FACE COVERINGS REQUEST - 6th March 2023
We are currently experiencing an increase in respiratory infections. As such, we would like to request that all staff and patients who are visiting us here at Long Bennington Medical Centre wear a face covering and respect the social distancing measures in place within our reception areas. Thank you.
LATEST PRACTICE UPDATE REGARDING THE LIFTING OF RESTRICTIONS ON 19TH JULY 2021:
During Covid-19 we ask that patients do not come to the surgery unless invited to do so by the Practice. We are trying to protect all our patients, in particular vulnerable patients, as well as practice staff. We would also recommend in accordance with Government guidance, that patients wear a face covering when attending the Practice including Dispensary. Also, you will find a hand sanitiser station when entering the waiting room; we request patients use this on entering and leaving this area. Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation
We have reduced some of our services in line with official guidance and so that we can focus on managing patients with Covid-19. We are still able to assess and advise patients remotely about any concerns that they have which are not Covid-19 related. You can contact the Surgery to get advice and assessment by telephone or online via askmyGP. If a clinician thinks that you need to be seen they can arrange for an appropriate appointment or offer advice via a telephone consultation.
For an update on the latest information regarding services please visit the NHS website - NHS Coronavirus information
Please do not contact the practice to request letters proving that you have received your Covid vaccine - click on the link COVID Passport information to find out how you will be able to access this information yourself via the NHS app.
If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of taste or smell you are advised to stay at home for 7 days. Do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP Practice. If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do. Only call 111 direct if you cannot go online, or are advised to do so by the online service. For the latest Covid-19 advice please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
Advice for parents during coronavirus - the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have put together some useful advice for parents, please click Advice for parents during coronavirus
Advice for managing Coronavirus at home - please click on the link to read our useful guide on how to manage at home
Please note that the identified 'risk' countries are liable to change - please refer to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Before your appointment to the surgery please refer to the latest on coronavirus at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
Following the Prime Ministers announcement, we would urge our patients to stay at home wherever possible. We are doing our utmost to dispense your medication and will text you once it’s ready. Please do not turn up on the off chance that it is ready and if you are trying to collect for someone else please check first. We cannot stress how important it is to heed the advice being given. Please stay at home and stay safe. Please allow at least 3 full working days for your request to be processed.
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