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16.3.2020 CORONAVIRUS - BILDESTON HEALTH CENTRE UPDATE

AS FROM TODAY AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, WE ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO OFFER OUR OPEN ACCESS MORNING SURGERY. THERE WILL BE A TRIAGE SYSTEM IN PLACE. THIS IS TO PROTECT OUR VULNERABLE PATIENTS DURING THE COVID – 19 PERIOD.

BLOOD TESTS- WE ARE CURRENTLY DOING URGENT BLOOD TESTS AND INR TESTING.

ALL CURRENT BOOKED APPOINTMENTS- ALL CURRENT BOOKED APPOINTMENTS ARE BEING REVIEWED BY A CLINICIAN. FOR FUTURE APPOINTMENT PLEASE CONTACT US.

DISPENSARY- CURRENTLY OPEN AS NORMAL- HOWEVER PLEASE DO NOT CROWD THE WAITING AREAS.

HOW YOU CAN CONTACT US

THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT US IS THROUGH e- CONSULT - SEE THE BLUE BOX BELOWBY USING THIS IT WILL FREE UP OUR PHONE LINES.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP US

BE PATIENT – THE TELEPHONE LINES MAY WELL BE BUSY AS WE TOO ARE SHORT STAFFED AND HAVE LIMITED TELEPHONE LINES. WORKING IN THIS WAY IS NEW TO US TOO.

DO NOT STOCKPILE MEDICATION – IT IS NOT HELPFUL AND CAUSES DELAYS TO THOSE IN GENUINE NEED.

DO NOT VISIT THE SURGERY IN PERSON WITHOUT GOOD REASON.

 DO NOT ENTER THE SURGERY IF YOU HAVE:

A HIGH TEMPERATURE AND/OR A NEW CONTINOUS COUGH. IF YOU HAVE THESE SYMPTOMS CONTACT 111 https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 OR BY TELEPHONE

TO ACCESS UP TO DATE INFORMATION USE OUR WEBSITE OR OUR TWITTER PAGE @BildestonCentre

PLEASE SHARE THIS MESSAGE FOR US – EITHER BY SOCIAL MEDIA OR IN PERSON.

We would like to thank all the people who have made offers of help. We will be in touch shortly.

Home Visits

Doctor's bag

Please help us to plan our day by telephoning your requests for home visits before 10:00.

The doctors and our nurse practitioner are happy to do home visits when necessary, but they are time consuming as we cover a large area of Suffolk. Often visits are requested from patients who are feeling very unwell, or with a poorly child, and do not feel able to sit and wait in the surgery.

We do understand this and we are happy to arrange a time when you or your child can be seen at the surgery within a few minutes, thus eliminating the need for a home visit. Our receptionists will arrange this if you wish.

If you telephone the surgery after 18:30 you will be automatically transferred to the out-of-hours deputising service. Use the night and weekend on-call services for genuine emergencies that cannot wait until the next working day.

You can also be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years.

 
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