Queen Camel Medical Centre

01935 850225

Covid-19 (coronavirus)

Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough or loss/change to sense of smell or taste

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Checked: 21.10.20 09:20

 

COVID 19 TESTING

Please do not contact the surgery if you need a Covid 19 test.

Please follow the government guidance, you can  call 119 for assistance.

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Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), a new illness that affects your lungs and airways.

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Health Coaches

Health Coaches Angela, Trudi and Marie are a non-clinical point of contact for patients.

They support patients, their families and their carers living with long term medical conditions.

They can signpost to local community resources and services.

During the current Covid19 pandemic they are able to provide patients with the phone numbers of various local community groups willing to help with shopping or collecting medication.

They are also able to refer into the NHS Responders who can offer various support for patients who have been identified as high risk and are having to self-isolate.

To contact a Health Coach please ring reception on 01935 850225


Help is available

South Somerset District Council Website…. www.corona-helpers.co.uk or 0300 790 6275

The Village Agent that covers the Queen Camel area is Alex Fenion is  07946 461548

NHS Volunteer Responders…0808 196 3382 for high risk individuals to self refer into for support.

The Health Coaches in the practice also have a comprehensive list of people we can signpost to for help with shopping etc. Please contact them via the surgery during normal working hours.

Follow this link to get an Isolation Note: https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

For information on:


THERE IS NO BETTER TIME TO QUIT – SMOKEFREELIFE SOMERSET IS HERE TO HELP

Smokers are being encouraged to quit as they are at higher risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Smoking increases the severity due to the damage caused to lungs, and the physical act of smoking itself – fingers to face etc – increases the risk, so there is no better time to quit. Smokefreelife Somerset is your local stop smoking service, providing FREE support to Somerset residents to become smoke free. Evidence shows that smokers are much more likely to quit if they get expert support.

We offer a 12 week treatment programme delivered normally through group support at our Quit Clubs. However, during the current COVID-19 pandemic, all support is provided over the telephone by our team of qualified and experienced Quit Coaches. Support is available at various times during the day and some evenings and is provided weekly throughout the treatment programme.

How to Refer for Support

Smokers who are motivated to stop smoking can self-refer for support by calling Smokefreelife Somerset on 01823 356222 or book via the website: https://www.healthysomerset.co.uk/smokefree/

Healthcare professionals can refer smokers who are motivated to stop – to request a referral form please email Smokefreelife Somerset at [email protected]


***REMEMBER – IF YOU ARE UNWELL WITH A SIGNIFICANT ILLNESS, SUCH AS FINDING A BREAST LUMP OR DEVELOPING CHEST PAIN YOU MUST STILL ASK FOR HELP***

PLEASE DON’T IGNORE IMPORTANT SYMPTOMS

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I have my medication early this month and/or can I have 2+ months supply?

We are following NHS guidance to continue to issue medication under the normal 28-day prescription rule. This is to avoid putting excessive work on to our GP’s, dispensers and pharmacy colleagues and most importantly to avoid a peak in supply leading to medication shortages. Therefore we can’t issue medication early or give multiple month supplies.

How do I get my medication if I am self-isolating?

If you are able to, ask friends, family or neighbours to help. Lots of the villages around the practice have set up volunteer groups to help with this and other individual needs. If you need any support identifying someone who could help you, please ring the surgery and speak to the Health Coaches who will be able to advise.

I’ve sent someone else to pick up my medication, what do they need to know/bring?

When collecting medication for someone else from the dispensary (or from a pharmacy), the person collecting will be asked for the name and address of the person they are collecting for. Other helpful information would be the number of items of medication they are collecting, if there is a fridge item and when the prescription was ordered. The person collecting may also be asked for their name and address and identification depending on the medication given.  They will also need to pay for your prescription if required. Please ensure they know if you have a prepayment card. If the prescription contains controlled drugs, the person collecting will also need identification and we will need to be told in advance who is collecting before we are able to release these.

I’m self-isolating for the 14 day period because myself or someone I live with has symptoms can I have a sick note for work?

We are not able to issue sick notes to those self-isolating as the measure is a directive from the Government. You are able to self-certify and employers are directed to the ACAS website for more information and are expected to be understanding. https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

Do you have supplies of hand gel, face masks, paracetamol etc. that you can sell us?

We are not able to sell retail items. All the supplies we have are needed to support our patients in the surgery. We are finding it challenging to get enough for our own use.

I use Ibruprofen, should I stop taking it?

Current advice is that there appears to be no evidence that Ibruprofen or over anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) increase the chance of acquiring COVID-19. NICE (the UK medication review body) has been asked to review this urgently. Current advice is for patients, who have confirmed COVID-19 or believe they have COVID-19, that they use paracetamol in preference to NSAIDs.

Those currently taking NSAIDs for other medical reasons (e.g. arthritis) should NOT stop them.

I take an ACE inhibitor (Ramipril, Lisinopril etc), should I stop taking it?

There is no evidence to suggest that taking one of these medications increase the chance of acquiring COVID-19. If you are prescribed these medications routinely you should continue to take them.

I was diagnosed with Asthma in the past, but I don’t currently use an inhaler. Should I use one now?

Salbutamol inhalers have shown no evidence of improving outcomes of COVID-19 infections. If you have previously had inhalers with us we can look at this on an individual patient basis. It is not a good idea for asthmatics to only use Salbutamol as this can make things worse. If you have never had an inhaler or have not been diagnosed with asthma we will not give you an inhaler.

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HELPFUL LINKS

Follow this link to get an Isolation Note:
https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

Information for pregnant women and their families
https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/

Advice about anti-inflammatory medication and covid-19
https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/media/pressrel/advice-about-anti-inflammatory-medication-and-covid-19.html

Position Statement of the ESC Council on Hypertension on ACE-Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers
https://www.escardio.org/Councils/Council-on-Hypertension-(CHT)/News/position-statement-of-the-esc-council-on-hypertension-on-ace-inhibitors-and-ang

Are you feeling anxious about health during coronavirus? Read our top tips: Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories or social media. If you find that the news is causing you huge stress, it’s important to find a balance. Connect with others, talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs. Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.

See more anxiety tips:

NHS
https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-anxiety-tips/

Mental Health Foundation
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

Avoid myths and rumours, always get information from trusted, reputable sources. For health information and advice visit the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.

For information on the UK government’s response to coronavirus, go to GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response