Coronovirus / Covid-19 Information - updated 30.03.2020
To protect our staff and uphold the governments social distancing policy we have now closed our reception desks to face to face contact. Please call our reception staff and they will do their best to assist you. We are working with reduced staff numbers due to sickness and self isolation so please be patient.
Our dispensaries are experiencing exceptional demand.
Please only order the medication you need and do not order earlier than normal. We have been asked to enforce 28 day prescribing and will not be able to issue more than one months supply.
Please allow a minimum of 4 working days for us to dispense your medication.
Volunteers are available in many villages to help collect prescriptions of you are self isolating.
Please do not ask us to provide a sick note if you are self isolating
Employees in self-isolation need to follow their workplace’s usual sickness reporting process.
Employees can 'self-certify' for the first 7 days off work. This means following their workplace process but not having to get a note from a doctor or NHS 111.
Those self-isolating due to coronavirus for more than 7 days can get an online self-isolation note from the NHS website;
Or print the form below, complete and give to your employer
Covid-19 Statement to employer re Med3.doc
Can you Help??
COMMUNITY RESILIENCE Volunteers and community groups urged to come forward to assist local COVID-19 response The Northamptonshire Strategic Coordination Centre Community Resilience Cell has today appealed for “pop-up Good Samaritans and community groups” keen to get involved in the fight against coronavirus to make themselves known – and help ensure there is adequate support across the county for people in at-risk groups, those living alone and people self-isolating from COVID-19.
An online form has been set up enabling people to register to volunteer to help those in need, and a help line for people in need of support will be set up later in the week.
False Information - "Asthma Rescue Packs"
We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating regarding special ‘rescue packs’ for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 before doing anything else.
Letters to very high risk patients (Covid-19)
There are a limited number of patients in the very high risk group of developing severe complications if they contract Covid-19 who are advised to stay at home and avoid all contact for 12 weeks.
Some patients have already had letters sent centrally by NHS England.
The remaining patients will receive a letter from their GP Practice.
The categories are complex, much of the work has to be done manually and is time consuming. We aim to have the letters out by the end of the week.
These are the main patient groups who will receive a letter;
- Severe uncontrolled asthma with recent hospital admissions
- Uncontrolled diabetes (high Hba1c / ketoacidosis)
- Uncontrolled COPD with recent hospital admissions/ severe exacerbations
- Significant heart failure with recent hospital admissions
- Multiple chronic conditions
- No spleen
- Taking drugs to suppress the immune system.
If you are a generally healthy person with well controlled asthma or diabetes you are unlikely to receive a letter and should follow the standard guidance on social distancing.