Disabled people exempt from wearing face coverings under new government guidance
Government has set out a list of face covering exemptions, as they are mandatory in additional enclosed spaces from today (Friday 24 July).
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North Staffordshire and Stoke CCGs – launch of patient web-based appointment booking system
Online booking service to book an appointment, after booking a text confirmation of date/time/venue will be received. Click on the link below to book a blood test at your local clinic location.
Social distancing guidance for young people
The guidance for young people on social distancing was updated on Wednesday 28 July to be in line with the most recent government advice. The guidance provides an overview of a range of topics, including:
Protecting different groups of people
Social distancing and avoiding close contact
Handwashing and respiratory hygiene
Going to work, education or childcare
Supplying face mask exemption letters to patients
Practices are reporting increases in requests from patients for letters of exemption to wearing face masks in various public settings.
The Government guidance suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption. It should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption direct with the person questioning them (eg bus driver).
Practices are therefore not required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions, or to those who do not fall under the list of exemptions.
Some transport providers are providing evidence of exemptions themselves, see for example this information from First Bus and Arriva.
Face Coverings when attending the GP Surgery
If you are asked to come to the surgery for a face to face review/appointment, you will be required to wear a face covering to help keep you and us safe. You can use anything that covers your nose and mouth. Thank you.
Find guidance on how to wear and make a face-covering on GOV.UK.
Guidance for patients taking a holiday
As lockdown eases and tourism begins to reopen around the UK. The BMA have produced a simple guidance poster to help patients mitigate risks and stay safe on their holiday.
Testing and tracing for coronavirus
Get a test to check if you have coronavirus, understand your test result and find out what to do if you're contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
Worried about money?
Act now to reduce financial strain and stress!
Debt Relief Leaflet provided by Citizen advice attached below:
Debt Relief Leaflet
NHS 'Help us help you' - Primary Care
GP Surgeries, pharmacies, dental practices, opticians and other NHS services have made changes to the way you access their care to make it safer for you. Don't delay, contact us to get the care you need. #HelpUsHelpYou
Health at Home
There are lots of NHS services that you can access from home, find out how at www.nhs.uk/health-at-home
It's easy to access NHS services from home. You can order repeat medications, contact your GP and manage and maintain your wellbeing. Get information on all of this at www.nhs.uk/health-at-home
Guidance Note for Parents of Children Returning to School from 1st June 2020
We are aware that some parents might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcement, advising that children of a certain age return to school in the week commencing 1st June 2020. GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters to a child, in order to confirm their suitability (or otherwise) to return to school.
North Staffordshire Local Medical Committee has therefore prepared this guidance note to help parents, on behalf of your practice, as the statutory body that advises and supports all GPs and practice teams across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.
Guidance note for Parents of Children Returning to School from 1st June 2020
We are now accepting appointment bookings for Cervical Smears from the 1st June 2020 please contact the surgery to book an appointment with one of our Practice Nurses
** WE HAVE RECEIVED REPORTS OF A POSSIBLE SCAM** Some women are being contacted by text message, claiming to be from the call and recall service to advise they are overdue for cervical screening. The message asks them to call a mobile number and provide personal details.
These messages are not from the NHS Cervical Screening Programme.
If you receive one of these messages, please do not call the mobile number and do not provide your personal details.
Patient Participation Group Annual General Meeting 2020
The group have been unable to meet together since the meeting on 3rd March 2020, with the current restrictions in place and the uncertainty when the Social Distancing will be relaxed it has been decided to postpone the Annual General meeting due early June until the group can meet normally again.
In accordance with the Constitution of the PPG 14 days due notice will be posted inviting patients to attend, once a date for the Annual General meeting has been decided.
You can be assured that during the current difficult situation the PPG members are still involved on a regular basis on the developments in the Practice, the Primary Care Network and Health and Social Care throughout northern Staffordshire.
Consult with your Doctor online
We’ve recently launched a new system you can use to check your symptoms and submit forms to us.
It’s available online by following the link below or via www.patientaccess.com. All you need to do is click the link and it’ll take you to an online form where you outline your symptoms. You’ll then receive access to tailored and clinically approved articles and videos which will help you self-manage your condition.
The forms are sent directly and securely to us at the practice so we can check your answers and assess whether you need a face-to-face appointment with the GP or not and if not, we’ll give you the advice you need on what to do next.
The forms are tailored to you and they’ve all been approved by clinicians so the advice you get is really accurate and helpful.
You can fill in the forms at any time, day or night, so it means you have round the clock access to the information you need to manage your conditions.
It’s really simple to use, you can just follow the link below and the forms are clear and easy to understand.
Online Consult link below:
Access to NHS Dentistry
Please click on the word document below for information as to how to access dental care:
Access to NHS Dentistry - COVID-19
Important advice for parents during COVID-19
Paediatric specialists have developed a pack for parents/carers to help identify when children who are displaying any health concerns should be taken to hospital. Please use the link below to access the newsletter.
Child Death Prevention Newsletter
Every Mind Matters
Looking after your mental health
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.
We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Find out more at: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
Managing your health at home
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means you should only leave your home if it's essential, unless you feel very unwell or you are told to attend an existing appointment for ongoing treatment.
While you are at home it's still easy to get NHS help using your smartphone, tablet or computer.
The Health at Home webpage has information letting you know how to:
- contact your GP
- order repeat prescriptions
- manage long-term conditions
- maintain your mental and physical wellbeing
If you need an NHS service, try to do it online first. If you cannot get what you need this way try asking a friend or family member to help you, or speak to your GP surgery on the phone.
Find out more at: www.nhs.uk/health-at-home
What the NHS App does
Use the NHS App to:
- book appointments - search for, book and cancel appointments at your GP surgery, and see details of your upcoming and past appointments
- order repeat prescriptions - see your available medicines and request a new repeat prescription
- check your symptoms - search trusted NHS information and advice on hundreds of conditions and treatments, and get instant advice or medical help near you
- view your medical record - securely access your GP medical record, to see information like your allergies and your current and past medicines
- register your organ donation decision - choose to donate some or all of your organs and check your registered decision
- find out how the NHS uses your data - choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning
Find out more at: www.nhs.uk/nhsapp