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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 111 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 111 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

NEW: 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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR MEDICAL CARE

 

Following an internal review of processes regarding Long Term Conditions (LTC), the following recall process will be implemented with effect from 1 April 2017:

 

  1. All patients will be recalled to attend for their annual review within the month of their Date of Birth. So, if you were born in November for example, you will be recalled to attend your annual review within November each year.

 

  1. Prior to your annual review appointment, you will be sent a letter with a blood form enclosed (if required). You will need to have your blood test done BEFORE YOUR ANNUAL REVIEW by attending PRH or, booking onto one of the visiting phlebotomy clinics which are scheduled every Friday morning.

 

‘Monitoring Blood Tests’ are carried out at the practice by the HCA. If you are taking any of the medication listed below, ask the HCA to do your ‘recall bloods’ at the same time as your monitoring bloods.

 

Amiodarone                                                  Methotrextrate

Azathioprine                                                 Penicillamine

Ciclosporin                                                    Sodium aurothiomalate

Leflunomide                                                  Sulfasalazine

Lithium                                                         Warfarin

 

  1. We are trying to amalgamate our clinics to minimise your attendances and as such, the following will be applied to our specialist clinics:

 

If you have:

You will need:

Blood Test Required:

Category A:

Diabetes ONLY

Annual/bi-annual review with the Practice Diabetic Nurse Specialist

Blood test will be required BEFORE you attend this appointment

Category B:

Asthma ONLY

Annual review with the Practice Asthma/COPD Nurse Specialist

No blood test required

Category C:

COPD Only

Annual review with COPD Team

No blood test required

Category D:

Asthma and COPD

Annual review with the Practice Asthma/COPD Nurse Specialist

No blood test required

Category E:

Diabetes and/or including another condition:

1.    CHD

2.    Stroke

3.    Hypertension

Annual/bi-annual with the Practice Diabetic Nurse Specialist 

Blood test will be required BEFORE you attend this appointment

Category F:

Asthma/COPD and/or including another condition:

1.    CHD

2.    Stroke

3.    Hypertension

Annual review with the Practice Asthma/COPD Nurse Specialist

Blood test will be required BEFORE you attend this appointment

Category G:

1.    CHD and/or

2.    Stroke and/or

3.    Hypertension

Annual review with the HCA

Blood test will be required BEFORE you attend this appointment

If you have Asthma/COPD AND Diabetes, you will need 2 separate appointments:

One with the diabetic nurse specialist and one with the asthma/COPD nurse specialist

 
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