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ADVICE FOR PARENTS OF SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN WHO ARE UNWELL

Please click on the link below for advice for parents of school-age children who have become unwell. 

If your school-age child is unwell during Covid-19.docx

DRIVE-THROUGH FLU

The practice is holding some drive-through flu clinics at St Marychurch surgery. 

For more information please call 01803 312233

BRUNEL FLU CLINICS 2020

 

CLINIC DATES

Flu clinics for patients aged over 65 years and/or who have chronic diseases (eg asthma, diabetes) will be held in September

BABBACOMBE & ST MARYCHURCH – Morning and afternoon sessions at each surgery

  • Saturday 12th September
  • Saturday 19th September
  • Saturday 26th September

ST MARYCHURCH DRIVE-THROUGH CAR PARK CLINICS - Mornings only

  • Thursday 17th September 
  • Thursday 1st October

 SHIPHAY – Morning and afternoon sessions

  • Thursday 10th September
  • Thursday 17th September
  • Thursday 24th September

All clinics are by appointment only.

These are not drop-in sessions. Only patients with an appointment will be vaccinated.

Please phone reception on 01803 312233 to book an appointment.

 

WHEN ATTENDING A FLU CLINIC

Social distancing measures will be in place at all clinics, and staff will be wearing PPE.

  • DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU HAVE ANY CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS (cough, fever, loss of taste/smell)
  • Come alone if you can (please let us know if you will be accompanied)
  • Arrive on time, you will not be able to wait in the waiting room so it is very important that you arrive at the time of your appointment
  • Wear a face covering, you will be offered a mask if you do not have one with you
  • Bring minimal belongings (bags/coats/scarves/shopping bags)
  • If it is raining, you may be asked to wait outside the surgery building – so remember an umbrella if necessary!

Due to current social distancing guidelines only a minimum number of staff and patients will be allowed in the surgery buildings at any one time. 

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ARRIVE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT ON TIME

 

PARKING

PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN ANY OF THE SURGERY CAR PARKS, as the car parks will be used for patients queueing. 

At St Marychurch, free parking is available at at St Mary's Church and at Our Lady's Catholic Church in Priory Road. You can leave your car in either car park and walk the short distance to the surgery. Patients may be dropped off at the front of the building, while cars are being parked. If all occupants of your vehicle need assistance then please pull into the car park and ask for help from the member of staff on duty. 

At Babbacombe and Shiphay there is plenty of free, on-street parking available close to the surgery buildings. If you are unable to walk to the surgery from the nearest parking space then pull up to the surgery and ask for assistance. 

 

ENTERING AND LEAVING CLINICS

When you arrive at the surgery you may be asked to wait outside the building for a short while, so please bring an umbrella if it is raining. 

You will be directed into the building through the main entrance, and then to the correct room and clinician for your appointment.

Once you have had your jab, you will be asked to leave via one of the exit doors. 

Please leave the site as quickly as possible to prevent large numbers of patients being on site at the same time. 

If you need assistance, please ask any of the members of staff on duty for help.  

 

CHILDREN'S FLU CLINICS AT ST MARYCHURCH SURGERY

Children's flu clinics will be held in the Barn at the rear of St Marychurch surgery. 

Please park in the front car park and walk around the side of the building where you will see the Barn in front of you. Please do not drive into the rear car park. 

Please arrive on time for your appointment. 

If you need to queue for your appointment then please observe social distancing and stay 2m away from the family in front of you. 

Please wear a face covering for your appointment, and ensure that any children under the age of 11 also wear a face covering. Children under the age of 11 do not need to wear a face covering. 

 

FLU CLINICS FOR PATIENTS AGED BETWEEN 50 AND 64 YEARS

It is the Government's intention to expand current flu vaccination eligibility to vaccinate 50 to 64 year olds. Eligibility details for this age group have not yet been confirmed. 

If you are aged between 50 and 64, please do not ask for an appointment at any of the above clinics.

Further information about clinics for patients in this age group will be released as soon as possible.

FACE MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING

We ask all patients attending the practice for an appointment to wear a homemade face covering or mask.

As we begin to ask more patients to attend for appointments, particularly with the nursing team for tests that have been delayed by Covid-19, you may not be the only person in our waiting room.

Please comply with our social distancing measures and use hand sanitiser on entering the building. You will also be asked to put on a mask or home-made face covering as you enter the surgery. If you do not have a mask, a member of staff will offer you one and you will be expected to wear it while you are in the surgery buildng. 

Please click on the link below to visit the Disability Horizons website for lots of useful information about wearing masks, who may be exempt, and when and if you could be fined for not complying with Government guidelines. 

USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT FACE MASK GUIDELINES, EXEMPTIONS & FINES 

EXEMPTION CERTIFICATES, LETTERS & CARDS

Please note that GPs are not currently issuing exemption letters or cards for patients who cannot wear face masks in public. Click on the link below to visit keepsafe - a site where you can download and print exemption cards. 

https://www.keepsafe.org.uk/card

If we all work together, we can keep patients and staff safe. Thank you so much for your understanding.

