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FREE NHS HEALTH  CHECK
Ages 40 - 74 years?


You may be entitled to a fee NHS health check.  This health check can help to detect diabetes, high blood pressure and high  cholesterol . The check will also assess your risk of developing cardiovascular disease in the future and with the right measures can prevent these diseases.

 

To qualify for your health check you must be aged between 40 - 74 years and NOT ALREADY receiving treatment for: Heart disease, Kidney disease, stroke or diabetes

 

To arrange your free health check please contact the surgery on 01257 791216 and ask for an appointment for your diabetes and cholesterol blood test followed by an appointment with our health care assistant

 

 

Covid-19 / Face Coverings

Face Coverings

NHS organisations in Lancashire and South Cumbria have agreed to implement new measures on the use of face masks and coverings in general practice settings.

Patients and visitors are asked to wear a face mask or face covering. Face coverings are different to face masks in that they can be homemade, made of cloth, and be reusable after being washed.

If a patient or visitor does not have a face covering or face mask when they come to a service, they will be provided with a face mask on arrival.

Where do I go for more information? If you have further questions on our local plans to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 across Lancashire and South Cumbria visit www.healthierlsc.co.uk/covid

What does this mean for me?

We can all play a role in reducing the spread of coronavirus and keeping our NHS services safe. If you are coming to an NHS service as a patient or visitor, it is important that you wear a face covering at all times. This is for your safety and the safety of other patients and staff.

Face coverings can be cloth and/or homemade, and advice on how to wear and make one can be found on the government website www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering

Face coverings worn as part of religious beliefs or cultural practice are also acceptable, providing they are not loose and cover the mouth and nose.

We are asking that you plan in advance and bring a face covering with you whenever possible, but if you do not have one available when you come to a service, you will be provided with a face mask on arrival.

If you are currently shielding and have been provided with a surgical face mask for your appointments, please continue to use this.

If you have not been provided with a surgical face mask, you should wear a face covering.

For some people, wearing a face covering may be difficult due to physical or mental health conditions. In these instances, other measures will be considered on a case by case basis, for example timed appointments and being seen immediately on arrival.

If you are a deaf or hearing impaired, our staff have a range of communication options to ensure that they can communicate effectively with you. This might include the use of clear masks where possible, as well as visual aids such as writing things down, speech to text apps and sign language.

All visitors will be expected to comply with existing social distancing and hand hygiene measures in addition to the face coverings while in the general practice setting.

Where do I go for more information? If you have further questions regarding the changes we have made across primary and community services in Lancashire and South Cumbria visit www.healthierlsc.co.uk/covid .

Why are we asking visitors/patients visiting the site to wear face coverings?

Patients and visitors coming to general practice services in Lancashire and South Cumbria will need to wear face coverings to reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus to others.

Evidence has shown that those infected with COVID-19 can have very mild or no respiratory symptoms (asymptomatic) and potentially transmit the virus to others without being aware of it Patients and visitors are advised to bring a face covering ahead of coming to appointments in general practice.

The use of face coverings in GP practices is a local decision to help protect public and staff and is not national PHE guidance.

What happens if a patient/visitor does not have a face covering when they come to a GP surgery? If a patient or visitor does not have a face covering, a mask will be provided on arrival.

How do we communicate this new rule to patients and visitors? The need for patients and visitors to wear a face covering when visiting general practice should be communicated through appointment letters / texts / emails, social media, local news stations/papers and through signage displayed at entrances to premises and throughout patient areas. Staff will use any opportunity to inform patients of the rationale for face coverings.

What does this mean for shielding patients? For those patients who are currently shielding, and who have been provided with a surgical face mask for their appointments, these should be worn. Where not already provided, patients should wear a face covering.

What about cloth/homemade/donated face masks? Patient and visitor face coverings can be cloth and/or homemade www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering

All visitors will be expected to comply with social/physical distancing and the recommended hand hygiene measures.

Does my face covering worn for religious beliefs/cultural practice qualify? Face coverings worn as part of religious beliefs or cultural practice are acceptable, providing they are not loose and cover the mouth and nose.

Letter to our patients

Click here to view this letter

Covid-19 advice

If you have symptoms of a new, continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or loss of taste and smell please stay at home and self isolate for at least 7 days. If you need medical help contact NHS 111 online at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19, if you do not have access to the internet you can call 111.

For life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

You can find a wide range of Covid-19 advice at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance#guidance-for-the-public

Important advice for parents

https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2020-04/covid19_advice_for_parents_when_child_unwell_or_injured_poster.pdf

Face to face appointments in primary care

As the NHS continues to respond to the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic, we have implemented our own business continuity plans.

To minimise the risk of infection to you and our practice team, we have changed how we work, which includes working with other local GP practices to make the best use of our facilities and staff.

When contacting the practice, we will undertake an assessment (called triaging) of your needs and whether you may or may not have covid-19 symptoms. Wherever safe and appropriate to do so our clinical team will undertake your consultation via telephone or through a video consultation.

If after the initial assessment, a member of our clinical team feels that you require a face-to-face consultation then we will arrange for this to take place.

However, so that the risk of infection to our staff and other patients is minimised, all patients with covid-19 symptoms should contact NHS 111. If you require a face-to-face appointment you will be required to attend the Chorley Central Covid-19 Care Hub , West Street Car Park, West Street, Chorley PR7 2RP.

All patients without covid-19 symptoms should contact the practice as normal on 01257 514240.

We appreciate that this may mean increased travel for you and apologise for any inconvenience in advance. Many GP practices across our area are adopting this new way of working to minimise the risk to patients and staff whilst trying to maintain access to services as much as possible. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

What to do if you think you have coronavirus?

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

Fit Notes (Sick notes)

Absence from work may fall into five categories:

  1. Personally affected – isolating for seven days
  2. Personally affected - remaining unwell for over seven days
  3. Household member affected – isolating for fourteen days as per government advice
  4. At risk group – following government advice
  5. Those in full time education

You should self-certify for the first seven days as normal if you are unfit to work. You do not need to contact your GP.

  1. Personally affected - remaining unwell for over seven days

If you remain unwell and unfit to work after seven days, visit www.111.nhs.uk and complete an online self-assessment. You do not need to contact your GP.

  1. Household member affected – isolating for fourteen days as per government advice

    4. At risk group – following government advice

Employers are responsible for putting in place arrangements for home/remote working where this is possible. Where it is not, you may self-certify and return to work following the relevant absence which your employer may authorise as per government advice. Where you do become unwell during or after this time, point 1 and 2 applies. You do not need to contact your GP.

  1. Those in full time education

There is no requirement to issue certification to schools or colleges to confirm absence. These organisations must work with parents and students to ensure that any absence is appropriately recorded. You do not need to contact your GP.



 
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