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The NHS in Milton Keynes and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely 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 risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.


 


Anyone who has travelled to China or places listed above in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:


 



  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu

  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country


 


Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus.


 


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 be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.


 


The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.


 


Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the GP practice and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come 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.


 


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.


 


You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Road Traffic Accidents

 

The background

 

 In 1995  the Road Traffic Act  changed the rules regarding road traffic accidents and the charging for care given.  In the past A&E used to charge for this, now this has moved to General Practice.  All UK motor insurance policies cover such fees and payment of such fees does not constitute any admission of liability.

 

 

 

Because of this we are now in a position of having to charge for this care, but the driver of the vehicle is able to claim this back from their motor insurer.

 

 

 

How this works




    • The driver of the vehicle at the time of the accident is liable for all costs (which they can then claim back from their motor insurer.) You will need to supply us with the drivers details.



 



    • This guideline does not include the care or recording of accidents for children under the age of 16



 



    • If you are attending an appointment with a Doctor within one working day of a road traffic accident for medical or surgical treatment or examination for injuries sustained the driver will be charged as follows:

 

    • Treatment - for each person treated over the age of 16 = £21.30



(If the doctor does a home visit then mileage will be charged - rate per mile or part of a mile (over 2 miles) = £0.41)

 

 



    • Where the purpose for attending a GP surgery or for a telephone consultation following an accident is to record injuries for future medico-legal purposes the charge for this is not covered by the Road Traffic Act and our charge is £21.30 per 10 minute appointment



 

 

We will inform you of this on booking the appointment if possible, or if not when you arrive for your appointment. 

 

 

 
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