Covid-19 update - 2nd November 2020
We understand that with the announcement of a new lockdown there are going to be a number of patients concerned about the situation, especially those in very vulnerable risk groups and also those with children attending educational settings.
The current government advice about high risk groups is available here.
Further publication is due Monday 2 November, and the Government will be writing to affected patients. The current guidance for protecting extremely clinically vulnerable groups is available here. The GPs at the surgery have no additional information above and beyond this and are unable to help with requests for sick notes or other letters in such circumstances.
For people concerned about children attending educational settings; we understand and sympathise with the concerns around children attending school at this time, especially if a household has extremely vulnerable members. As a practice we are very sorry, but decisions about children attending school are not ours to make. It's not something that we can help with. We would suggest a discussion between the people involved and the school to decide on the best course of action.
Current Working Practices
We would like to reassure everyone that Lindfield Medical Centre is open and has been throughout the pandemic. We have been delivering a service whereby patients are assessed by phone or video initially in order to comply with official guidance and help reduce the spread of Covid 19.
We continue to offer safe face-to-face appointments where clinically indicated.
Please rest assured we are keeping everything under close evaluation to balance infection control measures, limit our footfall as per NHS guidelines, and ensure that at the same time our patients get the appropriate care they require.
We are grateful to all our patients for their understanding and support as we navigate our way through the challenges in what is set to be a testing time over the winter months.
How Can You Help?
- Please do not come into the surgery - telephone first
- Self-manage minor ailments at home. Take a look at the When Should I Worry? leaflet
- Self-certify for the first 7 days off work.
- Request prescriptions online or via SystmOne or NHS apps.
- If you are expecting a telephone call, please keep your phone near you and answer it. The call will be from a withheld number
- If you are told to come to the surgery, please come on your own/with one other person if you are unable to come alone. Leave all children etc at home.
- DO NOT ASK FOR TESTING. This is not available via a GP surgery.
Useful Links for Reliable Information Regarding Coronavirus
- ACE inhibitors and ARBs
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Crohn's & Ulcerative Colitis
- Heart Conditions
- Underlying Lung Disease
- Diabetes - Sick Day Rules
If you cannot get through on the phones, but wish to contact the surgery, you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org . This email address is checked intermittently, and not to be used in an emergency.