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cORONAVIRUS !!!!

Coronavirus presents with flu like symptoms including a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing. 

The virus is confirmed by taking samples/swabs from the patient’s nose and throat and possibly samples from the respiratory system.

 

The majority of cases have experienced mild symptoms and those who have died in Wuhan appear to have had underlying health conditions.

 

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days:

You should immediately stay indoors and avoid contact with other people.  Call NHS 111 and inform them of your recent travel to this area. They will advise you of the next steps

 

If you have travelled from the following areas:

Mainland China

Thailand

Japan

Republic of Korea

Hong Kong

Taiwan

Singapore

Malaysia

Macau

And you develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath you should stay indoors, avoid contact with other people and call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country and your symptoms.

 

We are asking patients to take simple common sense steps to limit the spread of the virus – as you would with any other flu like virus, this includes:

Staying at home and not going to work, school or public areas

Avoid travelling on public transport

NHS 111 will advise you of the next steps.

 

These steps are highly precautionary and are aimed at limiting the potential spread of infection.  The majority of patients who have had the virus have made a good recovery.   

 

Please do not attend your GP Practice, as stated if you fit the above criteria please call NHS 111 for further advice.

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Patient Charter

February 2012

Patient’s Rights to General Medical Services

  • To be offered a health check on joining a doctor’s list for the first time.
  • To have appropriate drugs and medicine prescribed.
  • To be referred to a Consultant acceptable to them when they and their GP thinks it is necessary, and to be referred for a second opinion if they and their GP think it is advisable.
  • To have access to their health records, subject to any limitations of the law, and to know that those working for the NHS are under a legal duty to keep those records confidential.
  • To choose whether to take part in research or medical student training.
  • To receive a copy of their doctors practice leaflet, setting out the services that he or she provides.
  • To receive a full and prompt reply to any complaints they make about the care they receive at the Church Street practice.


Church Street practice Philosophy:

Our aims are to offer the highest standard of health care and advice to our patients, with the resources available to us.

We have a team approach to patient care and endeavour to monitor the service provided to patients, to ensure that it meets current standards of excellence. 

We are dedicated to ensuring that practice staff and doctors are trained to the highest level and to provide a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work.


Our practice Charter

  • You will be treated with courtesy and respect by all practice personnel.
  • An urgent appointment with a doctor or nurse Practitioner will be available on the same day.
  • A non-urgent appointment with a doctor will be offered within 24 hours
  • Our standard is to see 80% of patients within 20 minutes of their appointment time. If you have waited longer than this please ask the receptionist for an explanation.
  • We aim to answer the telephone within six rings.
  • An appointment with a practice nurse will be available within three working days.
  • Requests for repeat prescriptions will be dealt with within 48 hours. This can be in person or by telephoning 01562 744641 between 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm.
  • All comments and suggestions about the service are welcome. Please use the box provided in the waiting area.
  • If you have a complaint please speak to any member of staff. Your complaint will be dealt with in a professional and efficient manner.
  • We wish to make the Church Street practice as accessible as possible. If you have hearing, visual or physical difficulties please let the receptionist know so that we can enable you to fully use our services.


Patient’s Responsibilities

  • If you are unable to attend for an appointment please let us know so that we can offer it to someone else.
  • If you are late for your appointment you may be asked to rebook at another time. Try to let us know in advance if you are going to be unavoidably delayed, so that we can make alternative arrangements to help you.
  • A home visit should only be requested for those who are unable to come to the surgery because of serious illness or infirmity. Please ring the surgery before ***Insert time*** if at all possible.
  • An urgent appointment is for an urgent medical problem. Please speak to the receptionist if you require a sick note or repeat prescription.
  • We would ask you to be patient if the doctor is running late. This is often due to unforeseeable emergencies but please ask for an explanation from the receptionist.
  • Make a separate appointment for each patient that needs to be seen. This allows the doctor enough time to treat each patient with the time that they deserve.
  • Please act in a responsible and courteous manner whilst on the practice premises for the safety and comfort of others.
  • Please treat all surgery staff, fellow patients, carers and visitors politely and with respect. Violence or verbal harassment will not be tolerated or accepted, you may be asked to register at another surgery if this behaviour occurs.


 
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