Nationwide CLIMB study

Please can you help the practice with this public research study looking into health data and how it should be shared?

Anyone aged 16 and over is eligible to take part. 

The questionaire takes approximately ten minutes to complete and is anonymous. 

Thank you from your Research Team. 

RESEARCH FOR POTENTIAL TREATMENTS FOR COVID-19

The practice is working in partnership with Public Health England and the University of Oxford to deliver a new research study to patients with symptoms of COVID-19. All participants will be tested for COVID-19 as part of the study protocol. 

If you have developed a temperature (hot to touch) or a new cough in the last 14 days, the Research Team at Oxford University would like you to consider taking part  in their research trial which is investigating potential treatments for COVID-19. 

You must be aged 50 or over and there are other criteria involving long-term health conditions. Please note that the time frame from the onset of symptoms is 14 days to join the study.

More information about the study can be found by clicking here.

Alternatively, if you have developed either of the above symptoms in the last 14 days, and you would like to take part, you can enrol yourself in the study by clicking here.  

Patients who are eligible for the study will either be offered usual care advice or to start a drug called Azithromycin. 

If you have any questions relating to the study, please visit the Principle study website or alternatively you can email the Principle study team at principle@phc.ox.ac.uk .

 

HOW WE ARE USING OUR 3 PRACTICE SITES FROM MONDAY 11 MAY

It is going to be some months before we can return to seeing patients in the normal way. We need to have plans in place to treat patients that fall in to one of three groups:
Patients at High Risk from Covid-19
Patients with Covid-19 symptoms
Patients not at High Risk without symptoms of Covid-19

Wherever possible, appointments will be conducted by phone, video consultation or by eConsult for the safety of patients and staff. The doors to each practice remains closed and we would ask you to only attend if you have an appointment booked.

Shiphay Surgery
From Monday 11 May, any patient identified as High Risk from Covid-19 (Shielding Patients) who need to be seen for a face to face appointment with a GP or member of the nursing team, will be seen at Shiphay Surgery. All appointments will be pre-booked and staggered throughout the day. All staff coming in to contact with patients will wear PPE and extra infection control measures are in place.

Babbacombe & St Marychurch Surgeries
Patients who are not at High Risk from Covid-19 who need to be seen for a face to face appointment will attend pre-booked appointments, staggered throughout the day to continue to reduce the number of patients onsite at any one time. Staff coming in to contact with patients will wear PPE and extra infection control measures are in place.

Drive Thru Appointments at St Marychurch
Our nurses are able to perform some procedures whilst patients remain in their car. This includes some injections and simple blood tests. This allows us to minimise the contact between patients, our staff and the practice buildings. This may not be appropriate for all patients or procedures and any patient can decline to be seen in this way. Drive Thru appointments will happen at the rear of St Marychurch Surgery. Please do not arrive early for your appointment, follow the signs and stay in your car at all times.

If you have Symptoms of Covid-19 but need a Face to Face Appointment
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19, even if you think that they are due to another illness or long term health problem, you will be seen in The Barn at the rear of St Marychurch Surgery. You may need a regular blood test, or treatment for another health problem, unconnected to Covid-19. You will be asked to arrive at a set time, following instructions that will be given when the appointment is arranged. The Practice Staff that you see will be wearing extra PPE and will ask you to wear a mask, gloves and apron too. This is nothing to worry about and is just one part of how we are protecting our staff and patients.
No patient with Covid-19 symptoms can be seen for a face to face appointment in our main surgeries. This would put our staff and other patients at increased risk. Please always let us know if you have a cough, a high temperature or are concerned that you have Covid-19.

Bank Holiday
Brunel Medical Practice will be open as usual on Friday 8 May.

ORDERING PRESCRIPTIONS DURING THE COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) OUTBREAK

Check what medicines you have at home before re-ordering your prescription.

To reduce the number of patients attending the practice at this time, prescriptions must be sent to a nominated pharmacy.  Please let us know where you would like your prescription to be sent or tell your community pharmacist.

 

If you don’t need the medicine, don’t order it.

 

If you need the medicine in the future you can still request it.

 

This includes medicines that are prescribed to be used ‘as and when’ required.

 

You can order prescriptions online or move to electronic dispensing so you don’t need to visit the surgery - contact us via telephone (01803 312233) or email (brunel.communication@nhs.net) for details of how you can register. 

 

COLLECTION OF MEDICATION FROM PHARMACIES

Please be aware that the practice prescription team is currently very busy. Local pharmacies are also reporting increased pressure on their services. 

The practice is currently receiving requests to ask pharmacies to deliver medications to patients who are isolating at home. 

Please remember that current Government advice is that patients may leave their homes to collect medications - but as infrequently as possible. 

If you are unable to leave your home then please make arrangements for delivery directly with your pharmacy. The practice cannot make delivery arrangements with your pharmacy on your behalf. 

