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COVID-19 Vaccinations 

Please wait to be contacted.  Please do not ring the surgery, your co-operation it is much appreciated.

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Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

The NHS in Telford & Wrekin 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 latest information on symptoms of Coronovirus infection and areas where recent travel may have resulted in a high risk of exposure can be found on nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

NHS 119 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Use this service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus;
  • in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus;
  • you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 119 if you need to speak to someone.

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 coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that 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 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.

https://www.telfordccg.nhs.uk/your-health/medicines-management/coronavirus-covid-19

 

Text Messaging Service

Donnington Medical Practice has introduced a new text messaging service to enable Doctors, Nurses and Administrators to send text messages direct to patients. If you prefer NOT to receive texts from the practice, please let one of our receptionists know. 

Telford Health Hearts:   https://www.telfordccg.nhs.uk/your-health/telford-healthy-hearts

NHS Apps Library:   https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library

URGENT NEWS ABOUT BLOOD TESTS


Masks and social distancing rules will remain mandatory in all healthcare settings beyond 19 July, NHS England has confirmed.

NHSE said today (15 July) that visitors will need to abide these rules in ‘GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected’.

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Patient & Staff Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic

As a practice we are aware of the recent communication from NHSE and media regarding the opening up of GP receptions and appointments as of Monday 17th May. As a practice we are reviewing how we can maximise patient access, whilst maintaining safety for patients and staff safely as guidance changes.

At Donnington Medical Practice we have continued to work and support patients throughout the whole of the pandemic and have responded to more calls from patients throughout the whole of the pandemic and responding to unprecedented levels of demand. In the period March and April 2021 alone we have dealt with more calls than in any other period on record, and as a practice will continue to meet the needs of our patients as best we can, whilst continuing to support the COVID Vaccination program.

In the short term we will continue to limit access to the premises, and offer a triage first service in order to ensure patients are treated in the most appropriate way and will continue to offer remote consultations and appropriate face to face appointments until a safety review is completed.

We can confirm that face to face appointments HAVE continued throughout the whole of the pandemic, however we reinforce that this is following a triage first service in order to maintain the best interests of both patients and staff.

Donnington Medical Practice: COVID-19 


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).

We are still triaging every patient before they are booked a face to face appointment, so the majority of our consultations continue to be carried out over the phone or by video consultation.

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.

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 will remain mandatory in all healthcare settings beyond 19 July, NHS England has confirmed today, 15.07.21
 
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 very much appreciated.

Translations:

https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/

Covid Testing:

Tests are available to book via the government website

http://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Donnington Medical Practice would like to thank you all for your patience and co-operation at this very difficult time.

Support:

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 2020.

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 sdas@shropsdas.org.uk

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