Covid19 (coronavirus) Pandemic Vital Information:
LONDON IN HIGH RISK ZONE
This means new restrictions: Here is an infographic on what this means for us
And more detail here
And information for the very vulnerable here.
We cannot test or arrange tests at the surgery. Tests are not 100% reliable either way.
NHS Antigen tests: These swab tests show if you have Covid-19 infection now. Those with symptoms, care home staff and residents, going into hospital can have free NHS tests. For those who think they may have the infection, the test has to be done with the first 8 days (day 1-7 home test or day 1-8 test centre). Register here for a test.
NHS Antibody (blood) tests show if you are likely to have had Covid in the past. They are not yet widely available on the NHS as it is not clear which tests are sufficiently reliable. They cannot tell if you are immune to Covid-19. Some people may be eligible for this testnhs track and trace
depending on their job and where they live and you have to register to be sent a home test kit - check here.
Private tests are available for both antigen and antibody but there are many types and some are not reliable so must be interpreted carefully.
Summary of different TESTS FOR COVID and what they mean
TRACK & TRACE
The NHS Covid-29 Trace App (it is NOT the same as the NHS App!) tells if you have been close to another App user who tests positive, allows you to check-in at places using a quick QR code (no more form-filling!), shows alert levels in your area, offers advice and arrange a test more quickly.
PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS
HANDS Wash your hands regularly with hot water and soap (for 20sec) and after touching your face or any surfaces. Carry a hand sanitiser with you to keep yourself at lower risk of picking up Covid-19. Here is a short video on correct hand-washing.
Don't touch your face. People touch their face on average 16 times per hour. This is a sure way to transmit virus to yourself from contact with a contaminated surface.
SPACE Keep a safe distance - 2m (6.5 feet) is safer but not totally safe (or 1m with precautions such as masks for everyone).
FACE Wearing a MEDICAL MASK must be done PROPERLY - we see a lot of people hanging a mask off their chin, below their nose, not fitted properly: THIS WILL NOT WORK! See this short video for how to use a mask correctly
Respirators with valves are not appropriate for reducing infection spread and most cloth face coverings may not work.
Vulnerable people need special protection
SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19
If you are worried you may have or been in contact with Covid-19 use the 111 online checker 111 online coronavirus service
Only phone 111 if you cannot get online help (expect delays). You should contact 111 if you are getting worse, cannot cope with your symptoms or you are not getting better after 7 days. Do NOT go to the GP or pharmacy or hospital or walk-in centres.
Here's all the proper, official advice:
ADVICE FOR EVERYONE
ADVICE FOR PEOPLE AT HIGH RISK
GUIDANCE ON SOCIAL DISTANCING AND VULNERABLE PEOPLE (in several languages incl.Arabic, Gujerati, Urdu, Polish, French, Portuguese) ADVICE ON SELF-ISOLATION
GUIDANCE FOR HOUSEHOLDS WITH A POSSIBLE COVD-19 PERSON (in several languages incl.Arabic, Gujerati, Urdu, Polish, French, Portuguese)
CHILDREN AND CORONAVIRUS
Advice on maintaining mental wellbeing
Advice on home exercising
Full proper advice:
NHS.UK & Gov.UK
For Local Advice & Information:
Brent Advice Matters
If you are self-isolating but well, get an Isolation Note Download here - we cannot provide this. If you can work from home you do not need an isolation note.
If you are sick and cannot work fill in a self certificate for up to 7 days. Over 7 days absence requires a Fit Note which we can provide - fill in an eConsult or phone us. Employment rights and advice
ALL REQUESTS FOR ADVICE / CONSULTATIONS ARE TRIAGED BY A CLINICIAN.
PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY - USE THE PHONE OR E-CONSULT
- If you phone to request an appointment or for advice, a receptionist will ask you the reason (to prioritise) and will add you to a list for the doctor or nurse to call you back. Or you can send us an eConsult.
- We may not need to see you in person but may carry out video consultations.
- Online appointments are switched off.
- The main doors are closed; if you do need to collect something please use the intercom and if you need to drop something off, please use the letterbox (both to the left of the entrance)
- If we need to see you, we'll send a questionnaire by SMS link to verify you are not at significant risk of the Covid-19 virus.
- We shall give you special instructions and ask you to wear face covering or we can provide a mask. The clinician will wear protective clothing.
Repeat prescriptions can be ordered using Patient App - if you are not already registered please do this now. Please allow more time for processing (72hrs) and check that your pharmacy is still open before collecting - the situation changes frequently.