COVID19 Privacy Notice
Information for parents and carers regarding coronavirus and school
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Managing Long Term Conditions During COVID - Please click here for Patient Letter July 2020
The NHS is beginning to restart work previously stopped or delayed due to the Coronavirus Outbreak.
Abbottswood Medical Centre plan to introduce a system to ensure that patient care is safeguarded and our healthcare workers are given the support they need to provide this care.
Patients should be advised that caution is needed – the NHS is still dealing with the incredibly difficult task of responding to COVID-related demand and there will be risks and challenges in pivoting back to more routine care.
Abbottswood Medical Centre will apply the following principles in a return to more routine care;
1. We will take a realistic and cautious approach to planning our work.
2. We will continue with remote ways of working with our patients, where clinically appropriate using telephone, video, text and online consultations.
3. We will use technology to empower our patients’ and support them in self-management of their conditions.
4. There are still some procedures that we are advised not to undertake in general practice such as ear syringing and minor surgery. We will update our patients when the guidance changes.
5. We will continue to deliver medication to our dispensing patients.
6. We will communicate our plans via our website and patient newsletters.
7. We will ensure there is adequate PPE for our healthcare workers and that we safeguard staff wellbeing.
We are very grateful for the understanding of all of our patients’ as we have adapted our service provision during these unprecedented times.
We ask for your consideration again over the coming weeks and months as we evolve our systems again.
In line with National Guidance Abbottswood Medical Centre, Pershore Medical Practice and Upton Surgery are working together to provide the best care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that there will need to be one site where patients who may be at higher risk of COVID-19 should be assessed, this will be known as the 'Red Site' and is at Abbottswood Medical Centre. This will generally be for patients who have fever or respiratory symptoms (cough and shortness of breath). Our patients who need seeing in person but who do not have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (Amber patients) will still be seen at Abbottswood Medical Centre. All appointments for Red patients will be made following telephone or video assessment by a GP or Advanced Nurse Practitioner. For Pershore and Upton the Red Site will be at Abbottswood Medical Centre. Patients will be seen there by a GP from their own practice. Upton Surgery and Pershore Medical Practice will both be Amber Sites and seeing their own patients. Please be reassured that the staff working in all sites will have appropriate protective equipment. There are set safety protocols and strict cleaning schedules in place to protect patients and staff. This new arrangement will commence from Tuesday 21st April.
We expect the vast majority of Red patient contacts to be safely completed by telephone or video consultation and the number of patients needing face to face appointments will be very low. Please contact your surgery by phone if you need medical advice. NHS 111 online should continue to be your first point of contact for any concerns regarding COVID-19.
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