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Covid19 advice for parents when child unwell or injured

Information for parents and carers regarding coronavirus and school

Please click here for information on the rules of when you should keep your child home from school in relation to coronavirus.

Advice for parents when your child is unwell

For advice on what to do if your child is unwell or injured during coronavirus, please 

Face Masks

Please click here for LMC guidance on queries regarding exemption of wearing face masks.

Sick notes

General Practice does not issue sick notes for covid or covid symptoms. Please click here for a letter from the LMC which you can complete and give to your employer

General practice and working during covid 

Please click here for LMC letter regarding general practice working during covid.

Managing Long Term Conditions During COVID - Please click here for Patient Letter July 2020

The NHS is beginning to restart work previously stopped or delayed due to the Coronavirus Outbreak.

Abbottswood Medical Centre plan to introduce a system to ensure that patient care is safeguarded and our healthcare workers are given the support they need to provide this care.

Patients should be advised that caution is needed – the NHS is still dealing with the incredibly difficult task of responding to COVID-related demand and there will be risks and challenges in pivoting back to more routine care.

Abbottswood Medical Centre will apply the following principles in a return to more routine care;

1. We will take a realistic and cautious approach to planning our work.

2. We will continue with remote ways of working with our patients, where clinically appropriate using telephone, video, text and online consultations.

3. We will use technology to empower our patients’ and support them in self-management of their conditions.

4. There are still some procedures that we are advised not to undertake in general practice such as ear syringing and minor surgery. We will update our patients when the guidance changes.

5. We will continue to deliver medication to our dispensing patients.

6. We will communicate our plans via our website and patient newsletters.

7. We will ensure there is adequate PPE for our healthcare workers and that we safeguard staff wellbeing.

We are very grateful for the understanding of all of our patients’ as we have adapted our service provision during these unprecedented times.

We ask for your consideration again over the coming weeks and months as we evolve our systems again.

Working Together

In line with National Guidance Abbottswood Medical Centre, Pershore Medical Practice and Upton Surgery are working together to provide the best care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that there will need to be one site where patients who may be at higher risk of COVID-19 should be assessed, this will be known as the 'Red Site' and is at Abbottswood Medical Centre. This will generally be for patients who have fever or respiratory symptoms (cough and shortness of breath). Our patients who need seeing in person but who do not have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (Amber patients) will still be seen at Abbottswood Medical Centre. All appointments for Red patients will be made following telephone or video assessment by a GP or Advanced Nurse Practitioner. For Pershore and Upton the Red Site will be at Abbottswood Medical Centre. Patients will be seen there by a GP from their own practice. Upton Surgery and Pershore Medical Practice will both be Amber Sites and seeing their own patients. Please be reassured that the staff working in all sites will have appropriate protective equipment. There are set safety protocols and strict cleaning schedules in place to protect patients and staff. This new arrangement will commence from Tuesday 21st April.

We expect the vast majority of Red patient contacts to be safely completed by telephone or video consultation and the number of patients needing face to face appointments will be very low. Please contact your surgery by phone if you need medical advice. NHS 111 online should continue to be your first point of contact for any concerns regarding COVID-19.

Plasma Donation

Had Covid-19 and wish to help with the national clinical trials? For more information, please click here.

Germ Defence

We are letting you know about a very useful website called Germ Defence which was created by a team of doctors and scientists to give you advice that has been proven to reduce the spread of viruses in the home. It can help you plan how to protect yourself and members of your family from infection by COVID-19 and ‘flu.  

It’s easy to use and only takes 10 minutes - just click on this link:

(If this link does not open when you click on it, please copy and paste it into your web browser.)

Please pass details of the Germ Defence website to your friends and family.

There’s a button at the bottom of the Germ Defence website for sharing by social media.

If you’d like to know more:

·      Over 20,000 people previously took part in research about Germ Defence

·      People who followed the advice in Germ Defence had fewer and less severe illnesses - and so did the people they lived with

·     Results of the study were published in The Lancet medical journal

·      Germ Defence has been updated with COVID-19 advice to help prevent a wave of COVID-19 and ‘flu this Autumn/Winter

 ·     Information about how the Germ Defence website is being evaluated is available here 

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