COVID-19

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The GP surgery is open

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY IF YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS/TESTED POSTIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS UNLESS YOU HAVE SPOKEN TO A CLINICIAN

Attending the Surgery

We are OPEN.Please call us for advice in the usual way. .

The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of patients and staff which may mean your patient experience is subject to change.

If you have been invited to the surgery for an appointment, please be aware:

  • You must wear a face mask if you have respiratory, cough, cold or temperature symptoms It is the practice’s responsibility to protect our staff and patients, many of whom may be vulnerable to the most severe effects of Covid-19, from unnecessary risk. Patients refusing to wear a face mask under these circumstances may be provided with a face to face consultation in a controlled environment within the practice. 

    On entering the building you will be asked to clean your hands with the hand sanitiser provided. Clinical staff may still will be wearing PPE – this is to protect patients and staff.

The NHS across Worcestershire and Herefordshire will be better prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases, if the public follows Public Health England advice.

Face masks/coverings

Patients will still need to wear a mask/face covering if they have respiratory, cough, cold or temperature symptoms. Other patients are not required to wear a mask/face covering unless personal preference. Staff in non-clinical areas/offices do not need to wear face masks unless personal preference. Clinical staff will continue to wear face masks when seeing those patients with respiratory/temperature symptoms or those patients known to be immunosuppressed, or if a patient would prefer them to.

Throughout the pandemic we have strived to make Belmont Medical Centre as safe as possible for our patients and staff.

We must continue to protect our patients and staff, and we feel it would be wrong to not take these small precautions that can protect people.

We need to keep our surgery as safe as we can to be able to provide such an essential service.

COVID Symptoms

The advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer is for the individual to stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature or
  • a new continuous cough or
  • loss of/change in smell or taste

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or a hospital without speaking to a clinician first. You do not need to contact 119 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Stay At Home advice can be found here.

Everyone is being reminded to continue to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Information remains subject to regular change and updates. More information can be found on the NHS website here

Updates on services across Herefordshire can be found here.