Our Collection of COVID19 Information.
Coronavirus: What does shielding mean? | Healthwatch https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/advice-and-information/2021-01-12/coronavirus-what-does-shielding-mean-0
The COVID-19 vaccinations are done centrally (PCN) and not by individual GP practices at present therefore we do not offer this on site. Please DO NOT contact your doctor or the NHS asking about vaccination; this is not a service that you are able to book in advance. The NHS will contact you when your turn comes in the months ahead. If you are contacted, please do attend the appointment. See the Brent CCG website for further information: The NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Programme :: North West London Clinical Commissioning Groups (nwlondonccgs.nhs.uk)
The COVID-19 vaccinations are done centrally (PCN) and not by individual GP practices therefore we do not offer this on site. Please phone the surgery to book appointments – there might be delay in availability so please do not get upset if we are not able to offer you one immediately. Currently the Pfizer vaccine is administered and we will offer the Oxford version when the PCN has it in stock.
If you have been in hospital or recovering at home from COVID-19, there are helpful guides on how to deal with post-viral fatigue:
We are pleased that our recent interview with the CQC about our COVID19 readiness went well and the Care Quality Commission has found that we are able to provide safe care and treatment to our patients and staff and that we have the right assurance processes, monitoring and risk amangaement in place. You can find the full report here: CQC COVID19 Assessment for Dr Raphael Rasooly
“The provider is managing through the COVID 19 pandemic. They are taking appropriate infection prevention and control measures and there are adequate supplies of personal protective equipment. Staff levels are adequate, staff are provided with training and supported with their well being to cope through the crisis. Systems and risk management are being improved to ensure patients receive safe care and treatment.”
Coronavirus Resources for parents: Coronavirus Resources for Parents staying at home with children.
Did you know you can apply for a Coronavirus Test? Check your eligibility here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), a new illness that affects your lungs and airways.
- Check if you have coronavirus symptoms
Find out about the main symptoms of coronavirus and where to get medical advice if you think you have them.
- What to do if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus
Advice about not leaving your home (self-isolation) and looking after yourself if you or someone you live with has symptoms.
- People at higher risk from coronavirus
Advice for people at higher risk from coronavirus, including older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women.
- Coronavirus in children
Advice about symptoms of coronavirus in children, including when to get medical help if your child seems unwell.
- Staying at home to avoid getting coronavirus
Advice about staying at home to avoid getting coronavirus, including when you can leave your home and how to get medical help.
- Help the NHS respond to coronavirus
Find out what you can do to help the NHS respond to the spread of coronavirus.
- Links to more information about coronavirus
Links to government advice, information for health professionals and advice for other parts of the UK.
If you are a patient or a carer of a patient who you think would benefit from being referred to the social prescriber, please let your GP practice know. Social Prescribers are attached to the practice and can give you confidential advice and help support you not just with accessing specialist services and support but during the coronavirus pandemic, are able to carry out telephone assessments of your needs such as access to food, prescriptions and emotional support. Please ensure that we have your up-to-date contact details available when requesting a referral. You can check out the attached document below for a more detailed information.
NHSE is requesting practices to utilise online prescribing as much as possible due to the current coronavirus situation. You may notice your prescription is no longer available in a paper format. Help us help each other stay safe and update your contact details, including your email address so that we can transfer your prescriptions to online services. You will also need to nominate a pharmacy for this process.
It is difficult to keep up with all the information that comes in about this new virus. We moved all our GP appointments to telephone/video consultations where appropriate. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have changed your contact details so the doctor can call you back. Some patients might welcome the addition of video consultations and we have found a helpful video on how to set it up on your phone: https://youtu.be/DI2rvhcAaIw
If you need your repeat prescription, please order it via Online Services or request to be set up for access. Alternatively, you can post your prescription requests in the box outside. At the moment there is no delay to the 2-working day process.
We have collecteda wealth of advice for people with specific issues like chronic disease, pregnancy or just ideas on what to do while self-isolating and you can continue to view the latest advise from the NHS here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection and a very useful diagram: http://primarycarepathways.co.uk/testsite/docman/covid19/national-guidelines-and-communications/100-really-useful-stay-at-home-guidance-diagram/file
- General COVID-19 guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance
- Guidance for employees: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees (Work from home, SSP)
- Indoor Explorer if you are stuck at home with children: https://indoorexplorers.com/
- How would you explain coronavirus and self-isolation to children? Check out here: http://primarycarepathways.co.uk/testsite/default/covid19/community-patient-resources/103-facts4life-coronavirus-children/file
- Guidance on coping with stress during the outbreak: http://primarycarepathways.co.uk/testsite/docman/covid19/community-patient-resources/44-coping-with-stress-who-simple-guide/file & https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/ &
- Anxiety and young people: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/
- Apps for self-management: https://www.orcha.co.uk/news/coronavirus-apps-to-help-self-management/. We haven’t tried any of the apps so try at your own risk
- COVID-19 and Asthma: https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/
- COVID-19 and Older People: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/conditions-illnesses/coronavirus/#
- COVID-19 and Chron’s / Colitis: https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19-advice
- COVID-19 and Cancer: https://breastcancernow.org/about-us/media/statements/advice-coronavirus-people-cancer
- COVID-19 and Rheumatoid Arthritis: https://www.nras.org.uk/news/coronavirus-what-we-know-so-far
- COVID-19 and Heart Disease: https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/news/coronavirus-and-your-health
- COVID-19 and Diabetes https://jdrf.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-people-living-with-type-1-diabetes/ (Type 1) & https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus (General)
- COVID-19 and pregnancy: https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/
- COVID-19 and Stroke: https://www.stroke.org.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19-information-people-affected-stroke
- COVID-19 and lung disease: https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/coronavirus
We are moving onto telephone consultations where appropriate to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection both to our patients and our staff. Please ensure we have your contact details. Online booking has been suspended for the time being.
We have a presentation on the changes we made to operate during the lockdown. You can see it COVID19 Changes
WHO Online Training
The World Health Organisation released an online course, free for anyone to take after registering for an account, about coronavirus and what precautions people can take. https://openwho.org/courses/introduction-to-ncov
WHO’s Director General released an update yesterday with some positive news about the virus. “To summarize, COVID-19 spreads less efficiently than flu, transmission does not appear to be driven by people who are not sick, it causes more severe illness than flu, there are not yet any vaccines or therapeutics, and it can be contained – which is why we must do everything we can to contain it. That’s why WHO recommends a comprehensive approach.”
Wash your hands often and well!
NHS Advises that people pay particular attention to handwashing as a prevention to passing on the virus. You can find the best way to wash your hands here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
- 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
- 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
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
We have received a number of queries about the Wuhan Coronavirus update. Public Health England issued the following information on their website and you can refer to it for updates. If you have flu-like symptoms, please do not come into the surgery or go to AE. Please contact NHS 111 online: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Find more information on: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public