Coronavirus Update – 6 August 2020
Information from Director of Public Health England has confirmed a slight increase in the number of confirmed Covid-19 case in the CV6 area of Coventry.
Please remember to follow the guidance:
· wear a face covering in all enclosed spaces
· observe social distancing
· regularly wash hands
If you have ANY symptoms stay at home for 10 days and arrange an immediate test https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
14th July 2020
Please be aware when attending the surgery, a face covering MUST be worn. This does not have to be a surgical mask and could be a scarf.
This is the same advice, as per the government, for public transport and shops.
The surgery is not able to issue any exemption letters for masks. Please see guidance from the government website
24th June 2020
If you have any concerns with your children returning to school please see the letter in the link below from Springfield GP’s outlining the government advice for parents and asks parents and schools to NOT request individual letters at this present time. Thank you
GUIDANCE NOTES FOR CHILDREN RETURNING TO SCHOOL
We are asking that all patients who are coming into the practice for any reason please wear a face covering. This can be anything from a scarf to a homemade mask, we are not expecting young children to wear one as we appreciate this is difficult.
All our clinical staff will be wearing PPE.
Please respect the safety of our staff and others by wearing a face covering and maintaining social distance at all times.
On 31 May 2020, the Government has updated its guidance
for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 and have been advised to shield.
The update from Government comes into effect from 1 June 2020. In summary the changes are:
The advice for people identified as clinically extremely vulnerable is that they should continue to shield until at least the 30 June but from 1 June, they can spend a short period of time outdoors each day with members of their household, still maintaining 2 metre distance from others.
If the shielded person lives alone, the Government is advising they can meet one other person from a different household, maintaining strict social distancing. The advice is that this be the same person each time.
Important aspects of Government’s policy and guidance remain the same. Apart from going outside once per day, a shielded person should continue to avoid all non-essential face to face contact. This means they should still not go shopping or to pharmacies.
The support for shielded people remains in place and unchanged.
19th May 2020
Springfield are advising all patients attending the surgery to wear some form of face covering . Please see the attached guidance on making and wearing a face covering
Making your own face covering
21st April 2020
Please see the link below for information if your child is unwell
Advice for parents
6th April 2020
As you may be aware the government have sent over a million letters to patients advising them that they are in a ‘at risk’ group and should isolate for the next 12 weeks.
These letters were produced using hospital data and not data from GP Practices. As a result the government announced that the GP practices will be writing to additional patients by the beginning of this week.
As you may have noticed, there has been a delay in this process centrally by NHS England / NHS Digital. We have been informed that the additional letters are being produced this week.
We understand and share your frustrations regarding the delay in this process and politely ask you to respect our staff whilst we wait for this situation to be resolved. To clarify, it is completely out of our control and we are dependent on NHS England / NHS Digital informing us (and other GP practices across the country) once these additional patients have been identified.
Once the additional patents have been identified and the letters sent, we will let you know.
Thank you again for your patience.
25th March 2020
In order to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of patients, staff and the wider community we have moved to an initial telephone appointment for all patients.
If following the telephone consultation the clinician feels you need to attend the surgery they will allocate a time for you to attend and you will be asked to ring the doorbell.
Many surgeries operate a triage as part of their routine practice, therefore we are taking these steps as a precautionary measure.
If you need to request medication please use the telephone ordering service (POD), online patient access or you can post your paper request in the outside letter box and these will be collected daily.
All prescriptions will be sending directly to your nominated chemist or Shires chemist if you do not nominate an alternative.
COVD Coronavirus- Request for MED3 Fit Notes or GP Letters
Patients requesting a ‘Doctors Sick Note’ (Med3 Fit Note) or GP letter for absence relating to COVID19 Coronavirus.
In light of the current Coronavirus situation, we have provided this letter as standard response for all patients or employers who might request a Med3 Fit Note or ‘Sick Note’ for periods of absence due to Coronavirus.
Request for sick note
This letter applies to all patients registered at Springfield Medical Practice
Government advice for employees is as follows:
By law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness (employees can self-certify). After 7 days, it is for the employer to determine what evidence they require, if any, from the employee. To make it easier for people to provide evidence to their employer that they need to stay at home, we are developing an alternative form of evidence to the fit note. These will be available shortly be available through https://111.nhs.uk/
In the meantime we continue to urge employers to respect the need to stay at home where they are following government advice to do and show flexibility in the evidence they require from employees.
Further information for employers is available here:
Some employees may be required to isolate themselves due to another member of the household being symptomatic, or through high risk. In these cases, your GP will not be able to issue a Med3 as time off as not due to illness, and isn’t affecting your ability to work, but rather is a precaution to avoid transmission of any illness that is yet to produce symptoms. Once again, the Government expect employers to be sympathetic in these circumstances.
Whilst we appreciate that this may cause difficulties between employees and employers. GPs have a responsibility to prioritise the assessment and management of healthcare needs of patients who are acutely unwell, rather than spending time dealing with requests for sick notes, particularly when they aren’t in a position to issue one.
GP’s may issue Med3’s for patients who advised not to work where the reason is NOT related to Covid19, however this will be assessed on a case by case basis in line with current demand.
Important government update.....16th March....
Springfield Medical Practice will follow the advice and ensure that only urgent and worsening health conditions are dealt with to prioritise care. This is a rapidly changing situation and we must make plans.
Childhood Immunisations will continue as long as the family is well at the time. Vital blood tests will continue, as will prescriptions, and basic contraception.
Where possible we will be asking those that are not already signed up to electronic prescriptions to do so. This means that they can sent quickly to your chosen chemist.
We will email and text other information and forms where possible.
All our staff are working extremely hard to ensure that your safety and theirs is maintained. If we all get sick, then we’re in a pickle. When staff ask about your problems, please give them as much information as possible as this will guide them to getting you the help you need, this won’t always be a GP. All staff are bound by confidentiality agreements.
Where possible please use online resources. All patients will be telephoned in the first instance. We have video calling available. Please ensure we have an up to date mobile number. Book online if possible too and a new system will be coming in very soon.
The NHS and IT systems are quickly helping to ensure that we have different ways of working, including when staff will also need to self isolate themselves.
Be safe, be kind and take care of others!
Love from all at Springfield x
Please do not book an appointment, or go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if:
- you think you might have coronavirus
- you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do. This can be accessed from www.nhs.uk.
Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.