All pharmacies will be open between 2pm and 5pm on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Some pharmacies may extend these hours on an individual basis, please check their websites for details of opening hours. 

CHANGES TO APPOINTMENTS SYSTEM TO REDUCE COVID-19 RISKS

Due to the current outbreak of COVID-19 the practice is taking steps to minimise the risk of exposure to Coronavirus for both patients and staff.

Over the coming weeks we will reduce routine “face to face” work, such as Health Checks, Chronic Disease Reviews (eg diabetes and asthma) and routine appointments with clinical staff.

We will move – temporarily - to a telephone consultation system for all appointments.

You will still be able to pre-book an appointment, but instead of coming to the surgery you will be phoned and will be asked not to present at the surgery unless advised to do so by a clinicianThe doors to the Practice will be closed.  You will be allowed to enter only if you have an appointment.

Please do not attend the surgery more than ten minutes before your appointment. This will reduce the numbers of patients waiting at any one time.

If a clinician needs to physically see you, they will ask you to come to the surgery. In such cases, risks for both the patient and practice staff will have been assessed.

Our on-call system for urgent problems will not change.

By doing this, footfall through the surgery is reduced. This will minimise the risk of any transmission of the virus. It will also enable clinicians to spend more time with those patients who are in most need.

If you have a face-to-face appointment already booked you will be contacted personally if this needs to be changed to a telephone consultation.

Patients who do not use online services (Patient Access) to order repeat prescriptions are asked to drop their prescription requests into the script boxes in the lobby of each surgery – there is no need to bring your request to the reception desk.

Please also consider using our online service – eConsult – which can be used for;

  • Self-checking symptoms
  • Queries about a range of conditions
  • Advice about your health and medications
  • Requesting a sick/fit note

Visit www.brunelmedicalpractice.co.uk to send your eConsult to a GP. You will receive a reply from the practice within two working days. All Brunel patients can use eConsult. You do not have to register with ID to use it.

We appreciate that some of these changes may be alarming. Therefore we would like to reassure patients that the practice is doing everything possible to ensure choice for patients whilst concentrating our efforts on those who need urgent care, during a time of increased demand on our services.

RESCUE PACK INFORMATION & CORONAVIRUS

Some of you may have seen that there us information on social media regarding the use of rescue packs for patients with COPD or asthma. 

These are usually used for COPD/asthma patients who are at risk of BACTERIAL infections and are only started for specific symptoms. 

These rescue packs will be of no benefit if you contract COVID-19 as this is a VIRAL infection. Antibiotics will not treat a viral infection.

Patients who clinically need a rescue pack have this discussed at their annual review with one of our Respiratory Nurses.

We are not able to issue rescue packs to all COPD/asthma patients as it won't necessarily be the safest option for each patient.

Please don't contact the practice regarding rescue packs if you have not previously had a rescue pack from us. 

NHS VOLUNTEER RESPONDERS

Click on the link below to find out how to become an NHS Volunteer Responder

NHS VOLUNTEER RESPONDERS

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & ABUSE - IF YOU NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE..

You would like to access help and support over the phone you can call....

  • DVA National 24 Hour Helpline - 0808 2000 247
  • Men's Advice Line - 0808 8010 327
  • The Mix, free information and support for under-25's - 0808 808 4994
  • National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpine - 0800 999 5428
  • Samaritans (24/7) free helpline - 116 123 
  • RESPECT - 0808 802 4040
  • GALOP - 0800 999 5428

 

HANDi PAEDIATRIC APP - ADVICE ON COMMON CHILDRENS' ILLNESSES

You can download the free HANDi app from the Google play store (Android) or the App Store (Apple). 

The app gives expert advice for parents and carers about common childhood illnesses. 

ADVICE ABOUT STAYING AT HOME

Click here to see lots of useful information about self-isolation, and how you can keep yourself and your family safe. 

Stay at home guidance.pdf

COMMUNITY CORONAVIRUS HELPLINE

Neighbours are being encouraged to look out for one anther as the Coronavirus crisis deepens around the Bay. 

Please click here to see information from the torbay Community Development Trust about how you can help the elderly, unwell and those who are self-isolating.

Click here to visit the helpline's website and enter details of help you may require or assistance that you can give. 

HEALTH VISITOR CLINICS

FEBRUARY 2020 - THE CASTLE CIRCUS CHILD HEALTH CLINIC IS MOVING

The last Health Visitor clinic at Castle Circus Health Centre will be held on Wednesday 26th February 2020.

From 4th March Health Visitors will be running an integrated clinic with our partners - Action for Children . These clinics will be held....

On Wednesdays between 9.30am and 11.30am

At UPTON VALE BAPTIST CHURCH, ST Marychurch Road, Torquay TQ1 3HY (opposite the Library). 

For additional information aboout all Health Visitor clinics across Torbay please visit our website www.tsdft.uk/0-19