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 16th March 2020: Due to the latest Government Coronavirus guidelines, from Monday 16th of March you will not be able to directly book an appointment to come in to see the doctor. Admin staff have been instructed to take details of why you feel an appointment is necessary and book a telephone call with the doctor. The doctor will then decide if you need to attend the surgery or if your problem can be dealt with over the phone. This is keep you and our staff safe.

Your understanding at this difficult time for all of us is appreciated.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 09th March 2020: Following guidance from NHS England and Public Health England - Please note that due to the Coronavirus outbreak online appointments are temporarily suspended until further notice. This is to allow practice staff to assess each patient before attending the surgery, this may mean staff ask questions when booking your appointment. We apologise for any inconvenience & thank you for your understanding at this time. Calow and Brimington Practice. 

 

 

Flu


DON’T underestimate the risks of FLU


SHOULD YOU BOOK A FLU JAB TODAY?


WHY IS FLU SERIOUS FOR SOME PEOPLE?



  • Many people think flu is just a bad cold, but it isn’t – flu can develop into more serious illnesses, such as bronchitis and pneumonia, which could lead to a stay in hospital or even death in some cases.

  • The number of deaths from flu varies each year – in the UK it can be as high as 10,000, but has reached more than 20,000 in a flu epidemic year.

  • Although many people say they rarely get flu, each year around 15 – 20% of people in the UK are infected.

  • Flu spreads easily – flu viruses can survive as particles in the air, or on surfaces such as door handles for several hours. So one person with flu can infect many others.


The Department of Health recommends flu vaccination if you are:



  • Pregnant

  • Aged 65 or over

  • A person with diabetes

  • A person with a BMI of 40 or over


Or if you have a long term condition of the



  • Lungs, e.g. asthma or COPD

  • Heart

  • Brain or nervous system

  • Kidneys

  • Liver

  • Immune System

  • Spleen


The Department of Health advise vaccination to be your best option for protection, so if you’re in one of the groups listed above, don’t underestimate flu – book your jab today or talk to our staff for more information.


Did you know?



  • People with flu can spread it to others up to 6 feet away

  • During flu season, a cubic metre of air may contain around 16,000 flu viruses

  • People coughing, talking and exhaling can project flu particles into the air.

  • Flu viruses can survive as droplets in the air for several hours.



 
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