Donnington Medical Practice: COVID-19 LATEST
Due to the current situation, our practice will no longer be making appointments at reception.
If you need to book an appointment (telephone triage calls ONLY at present), please use an alternative route:
1. Ring the practice on 01952 605252
2. Patient Access (online bookings)
3. Online triage consultations (via Patient Access or Website)
We’re now working hard towards ‘restoring services’ and balancing patient requirements with social distancing (not easy but we are lucky to have a fairly big practice).
NHSE guidelines still dictate that we have to triage every patient who is booked a face to face appointment, so the majority of our consultations continue to be carried out over the phone or video (which is why we may look ‘empty’ but believe me, we are definitely not!!).
A few notes for your information:
=>We are able to safely seat 10 patients in the downstairs waiting room and 13 patients in the upstairs waiting room. Please AVOID bringing family members to appointments with you and TRY NOT to arrive early for your appointment.
=>We have a HOT room for any patients who need to be assessed but are suffering COVID symptoms. Patients with symptoms will be asked to remain outside or in their car and the clinician will call them in through a separate entrance (to the left of the main entrance). PLEASE NOTE THAT ANYONE SUFFERING WITH COVID SYMPTOMS SHOULD CALL 111 IN THE FIRST INSTANCE.
=> We have a SUPER-COLD room for any patients who are SHIELDING. Shielding patients will be asked to remain outside or in their car and the clinicIan will call them in through a separate entrance (to the right of the main entrance).
=> The rest of the building is classed as ‘cold’ which is for the remaining patients who don’t fit into either of the above categories.
=> Please sanitise your hands when you arrive. Now that more patients are attending surgery, the sanitisers are used often, so please let the receptionist know if you find one of the dispensers to be empty
=> Face coverings aren’t mandatory, but we advise you to wear one if you can (please!)
=> If you ring up and ask to see a doctor or nurse, you will be offered a telephone call first (these go very quickly now that demand has increased). The clinician will ring you and try to resolve your issue over the phone or by video consultation. If they need to see you, you will be given a time to attend the surgery
=> Appointment lengths have had to double from 10 minutes to 20 minutes - this is to allow time for the clinicians to put on and take off PPE, and clean down between each patient. Unfortunately that means that we have less face2face appointments available. Take advantage of the online consultation facility which can be found on the front page of our website or via patient access
We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support we have received from our patients; it is really REALLY appreciated.
Tests are available to book via the government website
NHS Volunteer Service:
If you, or if you know of anyone, who is vulnerable and needs support because they are self-isolating, NHS Volunteer Responders can help with the following:
- Check in and chat support: Short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation
- Community support: Collection of shopping, medication or other essential supplies and delivery to home
- Patient transport support: Transport to medical appointments or from hospital to home if you are medically fit for discharge
How to refer:
- We can refer patients from the practice - either give us a ring or send an email to email@example.com
- Patients within a high-risk group (have received a letter from the Government) can self-refer by ringing 0808 196 3382
Please share so that anyone alone or requiring assistance can request support from this service....
DMP would like to thank you all for your patience and co-operation at this very difficult time ....
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, social distancing measures may be used as a tool of coercive and controlling behaviour by perpetrators, as they attempt to shut down victim’s routes to safety and support.
The online chat service gives people experiencing domestic abuse a silent way to reach out for help.
The online chat will be available 12 hours a day Monday to Friday between 9am and 9pm from the May 1.
West Mercia Women’s Aid online chat service can be accessed on their website: http://www.westmerciawomensaid.org/
People experiencing domestic abuse can still call West Mercia Women’s Aid 24/7 Domestic Abuse Helpline, which is operating as usual: 0800 7831359.
Local support in Telford and Wrekin is also available through the Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service, call 0300 303 1191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are registered with us and your personal details change, please let us know as soon as possible so that if we need to contact you urgently we are able to do so.
In view of the current situation some pharmacies have changed their opening hours - please check their websites
(Site updated 08/07/2020)