Please read the following information regarding COVID-19:
Please do not to hand repeat prescriptions into either Union Brae or Norham surgeries. You can either phone, order via your online account or by eConsult.
PLEASE NOTE WE WILL NOT ISSUE SICK NOTES FOR COVID RELATED SELF ISOLATION – PLEASE USE THIS ONLINE LINK BELOW AND YOU WILL BE ISSUED ONE
The public are being advised:
If you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days.
If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms.
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
Stop all non-essential contact with others and stop all unnecessary travel.
Start working from home where you possibly can.
Who's at high risk from coronavirus?
Coronavirus can make anyone seriously ill, but there are some people who are at a higher risk .
For example, you may be at high risk from coronavirus if you:
· have had an organ transplant
· are having certain types of cancer treatment
· have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
· have a severe lung condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
· have a condition that makes you much more likely to get infections
· are taking medicine that weakens your immune system
· are pregnant and have a serious heart condition
If you have one of these conditions you should have received a letter from the practice.
If you're at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, there are extra things you should do to avoid catching it.
· not leaving your home – you should not go out to do shopping, pick up medicine or exercise
· stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people in your home as much as possible
Ask friends, family or neighbours to pick up shopping and medicines for you. They should leave them outside your door.
If you need help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food, you can register to get coronavirus support.
For any other information please got to
THE REGULAR HEARING AID REPAIR
SERVICE HAS STOPPED
DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
Hearing aid batteries and spare tubing can be requested by post or email, if essential.
Tel: 0191 2231043
· ONLY Emergency hearing aid repairs can be requested by booked appointment at Freeman Hospital, or sent by REGISTERED post to the Audiology Department, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7DN
· Essential Hearing Aid repairs can be left for repair at Union Brae Main Reception on a Tuesday morning only. Remember only people not self-isolating can drop off and only one trip out is allowed per day.
LINKS – PATIENT INFO CORONAVIRUS
General NHS advice
Pituitary/ adrenal insufficiency (including steroid sick day rules)
Underlying lung disease (British Lung Foundation)
People with Asthma
People with Diabetes
People affected by Stroke
Children/young people T1 diabetes
People with Heart/circulatory disease
Young people with anxiety
People with Rheumatoid Arthritis
People with cancer
People with inflammatory bowel disease
People with Parkinson’s disease
People with Multiple Sclerosis
People with liver disease and liver transplant
People with kidney disease including dialysis
People with epilepsy
Collaborative Working arrangements across North Northumberland General Practice
We have been working hard with our primary care network to ensure that whatever challenges we may face in the coming months we can continue to provide you, our patients, continued access to essential healthcare from your local practice. Although testing for healthcare workers is now available and will reduce the number of staff who are isolating when a household member has symptoms there remains the risk of healthcare workers being too unwell to attend work if they contract the virus. We are concerned there is a risk that this may mean some practices are left without GPs available to care for their patients for short periods of time.
Therefore in order to ensure that our patients always have access to a General Practitioner we have taken the temporary step of activating access for every GP across the North of Northumberland in each of our practices. Although we have made this access available immediately this will only be used when a GP is working to support a practice and only to access the records of those patients who need their input. This may include but is not limited to consultations (telephone or face to face), issuing medications and reviewing test results.
If you have any concerns or wish to discuss this further please speak to our practice manager