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Littletown Family Medical Practice

53 Manchester Road

Oldham

OL8 4LR

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CORONAVIRUS

 

WE WILL KEEP THIS SECTION OF THE WEBSITE UPDATED AS REGULARILY AS WE CAN KEEPING IN LINE WITH THE NATIONAL GUIDANCE

 

 

UPDATE 26/06/20 – Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19
 
Please see below a link to the update issued by the Gov.UK website on 23/06/2020 regarding patients who are clinically extremely vulnerable for Covid-19 who are currently shielding.
 
Please note that the surgery will not be issuing any letters to patients to provide to employers/ agencies or otherwise. If you were already issued with a letter stating that you should shield for 12 weeks. This letter is valid and sufficient.

 

UPDATE 15/06/2020 - It is compulsory for patients to wear face masks or face covering when attending the surgery

 

As the NHS re-opens and patient numbers are increasing it is so important that we do everything that we can to avoid the spread of this deadly virus; that is why in accordance with government guidelines we are asking that any patient's or visitors to the practice must wear a face mask or face covering. Please respect this request it is for everyone's safety.

 

 

UPDATE 21/05/2020 - How to celebrate Eid in lockdown

 

 

 

 

18/05/2020 UPDATE - Anyone aged 5 or over who has coronavirus symptoms is now eligible for a test.


Book online 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

 

 

If you have a new continuous cough OR high temperature OR loss/change in your normal sense of smell or taste, self-isolate and book a test

 

01/05/2020 UPDATE - Please watch the video below for informaton on changes in primary care and the different consultations GP surgeries are offering.

 

This will help you have a better understanding of the changes and what to expect when you need medical care.

 

   

 

 

27/04/2020 UPDATE - SHOUT 24/7 text messaging service to support those in crisis


This free text messaging helpline is a private, silent and trusted way for anyone experiencing mental health challenges to find a safe space to seek help and support. You can send a text message any time of day or night wherever you are – every conversation is with a human being.


It's easy to use

You don't need an app or dataThere's no registration processIt's silent and won't appear on your phone billConfidential and anonymous.

It's provided by trained volunteer staff supported by clinical supervisors


Text: GMOldham to 85258


After you text a crisis volunteer will reply. The volunteer will offer you support and respond to your questions until they, and you, feels in a safe calm place. The volunteer will also provide sign posting to other services that can offer you specialist support and ongoing help in your local area.


Important information – Mobile Network Disclaimer

It's free and confidential to text our service from the following major networks: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. These include – BT Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Virgin Mobile, iD Mobile, Sky, Telecom Plus, Lebara and GiffGaff.


Some Android phones issue a warning that you will be charged for texting us. Provided you are on one of the networks listed above, this warning is incorrect and you will not be charged. If you text us from a network that is not on this list there is a possibility that you may be charged for the messages and that they may appear on your bill. This applies to a very small minority of operators.


It is not possible to text the service from some networks, which do not provide the capability to message short codes. These include Lyca mobile. If your message will not send, or if you do not receive an automated message in response, it is an indicator that the service is not working.


If in doubt, please contact your mobile phone network before texting, or email info@giveusahout.org

 

06/04/2020 UPDATE - Opening Hours over Easter Bank Holiday

 

Please be aware that the surgery will be business as usual over the Easter Bank Holidays as for the first time the surgery will be opening on Good Frida (10/04/2020) and Easter Monday (13/04/2020) to alleviate the over increasing pressures within the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

What this means for you! It means that if you require any medical attention over the Bank Holidays we are requesting that you contact the GP surgery initally to be triaged. Then depending on the ailments you will be directed to the most appropraite service.


 

27/03/2020 UPDATE:- A helpline is now available for our most vulnerable residents unable to leave the house - and without a trusted friend, neighbour or family member to help them. 0161 770 7007 Open 9am-5pm on weekdays. And 11am to 2pm on weekends. Please share with those who need it.


 

26/03/2020 UPDATE:- Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from illnesses. If you do not have immediate access to soap and water then use alcohol-based handrub if available.Washing your hands properly removes dirt, viruses and bacteria to stop them spreading to other people and objects. It can help stop people picking up infections and spreading them to others.

 

 

 

25/03/2020 UPDATE:- Just a reminder that we are not currently seeing seeing patients unless they have been triaged by a clinician first. We urge you not to attend the surgery unless you have been asked to do so. If you have a medical query or concern please ring the GP surgery and you will be telephone triaged.

 

 

23/03/2020 UPDATE:- Please see below a post published by Asthma UK. It is regarding rescue packs of steroids and antibiotics.

 

 

 

20/03/2020 UPDATE: - Please be aware that the GP surgery will not be providing sick notes (Med 3 certificates) to any patient who is currently off work due to the effects of the Coronavirus/ COVDI- 19. Instead please can we advise that you follow the weblink below to obtain a isolation note provided by the NHS 111 service. All employers should accept this as a valid note. Thank you.


https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

 


 

16/03/2020 UPDATE: - see below message

 

 

 

 

13/03/2020 UPDATE: - AS OF TODAY THE PRACTICE WILL NOT BE SEEING ANY PATIENTS FACE TO FACE FOR ROUTINE APPOINTMENTS - INSTEAD THE CLINICIANS WILL TELEPHONE TRIAGE FOR THE PROTECTION OF STAFF AND PATIENTS ALIKE IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO COME TO THE SURGERY. PLEASE USE NHS 111 ONLINE FOR ADVICE.

 

Anyone with a continous cough OR fever (>37.8) must self isolate for 7 days (this includes children)

Travel history is now irrelevant

Anyone with these symptoms who is WELL can just stay at home and does not need to ring 111 or be tested. If symptoms deteriorate use NHS 111 online for advice.

Anyone with these symptoms who is UNWELL should go to NHS 111 online for advice, they must NOT go to the GP, 111 will access and advise

 

12/03/2020 UPDATE: STOP!

PLEASE READ

Have you got a COUGH, FEVER or Shortness of Breath? Please GO HOME and ring the surgery.

Have you travelled outside the UK in the last 14 days and have any of these symptoms? GO HOME and contact NHS 111 or 111.nhs.uk/covid-19.

 


 

11/03/2020 UPDATE:

 

The latest guidance on Coronavirus stipulates there are Category 1 countries and Category 2 countries if you have travelled to any of the countries follow this advice below.

 

CATEGORY 1 COUNTRY/ AREA

 

Wuhan city and Hubei Province (China)

Iran

Daegu of Cheongdo (Republic of Korea)

ANY Italian town under contamination measures

 

ADVICE: Travellers should immediately self - isolate, even if asymptomatic and call NHS 111 to inform of recent travel.

 

 

CATEGORY 2 COUNTRY/ AREA


Cambodia             China                          Hong Kong                  Italy: North*

Japan                    Laos                           Macau                         Malaysia

Myanmar               Republic of Korea      Singapore                   Taiwan

Thailand                Vietnam

 

ADVICE: Travellers do not need to take special measures, but if they develop symptoms they should self- isolate and use the 111 online coronavirus service.

 

SYMPTOMS: The virus can cause pneumonia. Those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases there can be organ failure. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use. The antiviral drugs we have against flu will not work. Recovery depends on the strength of the immune system. Many of those who have died were already in poor health.

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