The NHS in Derbyshire and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely 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 risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.
Anyone who has travelled to China or places listed above in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
- Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus.
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 be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the GP practice 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.
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GP Online Services
The national target was 10% but we've achieved 42%!
Thank you to everyone who signed up and we hope you are enjoying the benefits of booking appointments and ordering prescriptions Online.
Waiting Times in Surgery
We do always try to run to time but it often proves difficult given the complexities of modern healthcare
Last year 78% of patients were seen within 20 minutes of their appointment time.
We're now taking bookings for our flu clinics.
The earlier you receive the vaccination in the flu season the better so don't leave it too late.
We would encourage you to have the flu vaccine at the surgery rather than at a pharmacy as this ensures the funding stays within the NHS.
DRONFIELD MEDICAL PRACTICE keeps medical records and complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
It's hard to believe it's now 10 years since we moved into our current premises.
Many of you will remember the old prefab Health centre and then our time in Portakabins.
When we first moved in we felt we had plenty of space but now it feels like we're bursting at the seams!
Could you give an hour of your time to receive an hour of someone else's time ?
Time Swap is a new scheme operating in Derbyshire - swap time not money !