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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

NHS Telford and Wrekin Position Statement: Prescribing of Medications Available to Purchase Over the Counter (OTC)

NHS Telford and Wrekin CCG does not support the routine prescribing of medication that is available to buy from local pharmacies or supermarkets for children or adults for the management of self-limiting conditions. The medication listed below are examples of medicines that should be purchased by the patient/parent/guardian:

(This list is not exhaustive)

  • Anti-diarrhoeal medication for short term diarrhoea (<72hrs)
  • Anti-inflammatory gels e.g. ibuprofen gel
  • Antifungal preparations e.g. Canesten
  • Antiperspirants
  • Bath oils and shower gel (unless recommended by a specialist for infected atopic eczema)
  • Cough and cold remedies
  • Haemorrhoidal preparations e.g. Anusol
  • Hay fever remedies e.g. antihistamines, nasal sprays (patients >18yrs)
  • Head lice treatments
  • Ibuprofen for short term use
  • Indigestion remedies e.g. Gaviscon, Peptac
  • Laxatives for short term use (<72 hours)
  • Lactose free infant formula
  • Lubricating eye drops and chloramphenicol eye drops and eye ointment (patients >2yrs)
  • Medicated shampoos e.g. Alphosyl, Capasal
  • Moisturising creams, gels, ointments and balms for dry skin with no diagnosis
  • Mouthwash e.g. Corsodyl
  • Nasal douches e.g Sterimar
  • Paracetamol for short term use
  • Potassium hydroxide for Molluscum contagiosum e.g. Molludab
  • Rehydration sachets
  • Threadworm tablets
  • Vitamins and supplements e.g. low dose vitamin D (<2,000units), I-Caps, multivitamins

 The reasons for this are as follows:

 Patients have a responsibility to look after themselves and their children where possible and manage self-limiting minor ailments with support from their local pharmacy if needed.

 Patients should keep a small supply of simple treatments in their own medicine cabinet so they are able to manage minor ailments at home.

 All these medicines are widely available from supermarkets and pharmacies at reasonable cost.

 Many of these treatments are more expensive when prescribed on the NHS compared to when they are purchased in pharmacies or supermarkets.

 The NHS belongs to everybody and the CCG must ensure that its resources are used in the best possible way for all patients.

Have you checked the Pharmacy First Scheme? Patients accessing the scheme that are entitled to free prescriptions will receive medication free of charge......

 
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