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INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS REGARDING NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFECTION

 

The NHS in Milton Keynes and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The Chief Medical Officer has announced that the country is moving into the 'Delay' stage of the response to coronavirus from Friday, 13th March 2020.

The new advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer is as follows:

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you are staying at home.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service (https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19) if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your conditions 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 on: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

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.

Following the announcement that an individual in the Milton Keynes area has been confirmed as having the coronavirus, PHE is carrying out a thorough risk assessment to trace this individual’s movements in the last fortnight. Patients and staff can be reassured that their safety is the top priority, and patients are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual. The local NHS and Milton Keynes Council are working closely with PHE to support this work. PHE is prioritising contacting people who might have had close and sustained contact with the individual to provide them with health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details in case they become unwell. If you have not been contacted you do not need to take any action.

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

Testing of suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that comes into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

The Practice Nursing Clinic

The practice nursing clinic is open Monday to Friday from 8.00-6.30 and Saturday mornings.  You can make an appointment with reception and come to the clinic to discusslady_doctor_baby any concerns you may have or to access the following nursing care:

  • Cervical smears
  • Dressings
  • Ear syringing
  • Lifestyle advice including weight reduction and increasing your exercise levels in order to reduce the chances of your developing long term illnesses and increase your health.
  • Contraception
  • Sexual health advice
  • Support to help you stop smoking
  • Pre-operative advice
  • Suture removals
  • ECG’s
  • Blood pressure monitoring and advice

Nurse Revalidation

Nurse Revalidation comes into effect from April 2016. This is a new process by which nurses and midwifes demonstrate that they practice safely.

 All nurses and midwifes will need to demonstrate that they:

  • Practice a minimum number of hours.
  • Attend regular training sessions
  • Obtain feedback about their practice

At NPMC we will be working with the Nursing and Midwifery Council to ensure all of our nurses are working to a high standard. As part of this we will be asking for feedback from patients who are seen by the Practice Nurse Team on a regular basis.

 

Health Care Assistant Clinics

You can make an appointment with reception for the following care:

  • Blood tests
  • Dressings
  • Support to help you stop smoking
  • Pre diabetic clinic care
  • ECG’s
  • Flu injections
  • Pneumovax injections
  • Vitamin B12 injections
  • Suture or clip removal
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Urine testing
  • Health promotion
  • Injections

 

 
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