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Due to the current concerns over coronavirus and increase in demand for inhalers, we would advise our patients with chronic lung conditions to follow the guidance set out by Asthma UK below.
Patients are asked not to request extra inhalers. The Government have issued guidance to General Practice not to alter our prescription processes to ensure we maintain availability for those who need it.
If you have concerns regarding the management of your current lung condition, you may contact the surgery to arrange a telephone consultation with one of our respiratory team.
If you do not currently take inhalers and you are asymptomatic, you do not need to start taking inhalers now.
There is information circulating on social media that asthmatics should be requesting “rescue packs” or “emergency packs”. This is not true. Please follow the advice provided by Asthma UK below.
A summary of the guidance for the high risk severe asthmatics is provided at the end of this document.
Full guidance can be found at – www.asthma.org.uk
To reduce your risk of asthma symptoms, the best action you can take is to follow these simple asthma management steps:
If your asthma is getting worse and you have symptoms of COVID-19, please use the 111 online service or call 111. Don’t go to your doctor’s surgery.
When you contact 111:
If your asthma is getting worse and you don’t have symptoms of COVID-19, make an appointment to see your GP as usual. They may ask to speak to you by phone. If you have an asthma attack, follow the steps on your action plan and call 999 for an ambulance if you need to.
Patients will be contacts directly if they are in the group of patients who are required to follow the most recent guidance on shielding, published by the Government 22/3/20. For asthmatics, Asthma UK have summarised this as follows:
If you are, or your child is, taking:
Then you should follow the shielding advice, which means:
Full guidance is here – www.asthma.org.uk
If you need medical advice please either use e-consult our online service which can be accessed via our website alternatively please phone the surgery and a clinician will return your call.
If you are self-isolating please do not attend the surgery, contact the surgery online or on the phone.
Please complete an online registration form you do not need to come to the surgery with documentation
GPs are not able to visit patients with flu like symptoms please call the surgery and you will be advised.
Please use the facility on the 111 website for this.
Yes please go to our website and use the e-consult link where you will find self-help advice about a number of conditions and are able to complete a form to access advice from your GP / Nurse / Surgery Pharmacist, we aim to reply by the end of the following working day.
We will ensure that you still have your essential medications, either our pharmacists will contact you or we will extend your review date.
Please contact the surgery either online using e-consult which can be accessed from our website or by phone.
We have reduced access to most pre-bookable services and GPs may be working differently over the coming weeks, please contact us online or on the phone and a GP who has access to your medical records will be able to advise you.
Please look at the government website where the advice is update. This will advise what to do if you develop symptoms yourself, if a family member develops symptoms or if you have been in contact with a known case.
Please do not attend A+E for a test; we are also unable to test at the surgery. Patients will be tested when needed based on clinical need usually these will be patients who have been admitted to hospital.
For further information on self isolating, please see the link below to the government website:
You should not need a letter for your employer and we do not have capacity to write letter for all patients in at risk groups. Clinicians are needing to provide medical care and advice to those who are unwell.
There is insufficient evidence to say whether NSAIDs negatively impact treatment/recovery from coronavirus. The advice therefore is to use paracetamol in preference to NSAIDs for fever in coronavirus treatment until further evidence is available. People should continue taking NSAIDs if they are already using them for a clinical reason.
If you have been tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) the hospital will contact you directly with your result when it is available – DO NOT call the practice.
In line with NHSE recommendations Sit and Wait clinics will be suspended from Monday 9 March.
If you are concerned about coronavirus please access the NHS 111 online service.
For other medical issues please call the surgery as usual if your need is urgent and you will be added to a telephone clinic, a clinician will call you and either manage your problem on the phone or arrange a same day appointment if needed.