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GOV.UK: coronavirus – guidance and support
Government information and advice.
From 10 July 2020, it’s the law that passengers and staff on public transport MUST wear a face covering:• on bus, coach and train services• in public transport stations• in indoor areas of a ferry and outdoor areas where you can’t keep two metres social distance Although face coverings may not prevent you from becoming infected with the virus, they help prevent people who don’t know they have the virus spreading it to others. A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.🤚 Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and after taking it off. 👁 Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them.❌ Do not touch the front of the face covering, or the part of the face covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose. Once removed, make sure you clean any surfaces the face covering has touched.You should wash a face covering regularly. It can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent. When wearing a face covering, take care to tuck away any loose ends.😷 Further information on making a face covering can be found here
🛑 Updated Covid-19 restrictions can be found here
🔬 Information of how to get tested for Covid-19 can be found here
The Public Health Agency has launched a new public information campaign Test Trace Protect.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of Coronavirus and encourage individuals who are symptomatic to follow the appropriate steps including:
Further advice and information can be found here :
TEST TRACE PROTECT - INFORMATION GUIDE
TEST TRACE PROTECT - STEP BY STEP GUIDE
We would like to reassure our patients that Banbridge Group Surgery is still here if you need medical assistance during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Whilst we are operating a 'closed door' policy, patients can still get in touch with us via telephone on 028 4062 3303.
When you telephone the surgery, our highly trained Medical Receptionists will be instructed to ask patients some questions regarding their condition. It is important you provide as much information as possible, as this information is essential to better help our Clinical staff provide appropriate care.
Your request will be triaged, in the first instance, by our Practice Nurse Team who, in most cases, will be able to assist you over the phone. However, depending on the nature of your call you may be asked to engage in a video consultation with our GPs. Our staff will advise you, if and when this is necessary.
We fully understand that these are worrying and difficult times for patients but we ask that our staff are treated with respect, as they continue to deliver excellent patient care during these unprecedented times.
From 6th July, people who are following shielding advice will now be able to meet up to six people outside of their home, as long as social distancing is strictly observed.
Letters to these patients will be sent in due course. A copy of this letter is available to view by clicking on this link SHIELDING ADVICE JUNE 2020
If you have either:
EVERYONE in your house must stay at home!
You can ring NHS 111 for information or advice and they will help you decide if you need to contact your GP.
Calling your GP is only necessary if you have:
Do not attend your GP surgery or emergency department in person before calling ahead and speaking with someone.
If it is a medical emergency and you need to call an ambulance, dial 999 and inform the operator of your symptoms.
To support the fight against COVID-19, we have been advised to stay at home. With our usual daily, work and family activities on hold for the moment, it’s very important that we look after our mental and emotional wellbeing.
This pandemic is understandably a worrying and difficult time for everyone.
For that reason, we just wanted to highlight that our 3 Mental Health Practitioners (MULTI DISCIPLINARY TEAMS) based in the Surgery continue to be available, should anyone require advice and support in respect of their mental health.
Please feel free to give us a call, and a telephone appointment can be arranged.
☎️ 028 40623303
Additionally, you may find the following links for online mental health support beneficial -
Try to understand that at this time, we are not STUCK at home WE ARE SAFE AT HOME
The coronavirus outbreak is a rapidly developing situation and the most up-to-date information for people in the UK can be found on the NHS Website.
The latest information for patients who suffer with asthma can be found here : https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/#Shielding
SELF ISOLATION ADVICE
SELF CERTIFICATION FOR WORK
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