First and foremost we would like to wish all of our patients a happy and healthy new year.
As we start 2021 it’s disappointing that we are doing so with yet another Covid related article.
As a practice we want to reassure you that while lots of GP practices are physically shut to patients we remain very much open, and are on hand to help you though this difficult time.
At present we are in a similar position to all of our colleagues at other private GP practices across London, we DO NOT have access to the covid vaccine.
This is currently strictly restricted to the NHS. If you are eligible for the vaccine we would advise you to register with the NHS. (https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/gps/how-to-register-with-a-gp-surgery/) They are currently in charge of the national roll out more information is available here. (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/)
If you need a Covid test we are able to provide the following
1. Home delivery Covid PCR tests if you have symptoms.
2. Instant Covid tests (15 minute results) for reassurance (suitable for people who need to take daily tests).
3. All Covid testing for the purpose of travel including the “test and release” scheme.
COVID MEDICAL KITS
These bespoke first aid kits proved very useful over the festive season. Not only do they contain everything that you need to manage an at home medical ailment or minor injury they are are also well stocked with a variety of medications. Should you wish to order one please contact the office for further information.
We have upgraded these kits to include instant Covid Tests so you can now self test at home.
If you have any queries or wish to order a medical kit please contact the office, by phone on 0207 616 7773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whilst video or telephone consultation is preferred mode of assessing patients who can not or do not need to attend the clinic when we are in lockdown.
We are open and able to see patients face to face in a covid secure manner. Please book your appointment in the usual manner
Blood tests can still be carried out by the doctor at the clinic. You can also choose to go to the lab directly, have a nurse come to you to take the blood or you can self test by means of finger prick analysis in the comfort of your own home.
Medicals and health checks can still be carried out. The format will be slightly different in that the the initial part of the medical will be carried out on the telephone followed by the physical examination and other tests here in person at the clinic.
Screening should and will continue. It is important to attend for regular screens such as mammography, cervical smears and bone density scanning. Patients due for reviews chronic conditions like diabetes, blood pressure or cholesterol etc should also still attend.
Scheduled home visits. For our longstanding patients who simply can’t come to the practice but require a doctors review we can offer a home visiting service if clinically necessary.
Access to services, like imaging and specialist consultants continues and we are happy to provide you with referrals for diagnostic tests and reviews in the usual manner.
Please DO NOT come to the practice if you have a fever or symptoms of a respiratory tract infection or any symptoms which may be covid related. You should also NOT attend the clinic if you are designated as being in isolation or quarantine.
FUNDRAISING FOR THE HANNAH 100
Our team is fundraising for St Elizabeth Hospice (Suffolk) you can get more information from the virtual event website. (https://thehannah100.com) Please check out our JustGiving (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/team5dp?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=team5dp&utm_campaign=pfp-tweet&utm_term=39f449eb90d240ea8f7a28a29148efa8) page and please donate if you can. Thank you!
We will continue to update you with regards to covid vaccinations and any further changes ther may be to clinical practice.In the meantime should you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Pixie, Sera, Lawen
Karen, Matt, Andrew & Rosie
PLEASE REMEMBER YOU MUST NOT COME TO THE PRACTICE IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID OR A CONFIRMED COVID CONTACT.