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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.

New Patient Registration

The doctors welcome new patients who live within our practice area:

Postcode MK16

Redhouse Park

Oakridge Park

Giffard Park

Blakelands

Bolbeck Park

Great Linford

Pennylands

Downhead Park

Neath Hill

Downs Barn

Willen

Willen Park

Broughton

Woolstone

Oakgrove

Middleton

Brooklands

Monkston

Springfield

 

As it often takes sometime for records to be forwarded from your former practice all newly registered patients will be asked to complete a health questionnaire and are offered a consultation with the doctor.

On registering, all new patients will need to undergo a medication review with the new GP. Only those medications or treatments deemed necessary for the health of the patient and which comply to the latest pharmaceutical advice will continue to be prescribed/provided by doctors at this Practice.  Any treatments from other agencies from home or abroad will also need to be reviewed.

Medical treatment is available from the date of registration. 

Newly registered patients are also able to have a health check with a health care assistant, practice nurse or GP within six months of registration if required.

Please contact reception for further information.

 

Registering

New Patients

All new patients registering with the Practice are asked to complete a GMS1 Registration Form  at the surgery.

All new patients registering at the surgery are asked to bring their medical card or NHS number or name and address of previous doctor.

Registration takes place everyday, it tends to be busier in the morning so if you can avoid this time then please do.

Persons aged 16 years and over will need the following documentation:

  • Your current medical card (if available), or NHS Number
  • Photographic proof of identity (eg passport, driving licence or immigration papers)
  • Proof of current address (eg utility bill or bank statement)
  • Under 16's - birth certificate, red baby book, NHS card/number

Approval will take up to 8 working days.

If you are taking medication, it is essential that you see a doctor to set up your repeat medications.

Moving Surgeries

You may request to register with the practice by completing the patient registration form. We will then post your Registration Form which needs to be completed by you and returned to us before you can be seen by a Doctor at the Surgery.  Alternatively, you can complete the GMS1 form. 

Once we have received your form we can process this within one working day. 

Forms and information you may require along with the GMS1 form

New Patient Registration Questionnaire for Adults

Patients from Overseas

https://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/aboutnhsservices/doctors/documents/using-the-nhs-information-for-visitors-from-abroad.pdf

 

 

 
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