COVID-19 INFORMATION

COVID-19 Useful Information

Grenoside Surgery and Wadsley Bridge Medical Centre and COVID-19
We would like to reassure all our patients that we continue to remain open throughout the national crisis. This is a challenging time for everyone and would like to thank our patients for following government advice to keep everyone safe.
Differences to practice

We have changed the way we work in a number of ways:

- The front door at Grenoside Surgery is locked to minimise footfall through the surgery. If you have been invited for a face-to-face appointment, please knock on the door and wait for someone to let you in. If you have a query, please call us rather than attending in person.

- The front door at Wadsley Bridge Medical Centre is locked and the site is manned in order to maintain essential services only.


- Consultations will be done by telephone wherever possible and we have capability for video consultations via smart phones. Please ensure your contact details are up to date by ringing the surgery.

- Face-to-face appointments will be offered to patients if the doctor feels this is necessary after telephone consultation.
- To make our face-to-face appointments as safe as possible, we will provide a mask and kindly ask you to wear it within the surgery.

- Blood tests + medication reviews which are non-urgent and can be safely postponed will be moved to a more suitable date.

The following services continue to run as normal:
- Children’s vaccinations and newborn baby checks.
- Medication requests will continue to be processed. We ask that you submit these requests online or via ringing reception. We send prescriptions electronically or in the post. You will not be able to collect these in person from the surgery.
- Test results and hospital letters will continue to be reviewed by the doctors and acted upon. If your test results are abnormal we will contact you.
- We will still be making referrals to hospital consultants and specialists, but for non-urgent problems please be aware your hospital appointment may be delayed.

PLEASE CONTACT THE SURGERY ON 0114 240 3159 IF YOU HAVE AN URGENT CLINICAL NEED OR TO REQUEST A REPEAT PRESCRPTION.

Shielding advice for extremely vulnerable patients
Some of our extremely vulnerable patients may have already received notification that they are in a high-risk category for serious infection with COVID-19 asking them to shield for 12 weeks. Please find a list of the relevant health conditions here
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19#what-do-we-mean-by-extremely-vulnerable
If you think you have coronavirus
If anybody in your household has a new cough or a temperature you all need to stay at home and self-isolate. For the individual who has symptoms, you need to stay home for 7 days. The rest of the household need to stay at home for fourteen days.
You do not need to get in touch with us or call 111 if you are self-isolating with mild symptoms. NHS 111 have an online symptom checker which will tell you what to do and if you need to seek medical attention.
https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
NHS 111 are providing fit notes for this period which can be accessed online, link below.
https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/
If you think you have coronavirus and you become unwell with chest pain, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath please contact NHS 111 in the first instance. You could do this on the phone or via the online symptom checker.
https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

Social distancing advice for everyone
Staying home is vital to protect yourselves, the vulnerable and the NHS but of course presents its’ challenges. We have collated some resources you might find helpful.
A documentary from Channel 4 about how to socially distance and to isolate
https://www.channel4.com/programmes/coronavirus-how-to-isolate-yourself/on-demand/71342-001
Parenting in a pandemic
https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/covid-19-parenting-tips
This is a trying time for many people with regards to mental health, these twelve tips from Every Mind Matters could be useful to anyone
https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/
As always if you are experiencing mental health difficulties please do get in touch with us at the practice.
Finally, here are some fun activities to keep kids and adults entertained
https://puzzgrid.com/
https://www.geoguessr.com/
https://easydrawingtutorials.com/
We ask that our patients continue to follow government advice, which is readily available at the gov.co.uk website and is regularly updated. Thanks again for your support.