Following concerns over UK cases of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, we want to reassure our patients that our practice is open as usual.
All our staff are briefed on COVID-19 and the correct procedures to follow with daily updates. Infection control has always been our top priority and continues to do so.
Hand sanitisers are available on reception, and we ask all patients and visitors to use them when entering the practice.
Disposable gloves and masks and visors are always used by our clinical staff. We use as much single-use items as possible, otherwise all instruments are sterilised and equipment disinfected after every patient.
All surgeries, waiting areas and toilet facilities are deep cleaned on a daily basis. Chairs and door handles are disinfected regularly.
We ask patients attending to please come alone or if needed with one accompanying person – no children unless they also have appointments.
If you are feeling unwell with a persistent cough and temperature you may need to call NHS 111 for further advice before making or attending your appointment. This is regardless if you have recently travelled to an infected country or not.
The NHS is well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases and 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.
To avoid catching or spreading the Coronavirus take the below steps:
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- Wash your hands before eating and preparing food
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- High temperature
- Shortness of breath